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Facebook Appoints Brotherhood Supporter to New Oversight Board

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Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media in Istanbul while protesting the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Karman, a Muslim Brotherhood operative was recently appointed to Facebook's oversight board (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
Tawakkol Karman speaks to the media in Istanbul while protesting the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi. Karman, a Muslim Brotherhood operative, was recently appointed to Facebook’s oversight board (Photo: Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Facebook appointed a Muslim Brotherhood operative to its new oversight board which is tasked with reviewing posts on Facebook and Instagram to make sure they are not violating “community standards.”

The appointment of Tawakkol Karman, a former leading figure in the Yemini Al Islah (Muslim Brotherhood) party, was welcomed by the Council of American-Islamic Relation’s (CAIR) Los Angeles director Hussam Ayloush (who himself recommends the U.S. should embrace the Hamas terrorist group).

Just a year ago, Karman wrote on Facebook, “The Muslim Brotherhood movement will remain an anti-tyranny and a freedom fighting movement, despite Trump’s nose and Trump’s agents and it is one of the victims of tyranny and official terrorism in the region, for which Trump provides all support and support.”

Here are some highlights from an extensive profile of Karman as reported by the Investigative Project on Terrorism:

  • During the popular uprising against former Egyptian President and Islamist Mohammed Morsi, Karman initially called on Morsi to resign and for General al-Sisi to form an interim government. However, she ended up joining the violent Morsi supporters in the Rabaa camp and has since been barred from entering Egypt. She now calls Morsi “the last of the prophets.”
  • She initially supported the Saudi campaign in Yemen to rid the country of the Iranian-backed Houthi rebels, but later turned against the Saudis, accusing them of wanting to “occupy Yemen and steal its wealth” as well as “spread their influence.”“[The Saudi’s want] to make Yemen a failed state,” she now says.Her accusations against the Saudis caused her own Al Islah party to suspend her membership in 2018.
  • In 2012, she was granted Turkish citizenship. From Turkey, she launched a Pro-Islamist Yemeni television station Belqees TV.Karman is a big supporter for justice for slain journalist and Muslim Brotherhood operative Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed by the Saudis in their consulate in Istanbul.
  • Karman generated controversy in 2011 when she won the Nobel Prize for her “non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work.”The Yemeni Association for Human Rights and Immigration and the Yemeni Coalition for Civil Society Organizations called her a “war monger and not a peace messenger” due to her involvement in a 2011 protest in Yemen that ended in a massacre of the protesters.
  • American Enterprise Institute Scholar Michael Rubin summed up Karman when he wrote in 2014, “Peace and human rights seem to be less of a priority” to her “than the promotion of Islamism. She interprets human rights through a sectarian lens. How tragic that the Nobel Committee, so desperate to make a politically correct statement, ended up empowering someone who may embrace non-violent protest, but stands very much for the opposite of peace and universal human rights.”

Besides her obvious biases and affiliation with the Muslim Brotherhood — a group whose ideology has spawned the most violent terror groups of our time and perpetrates terror itself – Karman is known for blocking from her own social media accounts anyone who disagrees with her.

A person who is so clearly intent on shutting down dialogue while holding extremist views is hardly a welcome candidate for deciding for the rest of us which posts on social media giants Facebook and Instagram should see the light of day or be censored.

 

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Meira Svirsky

Meira Svirsky is the editor of ClarionProject.org

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