The Muslim Brotherhood Campaign Against Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia has been liberalizing the country for over a decade and has ended its previous financial support for the Muslim Brotherhood worldwide which has been designated as a terrorist organization in Saudi Arabia. There is now even a beach on the Saudi Red Sea coast which permits bikinis. Women are allowed to drive, have been granted the right to vote, are no longer forced to cover their faces in public and the guardianship system which long treated women as legal minors is being gradually phased out.

Due to the Saudi prohibition on the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood is the Muslim Brotherhood waging an international campaign to discredit Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) and generally ostracize Saudi Arabia. There are also systematic attempts to blame MBS for everything bad that happens in Saudi Arabia. MBS has realized demands of Saudi feminists, yet those very feminists have been systematically imprisoned and tortured in Saudi Arabia. MBS of course is blamed for the torture and imprisonment but is not being credited for realizing the political demands of the victims. MBS is not head of state and does not appear to be in full control of the Saudi security state. The fact that he is realizing the demands of those victims indicate that he is not the one responsible for imprisoning and torturing them. There is a lot of resistance against liberalization in Saudi Arabia and domestic security may be acting contrary to the wishes of MBS.

The attempts to connect MBS to the the murder of Islamist journalist Jamal Khashoggi has not offered conclusive evidence that he was responsible for the murder and anyone should be considered innocent until otherwise proven. The Muslim Brotherhood-supporting Khashoggi (who knew of Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan) has become a major focal point for the international Muslim Brotherhood campaign against MBS.

Why ostracize Saudi Arabia when the country is liberalizing and gradually improving the status of women in the country? Why demonize MBS who is leading the effort to fully enfranchise women in Saudi Arabia? The reason for the campaign against MBS and Saudi Arabia is not concern for human rights but rather the fact that Saudi Arabia outlawed the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood and is moving to liberalize Islam in the country.

Published by Daniella Bartfeld

Daniella Bartfeld is the founding director of the Aliyah Organization.

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