The Swedish governments love story with the Brotherhood is not over
The agenda for the Swedish Social Democrats’ party congress, the governing party, has now been established. An agenda that, to the initiated, speaks volumes. Behind this brief procedural document, a number of clues lurk as to what the Board’s recommendations, which will be made public on February 27, will consist of at a convention driven by the party whip. The convention, to be held in Gothenburg on April 8–12, is the first since 2005 to coincide with the Social Democrats being in office. It will thus be characterized by a low ceiling and it will be a tightly dictated event.
From the agenda, it is clear that the Social Democrats do not intend to deal with the relativism and postmodernism that have plunged Sweden into dire straits. Nor do the Social Democrats cut their ties with the Muslim Brotherhood or make any effort to remedy this issue, which reached its culmination at the party’s educational retreat Bommersvik through the Bommersvik Academy in 2011–2013. This training program for future Social Democratic leaders is very much linked to the Muslim Brotherhood as they are present in both the design of the migration policy in effect prior to November 2015, and very much present among the political leadership of the Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
This program at Bommersvik came to include Omar Mustafa, today the principal of the study association Ibn Rushd but then chairman of IFIS, the Islamic Association in Sweden. His predecessor, Abderizak Waberi, former MP for the Moderate Party, is now the PR manager for the Muslim Brotherhood in Europe. Although Omar Mustafa today maintains a substantially lower profile in his relationship with the Brotherhood, he was more clear about his sympathies during the time he attended the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League’s (SSU) leadership program, the Bommersvik Academy. On his personal Facebook page, he expressed appreciation for the homophobic Islamic scholar Yasir Qadhi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s chief imam, Yusuf al-Qaradawi – who has been known to praise Adolf Hitler and the Holocaust.
Today, Mustafa keeps a low profile, but within the Ibn Rushd organization, there are people who are more vocal. One of them is Mohamed Temsamani of the Green Party, who is responsible for faith and member organizations and who completed an internship with the Brotherhood’s political wing in Egypt (with the presently outlawed Peace and Justice Party). Another one is Rashid Musa, president of Swedish Young Muslims, an organization which lost its state subsidies precisely due to its connections to the Brotherhood. Lately, Musa has also become known to speak for the benefit of separatism at events organized by SSU’s Stockholm chapter.
In the roster of participants at the Bommersvik leadership program that Omar Mustafa was enrolled in, but never had time to complete since he resigned from the Social Democratic party board, we find a number of other names.
Anna Ardin, member of the board of Social Democrats for Faith and Solidarity, as well as Sara Gunnerud, member of the Social Democratic women’s organization’s nominating committee – although her day job is communications manager for the study association Ibn Rushd, where she reports to Omar Mustafa and its chairperson Helena Hummasten (formerly Benouda), whose son Munir Awad is serving a twelve-year prison term for conspiracy to commit terrorist crimes. Awad can be released on parole no earlier than December 29, 2018.
Another classmate from this program is Fredrik Lundh Sammeli, MOP. Sammeli has a background as migration policy spokesperson and was an advocate for the policies implemented until November 2015. He is explicitly opposed to the three-year temporary limitation in effect today. Sammeli retains the close relationships and friendships that were established at the Bommersvik Academy during 2011–2013. With Mustafa, Gunnerud and Ardin. Lundh Sammeli has now, after flying under the radar for over a year during the tightening of immigration legislation, appeared as foreign policy co-rapporteur for Minister for Foreign Affairs, Margot Wallström.
A fourth person with strong links to the Bommersvik Academy is Mrs. Wallström’s political adviser Sassan Alex Akhlagi. He has, among other things, participated in a special training program for progressive pundits. This program was led by journalists Anders Lindberg and Karin Pettersson, both of the Aftonbladet tabloid.
Hence, the agenda tells us that there are no indications whatsoever that the Social Democrats in general and the government’s foreign policy leadership in particular are planning to address and remedy the issues of postmodernism and their relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood. When these relationships come to Washington DC’s and the Kremlin’s attention, it will likely turn the climate in the UN Security Council rather frosty, no matter how many cinnamon buns are consumed or coffee breaks had at the Foreign Ministry for the sake of general coziness.
Neither Donald Trump nor Vladimir Putin, or for that matter the UK or France, are known to harbor any warmer feelings for the Brotherhood and its collaborators.