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The United Arab Emirates is creating a roadblock to the Muslim Brotherhood, whose victories in North Africa and the Middle East in the “Arab Spring” movement so far have been nearly unhindered, according to a report from Ryan Mauro in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
The clash began when the UAE government revoked the residency permits of dozens of Syrians who were protesting the regime governing their home country.
Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood cleric, is an opponent of the Syrian regime and harshly condemned the UAE action.
The chief of the Dubai police force, Lt. Gen. Dahi Khalfan Tamim, then tweeted that he would issue an international arrest warrant for Qaradawi, who lives in Qatar.
Tamim then followed his comment with action. He accused Brotherhood members of escalating attacks on his country through social media and said that “anyone advocating its [the Muslim Brotherhood] case is considered a foreign agent.”
His police arrested an activist who leads a religious organization, Saleh al-Dhufairi, who is reportedly “believed to be a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.”
Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Mahmoud Ghozlan responded that if an arrest warrant was issued against Qaradawi, “not only the Muslim Brotherhood will act, but the entire Muslim world will act against the Emirates.”
Kuwaiti-based officials for the Muslim Brotherhood echoed his threats.
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