Tariq’s Brother Hani Ramadan Has His Own Troubles


On June 20, the French authorities announced they were freezing the bank accounts and other assets of Hani Ramadan, a brother of Tariq Ramadan. They did so because they believe he may be involved in supporting Islamic terrorism, not in the suave way of his sex-maddened brother, who in his soft and thoughtful manner presented himself as “Europe’s leading scholar of Islam” and the eloquent voice of “moderate” Islam, and made excuses for terrorism, but in the old-fashioned way of helping to provide financial support for terrorists, including, of course, the Muslim Brotherhood (and Hamas, which is part of the MB network), founded by his grandfather, a group to which he has always given his allegiance.

Like his more famous brother, Tariq, Hani Ramadan taught French in high school in Switzerland. He was fired in 2002, not for seducing his underage pupils like his brother, but for making “anti-democratic statements.” These included his public defense, in an article he wrote for Le Monde, of the practice of stoning to death of adulterers, which he claimed was “not at all as cruel as people think.” He also claimed that AIDS was divine punishment from Allah.

Hani Ramadan continued to attract the attention of the press and Swiss authorities by virtue of his radical statements, which did not end when he lost his job. At the 2014 meeting of the Union of Islamic Organizations in France, he stated: “All the evil in the world originates from the Jews and the Zionist barbarism.” And he has often spoken about a “Jewish plot” to “destroy the world’s Muslims.” In June 2016, he was invited to speak about islamophobia at a Swiss high school. In his speech, he defended the forced covering of Muslim women, claiming that  a woman “is like a pearl in a shell. If it is shown it fosters jealousy. Here a woman without a veil is like a two euro coin. Visible to all she goes from hand to hand.”

He was expelled from France — where he often visited — for these and other remarks, on April 18, 2017.

Hani Ramadan’s finances are a subject of profound concern to both the French and the Swiss. After he lost his teaching job in Geneva in 2002, he sued the Swiss state. The court decided in his favor; he received $230,000, the equivalent of two years of salary at a high school (they pay teachers very well in Switzerland). The government refused, however, to reinstate him as a teacher. He then found a job as director of the Islamic Center in Geneva, where as a Muslim activist who was vociferous in his support for the Muslim Brotherhood, and apologist for other terrorist groups, quick to denounce Jews, he made many useful contacts with rich Muslims from the Gulf. One would wish to know more, from the security services in both France and Switzerland, as to the amounts of money Hani Ramadan received during the last 15 years, and from what sources, and to be used to what ends. In any case, he’s apparently not suffered financially at all while in Europe, despite, or more likely because, of his vicious antisemitism, and his defense of such appalling Muslim practices as stoning adulterers to death.

In freezing his bank accounts and assets, the French government clearly fears that he might well be a conduit for funds to the Muslim Brotherhood, or to Hamas (which is simply part of the Brotherhood) or to other Islamic terror groups. That government announced that it had frozen Hani Ramadan’s assets because he was believed to have “committed, attempted to commit, facilitated or financed acts of terrorism, encouraged or participated in it.” We will now see what the French investigators will come up with. Hani Ramadan has gotten away with a lot in France and Switzerland over a great many years — just as his brother Tariq has, though in another line of mendacity. And just like his brother Tariq, Hani Ramadan may finally be getting the kind of attention he so richly deserves.

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