The Muslim Brotherhood, a political and religious group that has come under fire in recent years for its association with violence in the Middle East, could be considered a foreign terrorist organization by the United States if Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has his way.
The presidential candidate has joined several House Republicans in supporting the Muslim Brotherhood Terrorist Designation Act, the Washington Examiner reports.
“As this bill details, the Brotherhood’s stated goal is to wage violent jihad against its enemies, and our legislation is a reality check that the United States is on that list as well,” Cruz said in a statement on Nov. 4, according to The Hill.
The bill calls on the Obama administration to designate the group as a terrorist organization. However, its passage would not guarantee the Muslim Brotherhood be reclassified; it would give Secretary of State John Kerry 60 days to deem the group terroristic or to provide a report to Congress explaining why he did not do so, the Washington Examiner reports.
The bill features a list of crimes allegedly committed by members of the Muslim Brotherhood, including “the October 2000 suicide attack targeting the USS Cole in Aden, Yemen, that killed 17 United States Navy sailors,” which is widely considered the event that lead up to the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
The Muslim Brotherhood came under scrutiny when it came to prominence following the 2012 Egyptian revolution. However, the elected leader from the party, former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, was deposed in 2013, according to The Hill.
Egypt now considers the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, as do Russia and Saudi Arabia.