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Imagine, “Morsi Is a Textbook Islamic Fascist”: I Told You So, Part 3 (Democracy, Muslim Brotherhood Style, Part 3)

COMMENT: With the Egyptian constitution having been narrowly approved on Saturday, 12/15/2012, we are in a position to take stock of the events of the past two years or so in this largest of the Arab countries.

We recall the tsunami of praise, Hosannas and Hallelujahs gushing forth from the world’s media and political punditry. Hailing the “Arab Spring” as the dawning of a new enlightenment in that part of the world, they missed the boat–fundamentally.

We, on the other hand, were warning that this phenomenon was a Nazi operation, having been initiated by powerful corporate forces in the second administration of George W. Bush, it had its trigger with the WikiLeaks milieu–itself a far-right, Nazi-linked entity, as we demonstrated  in FTR’s 732 and #745. (In addition to the documentation in the original WikiLeaks/Arab Spring series, see the article excerpted below.)

Before delving into details, an excellent overview of recent events in Egypt was provided in an English-language blog by a citizen of that tortured country. The contradictions and deadly undercurrents of unfolding events were eloquently summed up by Mahmoud Salem in “Imagine.”

A number of points should be considered here (the relevant articles are excerpted below):

  • Hasan Amin has characterized Morsi as “a textbook Islamic Fascist.” Of course, the Brotherhood is an Islamic fascist organization, with a heritage dating back to its political and military alliance with the Axis.
  • The new constitution may be used to fundamentally disregard human rights, in favor of Islamic law. It’s equivocal language even leaves the door open for the tolerance of slavery, being practiced by Muslim Brotherhood cadres in the Sudan, among other places. An earlier draft of this AP post contained the following passage, omitted from the update: ” . . . Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. . . .”
  • Morsi was able to ram through his draft constitution by imposing what even The New York Times characterized as “martial law.” 
  • This de facto martial law was made easier by the fact that Morsi was the Brotherhood’s coordinator with the Egyptian military and security forces.
  • In the event that the army cannot keep the political opposition down, the Islamist terrorists of Jama’a al-Islamiya (an Al Qaeda affiliate) will be available to assassinate dissidents. Supposedly opposed to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Jama’a al-Islamiya actually appear to have the same relationship to the supposedly respectable Muslim Brotherhood as the Italian fascist Ordine Nuovo (“New Order”) had to the supposedly respectable coalition government of Silvio Berlusconi (of the P-2 Lodge) and his coalition partner “post-fascist” Gianfranco Fini of the Alleanza Nationale (successor to the fascisti of Mussolini). A veteran of the SS-controlled Salo Republic that governed Northern Italy during the closing days of World War II, Ordine Nuovo chief Pino Rauti complained of the “post-fascists” of the MSI and the AN, “Too many double-breasted suits, not enough cudgels.” Nonetheless, Rauti was part of the Berlusconi/Fini government that was elected in the early part of the last decade. One of the original shareholders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Bank al-Taqwa, Karim Alessandro Ghe, was also a member of Ordine Nuovo.

“Imagine” by Mahmoud Salem; Daily News Egypt; 12/10/2012.

EXCERPT: Imagine sitting at a friend’s house, watching the president address the nation after a week long crisis, with his supporters just the night before opening fire on civilian protesters in Heliopolis in horrifying clashes that spanned the whole day. Imagine finding out that he issued the illegal constitutional declaration that enflamed and divided the entire country, because- and I quote- one of the suspects in the Camel incidents, who was declared innocent by the courts, had a meeting with 3 other unnamed people in his office.

The president that has under him state security, general intelligence, military intelligence, the Ministry of Justice, the police and the general prosecutor’s office declaring that he had no choice but to issue this declaration because four people had a meeting. And then, as he swipes the page of his speech on his IPad, he instinctively licks his finger first as if he is turning a paper page. Imagine.

Imagine that this president saw that the situation was so urgent, he called for a national dialogue meeting with the opposition in two days to resolve the crisis, one that all of his allies and none of the opposition attend, and he walks in, talks for 5 minutes, then leaves the dialogue he called for immediately, telling people to talk to his VP and that he is leaving to guarantee the “neutrality of the dialogue”.

Imagine that his group’s uber-intellectual, Fahmy Howeidy, shortly after also leaves because he had another important meeting to attend, and that this group of clowns come with a solution after midnight that isn’t a solution, drafted by ex-presidential candidate Selim Al-Aawa, who wrote the Sudanese constitution that eventually led to Sudan getting divided into two countries. They fronted that guy. Just Imagine.

Imagine that the next day, you are no longer greeted with the president’s face, but with those of the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, and his second man Khairat El-Shater, who both hold press conferences defending the president in hiding, while the army builds walls around the Presidential Palace.

Imagine watching the Supreme Guide claiming that all who died in the clashes are Muslim Brotherhood, despite there being dead Christians in the clashes, and El-Shater talking about how hard it is to get investment into this country and blaming the whole crisis on the Christians and the Church. Imagine knowing that those are the people who run the Order that is running your country at the moment. Imagine.

Imagine knowing that your president, the first civilian democratically elected post-revolution president is a puppet for that group, and his puppeteer is the second man in this order, and not even the first. Imagine that this group has its people, for two weeks, wondering openly on TV talk shows about why the people, after a revolution, cannot tolerate having a temporary dictatorship for a few months, since they endured it under Mubarak for 30 years.

Imagine them being unable to comprehend that because you simply won an election by 1%, you can’t just do anything you damn please in the name of democracy because you are the majority. Imagine them openly stating that this constitution, since it supports Shari’a, will have 90% support in terms of votes and that the opposition are all Christians and agents and no more than 40,000 in the entire country and want to repeat the constitution writing process to allow gay marriage. Imagine.Imagine that this group is still pushing for a referendum over a constitutional draft that is created by an illegal Constituent Assembly that a third of its members withdrew, while an entire country goes in flames over it, with hundreds of thousands of Egyptians in the governorates are protesting and clashing with this group’s supporters.

Imagine that with this referendum being 4 days away, and the presidency has no judges to supervise it, doesn’t have the schools to host it, did not open the door for journalists or observers to go in and observe the process, and gave no way for the voters to find out where they are supposed to vote. Your country’s constitution. Imagine.

Imagine that the secular side is the majority for the first time, with people in the streets all over Egypt viewing this as a referendum on the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsy and want to vote No on both and teach them a lesson.

Imagine them finally rallying behind a unified opposition front, called the National Salvation council, who just yesterday issued that they will boycott the first referendum they actually have a great shot of winning, because they think it’s an illegitimate referendum and we shouldn’t dignify it with our votes, despite it being the country’s constitution and everything. . . .

“Bloody Clashes around Egyptian Presidential Palace” by Hasan Amin; CNN; 12/5/12.

EXCERPT: Haunted by Islamic Fascist

After the huge peaceful protest yesterday against Morsi, today it turned to a bloody battle between the protesters and Morsi supporters (Islamists and Pro-Islamists mainly) . . . .

. . . . Islamists thugs beat the protesters who said “No” [to the] Morsi dictatorial decree–exactly what happened during the Egyptian revolution, when Mubarak sent his thugs to attack the protesters in Tahrir Sq.

Now, Morsi is a textbook Islamic fascist, who eliminates the opposition or unleashes his thugs to attack them. [Italics added.]

It’s remarkable that no one in the police or the army was involved in this battle, it’s suspicious, the absence of security forces in this critical area (the presidential palace diameter.)

The situation in Egypt is getting uglier with time. . . .

“Highlights from Egypt’s Draft Constitution”; Associated Press; 12/01/2012.

EXCERPT: An Islamist-dominated panel is voting on Egypt’s draft constitution, the country’s first charter after the uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak. The draft largely reflects the conservative vision of the Islamists, with articles that rights activists, liberals and Christians fear will lead to restrictions on the rights of women and minorities and civil liberties in general.

Omissions of certain articles, such as bans on slavery or promises to adhere to international rights treaties, were equally worrying to critics of the new draft, who pulled out from the panel before the vote. [This passage was omitted from subsequent versions of the post.]

Here are some of the disputed articles:

– As in past constitutions, the new draft says that the “principles of Islamic law” will be the basis of law. Previously, the term “principles” allowed wide leeway in interpreting Shariah. But in the draft, a separate new article is added that seeks to define “principles” by pointing to particular theological doctrines and their rules. That could give Islamists the tool for insisting on stricter implementation of rulings of Shariah.

– A new article states that Egypt’s most respected Islamic institution, Al-Azhar, must be consulted on any matters related to Shariah, a measure critics fear will lead to oversight of legislation by clerics.

– An article underlines that the state will protect “the true nature of the Egyptian family … and promote its morals and values,” phrasing that is vague and suggests state control over the contents of such arts forms as books and films.

– The draft contains no article specifically establishing equality between men and women because of disputes over the phrasing. However, it maintains that a woman must balance her duties toward family and outside work, suggesting that she can be held accountable if her public role conflicts with her family duties. No such article is mentioned for men.

– An article bans insulting or defaming the prophet and messengers, but is vague about what constitutes an insult, raising concerns of restrictions to freedom of expression.

– An article seeking to ensure people’s dignity bans “insulting humans”, a vague phrasing that rights activists say contradicts freedom of expression.

– An article maintains that the state supports the arts, science and literature and works to implement them in a way that serves society. That has raised concerns that some arts deemed not in the service of society may be restricted or censored.

– An article preserves the right of the military to try civilians before military tribunals in cases for crimes that harm the armed forces without restrictions, despite an outcry from activists who were calling for the abolishing of such tribunals. More than 11,000 civilians were tried before military tribunals during the post-Mubarak transition overseen by the military. . . .

“Morsi Is Seen on a Path to Impos­ing Mar­tial Law in Egypt” by David D. Kirkpatrick; New York Times; 12/08/2012.

NB: Since this article was first published, the NYT changed the headline to something less noteworthy.

EXCERPT: Strug­gling to quell street protests and polit­i­cal vio­lence, Pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi is mov­ing to impose a ver­sion of mar­tial law by call­ing on the armed forces to keep order and autho­riz­ing sol­diers to arrest civil­ians, Egypt­ian state media announced Saturday.

If Mr. Morsi goes through with the plan, it would rep­re­sent a his­toric role rever­sal. For decades, Egypt’s military-backed author­i­tar­ian pres­i­dents had used mar­tial law to hold on to power and to pun­ish Islamists like Mr. Morsi, who spent months in jail under a sim­i­lar decree.

A turn back to the mil­i­tary would also come just four months after Mr. Morsi man­aged to pry polit­i­cal power out of the hands of the country’s pow­er­ful gen­er­als, who led a tran­si­tional gov­ern­ment after the ouster of the long­time strong­man Hosni Mubarak.

The flag­ship state news­pa­per Al Ahram reported that Mr. Morsi “will soon issue a deci­sion for the par­tic­i­pa­tion of the armed forces in the duties of main­tain­ing secu­rity and pro­tec­tion of vital state insti­tu­tions.” The mil­i­tary would main­tain its expanded role until the com­ple­tion of a ref­er­en­dum on a draft con­sti­tu­tion next Sat­ur­day and the elec­tion of a new Par­lia­ment expected two months after that. . . .

“Meet the Islamist Political Fixer Who Could Be Egypt’s Next President” by Eric Trager; The New Republic; 4/27/2012.

EXCERPT: . . . . First, for the final four years of Hosni Mubarak’s reign, Morsi was the primary point-of-contact for State Security within the Muslim Brotherhood. State Security was the repressive domestic security apparatus through which the Mubarak regime monitored and infiltrated opposition groups, and Morsi negotiated with State Security to ensure the Brotherhood’s participation in various political endeavors, such as parliamentary elections. “Mohamed Morsi has very good security relations,” former deputy supreme guide Mohamed Habib told me during a March 2011 interview. “State Security likes a connection point who has the confidence of various Brothers, and [top Brotherhood leaders] pushed for him.” Indeed, Brotherhood leaders trusted Morsi because they viewed him as ideologically rigid, and therefore unlikely to concede too much to the regime during negotiations. . . .

“Jama’a al-Islamiya leader: Islamists, Regime May try to Assassinate Liberals” by Almasry Alyoum; Copts United; 11/26/2012.

EXCERPT: . . . . Jama’a al-Islamiya senior leader Nageh Ibrahim has warned that liberal political figures may be targeted for assassination during the next month.

In an interview with London-based Asharq al-Awsat, the senior figure from the once-banned Islamist group said that the assassinations would come as a result of the increasingly tense political atmosphere, speculating that the assassinations would be carried out jointly by the ruling regime and Islamists.

Ibrahim also expressed support for Morsy’s recent decision granting himself sweeping powers, saying, “Morsy had to take those decisions. He will never retreat.” . . .

“Bush Weighs Reach­ing Out To ‘Broth­ers’” by Eli Lake; The New York Sun;  6/20/2007.

EXCERPT: The Bush admin­is­tra­tion is qui­etly weigh­ing the prospect of reach­ing out to the party that founded mod­ern polit­i­cal Islam, the Mus­lim Brotherhood.

Still in its early stages and below the radar, the cur­rent Amer­i­can delib­er­a­tions and diplo­macy with the orga­ni­za­tion, known in Ara­bic as Ikhwan, take on new sig­nif­i­cance in light of Hamas’s suc­cess­ful coup in Gaza last week. The Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood is widely reported to have helped cre­ate Hamas in 1982.

Today the State Department’s Bureau of Intel­li­gence and Research will host a meet­ing with other rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the intel­li­gence com­mu­nity to dis­cuss open­ing more for­mal chan­nels to the broth­ers. Ear­lier this year, the National Intel­li­gence Coun­cil received a paper it had com­mis­sioned on the his­tory of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood by a scholar at the Nixon Cen­ter, Robert Leiken, who is invited to the State Depart­ment meet­ing today to present the case for engage­ment. On April 7, con­gres­sional lead­ers such as Rep. Steny Hoyer of Mary­land, the Demo­c­ra­tic whip, attended a recep­tion where some rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the broth­ers were present. The recep­tion was hosted at the res­i­dence in Cairo of the Amer­i­can ambas­sador to Egypt, Fran­cis Ric­cia­r­done, a deci­sion that indi­cates a change in policy.

The National Secu­rity Coun­cil and State Depart­ment already meet indi­rectly with the Syr­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood through dis­cus­sions with a new Syr­ian oppo­si­tion group cre­ated in 2006 known as the National Sal­va­tion Front. Mean­while, Iraq’s vice pres­i­dent, Tariq al-Hashemi, is a leader of Iraq’s chap­ter of the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood. His party, known as the Iraqi Islamic Party, has played a role in the Iraqi gov­ern­ment since it was invited to join the Iraqi Gov­ern­ing Coun­cil in 2003.

These devel­op­ments, in light of Hamas’s con­trol of Gaza, sug­gest that Pres­i­dent Bush — who has been care­ful to dis­tin­guish the war on ter­ror from a war on Islam — has done more than any of his pre­de­ces­sors to accept the move­ment fight­ing for the merger of mosque and state in the Mid­dle East. . . .


8 comments for “Imagine, “Morsi Is a Textbook Islamic Fascist”: I Told You So, Part 3 (Democracy, Muslim Brotherhood Style, Part 3)”

  1. Initial unofficial results are in and it looks like the supporters of the Islamists’ draft constitution won the first round of the referendum, although it was much closer than many expected (56% voted “Yes”). And if reports of vote-rigging from the opposition are accurate, it was actually a lot closer:

    Egypt opposition alleges referendum rigging as Islamists claim victory

    Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing says 56% voted for draft constitution but opposition warns of violations in first round poll
    Ian Black in Cairo
    guardian.co.uk, Sunday 16 December 2012 16.08 EST

    Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has claimed victory in the first round of the country’s bitterly divisive constitutional referendum, with opposition forces complaining of large-scale rigging and violations.

    Unofficial results from Saturday’s first round showed 56% approval to 43% rejection on a low turnout of 33%, with a clear no win in Cairo, one of the 10 governorates where polling took place. The referendum is to be held in the country’s remaining 17 governorates next Saturday – where prospects for a no win are poorer.

    The figures were reported by the Freedom and Justice party (FJP), the political wing of the Brotherhood, which has been accurate in previous elections.

    If, as expected, the trend is confirmed, the referendum will bolster the Brotherhood’s Mohamed Morsi, who was elected president on a 51% mandate last June. But no end is in sight to the country’s grave political crisis.

    Sit-in protests against the constitution were continuing on Sunday night in Cairo’s central Tahrir Square and at the presidential palace in Heliopolis, where nine people were killed last week.

    Gehad El-Haddad, a senior Brotherhood and FJP adviser, said: “We thank Allah and the people of Egypt for such honourable practice of democratic participation and although approval [is] lower than expected, [we are] glad it’s yes.”

    The opposition National Salvation Front (NSF) claimed 66% were against the controversial draft basic law. It said it had detected “unprecedented rigging,” including 750 violations. These included unstamped ballot papers, the names of deceased people on lists and the absence of observers at polling stations. The Egyptian Coalition for Human Rights reported the use of religious slogans and financial inducements for those voting yes.

    Mohamed ElBaradei, the co-ordinator of the NSF, warned Morsi in Twitter messages: “In light of Egypt’s evident, and dangerous, division, will you realize the necessity of being a president for all Egyptians? Country split, flagrant irregularities, low turnout, disillusion with Islamists on the rise. Illiteracy remains a hurdle.”

    Many Egyptians, alarmed by a growing budget deficit and the weakness of the pound against the US dollar, agree that stability will remain elusive through next month’s second anniversary of the outbreak of the revolution which overthrew Hosni Mubarak, who had ruled Egypt for nearly 30 years.

    “Even with all this rigging and intimidation the Brotherhood could only get 56%,” Hisham Kassem, a political commentator, told the Guardian. “So next week will be much worse. Egypt is heading for disaster.”

    The referendum was largely peaceful, but violence erupted on Saturday night when the Cairo headquarters of the liberal Wafd Party, part of the NSF, came under attack. The Wafd accused the Salafist preacher Hazem Abu Ismail of being involved but he denied responsibility.

    Another anomaly in first is the fact that initial reports were of unexpectedly high voter turnout, and yet a day later we find that there was an unusually low 33% participation rate. That discrepancy might be consistent with the vote-rigging allegations:

    Turnout is high as Egyptians vote on draft constitution
    Posted: 12/16/2012 12:01:00 AM MST
    By Stephanie McCrummen and Griff Witte
    The Washington Post

    CAIRO — Egyptians turned out in large numbers Saturday to begin voting on a contentious draft constitution that has become a referendum on whether President Mohammed Morsi and his Islamist backers are trustworthy guardians of the diverse revolution that ousted strongman Hosni Mubarak nearly two years ago.

    Despite weeks of protests that have at times turned into bloody, rock-throwing brawls, voting appeared to be largely peaceful on the first of two Saturdays the balloting is being held.

    Morsi had empowered the military to protect polling sites and arrest civilians if necessary. But across Cairo, soldiers seemed more relaxed than tense as they mingled with police, smoked cigarettes or helped elderly voters up stairs. Official results will not be announced until after voting ends Dec. 22.

    The draft charter was passed by an Islamist-dominated assembly after many liberal, Christian and more moderate members walked out, saying their concerns about women’s rights, free speech and other protections were being ignored. As the previous constitution did, the draft charter establishes Islam as the basis of legislation. But it also enshrines al-Azhar, the respected center of Sunni Muslim scholarship, as a nonbinding interpreter of Islamic law, possibly shifting power away from the courts.

    Analysts say the constitution leaves some room for interpretation on rights. For instance, it enshrines a right to free speech but also makes it illegal to insult “an individual person.” The charter establishes equality between men and women but contains a provision requiring the state to balance women’s rights with their “obligations to family.” Muslims, Christians and Jews are explicitly protected but members of minority religions are not.

    But many waiting in polling lines Saturday were less worried about those specifics than about the way Morsi and his Islamist supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party pushed the charter to a vote. On Nov. 22, Morsi issued a constitutional declaration — since rescinded — placing his actions beyond judicial review. Opponents saw it as a power grab, and many who said they voted no on the draft charter cited a lack of trust in a government that would behave in such a manner.

    “I feel if we say yes to this, it will be yes, yes, yes, forever,” said a young woman waiting to vote in the middle-class neighborhood of Manial. She did not want to give her name because, she said, “a lot of people are afraid of the Muslim Brotherhood.”

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 16, 2012, 9:29 pm
  2. Posted by GW | December 17, 2012, 3:29 am
  3. Islamist fascism and democracy: it’s not a good mix:

    Fear keeps Egypt’s Christians away from polls
    9:02p.m. EST December 19, 2012

    ASSIUT, Egypt (AP) — A campaign of intimidation by Islamists left most Christians in this southern Egyptian province too afraid to participate in last week’s referendum on an Islamist-drafted constitution they deeply oppose, residents say. The disenfranchisement is hiking Christians’ worries over their future under empowered Muslim conservatives.

    Around a week before the vote, some 50,000 Islamists marched through the provincial capital, Assiut, chanting that Egypt will be “Islamic, Islamic, despite the Christians.” At their head rode several bearded men on horseback with swords in scabbards on their hips, evoking images of early Muslims conquering Christian Egypt in the 7th Century.

    They made sure to go through mainly Christian districts of the city, where residents, fearing attacks, shuttered down their stores and stayed in their homes, witnesses said.

    The day of the voting itself on Saturday, Christian voting was minimal — as low as seven percent in some areas, according to church officials. Some of those who did try to head to polling stations in some villages were pelted by stones, forcing them to turn back without casting ballots, Christian activists and residents told the Associated Press this week.

    The activists now see what happened in Assiut as a barometer for what Christians’ status will be under a constitution that enshrines a greater role for Shariah, or Islamic law, in government and daily life. Even under the secular regime of autocrat Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s Christians complained of discrimination and government failure to protect them and their rights. They fear it will be worse with the Islamists who have dominated Egypt’s political landscape since Mubarak’s ouster in February 2011.

    Egypt’s main Coptic Orthodox Church and smaller ones have taken an uncharacteristically assertive approach in the constitutional struggle. They withdrew their six members from the Constituent Assembly to protest Islamist domination of the process and later refused to send representatives to a “national dialogue” called for by Morsi.

    The new Coptic pope, Tawadros II, enthroned last month, publicly called some of the charter’s articles “disastrous.”

    In response, the Muslim Brotherhood — which usually keeps a moderate tone toward Christians — has turned toward more inflammatory rhetoric.

    Senior Brotherhood figure Mohammed el-Beltagi in a newspaper interview this week depicted mass anti-Morsi rallies outside the presidential palace in Cairo this month as mainly made up of Christians, hinting at a Christian conspiracy against the president.

    In a recent speech, Safwat Hegazi, a famous Islamist preacher linked to the Brotherhood, warned Christians against joining forces with former Mubarak regime figures to topple Morsi.

    “I tell the church, yes, you are our brothers in Egypt, but there are red lines. Our red line is Morsi’s legitimacy. Whoever dares splash it with water, we will splash him with blood,” he said, using an Arabic saying.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | December 19, 2012, 8:14 pm
  4. Hamas’s attempts at winning hearts and minds:

    Gaza Police Dole Out Head-Shavings & Beatings for ‘Indecent’ Hair
    KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH April 7, 2013, 4:46 PM

    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Police in Hamas-ruled Gaza have started grabbing young men with long or gel-styled spiky hair off the streets, bundling them into jeeps, mocking them and shaving their heads, two of those targeted and a rights group said Sunday.

    It’s the latest sign that the Islamic militants are imposing their strict practices on the population.

    Hamas has been slowly forcing its fundamentalist interpretation of the religion on already conservative Gaza since it overran the territory in 2007, but the new crackdown on long hair and tight or low-waist pants — in several cases accompanied by beatings — appears to be one of the most aggressive phases of the campaign so far.

    It began last week, and two of those targeted told The Associated Press said they were rounded up in separate sweeps in Gaza City that included more than two dozen young men.

    House painter Ayman al-Sayed, 19, had shoulder-length hair before police grabbed him and shaved his head Thursday.

    The only thing I want to do is leave this country,” said al-Sayed, who despite his ordeal defiantly wore stylish but outlawed narrow-leg tan khakis Sunday. “I am scared. They just take you from the street without reason. I don’t know what they are going to do next.

    Hamas officials played down the campaign — a stance adopted in the past that allows the group to distance itself from a controversial crackdown while at the same time instilling fear in those it targeted.

    The hair crackdown came just days after the Hamas-run parliament in Gaza passed an education bill mandating separate classrooms for boys and girls from the age of nine.

    Gender separation is already widely practiced in Gaza schools, as it is in the West Bank, where Hamas rival Mahmoud Abbas, the Western-backed Palestinian president, administers some areas.

    Enshrining such separation in law marked another step forward in Hamas’ campaign of imposing Islamic practice.

    Since seizing Gaza from Abbas six years ago, Hamas has moved gradually in spreading its ultra-conservative version of Islam. It has issued rules restricting women or requiring them to cover up in the traditional Islamic dress of long robes and headscarves, but relented if met by protests.

    In another incident, a Gaza teen, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said he saw police beat three young men in downtown Gaza City for wearing tight, low-rise pants. The witness said the policemen beat the three with clubs on the backs of their knees and told passers-by watching the scene to move along.

    Ahmed Yousef, a Hamas figure identified with the more pragmatic wing of the movement, said the police behavior is “absolutely wrong” and must stop. Hamas is often divided over such campaigns, but the pragmatists have been unable to stop the more zealous members.

    Hamas is also competing with the even more fundamentalist Salafis, a movement that has gained in strength and popularity in Gaza in recent years. Salafis have criticized Hamas for not implementing Islamic law in Gaza quickly enough.

    Posted by Pterrafractyl | April 7, 2013, 10:21 pm
  5. http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/timstanley/100213666/the-muslim-brotherhood-wants-spain-back-can-the-christians-have-egypt-in-exchange/

    The Muslim Brotherhood wants Spain back. Can the Christians have Egypt in exchange?

    By Tim Stanley Religion Last updated: April 24th, 2013

    The Muslim Brotherhood wants this back

    The Islamic Society of North America, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, has published an article that calls Andalusia – the hottest bit of Spain – a “paradise” that will return when “the only victor is Allah.” It reads like part travelogue and part religious tract, claiming that Andalusia was a region of tolerance “for 800 years” when occupied by Muslims, was then ruined by “the insanity following the Spanish reconquista” and, only today, has regained some of its former lustre thanks to growing interest in Islam in the region. Quote: “In 2006, Spanish prime minister José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero said that Spain was indebted to Islam for its great historical contributions.” Mr Zapatero also legalised gay marriage, so it’s fair to presume that he’s not too keen for the Caliphate to come back.

    The article actually makes some very good points. Islamic Andalusia was a cultural centre for western Europe, did tolerate the presence of Jews and Christians and did see a great many natives convert to Islam. Within Spain, that interpretation of history has become institutionalised as the country has tried to make peace with its Muslim minority and preach its own brand of multiculturalism. But it’s only half the story. According to the New York Times:

    Andalusian governance was … based on a religious tribal model. Christians and Jews, who shared Islam’s Abrahamic past, had the status of dhimmis – alien minorities. They rose high but remained second-class citizens; one 11th-century legal text called them members of “the devil’s party.” They were subject to special taxes and, often, dress codes. Violence also erupted, including a massacre of thousands of Jews in Grenada in 1066 and the forced exile of many Christians in 1126.

    Of course, even this was arguably preferable to what followed the Spanish reconquista – an era characterised by violent mass pogroms against the Jewish population.

    Nevertheless, there’s something both creepy and presumptuous about a Muslim writer visiting a Christian country and yearning for its “return” to the fold. Creepy because, for many Islamists (the author of this travelogue not included), that return will be by compulsion rather than evangelical outreach and church picnics: Hassan al-Banna, the founder of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, once wrote that “Andalusia, Sicily, the Balkans, south Italy, and the Roman sea islands were all Islamic lands that have to be restored to the homeland of Islam… it is our right to restore the Islamic Empire its glory.” Such sentiments are also presumptuous because they imply that certain parts of the globe spiritually “belong” to people who “owned” them for a bit in the past. And if we’re really going to divide up the world by that logic, I’d like to make a counter offer to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Can we Christians have North Africa back? After all, it was once a centre of Christian civilisation – some of the earliest Christian communities were found there. You want brilliant theologians – Africa gave us St Augustine. You want devotion – Africa gave us the Desert Fathers. You want beauty – Africa gave us stunning iconography. You want learning – Africa gave us the libraries and schools at Alexandria. So Andalusia for Egypt seems a fair swap. After all, those pagan pyramids can surely be of no use to the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Posted by Vanfield | April 26, 2013, 11:58 am
  6. @Vanfield–

    This might seem utterly delusional to some, and it may turn out to be illusory.

    However, with Germany melting down southern Europe for hard currency, and with centripetal forces pushing Spain, among other poor nations, to fragment, I wouldn’t dismiss the possibility that MONEY may prove to be the dominant consideration.

    We might see Qatar or some other similar entity pour money into Andalusia and/or other areas, expanding the Islamofascist European foothold already established in Bosnia and Kosovo.

    Who knows, maybe Dagestan and Chechnya if and when the transnationals’ and Underground Reich’s Muslim Brotherhood proxy warriors successfully split up Russia.

    Maybe Xinjiang in China, with Uighur/MB elements in ascension.

    Recall that, in the exhaustive For The Record series about the Arab Spring, we noted that powerful transnational corporate interests, the GOP and its related element of the intelligence community and, underlying and controlling it all—the Underground Reich–were employing the Muslim Brotherhood as proxy warriors.

    The goals: Get Israel and the Jews; tar Obama with the “terrorist brush;” attack, harass and/or destroy the United States as needed; above all, driving a deep wedge into the heart of the Earth Island, splitting-off the fossil fuel-rich areas of Russia and China.

    The Boston Marathon bombing is derivative of this relationship.

    Unfortunately, neither the insufferable mainstream media, the so-called progressive sector nor the blogosphere seem to be able to wrap their minds around the fundamental nature of the Brotherhood, its fascist nature and history,nor its corporate relationships.

    It is a relationship not unlike that between Hitler, Mussolini et al and the powerful corporate and financial interests that backed fascism.

    It is WAY beyond the “agent/provacateur designed to justify a police state” scenario being advanced.

    WAY, WAY beyond.


    Dave Emory

    (Glenn Beck and company are doing just that; the so-called progressive sector and the blogosphere can’t seem to figure out the janus-faced nature

    Posted by Dave Emory | April 26, 2013, 12:41 pm
  7. Click the link to see a subtitled video of this

    Founders of the Egyptian Nazi Party: All We Want is World Supremacy for the Egyptian Race

    Following are excerpts from a TV talk show featuring members of the Egyptian Nazi Party, which aired on Dream1 TV on September 22, 2011.

    “Our Political Goal is to Make the Arab Race, or Arabic Speakers, the Best Race”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “A group of young Egyptians have founded a Nazi political party, even though Nazism is a tyrannical Fascist political ideology, which brought ruin and destruction upon the entire world.” […]

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Dr. Mamdouh Mansour: “This is a new party with a new ideology. It operates out in the open. It is not a secret or Freemason society. The party’s ideology offers solutions to the problems afflicting Egypt.” […]

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Sayyed Gamal: “We have adopted the positive aspects of the Nazi Party, not the negative. We will not carry out holocausts against the Jews, and we will not fight them. This has to do with the policies of the state, in which we do not interfere.

    “Nobody finances us – neither at home nor abroad.”

    Head of the Egyptian Nazi Party Muhi Al-Din Gamal: “My vision for the future is that within 10 years, we will have representatives in the parliament, and the president will be one of ours as well. Our political goal is to make the Arab race, or Arabic speakers, the best race. They will be at the top level, and we will help to spread the Arabic language throughout the world.”

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Rami Gan: “Several businessmen want to finance us, and we have to choose between them. We do not recognize the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel.

    “We want to build an Egyptian nuclear reactor – a reactor that will be built by Egyptians and will have Egyptian components. All Egyptians will unite around this national project.”

    “The One and Only Thing We Have Adopted from Nazism is Racial Supremacy”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “Heil Hitler! We have in the studio with us ‘Amr Fouad, a member of the Nazi Party. Welcome, ‘Amr.

    “Muhammad Abd Al-Rahmad, a member of the Nazi Party. Hello, Muhammad.

    “And Ahmad Sayyed, a member of the Nazi Party. Welcome, Ahmad. […]

    “Why should we, in Egypt, import these tyrannical, Fascist political movements, and evoke them from history, after they have been vomited by the entire world?”

    Egyptian Nazi Party member ‘Amr Fouad: “First of all, the Egyptian citizen has been greatly humiliated. The thing we want most is to draw the line.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “What do you mean?”

    ‘Amr Fouad: “The supremacy of the Egyptian race.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “The supremacy of the Egyptian race?”

    ‘Amr Fouad: “That’s our number one goal.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “Like Hitler said that the Aryan race was superior to the rest of mankind? That is extreme racism. We excel through our success and our capabilities. No race is exceptional. Do you want to make the Egyptian race exceptional? Should we call for that?”

    ‘Amr Fouad: “Not at present. We don’t want to be superior to the world…”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “Are you saying that the Egyptian race should rule?”

    ‘Amr Fouad: “At a certain point. We are talking about the Egyptian race and the Arab race. The Egyptian race should rule first, and then the Arab race.” […]

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman: “The idea emerged through a Facebook group, of course. We got together and realized that each of us had believed in this idea before…”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “In what idea?”

    Muhammad Abd Al-Rahman: “In the supremacy of the Egyptian race. We won’t be a Nazi party like the German one. It will not be like Hitler’s party that everybody remembers. We are governed by the precepts of Islamic law. For example, Hitler was hostile towards all the Jews. We as Egyptians – and as Muslims in general – believe that Judaism is a monotheistic religion, which we must respect. I am not hostile towards all the Jews. I am hostile towards the Zionist entity. The Zionist entity poses a danger to the Arabs, so I am hostile towards it. […]

    “By now, we have more than 300 members. […]

    “I adopted the Nazi ideology of Hitler’s National Socialist German Workers’ Party, because it is the only ideology that is suitable for us. According to the Nazi ideology, the institutions in any country will gain prominence by means of the military institution. My first priority is the strength of the military institution, and when we become a strong country among the nations, no unnecessary foreign treaty will be imposed upon us. You will be able to reexamine any foreign treaty thanks to your military strength.” […]

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Ahmad Sayyed: “Sir, we do not want a full-fledged Nazi party. All we want is the statement that our country’s race will rule. We preceded the rest of the world. We have a 7,000-year-old culture. We have taught the world things that dazzle it to this day. […]

    “I’d like the Arab world to unite, so that we become a united force, like the EU.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “But do Hitler’s Nazi ideas constitute part of your party’s platform?”

    Egyptian Nazi Party member ‘Amr Fouad: “Some of his ideas, like respect for the Egyptian citizen. For example, a German officer was killed during the German occupation of France. In order to restore the honor of this officer, 95 of the French were killed. That way, wherever a German tourist goes in Europe, he is treated with respect. We will not gain respect with blood, but through industry, agriculture, tourism, and development.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “You want us to excel.”

    ‘Amr Fouad: “Yes, to excel. All we want to take from Nazism is the respect. That’s it. We want to have supremacy over our world.”

    TV host Wael El-Ebrashi: “I noticed in the report that one of you had Hitler’s Mein Kampf.”

    Egyptian Nazi Party member Ahmad Sayyed: “We have nothing to do with Hitler. The one and only thing we have adopted from Nazism is racial supremacy. That’s it.” […]

    Posted by Vanfield | November 19, 2013, 6:42 pm
  8. http://freebeacon.com/georgetown-university-to-host-member-of-egypts-nazi-party/

    Georgetown University to Host Member of Egypt’s Nazi Party
    Will participate in event with Muslim Brotherhood leaders

    BY: Adam Kredo
    November 19, 2013 7:25 pm

    Georgetown University is scheduled to host an event on Egypt that features a member of Egypt’s Nazi Party.

    Georgetown University’s Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Center for Christian Muslim Understanding is scheduled to host a Dec. 5 event on “Egypt and the Struggle for Democracy.”

    The event features a slew of speakers sympathetic to the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Coptic Christian Ramy Jan, who cut his teeth on the Egyptian political scene as a member of the country’s Nazi Party, according to multiple sources.

    The event is scheduled to take place all day at Georgetown’s ICC auditorium and feature a keynote address by Rep. Keith Ellison (D., Minn.).

    In addition to Jan, a who’s who of Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated speakers are scheduled to be flown in from Egypt to attend and participate in the forum, which includes multiple panel discussions about Egypt’s recent coup and the current state of the country’s democracy.

    Egypt experts criticized both Georgetown and event organizers for holding an event that will primarily feature pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda under the guise of free and open discussion.

    They also expressed surprise at the inclusion of Nazi Party member Jan, who was featured in a 2011 documentary on the Nazi Party’s “pursuit of world supremacy for the Egyptian race.”

    “Several businessmen want to finance us, and we have to choose between them,” Jan told interviewers in Arabic, according to a translation of his remarks by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

    “We do not recognize the peace treaty between Egypt and Israel,” Jan said before explaining his desire for Egypt to build a nuclear reactor.

    “We want to build an Egyptian nuclear reactor—a reactor that will be built by Egyptians and will have Egyptian components,” he said. “All Egyptians will unite around this national project.”

    Egypt’s Nazi Party is very small and comprised of only a few key members, including Jan.

    Jan is featured in a promotional flyer for the event as a member of the little-known group, “Christians Against the Coup.”

    Egypt experts dismissed the event as an attempt by Muslim Brotherhood supporters to push their agenda with the backing of a prominent American university.

    “I think Georgetown has some serious questions to answer,” such as why are they providing a “platform for the Egyptian Nazi Party,” said the Hudson Institute’s Samuel Tadros, author of Motherland Lost: The Egyptian and Coptic Quest for Modernity.

    “Out of 17 speakers, most of these people are members of the Muslim Brotherhood” except for the “one token Christian—and the one Coptic out of million of Copts who also happens to be a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood,” Tadros said.

    “It’s remarkable to find such a guy,” he said. “Just by inviting him that tells us something about the nature of the conference and those organizing it.”

    Most Coptic Christians supported the removal of Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohamed Morsi.

    They also have been the victims of violence and vandalism in the months since Morsi was deposed by the Egyptian military.

    “The vast majority of Copts, as well as the Coptic church itself, supported Morsi’s removal,” said Eric Trager, an Egypt expert at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy (WINEP).

    “So why would Georgetown hold a conference on Egypt in which the lone Coptic speaker opposed Morsi’s removal, especially when the conference features a number of Muslim Brothers and other Islamists who will also advocate a pro-Morsi position?” Trager asked.

    “It should be emphasized that [Jan’s group] ‘Christians Against the Coup’ is a barely-known, peripheral movement,” Trager said. “So whoever chose its leader to speak at Georgetown must have been specifically looking for a Copt who opposed Morsi’s removal, rather than a Copt whose views are more representative of Egypt’s Christian community.”

    Other featured speakers include Wael Haddara, a Canadian-based Muslim Brotherhood backer who formerly served as a senior adviser to Morsi; Abdel Mawgoud al-Dardery, a onetime member of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party who is now fighting against the coup; and Mohamed Abbas, an Islamist and longtime supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood.

    Other participants include Dalia Mogahed, who was picked by President Barack Obama to advise White House’s Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

    Mogahed said on Twitter Tuesday that organizers of the event had no knowledge that Jan was a member of Egypt’s Nazi party.

    “I can assure you the organizers had no idea about his ‘other baggage,’” she said.

    When reached for comment Tuesday about the event, an official at Georgetown’s Alwaleed Center directed a reporter to contact event organizers at the Egypt Freedom Foundation, which did not respond to several requests for comment.

    Hours after being contacted by the Free Beacon, the event organizers scrubbed his name from the event flyer and quietly reposted an altered version.

    Christine Kidwell, the Alwaleed Center’s associate director, did not respond to multiple requests for comment.

    Ellison’s spokesman Mike Casca also did not respond to a request for comment.

    Posted by Vanfield | November 21, 2013, 10:33 am

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