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Why Egyptians Want War With Israel: It’s in the Koran

05/08/2011 Leave a comment

By Robert Spencer – “Fifty-four per cent of Egyptians want to scrap the Camp David accords that have kept an uneasy peace with Israel since 1979—in yet another blow to the credibility of the many analysts and commentators who assured the American people that the Egyptian uprising heralded the dawn of a new, secular democracy there. A new poll conducted by the Pew Research Center reveals that a significant number of Egyptians manifest a deeply ingrained Islamic antisemitism that leads them to hate Israel—and the Camp David accords—for religious, not political, reasons.

‘Strongest among men in enmity to the believers wilt thou find the Jews …’ 5:82. The Koran contains a great deal of material that forms the foundation for a hatred of Jews that has persisted throughout Islamic history. It portrays the Jews as the craftiest, most persistent, and most implacable enemies of the Muslims—and there is no Islamic authority that has moved to mitigate the most destructive interpretations of all this. The Koran’s material on the Jews remains the prism through which far too many Muslims see the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Camp David accords, and Jews in general to this day.” Read more.

Muslim Brotherhood urges review of Israel ties – “The Muslim Brotherhood opposition group in Egypt has called for a review of the 1978 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel and says it should be resubmitted to a ‘freely elected’ parliament for approval.” Read more.

Muslim Brotherhood Urges Protests In Syria; Four Soldiers Killed

04/29/2011 2 comments

“The banned Muslim Brotherhood has called on Syrians to take to the streets to protest against the regime ahead of Friday prayers.

The declaration is the first time that the Brotherhood, whose leadership is in exile, have called directly for demonstrations since pro-democracy demonstrations against President Bashar al Assad’s autocratic rule erupted six weeks ago.

It comes as members of the country’s army units have reportedly clashed with each other over the crackdown on protesters in the city of Deraa – the heart of the popular uprising.

More than 500 people have been killed across Syria – about 100 in Deraa alone – since the revolt against President Assad began in mid-March, according to human rights groups.”  Read more.

Syria: 4 Soldiers Killed in Attack on Army Post – “BEIRUT – Syria’s state-run television says ‘armed terrorists’ have attacked a military post in the southern city of Daraa, killing four soldiers and capturing two.

The report comes as thousands of Syrians took to the streets across the country — including the capital of Damascus — in demonstrations against the regime of President Bashar Assad. The six-week uprising has posed the gravest threat to his rule.”  Read more.

Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt: Prepare for an Islamic Government

04/24/2011 Leave a comment

“The role of the Muslim Brotherhood is to mobilize the nation to establish a way of life based on Islam, said its Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat al-Shater.

Speaking at a conference in Alexandria two days ago, Shater further said that the group is preparing to initiate an Islamic government to achieve progress based on Islamic principles, and that its objective is to establish an Islamic state and become world leaders.

Pointing out that no Sunni state currently has a regime with Islamic references, he urged Muslim scholars to contribute an workable, comprehensive, civilized Islamic model.

Asked about the recent resignations of some Brotherhood leaders, Shater said, ‘If two Brotherhood members have left, a hundred join every day.'”  Read more.

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Brotherhood Leaders Announce They’ll Implement Sharia, Set Off Storm; Coptic Church Suspends Dialogue

04/17/2011 Leave a comment

Isaiah 19:4, “‘I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,’ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.”

“Mahmoud Ezzat, the Muslim Brotherhood’s deputy Supreme Guide, said in a forum held in the Cairo district of Imbaba on Thursday that the group wants to establish an Islamic state after it achieves widespread popularity through its Freedom and Justice Party. Meanwhile, Brotherhood leader Saad al-Husseiny, said at the forum that the group aims to apply Islamic legislation and establish Islamic rule. His remarks rattled the leaders of several political parties, who said the statements, which were at odds with the concept of a civil state, would worry liberals.

The Coptic Orthodox Church decided to suspend its dialogue with the group after additional Brotherhood leaders said it was seeking to implement Islamic Sharia and declare Egypt an Islamic state, church sources said. The sources said the Brotherhood is trampling over the principles of equality and citizenship, and that its rhetoric changed after the 25 January revolution to adopt the language of the toppled regime.

Al-Masry Al-Youm has learned that as a result of the controversy, the church abandoned its intention to invite the group’s leaders to attend Easter celebrations.”  Read more.

Clinton Warns Intolerance Threatens to Hijack Arab Revolutions and Spread Extremism

04/16/2011 Leave a comment

By Matthew Lee – “BERLIN — U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is warning that rising intolerance toward women and religious minorities threatens to hijack democratic transitions around the Arab world and spread violent extremism.

Clinton told an award ceremony in the German capital on Friday that she was disturbed by recent developments in post-revolt Egypt in which women and Coptic Christians were singled out for attacks and abuse. She said such incidents test the unity of pro-democracy demonstrators whose peaceful protests ousted Egypt’s authoritarian president and could fracture the reform movement.

Clinton said she feared similar backsliding elsewhere in the Mideast…” Read more.

The US Government Has No Strategy on How to Deal with the Muslim Brotherhood

04/16/2011 Leave a comment

“Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch discusses the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the U.S. with guest host Eric Bolling on Fox News’ Glenn Beck Show, April 14, 2011.”

Egyptians Alarmed Over Rise in Influence of Islamists in Post-Mubarak Era

04/15/2011 Leave a comment

By ABEER TAYEL – “Acts of hard-line vigilantism committed recently in Egypt are fuelling debate and concerns over the role Islamists could play after the departure of President Hosni Mubarak, who suppressed Islamist groups which he saw as a threat to his rule, analysts said.

Salafis were tolerated as a religious group under the former president as a counterweight his top foe, the Muslim Brotherhood group. But they appear to be playing a more political role in the country after the January 25 revolution.

That has alarmed many of the secular and liberal forces in Egypt because of the group’s extremist discourse and imposition of sharia (Islamic law.)”  Read more.

Islamists in Egypt Seek Change Through Politics

04/05/2011 Leave a comment

By Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times – “… ‘We were young and we took extreme measures. But now we’re old men and our time in prison has made us wiser,’ he said. “Al Qaeda and Islamic militancy have lost their glamour. Look at what has happened. The young saw that violence didn’t bring change to Egypt, a peaceful revolution did.”

Ibrahim is one of an increasing number of ultraconservative and moderate Islamists seeking a political voice in a new Egypt. Since the downfall in February of President Hosni Mubarak, who for three decades kept religion far from the center of power, the Islamist message is unshackled. The Muslim Brotherhood, the largest opposition party, expects a strong showing in September’s parliamentary elections.”  Read more.

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Oh The Irony: New Egyptian Law Bans Protests and Demonstrations

03/27/2011 Leave a comment

Isaiah 19:4, “‘I will hand the Egyptians over to the power of a cruel master, and a fierce king will rule over them,’ declares the Lord, the LORD Almighty.”

I expect this so-called law to be used against Coptic Christians when they protest against the harsh treatment and persecution they have to endure at the hands of Islamists.

“Cairo (AsiaNews) – The Egyptian cabinet approved a decree that criminalises strikes, protests, demonstrations and sit-ins that interrupt private or state owned businesses or affect the economy in any way. It calls for severe punishment of those who call for or incite action, with a maximum sentence of one year in prison and fines of up to US$ 85,000. The new law still needs to be approved by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces, which took over following Mubarak’s fall from power.

Sources told AsiaNews that the measure is meant to stifle the voice of the people who led the Jasmine Revolution and oppose the results of the recent constitutional referendum, manipulated by the Muslim Brotherhood.

‘This law confirms the Brotherhood’s attempt to take over the Jasmine Revolution,’ the source said. The army and the Islamist party have struck a deal to maintain the country’s stability and the price is the ideals of democracy and democracy that brought down Mubarak. ‘The danger is the rise of an Islamic dictatorship that would replace the military regime that has governed the country in the past 40 years.'”  Read more.

Islamist Group Is Rising Force in a New Egypt

03/25/2011 2 comments

“By MICHAEL SLACKMAN – CAIRO — In post-revolutionary Egypt, where hope and confusion collide in the daily struggle to build a new nation, religion has emerged as a powerful political force, following an uprising that was based on secular ideals. The Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist group once banned by the state, is at the forefront, transformed into a tacit partner with the military government that many fear will thwart fundamental changes.

It is also clear that the young, educated secular activists who initially propelled the nonideological revolution are no longer the driving political force — at least not at the moment.

As the best organized and most extensive opposition movement in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood was expected to have an edge in the contest for influence. But what surprises many is its link to a military that vilified it.

‘There is evidence the Brotherhood struck some kind of a deal with the military early on,’ said Elijah Zarwan, a senior analyst with the International Crisis Group.”  Read more.

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Egypt’s Constitution Amended, Muslim Brotherhood Now Approved by Egyptian Voters

03/21/2011 Leave a comment

“CAIRO — Egyptian voters overwhelmingly approved a referendum on constitutional changes on Sunday that will usher in rapid elections, with the results underscoring the strength of established political organizations, particularly the Muslim Brotherhood, and the weakness of emerging liberal groups.

More than 14.1 million voters, or 77.2 percent, approved the constitutional amendments; 4 million, or 22.8 percent, voted against them. The turnout of 41 percent among the 45 million eligible voters broke all records for recent elections, according to the Egyptian government.

‘This is the first real referendum in Egypt’s history,’ said Mohamed Ahmed Attia, the chairman of the supreme judicial committee that supervised the elections, in announcing the results…

The Muslim Brotherhood and remnant elements of the National Democratic Party, which dominated Egyptian politics for decades, were the main supporters of the referendum. They argued that the election timetable would ensure a swift return to civilian rule.”  Read more.

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