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Syria Muslim Brotherhood rejects Russia-sponsored peace talks

December 28, 2017

The Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has categorically rejected the Sochi conference sponsored by Russia scheduled for the end of January.

In a statement released yesterday, the group said that the conference is an attempt to consolidate the Russian occupation and ignore the political solution stipulated in the Geneva resolutions, which starts with the formation of a fully-fledged transitional authority which does not include Bashar Al-Assad and his regime.

The group reiterated its adherence to the principles of the Syrian revolution of overthrowing Al-Assad and his regime and rebuilding the country as a state of justice, freedom, equality and human dignity.

It also called on all revolutionary forces and Syrian national figures to boycott the Sochi conference. The Syrian opposition negotiating body said there was widespread rejection of the conference among opposition groups.

Russia, Turkey and Iran, the guarantors of the ceasefire in Syria agreed at the conclusion of the Astana 8 meeting last week to hold the Syrian national dialogue conference in the Russian resort of Sochi on 29-30 January.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


More Brotherhood members get life sentences

Monday, 31 August 2015

Nine more members of the Muslim Brotherhood have been sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in Egypt, Anadolu has reported. In the same session, four other members of the movement were each sent to prison for four years.

Those convicted by the Criminal Court in Ismailiyah included a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood Guidance Office, Mohamed Taha Wahdan, and the local spokesman for the movement in the city, Ali Abdullah, in addition to the main Brotherhood official in the governorate, Sabry Khalafallah.

All were arrested following the dispersal of a pro-democracy demonstration in December 2013. They were accused of attempting to undermine Egypt’s security, public safety, taking part in an illegal demonstration and being affiliated with Egypt’s largest Islamic movement.

A source in Ismailiyah added that the Appeal Court had released a number of pro-Brotherhood individuals on bail.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


Brotherhood agrees to form a revolutionary front with socialists

Friday, 31 July 2015

The Muslim Brotherhood has praised the invitation by the Revolutionary Socialists in Egypt to form a revolutionary front to stand against the military coup and end military rule. The movement regards this step as a point in the socialists’ favor and called for its immediate implementation with the formation of the new front before the protests planned to commemorate the anniversary of the massacres in Rabaa Al-Adawiyya and Al-Nahda Squares two years ago.

“Let us align together and unite the revolutionaries against the coup,” urged Brotherhood official Gamal Heshmat.”We hope that a revolutionary front is formed before 14 August in order to take advantage of the popular anger and overthrow the military rule as soon as possible, as well as end the political dispute amongst the revolutionaries.”

In a telephone interview with Rassd news network, Heshmat added that the invitation was a result of the long-standing communication channel between the Brotherhood and other revolutionary forces in an effort to unite the opposition to the Sisi government. “We are now seeing a positive change and step in the context of regaining the benefits of the January Revolution, starting with freedom,” he insisted. “We hope we continue to communicate and that the respectable parties reunite because there is only one solution: uniting our ranks just as we did during the 2011 uprising.”

The Revolutionary Socialists movement had called on all the revolutionary forces, including the Muslim Brotherhood, to form a new front aiming to overthrow the military rule in a statement it issued under the heading, “Once again on terrorism and national alignment”.

Source: Middle East Monitor.


Muslim Brotherhood gears up for campaign season

Sept. 14, 2011

CAIRO, Sept. 14 (UPI) — The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt announced that candidates for its political party were gearing up for upcoming parliamentary elections.

The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces is expected to announce a date for opening nominations for parliamentary elections by the end of September. SCAF said it was having separate elections for each house to allow for proper judicial oversight.

Mokhtar Ali, a former member of the Egyptian Parliament with the Muslim Brotherhood, said the Freedom and Justice Party, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political wing, was gearing up for election season.

“We will start campaigning in the coming few weeks,” he was quoted by Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm as saying.

Ali’s statements followed a closed-door political conference organized by the Freedom and Justice Party. The group said following the conference it was becoming frustrated with SCAF’s policies, notably a decision to return to emergency laws in the country.

Victoria Nuland, a spokeswoman for the U.S. State Department, said Washington had concerns about SCAF’s commitments to the rule of law.

“As such, we have encouraged the transitional government to lift the state of emergency immediately,” she said.

SCAF is facing mounting pressure because of the perception it isn’t moving fast enough with post-revolutionary reforms.

Source: United Press International (UPI).

Brotherhood reacts to Erdogan remarks

Wed Sep 14, 2011

Egypt’s largest opposition group, the Muslim Brotherhood, has criticized Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s call on Egyptians to adopt a secular constitution.

Mahmoud Ghuzlan, the spokesman of the Muslim Brotherhood, considered Erdogan’s comments as interference in Egypt’s local affairs. He stated that the experiments of other countries should not be cloned, the Dubai-based Al Arabiya news network reported on Wednesday.

“Turkey’s conditions imposed on it to deal with the secular concept,” a spokesman for the Muslim Brotherhood said.

“A secular state respects all religions. Do not be wary of secularism. I hope there will be a secular state in Egypt,” Erdogan said in an interview with an Egyptian private satellite TV channel prior to his visit to Egypt.

He stressed that people have the right to choose whether or not to be religious, adding that he is a Muslim prime minister for a secular state.

It is generally believed that Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has geared up for the November election in which its newly formed Freedom and Justice Party is looking forward to win half of the parliamentary seats.

The Brotherhood endured years of repression until Hosni Mubarak was ousted by a popular revolution in February after 30 years of autocratic rule.

Founded in 1928, the group has maintained strong support in Egypt’s Muslim society although it has been officially illegal since 1954.

Under the US-backed Mubarak regime, independent Muslim Brotherhood candidates won nearly one-fifth of Egypt’s parliamentary seats in the 2005 general elections.

Source: PressTV.

Muslim Bros. question ongoing protests

Sept. 9, 2011

CAIRO, Sept. 9 (UPI) — Egypt isn’t ripe for another round of mass protests because the country is slowly moving in the right direction, the Muslim Brotherhood said.

Ousted Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and members of his inner circle are on trial in connection to the deaths of some 800 protesters killed during the revolution early this year, which ended his 30-year grip on power.

Protesters since the revolution have occupied Cairo’s Tahrir Square calling on the country’s military leadership to hurry with political reforms and bring those responsible for atrocities during the revolution to justice.

Mohamed Saad el-Katatni, secretary-general of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, said the country was moving in the right direction, al-Jazeera reports.

Mohsen Rady, a high-ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood, was quoted as saying most Egyptians “have grown bored of these demonstrations.”

Thousands of people flocked to Tahrir Square after Friday prayers complaining about the military leadership. The ruling Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said it respected the right to peaceful protest but warned it would respond if demonstrations got out of hand.

Mohammed ElBaradei, the former head of the United Nations’ nuclear watchdog agency and presidential hopeful, maintained that many of the revolutionary goals haven’t yet been met.

(Please note when this article was originally done).

Source: United Press International (UPI).

Egypt’s Brotherhood declares war on the bikini


“Freedom and Justice” party leader: “We must place regulations on tourists wishing to visit Egypt.”

Sunbathing in Alexandria may soon be a thing of the past, at least if some Egyptian Islamist politicians have their way.

Egypt’s tourism industry has suffered a severe blow since the outburst of anti-regime demonstrations in January. But that did not stop the Freedom and Justice Party, the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood, from demanding stricter regulations over what tourists can do and wear while visiting the country. The party is urging officials to ban skimpy swimwear and the consumption of alcohol on Egyptian streets.

“Beach tourism must take the values and norms of our society into account,” Muhammad Saad Al-Katatny, secretary-general of Freedom and Justice, told Egyptian tourism officials on Monday. “We must place regulations on tourists wishing to visit Egypt, which we will announce in advance.”

The call for new strictures on tourists comes as Egypt debates the role of Islam in the post-Mubarak era. Freedom and Justice is competing in elections scheduled for this autumn for parliament and opinion polls show a majority of Egyptians favor a greater use of Islamic law and mores. But a vocal minority worries that Egypt risks becoming an Islamic republic.

“This is how things began in Iran,” Hani Henry, a psychology professor at the American University in Cairo, told The Media Line. “The moderate youth wanted to implement changes, but the Mullah’s hijacked the revolution. The same thing is now happening here in Egypt with the Muslim Brotherhood. It makes me sick to my stomach.”

Along with Suez Canal tolls and energy exports, tourism is a major source of foreign exchange for Egypt. But with protests, strikes, and continued violence in the cities and Sinai Peninsula months after President Husni Mubarak was forced to step down, foreigners have hesitated to visit the country, which offers some of the world’s most spectacular antiquities as well as beaches and scuba diving.

Finance Minister Hazem Al-Beblawi told the Reuters news agency earlier this month that revenue from tourism would likely total $10 billion in the financial year that started on July 1, compared with $11.6 billion in 2009/10.

Al-Katatny told Al-Masry Al-Youm daily that his party had already set up a subcommittee to investigate the issue of incoming tourism to Egypt and planned to amend legislation following the upcoming parliamentary elections.

“Some slight changes will be made in public beaches, to make the situation better than it was before,” Ali Khafagy, youth director of Freedom and Justice in Giza, told The Media Line. “Bathing suits and mixing on the beach are things that go against our tradition. It’s not just a matter of religion. When I go to the beach I don’t want to see nudity.”

He said modest bathing gear or separate beaches for men and women are possible alternatives to the current situation.

Khafagy stressed that tourists would be free to do as they please in specially designated areas, adding that his party supported incoming tourism to the country. But that did not satisfy the heads of Egypt’s tourism industry, who met with the party’s secretary-general Al-Katatny for a heated debate on Monday.

“Without alcohol and bathing suits, no tourists will come and we will loose $13 billion a year,” Hussam A-Shaer, head of the tourist company association, told Al-Masry al-Youm.

But bathing suits are not the only worry of Egypt’s Islamists. Abd Al-Munim A-Shahhat, a spokesman for the Salafi group Dawa, has said that Egypt’s world-renowned pharaonic archeology – its pyramids, Sphinx and other monuments covered with un-Islamic imagery – should also be hidden from the public eye.

“The pharaonic culture is a rotten culture,” A-Shahhat told the London-based Arabic daily A-Sharq Al-Awsat on Wednesday, saying the faces of ancient statues “should be covered with wax, since they are religiously forbidden.” He likened the Egyptian relics to the idols which circled the walls of Mecca in pre-Islamic times.

The Islamist challenges to the tourism industry in post-revolutionary Egypt have led to the establishment of the Coalition to Support Tourism, whose members also met with Al-Katatny on Monday. The coalition, which includes a broad array of travel industry organizations and figures, argued that the real problem isn’t modesty but the absence of any strategy on the part of Egypt’s new parties to protect the country’s faltering tourism industry.

“Some parties want to ban tourism, or allow it while banning alcohol, certain foods and certain clothes. [A couple] renting a room will require documents proving they are married,” wrote the coalition administrator on the group’s Facebook page. “These proposals don’t bode well, as many of you know.”

Henry of the American University said two classes of beaches already exist in Egypt, with modestly dressed, generally poor Egyptians occupying some and foreign tourists occupying others, mostly in the resorts of the Sinai Peninsula. He said he considered imposition of sharia law in Egypt “an act of aggression” that he would not tolerate.

Islamists have never been enamored of foreign tourism and before they were crushed by the Mubarak regime foreign visitors were often targeted for killings. Close to 60 Western tourists were killed by Islamist terrorists in the southern city of Luxor in 1997. Tourists were also attacked in bombings in the Sinai resorts of Taba, Sharm Al-Sheikh and Dahab in 2004, 2005 and 2006.

But Al-Katatny said that the Muslim Brotherhood regards Egypt’s archeology as belonging to all of humanity, and should therefore be safeguarded.

“This heritage belongs to everyone, and one can’t simply remove something he doesn’t like,” he told Al-Ahram daily.

Source: The Jerusalem Post.

Muslim Brotherhood party leaders meet with Russian diplomat

Thursday 11 Aug 2011

Leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party met with the acting Russian ambassador to Cairo Ivan Molotocov in the party’s headquarters Wednesday morning.

In a phone call with the Moscow News Agency, party officials confirmed the news, adding that the party’s chairman, Mohamed Morsi, and the party’s general secretary, Saad El-Katanany, attended the meeting.

The meeting comes a few weeks after a US diplomat announced that Washington will resume its contacts with the Brotherhood. The group’s leaders said that any communication with the international realm is welcomed by them.

The Russian diplomat stated that the reason behind that visit was to know the vision of the party regarding the future of Egypt through direct contact with the party and its leaders.

Morsi, for his part, underlined the importance of Egyptian-Russian relations, saying there was a similarity between Egypt and Russia in regards to democratic transition.

The Brotherhood-affiliated party officials answered questions from the acting Russian ambassador regarding the party’s policies, particularly if it favors a religious state, something party officials strongly deny.

Source: Ahram.

Muslim Brotherhood Holds First Public Elections

Daniel Finnan
7 August 2011

Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood has told RFI that its internal election on Saturday was an exercise in democracy.

The previously banned group appointed three new senior figures for the organization’s newly formed Freedom and Justice party. The Brotherhood says a new political “era” in Egypt should be inclusive and take account of more conservative Islamic movements.

“Islam is compatible with democracy,” says spokesman Essam El-Eriam. “The Muslim Brotherhood applies democracy and chooses its leaders according to democratic rule through elections”.

The ballot resulted in the appointment of three senior figures: Abdel Azim Abou Seif, Mohamed Ahmed Ibrahim and Hossam Abou Bakr.

The Brotherhood has previously come under fire for what some people see as support for the country’s Supreme Council of Armed Forces which took over from toppled President Hosni Mubarak.

However on Sunday the organization’s political wing issued a statement criticizing the appointment of governors from the former regime. It expressed concern over the role of Osama El-Fouly and Abel Labib in the government.

“We think that this is a transitional period, it needs solidarity and unity of the whole population. But now we are waiting for the new democratic era in Egypt which must be free and fair,” says Eriam.

The organization is seen by some as one of Egypt’s most organized political forces following years of repression under the rule of Mubarak. In the 2005 election it won a fifth of the parliamentary seats when its candidates ran as independents.

Meanwhile, Egypt’s Sufis said on Sunday that they would hold a mass rally on Friday to counter the advance of Islamists in Egyptian politics, according to the Ahram publication.

Sheikh Mohamed Abdel Khalek el-Shabrawy, a senior Sufi leader, said the demonstration would be held under the banner “For the Love of Egypt”. It would advocate national unity, but also act as a counter to what Ahram calls a “rising tide of conservative Salafist forces”.

In reaction Eriam says that this rally shows that “all Egyptians now are working for a real democracy” which means “no dictatorship – not for the majority and not for the minority”.

Although he admits that ignoring Salafists – Islamic fundamentalists – may be more dangerous than their inclusion.

“Those are sectors of the society and must be included in political life. Without including them there may be of course some trouble. We need to include and have inclusive democracy open for all political societal groups,” he added.

Salafists are suspected of attacking Sufi shrines in the aftermath of the country’s uprising.

Islamists held a large protest on 29 July calling for the establishment of an Islamic state.

Source: allAfrica.

Palestine Muslim Brotherhood founder dead at 91

Friday 16/12/2012

GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — Sheikh Asaad Hasniyeh, one of the founders of the Palestinian Muslim Brotherhood, died in Gaza on Friday. He was 91.

Hasniyeh was considered one of the leading members of the Brotherhood in the coastal strip, and established the Islamic society in Gaza City.

Source: Ma’an News Agency.

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