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May 4, 2012 0

Muslim Brotherhood Electoral Rally Marked By Call To Restore Caliphate in Jerusalem

Dur­ing a large elec­toral rally in sup­port of Mus­lim Broth­er­hood pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Mohamed Mursi on May 1, Dr. Safawat Hijazi, a promi­nent Islamist fig­ure in Egypt, pre­dicted that under Musri’s lead­er­ship a new Islamic Caliphate will emerge with Jerusalem as its capital.

“We real­ized our dream of the Caliphate is being ful­filled by Dr. Mursi, his group and his party,” Hijazi told the crowd at the foot­ball sta­dium in El-Mahalla El-Kubra. “With his efforts, the united Arabs states will come true and its cap­i­tal will be holy Jerusalem.”

These remarks were fol­lowed by a chant: “I am Egypt­ian with pride… tomor­row Mursi will lib­er­ate Gaza.” Hijazi responded by incit­ing the crowd with his own chant: “Come on, lovers of martyrdom…all of you are Hamas…Come on lovers of mar­tyrs, all of you are Hamas.”

Hijazi, a mem­ber in the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars (IUMS), also told the crowd, “We will not accept from Dr. Mursi and the group any­thing less than the appli­ca­tion of God’s Sharia’ in the land of Egypt.” He con­cluded by issu­ing a fatwa on elec­tion par­tic­i­pa­tion. “The one who does not go to vote in the elec­tions is a sinner.”

Other promi­nent mem­bers of the Broth­er­hood attended the rally and gave speeches focus­ing on Mursi’s Islamic agenda.

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April 27, 2012 0

As Algeria Approaches Elections, Citizens are Warned of Zionist Interference

“Alge­ri­ans must vote because it is about Algeria’s sta­bil­ity, and it is about pre­serv­ing our coun­try from any for­eign inter­fer­ence,” a promi­nent Alger­ian cleric said in an inter­view with Reuters on April 25, adding that Zion­ists are among the con­spir­ers that seek to med­dle in domes­tic Arab affairs.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Sheikh Chemsed­dine Bouroubi added in his widely cir­cu­lated fatwa, or reli­gious decree, that those who do not vote in May 10 elec­tions will suf­fer divine retribution.

The North African nation-state has largely baf­fled Mid­dle East experts for suc­cess­fully rid­ing out the waves of pop­u­lar revolt that have become the sym­bol of the Arab Spring. Although the thir­teen year author­i­tar­ian rule of Pres­i­dent Abde­laziz Boute­flika did encounter a flash of pop­u­lar protest as rev­o­lu­tion swept across neigh­bor­ing Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, Boute­flika responded by offi­cially lift­ing the nation’s 19-year-old state of emer­gency and promises for grad­ual reforms.

Decrees demo­niz­ing Israel and Zion­ism, such as the one made by Sheikh Bouroubi, have his­tor­i­cally been used by author­i­tar­ian Arab states as the pre­ferred method of deflect­ing pop­u­lar dis­con­tent away from them­selves and onto the Jew­ish state.

In his fatwa, Bour­bouri tried to jus­tify his com­ments that Zion­ists intend to foment rev­o­lu­tion in Alge­ria by point­ing out that a Jew­ish French-Algerian played a role in per­suad­ing Pres­i­dent Sarkozy to help over­throw Muam­mar Qaddafi in Libya. “Lis­ten to what the Zion­ist Bernard-Henri Levy is say­ing: ‘Alge­ria is about to expe­ri­ence an Arab Spring very soon’… What he means by ‘Arab Spring’ is a rep­e­ti­tion of the Libyan sce­nario: blood, killings, destruction.”

Alge­ria emerged from a bloody and pro­longed civil war between the Islamic Sal­va­tion Front (FIS) and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment only when Pres­i­dent Boute­flika assumed power.

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April 5, 2012 0

Egyptian Television Re-Airs Anti-Semitic Miniseries “Horseman Without A Horse”

The anti-Semitic minis­eries Horse­man With­out A Horse, is back on Egypt­ian tele­vi­sion. The 41-part series, which first appeared on Egypt­ian state tele­vi­sion and other net­works across the Mid­dle East dur­ing Ramadan in 2002, is sched­uled to be broad­cast on Al-Tahrir TV.

Al-Tahrir TV, estab­lished after the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion, claims to be an inde­pen­dent voice of the “new Egypt” that sup­ports “Tahrir Square’s rev­o­lu­tion­ary youth and their principles.”

The series fea­tures the vir­u­lently anti-Semitic forgery “Pro­to­cols of the Learned Elders of Zion,” which has been used through the last cen­tury as an excuse to scape­goat and per­se­cute Jews, as a major plot device.

The pro­gram, replete with gross anti-Semitic accu­sa­tions and depic­tions, tells the story of schem­ing Jews, who in a bid to dom­i­nate Israel, the Mid­dle East and the world, make efforts to hide the exis­tence of the “book” [The Pro­to­cols], which would reveal their conspiracy.

Fol­low­ing the orig­i­nal broad­cast of the minis­eries, gov­ern­ments around the world spoke out to con­demn it. While the Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment did not offi­cially com­ment on the pro­gram, its broad­cast did pro­voke a dis­cus­sion in the Egypt­ian media on the line between anti-Semitism and crit­i­cism of Israel. Most notably, Osama El-Baz, a top polit­i­cal advi­sor to then-President Hosni Mubarak, con­demned Egypt­ian anti-Semitism and Holo­caust denial (while still vehe­mently crit­i­ciz­ing Israel) in a series of arti­cles in Egypt’s lead­ing news­pa­per Al-Ahram.

Will gov­ern­ment, polit­i­cal, reli­gious and social lead­ers in post-revolutionary Egypt stand up and con­demn the age-old demo­niza­tion of Jews now appear­ing on Al-Tahrir TV?

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