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December 24, 2013 0

Muslim Brotherhood Rabaa TV Starts Broadcasting From Istanbul

The Egypt­ian Mus­lim Broth­er­hood launched a new tele­vi­sion sta­tion on Decem­ber 20, 2013, in Istan­bul, Turkey. The new sta­tion, Rabaa TV, will broad­cast news about the Mus­lim world in Ara­bic and claims it will be a “plat­form for freedom.”


Rabaa TV logo

To kick off the net­work, Sheik Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the rad­i­cal Mus­lim Broth­er­hood ide­o­logue and out­spo­ken sup­porter of ter­ror­ist groups, made an appear­ance on the station’s inau­gural broad­cast. Qaradawi, has been vocally opposed to the mil­i­tary takeover of Egypt in July, call­ing the inci­dent a “coup that raped the office of the Egypt­ian president.”   

The network’s name, Rabaa, refers to the name of the Cairo mosque where pro-Brotherhood demon­stra­tors were faced with vio­lence by secu­rity forces after weeks of protests. Turk­ish Prime Min­is­ter Recep Tayyip Erdo­gan, who wel­comed the Brotherhood’s ascen­sion to power fol­low­ing the 2011 rev­o­lu­tion, has been out­spo­ken in his sup­port for for­mer Broth­er­hood leader, Mohamed Morsi.

The com­ing days will tell if the chan­nel will embrace pre­vi­ous anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives fea­tured in other Mus­lim Broth­er­hood media outlets.

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December 11, 2012 1

Anti-Semitic Sermon at Friday Prayer in Northern Egypt

Last Fri­day, Sheik Ashref Namir deliv­ered an anti-Semitic ser­mon at a mosque in the Buhaira gov­er­norate in North­ern Egypt.

The ser­mon, deliv­ered at the Imam Malik mosque, was marked by alle­ga­tions that the Jews have “cursed” God, are respon­si­ble for mur­der­ing God’s apos­tles and are stingy, greedy and deceitful.

The ser­mon is the lat­est exam­ple of the increas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of anti-Semitism in Egypt’s pub­lic life.

In Octo­ber of this year, ADL expressed deep­en­ing con­cern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric com­ing from the high­est ech­e­lons of Egypt­ian soci­ety after the Egypt­ian pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi attended a Fri­day ser­mon marked by anti-Semitism.

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November 14, 2012 0

Muslim Brotherhood Leadership Denounces “Zionist Aggression” in Gaza

Free­dom and Jus­tice Party news­pa­per: “Israel Announces the War on Gaza”

UPDATE (11/16/12): Pres­i­dent of the Free­dom and Jus­tice Party Sa’ad Katatni presided over a press con­fer­ence today in Cairo, where he gave a state­ment on behalf of a coali­tion of Egypt’s polit­i­cal par­ties on events in Gaza. The coalition’s state­ment con­demned Israel’s mil­i­tary oper­a­tion against Hamas and denounced the “scan­dalous Amer­i­can and West­ern sup­port for the ter­ror­ist Zion­ist entity, which is a rapist of the indige­nous Pales­tin­ian rights.” Fur­ther­more, the coali­tion demanded “Arab and Mus­lim gov­ern­ments … to take steps to pun­ish the Zion­ist entity,” and called on the  “Arab League to with­draw the Arab Ini­tia­tive, which no longer exists due to Zion­ist insolence…”

In response to Israel’s tar­geted mil­i­tary action today to pro­tect Israelis from renewed rocket fire from Gaza, senior lead­ers and mem­bers of Egypt’s Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and its polit­i­cal party, the Free­dom and Jus­tice Party (FJP), have made a series of state­ments denounc­ing Israel’s right to defend itself and its cit­i­zens. For example:

For Israel, the Egypt­ian rev­o­lu­tion meant that “they could not prac­tice their daily hobby of killing our peo­ple in Pales­tine. They are in a sit­u­a­tion of severe anger and they think that their hands are no longer cuffed; but they are delu­sional.” - Moham­mad Saif al-Dawla, aide to Egypt­ian pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi

Israel is “turn­ing the tables and renew­ing the war on ter­ror again and [caus­ing] instability…regional intel­li­gence agen­cies assist­ing the Entity in order to divert atten­tion from the crimes com­mit­ted in Syria.  - Essam El Erian, Vice Pres­i­dent of the Free­dom and Jus­tice Party and senior Mus­lim Broth­er­hood member

“The Zion­ist entity is exer­cis­ing the usual crime and bloodshed…Egypt should with­draw the ambas­sador and freeze rela­tions, open cross­ings, and pro­tect and sup­port the resis­tance.” -State­ments made by Sobhi Saleh, senior Broth­er­hood and FJP mem­ber, accord­ing to FJP’s website

The Mus­lim Broth­er­hood also pub­lished an offi­cial state­ment, which read in part:

Today there was “a dan­ger­ous esca­la­tion of the Zion­ist army, which has been built on killing and ter­ror­ism since its first day…”

“This crim­i­nal aggres­sion [by Israel] is a real change that threat­ens the con­tin­u­ing sta­bil­ity of the region; this is hap­pen­ing under the pro­tec­tion of the United States of Amer­ica, which sup­ports it [Israel] in all it does and main­tains a hos­tile posi­tion towards Pales­tin­ian attempts to acquire inter­na­tional recog­ni­tion for a state. In addi­tion, the silence of the West­ern states and their posi­tion as an audi­ence is encour­ag­ing this Entity’s bul­ly­ing and aggression.”

“The Pales­tin­ian Author­ity must can­cel its secu­rity coor­di­na­tion with the Zion­ist occupation’s army, immediately.”

“It is impor­tant [for the Arab states] to com­mu­ni­cate with non-aligned coun­tries and African coun­tries to adopt deci­sive res­o­lu­tions; we don’t envi­sion any­thing less than cut­ting diplo­matic and trade rela­tions with this usurp­ing entity. The Egypt­ian gov­ern­ment must be the first to do this, so it can become an exam­ple for Arabs and Mus­lims who main­tain rela­tions with this entity.”

In addi­tion to these remarks, the Syr­ian gov­ern­ment, which has been engaged in a bloody civil war against its civil­ians for over a year, con­demned Israel’s “atroc­i­ties” in Gaza and called on the inter­na­tional com­mu­nity to “pres­sure Israel to stop the sin­ful aggres­sion on our peo­ple in the defi­ant Gaza Strip.”

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