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Germany, the U.S. and the EU push to save their clerical fascist pet in Egypt
by Jared Israel and Samantha Criscione

[July 30, 2013]

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Germany and the United States, and now Italy, the UK and the EU as well, have been exerting tremendous pressure on the Egyptian government to release former president and junior Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi,  presently being held in an unknown location while prosecutors investigate charges against him including that he used foreign terrorists to break out of prison in 2011.  The U.S. and European powers are demanding that Egypt abandon all criminal charges against Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood leaders, who directed his actions as president.

Taking into account the understated character of diplomatic language – meaning that what would be a request in normal life could constitute a demand in the world of diplomacy, and what would be a demand in normal life would constitute an order, just short of an ultimatum, in the world of diplomacy –  the U.S. and European statements have in general been worded as orders.   You know, the kind of thing a commissioned officer might say to an enlisted man in an army.

Here is German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle, delivering the German order on Friday, July 12:

“Therefore we demand also an end to the restrictions placed upon Mr. Morsi’s freedom of movement.” [1]

German Prime Minister Angela Merkel reiterated the Foreign Minister’s demand on Sunday, July 14, adding that the Brotherhood must be included in any future government:

“Others were excluded by the Muslim Brotherhood; the opposite must not happen now.” [2]
[Our emphasis – TENC]

Regarding which, to paraphrase a comment one of us made on Ahram Online, the English language website of the Egyptian newspaper Al Ahram:

“Who are these German leaders to be telling any Egyptian, let alone the army and the interim government, what they ‘must’ do? Must? Shall Egyptians now be permitted to tell Germany what it must do? Or would that be a violation of national sovereignty?” [3]

The U.S. government immediately endorsed Foreign Minister Westerwelle’s demand, including the extreme wording, in a State Department press briefing the same day, with spokeswoman Jen Psaki having the following exchange with a reporter:

[Excerpt from July 12, 2013 State Department Press Briefing starts here]

QUESTION: Jen, let me ask you on the statement made by the German Foreign Minister today. They called for the release of President Mohamed Morsy. Do you concur, or are you likely to do the same thing anytime soon?

MS. PSAKI: We do agree.

QUESTION: You do agree that he must be released.

MS. PSAKI: Mm-hmm.

QUESTION: Okay.
[4]

[Our emphasis – TENC]

[Excerpt from July 12, 2013 State Department Press Briefing ends here]

sNotice that Psaki not only puts the U.S. on record as agreeing with Germany that Morsi must be released – that is, giving Egypt an order – thereby joining the German government in its gross interference in Egypt’s internal affairs, but she adds insult to injury by endorsing the use of the word “must” in the most casual manner, with a flippant “Mm-hmm,” emphasizing, in this way, the U.S. government’s disdain for Egyptian authorities, meaning not only the military and the interim government, led by the head of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court (the equivalent of, for example, Italy’s Corte Costituzionale, and, more or less, of the U.S. Supreme Court), but the Egyptian judiciary as well, and most important, many millions of Egyptians.

Regarding those Egyptians, on July 10 the State Department grudgingly admitted that by June 30, 22 million Egyptians had signed a petition against Morsi, which means almost twice as many as voted for him in the presidential runoff election in June 2012
[5]; so, the Egyptian people.  Said people risked their lives demonstrating in unprecedented numbers for Morsi’s removal not simply because they differed with him politically, but because they had concluded he was the agent of a violent criminal conspiracy seeking to control and devastate Egyptian society, namely the rigidly disciplined, clerical fascist Muslim Brotherhood.

Regarding the matter of Egyptians risking their lives, below is an informative video.  Please read the warning:

Note: The video above was posted on Youtube on July 6, 2013 by Mostafa Hussein. The URL is http://youtu.be/isiS-H4mtkc

If for some reason you cannot view the video embedded above, go to
http://emperors-clothes.com/alexandria-children.htm
Warning: This video is horrifying.  Filmed on July 5, 2013 from a nearby building, it shows four boys, perhaps 13 years old, on a rooftop and water tank in Alexandria, Egypt.  Apparently they have done something to offend the Muslim Brotherhood.  A squad of Brotherhood militia is sent into the building, up onto the roof.  The video shows them throwing two of the boys from the water tower, then beating at least one of them with sticks.

On July 11, Ahram Online ran a story covering the arrest of two Muslim Brotherhood members for this crime.  Here is an excerpt:

[Excerpt from Ahram Online starts here]

Two Muslim Brotherhood members accused of throwing teenage boys from a rooftop in Alexandria have been detained for 15 days pending investigations, state news agency MENA reported.

A teenager was killed after supporters of ousted president Mohamed Morsi threw him off a ledge on a rooftop.

The defendants admitted the crime and were detained for four days before a judge extended their detention on Thursday.

A video of the incident – which went viral online – shows a mob cornering four teenage boys on top of a water tank then throwing two of them from the six metre-high ledge. The boy who died was severely beaten as he lay injured. The other suffered injuries.
[6]

[Excerpt from Ahram Online ends here]



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Who is arbitrary?  Egyptian authorities
or the governments of Germany and the U.S. et al.?


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The U.S. government has repeatedly expressed its casual disregard for what regular Egyptians think about Mr. Morsi and his Brotherhood, and for the independence of the Egyptian judiciary and other authorities, by referring to the arrest of Brotherhood leaders as “arbitrary.”

For example, during the July 18 State Department press briefing, a reporter asked spokeswoman Marie Harf if the U.S. considered Morsi a political prisoner.  Here is Ms. Harf’s answer and the subsequent exchange:

[Excerpt from July 18, 2013 State Department Press Briefing starts here]

MS. HARF: Well, we have called repeatedly for an end to all arbitrary politically motivated imprisonments, including his, and our position on that has not changed. I don’t want to put labels beyond that on it.

QUESTION: So short of releasing him, do you call on those in authority in Egypt to treat him as a political prisoner and accord him all the benefits that come with a prisoner of conscience?

MS. HARF: We have called on the interim government to end arbitrary arrests, to uphold the rule of law, and we will continue to make that point publicly and privately.

QUESTION: And you’re still pressing for his release, correct?

MS. HARF: Our position on that has not changed. [Meaning that the U.S. government is still pressing for Morsi’s release. –TENC]
[7]

[Our emphasis – TENC]

[Excerpt from July 18, 2013 State Department Press Briefing ends here]

Harf’s choice of words here is important because ‘arbitrary’ means ‘capricious,’ that is, based on whim, and, when applied to government actions, ‘despotic or dictatorial.’ [8]

Since Ms. Harf refers to “arbitrary arrests,” plural, she is indicating that the U.S. State Department knows, regarding the detention of  Brotherhood leaders, whether Morsi, or Deputy Supreme Guide Khairat Al Shater
[9], or Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie, for whom an arrest warrant has been issued—

[Excerpt from “Egypt’s prosecution orders arrest of Brotherhood supreme guide, senior figures” starts here]

Egypt’s prosecutor-general Hisham Barakat ordered on Wednesday the arrest of nine Muslim Brotherhood leaders and allies of the group, including Brotherhood supreme guide Mohamed Badie, for inciting violence in Qalioubiya governorate.

The defendants are accused of directly mobilising armed groups in Qalioubiya, close to north Cairo, with the intention of “spreading chaos, disturbing security and harming the public interest.”
[10]

[Excerpt from “Egypt’s prosecution orders arrest of Brotherhood supreme guide, senior figures” ends here]

knows that these and other arrests of Brotherhood leaders are judicially capricious acts, that is without foundation in law, and despotic.  Meaning that the fact that the U.S. has not at this time formally accused Egypt of being a military dictatorship doesn’t really matter, does it.

In fact, as both the German and U.S. governments, not to mention tens of millions of Egyptians, are fully aware, Morsi and the Brotherhood apparatus, which has always controlled Morsi’s political actions, used Morsi’s presidency to incite, facilitate and carry out criminal acts, from refusing to obey judicial rulings and attempting to suppress the judiciary by means of arbitrary decrees and outright violence (as in the case of the blocking of the Supreme Constitutional Court, discussed later in this article), to using the presidential palace for the torture of critics
[11].

Consider the following two media reports, which indicate just one area in which Mr. Morsi can be prosecuted for capital crimes.

First, an Associated Press (AP) dispatch published by USA Today and other media on July 11:

[Excerpt from “Egypt prosecutor to investigate if Morsi aided by Hamas” starts here]

Prosecutors will investigate allegations that Egypt’s ousted president escaped from prison during the 2011 revolution with help from the Palestinian militant group Hamas, officials said Thursday.

Chief prosecutor Hesham Barakat has received testimonies from a court in the Suez Canal city of Ismailia that will be the base for an investigation by state security prosecutors into the jailbreak by Mohammed Morsi and more than 30 other Muslim Brotherhood leaders, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.
[12]

[Excerpt from “Egypt prosecutor to investigate if Morsi aided by Hamas” ends here]


Second, a report from Al Ahram Weekly, published on July 10:

[Excerpt from “Morsi accused of treason?” begins here]

Lawyer Amir Salem told journalists on Sunday that rulings issued by the Ismailia Appeals Court on 23 June implicated Morsi, along with 13 leading Brotherhood officials, in spying and of instigating contacts with foreign elements during the 25 January [2011] Revolution and encouraging them to spread chaos by attacking Egyptian civilians.

“The intelligence agencies intercepted calls between Hamas and Brotherhood officials on 24, 25, 26 and 27 January 2011,” says Salem.

“Brotherhood officials clearly viewed Palestinian Hamas as its military arm. They asked Hamas to help the Brotherhood ride the wave of the uprising against President Hosni Mubarak by infiltrating Egypt and ensuring the group emerged on top.”

On 24 January, according to Salem: “Mohamed Morsi contacted Khaled Meshaal, chairman of Hamas’s political bureau, requesting help on the ground which Meshaal promised to provide. It was a direct result of this call that Morsi and 33 Brotherhood officials were arrested and taken into custody on 27 January 2011, and held in a security detention facility in 6 October city. Then as chaos spread following the collapse of security forces on 28 January 2011 Morsi and his colleagues were transferred to Wadi Al-Natroun prison near Alexandria.”

“Hamas infiltrated the borders with Sinai and on their way to prisons located in the Nile Delta and on the Cairo-Alex desert road killed tens of Egyptian citizens,” claims Salem. “When Hamas and Brotherhood activists stormed the Wadi Al-Natroun prison to set Morsi and others free they killed a further 14 Egyptian citizens.”

“In asking foreign armed militias to infiltrate the country and release jihadist elements from prison Morsi acted treasonably,” says Salem. “If convicted he could face execution or life imprisonment.”

[...]

According to one judicial source, “prosecution authorities are already examining recordings of calls made by Morsi, [Brotherhood Supreme Guide] Badie and [Brotherhood Deputy Supreme Guide] Al-Shater to elements within Hamas, the US and Afghanistan.”

“The recordings leave no doubt that just hours ahead of Minister of Defence Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi’s statement on 3 July removing Morsi from power the then president was pleading with elements from Palestine, Afghanistan and the US to intervene and help him stay in power.”

Judicial sources also claim that after Morsi became president he tried to gain possession of earlier recordings of calls between senior Brotherhood members and Hamas.

According to political activist Ali, Morsi and Al-Shater intervened to appoint police Major General Ahmed Abdel-Gawwad as deputy chairman of the National Security Apparatus. Following Morsi’s fall from power Abdel-Gawwad was arrested on Saturday on suspicion of handing over tapes of intercepted calls from senior Brotherhood officials to Hamas and other foreign elements to Al-Shater. The Interior Ministry has already said that it was able to locate and arrest Al-Shater and Abdel-Gawwad by following calls between the two.” According to Interior Minister Mohamed Ibrahim, “the arrest of Abdel-Gawwad is a step towards getting the security agencies back on track.”

[...]

Fortunately, say sources within the judiciary, several files prepared by intelligence and security agencies on Morsi’s contacts with foreign elements have already been recovered.
[13]

[Notations in brackets are ours. – TENC]

[Excerpt from “Morsi accused of treason?” ends here]

Just for the record, on Sunday, July 28, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie made a general statement on the situation in Egypt.  According to the report published by Egypt Independent:

“Badie also said that the current regime with its security, military, judicial, and media tools twists the truth such that communications with Gaza are portrayed [as] a crime while communications with the Zionist enemy are considered an honor.” [14]

Thank heavens for the arrogance and pomposity of clerical fascists!  Consider what Badie has done here. Morsi and other Brotherhood leaders are not accused merely of talking with leaders of Hamas by telephone.  Rather, prosecutors say that they have in their possession tapes of phone conversations in which the Brotherhood leaders, including Morsi, conspired with Hamas to violently interfere in Egyptian internal affairs.  By attempting to counter this accusation by making the claim that prosecutors are portraying talking to Hamas per se as a crime, Badie implicitly admits he has no answer to the real charge, i.e., that Morsi et al. did in fact conspire with Hamas to violently intervene in Egypt.

In any case, the charges against Morsi, Badie et al. are most serious, and as we mentioned, there are many more.  In some cases, Morsi’s criminal acts are easy to prove because Morsi (and his Brotherhood handlers) carried them out in full public view.

Let us give you one example.

On December 2, 2012, Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court was scheduled to rule on the legality of two bodies – the upper house of parliament and the assembly that drafted the constitution, which the Brotherhood wanted instituted. Afraid that the Court would rule that those bodies were illegal – that is, in effect rule against the Brotherhood – Morsi sent Brotherhood milita to ‘protest’ at the Court, preventing the judges from entering.  A Reuters report states that:

“Protests by Islamists allied to President Mohamed Mursi forced Egypt’s highest court to adjourn its work indefinitely on Sunday, intensifying a conflict between some of the country’s top judges and the head of state.” [Our emphasis – TENC] [15]

The highlighted text is profoundly inaccurate.  By preventing the Supreme Constitutional Court from meeting, Morsi was not intensifying a personal conflict between himself and other powerful individuals.  He was using force to block the functioning of the state institution mandated to rule on the legality of other state institutions, laws and decrees, the only institution which could, in a routine, law-based way, hold him in check or remove him from power.  Thus he was not only defining himself as a tyrant rather than a democratic president, he was eliminating the possibility of his high crimes being countered in an ordinary way (i.e., through the courts), thus justifying his removal from power by any state institution which could do so, even if this had to be accomplished in an extraordinary way (e.g., by the military on July 3, following demonstrations of unprecedented size by 20 to 30 million people on June 30 demanding that Morsi leave office).

How do the German and U.S. governments, which claim to be so concerned that Egypt “uphold the rule of law,” deal with the vast array of Morsi’s criminal acts?  Here is Jen Psaki again, from the July 12 State Department press briefing:

[Excerpt from July 12, 2013 State Department Press Briefing starts here]

QUESTION: So if I understand correctly, you’re saying – you’re calling for his release because you think his detention is politically motivated, in other words, that he had not broken – committed any crime. Is that correct?

MS. PSAKI: Well –

QUESTION: Your understanding – the American – the U.S. Government’s understanding is that President Morsy did not actually commit any crime?

MS. PSAKI: We’re not here to make an evaluation of that.

QUESTION: I know you’re not. But you’re –

MS. PSAKI: The United States doesn’t make an evaluation of that.

QUESTION: But you believe that he has been unjustly detained?

MS. PSAKI: The President said that in his statement a week ago.

[See footnote
4]

[Excerpt from July 12, 2013 State Department Press Briefing ends here]

The State Department “doesn’t make an evaluation of” whether Morsi has committed any crimes yet somehow knows “that he has been unjustly detained” and therefore demands his release (and the release of the other Brotherhood leaders, of course).  The line of reasoning is “capricious,” and the resulting action – ordering Egypt to release them all – is “despotic or dictatorial”: a perfect example of arbitrary behavior.

But while German/U.S./EU actions may be arbitrary, they are not pointless.   Here, we believe, are the goals. 

First, to intimidate the Egyptian judiciary into releasing Morsi and the other Brotherhood leaders now, before prosecutors can complete their investigations and are ready to charge the former president and his handlers, thus escalating the crisis in Egypt and preventing the possible public exposure of tapes of phone calls between Morsi and “elements from Palestine, Afghanistan and the US” – what company the U.S. government is in! – which would put a headstone on the grave of the Brotherhood’s political ambitions in Egypt, expose Hamas for what it in fact is – a bunch of clerical fascist gangsters – and further undermine the U.S. government’s claim that it opposes extremism, a claim that is shaky enough already, Heaven knows.

Second, to reassure the members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood – profoundly demoralized by the experience of being rejected by Egyptian society as a whole – that they still have close friends in the U.S. and German governments and the EU leadership, thus sustaining the Brothers in their ongoing attempt to destabilize Egyptian society, using provocations, violence and threats of worse to come, such as the threat that Muslim Brotherhood leader (and leader of the Brotherhood’s main mobilization point, the live-in at Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square
[16]) Safwat Hegazy made during a July 5 interview with Egypt’s ON-TV:

[Excerpt from Hegazy interview starts here.]

Reporter: Where do you think Dr. Muhammed Morsi [i.e., the former president] is situated currently?

Hegazy: Dr. Muhammed may be in the Presidential Guard Club [i.e., compound] or in the building of the Ministry of Defense. We will release him. Also, steps will be taken involving unbelievable escalation.

Reporter: What do you mean by that? What will you do?

HegazySteps will be taken involving massive escalation. I can’t elaborate.

Reporter: Do you think these steps will be successful?

Hegazy: President Morsi will be released and return to the Presidential Palace, Insha’Allah (God willing).
[17]

[Emphasis and notations in brackets are ours. –TENC]

[Excerpt from Hegazy interview ends here]

Notice that although Brotherhood leaders provide non-Egyptian media with heartfelt (or seemingly heartfelt) statements about how they are violently persecuted, the Brotherhood leaders openly threaten the Egyptian people that if the Brotherhood does not get what it wants it will engage in “unbelievable escalation.”  And Egyptians have good reason to take those threats seriously.

It is our conviction that by effectively championing the Brotherhood, the German, U.S., Italian and UK governments, and the EU, have made themselves accessories before the fact in what are, contrary to Western media reports, the Brotherhood’s murderous operations, in which they regularly launch armed attacks on working class neighborhoods, where they are loathed, and then loudly proclaim the lie that the casualties on both sides of the fighting, which they themselves have instigated, consist of unarmed Brotherhood protesters, gunned down in cold blood by police or army troops; which lies are then repeated by the world media and used by Western leaders as justification for harsh condemnation of, threats against, and attempts to pressure the Egyptian government to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to have a free hand in its operations, thus completing the circle.
[18]

And while this cycle of violence, lies and intense pressure on Egyptian authorities from the U.S. and European governments spirals upward, the question looms: what would happen if the Egyptian government succumbed to the demand of the U.S., Germany, the UK, Italy and, ad nauseam, of the EU and its travelling ghoul, Baroness Ashton?

What if the Egyptian authorities were to release Morsi and his Brotherhood handlers?

What then?


-- Jared Israel and Samantha Criscione
Emperor’s Clothes



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Footnotes and Further Reading

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[1] In German, Westerwelle’s statement reads, “Wir fordern deshalb auch ein Ende der aufenthaltsbeschränkenden Maßnahmen für Herrn Mursi.” See, “Krise in Ägypten. Westerwelle fordert Freiheit für Mursi,” Süddeutsche Zeitung, July 12, 2013; http://www.sueddeutsche.de/politik/krise-in-aegypten-westerwelle-fordert-freiheit-fuer-mursi-1.1719841

Some, including the German Foreign Ministry, have translated this as if “wir fordern” means “we call for” (see,  http://www.auswaertiges-amt.de/EN/Aussenpolitik/Laender/Aktuelle_Artikel/Aegypten/130702-EGY-Demonstrationen.html ); however, the German verb ‘fordern’ is quite forceful.  One uses it when one is making a demand, not a request.  Hence our translation, “We demand.”

Just for corroboration, as noted later in our article, at the July 12 State Department briefing, the reporter asks, “You do agree that he [i.e., Morsi] must be released,” and Ms. Psaki answers, “Mm-hmm.”

Apparently, when speaking to the world, or anyway, to the non-German speaking world, the German government is shy about the appearance of Germany issuing demands; however the U.S. government is not.

Italian Foreign Minister Bonino’s statement can be read in English at
http://www.esteri.it/MAE/EN/Sala_Stampa/A.../20130713_egbonpreoccb.htm

It is noteworthy that Ms. Bonino writes, “All political actors must enjoy the basic guarantees of open expression and peaceful participation in political life,” thus simultaneously delivering an order – “must” – and suggesting that Egypt denies these rights.  A bit like telling someone, “You must not beat your wife.” 

For the statement by the European Union go to
http://www.eu-un.europa.eu/articles/en/article_13800_en.htm

For the UK Foreign Ministry statement, go to https://www.gov.uk/government/news/foreign-secretary-condemns-use-of-force-against-protestors-in-egypt

[2] Excerpts from Prime Minister Merkel’s statement, in which she says that the Brotherhood must be included in Egypt’s political process, can be read on Ahram Online at
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/76482/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-future-should-include-Brotherhood-Merkel.aspx

[3] The comment was made in response to an article on an EU statement about Egypt.  The article and comment can be read at
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/77100/Egypt/Politics-/EU-calls-on-military-to-stand-aside-in-Egypt.aspx

[4] U.S. Department of State, Jen Psaki, Spokesperson, Daily Press Briefing
Washington, DC, July 12, 2013
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/07/211891.htm

[5] At the July 10 State Department press briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki said:

“You have 22 million people who are expressing their concerns about the rule of a president. They were – they spoke loudly. They signed a petition.”
– U.S. Department of State, Jen Psaki, Spokesperson, Daily Press Briefing, Washington, DC, July 10, 2013
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/07/211783.htm

Actually, those people did not ‘express their concerns’; they demanded Morsi leave office. In any case, 22 million is about 40% of Egypt’s registered voters, and almost as many people as voted for Morsi and his anti-Brotherhood opponent Shafiq combined in the June 2012 presidential runoff election.

For relevant data about the 2012 runoff, scroll down to 16:34 at the following page:
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/36/122/46017/Presidential-elections-/Presidential-elections-news/Live-Updates-Egypt-awaits-announcement-of-first-po.aspx

[6] “Islamists who threw teens from building in Alexandria detained for 15 days,” Ahram Online, Thursday, 11 July 2013
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/76248/Egypt/Politics-/Islamists-who-threw-teens-from-building-in-Alexand.aspx

[7] U.S. Department of State, Marie Harf, Deputy Spokesperson, Daily Press Briefing, Washington, DC, July 18, 2013
http://www.state.gov/r/pa/prs/dpb/2013/07/212138.htm

[8] Relevant definitions for arbitrary: “3. having unlimited power; uncontrolled or unrestricted by law; despotic; tyrannical: an arbitrary government. 4. capricious; unreasonable; unsupported: an arbitrary demand for payment.” Collins English Dictionary. Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition. HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved July 26, 2013, from Dictionary.com website:
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/arbitrary?s=t

[9] “Muslim Brotherhood’s second-man El-Shater arrested: Security official,” by El-Sayed Gamaledine, Ahram Online, Saturday, 6 July 2013
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/75815/Egypt/Politics-/Muslim-Brotherhoods-secondman-ElShater-arrested-Se.aspx

[10] “Egypt’s prosecution orders arrest of Brotherhood supreme guide, senior figures,” by El-Sayed Gamal El-Din, Ahram Online, Thursday, 25 July 2013
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/77317/Egypt/Politics-/Egypts-prosecution-orders-arrest-of-Brotherhood-su.aspx

[11] See, “Egypt protesters tell stories of torture, abuse at presidential palace,” by Salma Shukrallah, Ahram Online, Thursday, 13 December 2012
http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/1/64/60410/Egypt/Politics-/Egypt-protesters-tell-stories-of-torture,-abuse-at.aspx

[12] “Egypt prosecutor to investigate if Morsi aided by Hamas,” by Hamza Hendawi, Associated Press, 11:15 a.m. EDT July 11, 2013
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/07/11/egypt-muslim-brotherhood-morsi/2508451/

[13] “Morsi accused of treason?” by Gamal Essam El-Din, Al Ahram Weekly, July 7, 2013, 12:17PM ET
http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/News/3323/17/Morsi-accused-of-treason-.aspx

[14]  “Badie accuses Sisi of perpetrating Zionist-like massacres,” Egypt Independent, Sunday, July 28, 2013
http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/badie-accuses-sisi-perpetrating-zionist-massacres

[15] “Islamist protest shuts down Egypt’s top court Cairo, December,” Reuters, December 2, 2012
http://www.tribuneindia.com/2012/20121203/world.htm

[16] Residents around Cairo’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya Square, the area of of the Muslim Brotherhood live-in, have protested strongly against the Islamists’ presence there.

For a video with interviews with local residents, go to http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContentMulti/77474/Multimedia.aspx

Unfortunately, the interviews are in Arabic without subtitles, however below the video is an English-language summary, and by combining that with watching the interviews and the pictures of what is happening, a non-Arabic speaker can get a fair idea of the Brothers’ abuse of the local people.  In essence, that’s why they are loved.

[17] The video of the Hegazy interview with the original translation can be found on Youtube, at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHBo2oXw3UE
We have edited the translation for clarity.

[18] For an example of the Muslim Brotherhood’s customary tactic of committing murder and then loudly claiming that the victim or victims were members of the Brotherhood, consider the assassination of investigative journalist Abou Deif, shot on December 5, 2012 during the mass protests against then-President Morsi’s attempts to push through a Brotherhood-designed constitution.

First read the article, “Abu Deif family allege assassination: Friends and family of journalist say he was targeted by Muslim Brotherhood,” in which the friend who was with Deif when he was shot testifies that he was fired on from Brotherhood ranks after gathering video evidence of Brotherhood attacks on protesters.  The URL is
http://www.dailynewsegypt.com/2012/12/09/abu-deif-family-allege-assassination/

Then take a look at the article on Abu Deif that appeared on the Ikhwan (Muslim Brotherhood) English language website, “Egypt ‘Journalists for Reform’ Holds National Salvation Front Responsible for Abu-Deif Murder.”  In it the Brotherhood reports that a Brotherhood front group claims Deif was a Brotherhood supporter murdered by the anti-Morsi National Salvation Front. See, http://ikhwanweb.com/article.php?id=30488&ref=search.php

Foreigners may fall for Brotherhood lies, but Egypt is divided between the Brotherhood and its now-narrow base on the one hand, and the majority, who scoff at their lies, on the other.


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