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Obama Invites Egypt’s President – Morsi Likely to Seek Freedom for ‘Blind Sheikh’

President Morsi is certain to bring up his pledge to seek the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from U.S. custody.

President Morsi is certain to bring up his pledge to seek the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from U.S. custody.

President Barack Obama has invited his newly elected Egyptian counterpart Mohamed Morsi to visit the US for an official visit in September. Deputy Secretary of State William Perez said he delivered this message during his meetings with Morsi on Sunday.

This will be the first visit ever to the US by a Muslim Brotherhood member in an official capacity.

Obama congratulated Morsi after his victory in Egypt’s first-ever free presidential elections. Obama also confirmed the U.S. commitment to democratic development in Egypt and to its the economy, offering American support.

One of the issues Morsi is certain to bring up as part of the preparation for his visit, would be his pledge to seek the release of Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman from U.S. custody.

Sheikh Abdel-Rahman, better known as the “blind sheik,” is serving a life sentence at a federal penitentiary in North Carolina for his role in planning the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center in New York City.

The WSJ’s Matt Bradley reported that the Sheikh’s detention “has become a cause célèbre among hard-line Salafi Islamists” who pushed Morsi over the top in his runoff against former PM Ahmed Shafiq.

Sheikh Abdel-Rahman is the leader of the Egyptian terrorist group Al Gama’a al Islamiyya, accused of masterminding the assassination of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The blind sheik managed to leave Egypt unscathed after the assassination, and moved to Afghanistan, where he joined with Osama bin Laden.

In 1990, Sheikh Abdel-Rahman moved to New York where, in 1995, he was convicted on charges of “seditious conspiracy” in connection with the Trade Center bombing.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg says he opposes releasing the sheik.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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11 Responses to “Obama Invites Egypt’s President – Morsi Likely to Seek Freedom for ‘Blind Sheikh’”

  1. And rest assured, he will agree “on humanitarian grounds” just like the Scots freed the Libyan terrorist

  2. Five bucks says this animal gets a pardon while Pollard continues to rot in prison.

  3. Stephen Leavitt says:

    He looks like an evil Santa Claus.

  4. Charlie Hall says:

    I'll take that bet. Five dollars says Pollard gets released duing Obama's second term, and Abdel-Rahman will still be in prison.

  5. So you're betting Obama's going to extend his reign of terror?

  6. He looks like a bad Belushi impression of Santa Claus.

  7. If this sheikh is released while Pollard continues to sit in confinement, there needs to be a loud and emphatic outcry all over the world!!! He (Obama) wouldn’t dare – would he?!

  8. Ben II says:

    Hussein Obama is an Islamic terrorist supporter, like Hillary Clinton, always have been.

  9. Joe Ruda says:

    sadly, I believe the sheikh will be eating lamb in cairo while pollard eats bologna in prison….this is my take on sheikh obama…

  10. Charlie Hall says:

    Calling Obama a terrorist defames the too many victims of actual terror. Shame!

  11. Al Gama’a al Islamiyya…Black September and the killing of Isreali Olymic athletes. Blind Sheikh and the murder/assisination of Anwar Sadat, who else was there? How about Iman El Zawahiri, the new #1 best guy with El Queda. Sure enough. Connect the dots. Ask you elected officials why the MBH is being allowed in the nations top offices and access to top data or national security meetings. Fox in the hen house? You damn right it is.

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