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UAE Names CAIR, Muslim Brotherhood as Terror Groups

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

The United Arab Emirates classified the Muslim Brotherhood, Al Qaeda, the U.S.-based Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) and the Muslim American Society (MAS) to be terrorist organizations on Saturday.

The seven-member federation cabinet listed two of America’s largest Muslim civil liberties groups with the backers of Egypt’s former President Mohammed Morsi and the largest international terrorist organization, as well as some 83 other Islamist groups as terror organizations.

On the list were the Al Qaeda-linked Jabhat al-Nusra (Al Nusra Front), Pakistani Taliban and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), according to the WAM official state news agency.

CAIR was named as an unindicted co-conspirator in the 2007 Holy Land Foundation case in which its leaders were found guilty of aiding Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization. CAIR was listed as a member of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood’s Palestine Committee in the case.

The Muslim American Society also has ties to the Brotherhood, as explained by a 2004 article in the Chicago Tribune, which reported the group was secretly created by U.S. Muslim Brotherhood leaders.

In a statement released Saturday, MAS responded that the group was “shocked” to read it was listed with “numerous other organizations, as a terrorist organization… Before proceeding any further we would first like to verify the accuracy of the news reports and receive an official response from the United Arab Emirates regarding the reports,” the group said.

The move to name the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist group follows a similar decision by Saudi Arabia this past March. Egypt had already outlawed the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization last December. It was the second time the group had been outlawed in Egypt, albeit the first ouster of a Brotherhood-backed president, also the first Egyptian leader to be chosen in democratic elections that many believed were rigged.

Istanbul-based Islamic scholar Adnan Oktar predicted in an interview last week, meanwhile, that ISIS and the Muslim Brotherhood will eventually merge. The Muslim Brotherhood is “at the root” of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, Oktar said during his A9TV satellite television program on November 11. “The Brotherhood in Egypt could soon come entirely under ISIL control… [Gaza's ruling terrorist group] Hamas may also join ISIL,” he added, using the alternate name for ISIS, the Islamic State in the Levant (ISIL).

“No harm will befall Israel. But there will be a chain of recruitment to ISIL… Very few groups in the Islamic world will not join. The Brotherhood is at the roots of Al Qaeda and Hamas. The Brotherhood fed them both.”

US on Demolishing Homes: No in Israel, Yes in Egypt

Saturday, November 15th, 2014

The same U.S. State Dept. that is condemning Israel’s policy of demolishing Palestinian Authority terrorists’ homes sanctions the same destruction by Egypt of hundreds of civilians’ homes in the Sinai.

State Dept. spokeswoman Jen Psaki on Thursday said it was “counterproductive” for Israel to demolish the homes of terrorists.

When asked Friday about Egypt’s al-Sisi regime’s demolitions of Sinai homes, whose owners’ only crime was living in an area that Egypt wants as a buffer zone with Gaza, she condoned Egypt’s action.

“There have been some serious security challenges in the Sinai,” Psaki said. “We respect Egypt’s concern about their security in the area and support its right to self-defense. We also expect that they will ensure the rights of those being displaced are respected and that they are adequately compensated. That continues to be what we have conveyed to the Egyptians.”

And how about Israel’s right to self-defense?

“So you don’t regard that as being counterproductive to the cause of peace or fighting extremism, these home demolitions?” in the Sinai, asked Associated Press reporter Matt Lee. “You would not argue that – I mean, you say that there are serious security problems in the Sinai for the Egyptians. Are there not also serious security concerns and security problems for the Israelis?…

”It’s not okay for the Israelis to demolish homes, but it’s okay for the Egyptians to demolish homes?”

Psaki dug up the expired “borders’ argument, to wit:

“Well, it’s an entirely different scenario, Matt. Egypt is not predetermining what borders would be by taking these steps. It’s a different scenario….

We believe it’s counterproductive to their stated goals. In Egypt, we understand their concerns about their security. We’ve seen recent threats to that in the Sinai, as you all have reported on. I think I’m going to leave it at that. They’re different scenarios.”

No, no, Madame Psaki, you may not leave it at that.

She is explicitly saying that since the Obama administration backs the Palestinian Authority claim that half of Jerusalem belongs to a country that does not exist, Israel does not have the right to try to deter terror by tearing down the homes of a terrorist who killed an American-Israeli baby in a vehicle terror attack at a Jerusalem light rail station last month.

She is saying Israel may not send a warning to future terrorists by destroying the home of the attempted murderer who last month shot at point-blank range Rabbi Yehuda Glick for wanting the right for Jews to pray on the Temple Mount.

Psaki is explicitly saying that Egypt has the right to tear down not one home, and not dozens of homes but hundreds of homes of civilians – not terrorists – in Sinai because it is an act of self-defense. In Israel it is “counterproductive.”

Thousands of people on the Egyptian side of Rafah were displaced three weeks ago when the Egyptian army dynamited their homes to create the buffer zone that Egypt hopes will help put a stop to the surge of weapons and terrorists into the Sinai from Hamas-controlled Gaza.

The difference between Israel and Egypt, according to the Obama administration, is that Israel has no right to deter terror if terrorists are killing Jews because of the assumed motive of securing borders for the Palestinian Authority and which Washington has pre-determined and which preclude negotiations that the same Obama administration tries to make believe exist.

Egypt Under Terrorist Attacks from Land and Sea

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Terrorists are attacking Egypt from the land and sea, and eight navy soldiers are presumed dead, and bombs have exploded in at least two of its embassies and in the Cairo metro system.

Gunmen on four fishing boats staged a rare attack from the Mediterranean Sea on an Egyptian navy ship, leaving eight people missing and presumed dead on the burning vessel. Five others were wounded., and two of the terrorists were killed, and 32 were arrested.

Egyptian media have headlined that the country is under attack and reported that the air force foiled an infiltration by Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists, in a raid that killed at least two people.

The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorist organization, which has been supported by Al Qaeda, posted an audio on YouTube this week stating its allegiance with the ISIS and railing against “Jewish agents and their allies,” meaning Egypt.

The Ansar terrorist group is estimated to have anywhere from several hundred to several thousand well-armed men. It was involved in last month’s twin attacks in the Sinai, where 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed and which Egyptian authorities said was orchestrated with Hamas in Gaza.

Closer ties between the Ansar group and ISIS would mean a major threat to Egyptian tourist sites and civilians instead of the usual government targets that Ansar terrorists strike.

On Tuesday, a car bomb was discovered in the port and resort city El-Arish.

Terror spread to Cairo Thursday morning, when a bomb exploded at a metro statin east of Cairo, wounding 16 passengers and forcing the subway system to shut down.

Egyptian embassies were targeted in the United Arab Emirates and in Libya, but no injuries were reported in the bombing attacks.

 

Sinai Terror Group Pledges Loyalty to ISIS

Monday, November 10th, 2014

A terrorist group operating in the Sinai Peninsula has formally pledged loyalty to ISIS.

The Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis swore allegiance to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) according to an audio clip posted on its Twitter account.

The 9-minute, 26-second clip was posted early Tuesday morning last week on an account that calls itself the “official mouthpiece” of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis group.

A week ago, the group had denied a statement reported by the Reuters news agency pledging loyalty to Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, chief of the ISIS terrorist group. The statement was released in the name of the Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, the news agency reported.

There appears to be some internal conflict taking place within the Sinai-based terrorist organization, which has been linked in the past with Al Qaeda.

Al Qaeda, for its part, has distanced itself from ISIS, charging the group with being “too brutal” in its methods although willing to maintain loose ties in the goals of the two organizations.

Egypt has increased the number of military forces in the Sinai Peninsula in an effort to root out the terrorist groups building bases in the region; Israel has reluctantly agreed to the move in agreement with Cairo’s goals.

Israel Gambles on Future War and Lets Egypt Send More Troops to Sinai

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has agreed to an Egyptian request to deploy two infantry battalions and helicopters in the terror-plagued Sinai, another relaxation of the allowed number of Egyptian troops permitted in the Sinai under the 1979 treaty.

Th peace treaty stipulates that Israel must agree to additional troops.

For the time being, Israel is happy that President Abdul Fatah Al-Sisi is fighting Hamas and jihad terror in the Sinai, immediately south of Gaza, where a jihad attack last week killed 31 Egyptian soldiers. Cairo has charged that Hamas was involved in coordinating and carrying out the murders.

This is not the first time Israel has agreed to Egypt’s sending in more armed soldiers into the Sinai, which was used by the Egyptian regime in 1973 to start the Yom Kippur War. The issue rose after the fall of the Mubarak regime, and Knesset Members unsuccessfully argued that legislative approval was necessary before Egypt could beef up its presence in the Sinai, a move which also would give it an opportunity in the future to turns its guns on Israel in the future.

In 2012, Egypt moved in tanks without Israel approval.

“It is clear to everyone that the Egyptians — whether they succeed in dealing with the terror in Sinai or don’t — at some point are going to ask to open the military appendix,” Yediot Acharonot journalist Alex Fishman wrote at the time.. “The meaning of this is that the demilitarization of Sinai will be eroded, which is one of the most important anchors of the peace agreement between Israel and Egypt.”

The recent approval to deploy additional soldiers is conditioned on Egypt’s fighting “terrorist organizations,” Army Radio reported.

In the past four years, Egypt has gone through the Mubarak regime, a temporary military regime, the openly anti-Israel and anti-American Muslim Brotherhood government, another temporary military regime and now the government headed by al-Sisi.

What happens if the Islamists take over again, or if Abbas takes over Gaza and convinces Al-Sisi to oppose Israel until” Jerusalem is liberated”?

The Egyptian government will be armed to the teeth in the Sinai with Israel conveniently in range of its tanks.

Egypt Ends Major Trade Deal with Turkey

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Cairo has nixed renewal of a major trade agreement signed with Turkey in 2012 that is set to end in April 2015.

The agreement allows Turkey to use an overland route and Egyptian ports to export its goods to Gulf and African nations, thereby eliminating the need to ship the wares via war-torn Syria.

The decision not to renew the deal reflects the deteriorating relations between the two countries. Egypt’s diplomatic ties with Turkey have become increasingly cold since the ouster of former Muslim Brotherhood-backed President Mohammed Morsi by Egyptian military.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a strong backer of the Muslim Brotherhood who served previously as his country’s prime minister, has repeatedly lashed out at Egyptian officials since the ouster, calling it a “coup.”

A spokesperson for the Turkish foreign affairs ministry told the Anadolou news agency, “With this action, the Egyptian government is adding a new damage to other damages it has dealt to the interests of its people.”

The Muslim Brotherhood also gave birth to Gaza’s ruling Hamas terrorist organization and is a prominent player in Qatar.

During cease-fire negotiations this summer to end Israel’s counter terror Operation Protective Edge, Hamas requested the presence of both Turkey and Qatar at the indirect Egyptian-mediated talks with the Jewish State.

Although the request was rejected, Hamas did not respond to any cease-fire proposal without first at least consulting with officials in Doha, Qatar.

Gazans Dismayed as Egypt Razes Rafah Homes for Buffer Zone

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Gazans have been watching impassively on their side of the border as Egyptian troops demolished Rafah homes to make way for a military buffer zone.

Few are serene about the turn of events that will greatly reduce, if not entirely eliminate the possibility of smuggling anything in or out of Egypt via tunnels under the border near Rafah. That includes the normal goods of daily life, as well as the weapons and other items imported to expand the arsenal of Gaza’s terrorist infrastructure.

Security has been raised to its highest alert level in the area after a bomb exploded Monday near Egyptian troops as they worked. No one was wounded in the attack, but troops are on their guard.

On October 24, 31 Egyptian soldiers were killed by Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis terrorists. Since then, a state of emergency was declared for the town of Rafah – which straddles Egypt’s border with Gaza – and its surrounding areas. Ansar Bayt al-Maqis is linked to Al Qaeda and the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) terrorist organizations.

The buffer zone, to be 500 meters (550 yards) wide, will run along the 13-kilometer (8 mile) Egyptian border with Gaza, starting from northern Sinai and extending to the Mediterranean Sea.

Thus far some 300 homes have already been razed to the ground, with at least 500 left to go. The project is expected to displace more than 10,000 Egyptian citizens who are to be compensated by the government for the loss of their homes and any businesses or livelihoods they were forced to leave behind.

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi called on Egyptians to unite with him to fight the terrorists who threaten the security of the nation and have essentially transformed the Sinai Peninsula into their personal stronghold.

“This is our battle, all of us,” he said in comments following last week’s attack on the military. “The battle of all Egyptians.”

The government has allocated up to one billion Egyptian pounds (nearly $140 million) in compensation funds for those whose homes were demolished.

“We won’t forget their sacrifice,” el-Sisi said.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/gazans-dismayed-as-egypt-razes-rafah-homes-for-buffer-zone/2014/11/04/

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