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Jordanian police evacuated staff on Wednesday and sealed the building housing the headquarters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Amman.

“Security forces raided our headquarters and asked us to evacuate the place,” spokesperson Muath Khawaldeh told The Jordan Times, calling the move by authorities “shocking.” He provided no further details.

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The Muslim Brotherhood has long been outlawed in Egypt as a terrorist entity, where the worldwide group started.

A government source who spoke on condition of anonymity told The Jordan Times the decision came because the group is unlicensed and they are “not showing any intent to rectify their situation”.

The Islamic Action Front headquarters, the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood, has in the past couple of years become increasingly vocal in its opposition to Jordan’s relationship with the United Arab Emirates. The IAF has also boycotted the past two parliamentary elections. Jordan’s struggles with a rising element of radical Islamism in its midst and on its borders has clearly prompted the government to take action to contain any chance of a rerun of the “Arab Spring.”

A new Muslim Brotherhood Society, whose leaders apparently split from the original group, registered a new entity in March 2014. The newly formed, moderate, officially licensed branch said it had cut ties to the regional movement. The new organization allegedly filed a complaint against the original group, claiming itself to be the legitimate Brotherhood in Jordan, according to the unnamed government source quoted by The Jordan Times.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

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  1. QUOTE: THE LUBAVITCHER REBBE.
    ON HOW TO NEGOTIATE WTH THE ARABS

    At this time the Arabs are intent to take control over the Burial Cave of our Patriarchs; we have an instruction, that in the first instance to attempt to negotiate in a peaceful manner that this location remain in our possession.

    Should this approach not achieve its goal, then we must battle to retain ownership!

    The only way to negotiate is to state with strength and clarity: ‘should you refuse to accept our demands – we will take our lawful possession’. When he hears this, that we are preparing to take affirmative action, placing our reliance on G-d that it was He Who gave this Land to the Jewish people – only then will he buckle under and accept 400 silver shekels by way of payment and give over the Burial Cave of the Patriarchs to the Jewish people.
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