El Watan, one of Egyptâ€™s most widely circulated and read newspapers, has published a report discussing the Muslim Brotherhoodâ€™s influence over the United States, especially in the context of inciting pro-Brotherhood policies against Egyptâ€™s popular June 30 Revolution, which resulted in the ousting of Muhammad Morsi and the Brotherhood from power.
Titled (in translation), â€śWith Names, Identities, and Roadmapâ€¦Â El Watan Exposes Brotherhood Cells in America,â€ť itâ€™s written by investigative journalist Ahmed al-Tahiri, who begins the report by saying:
In the context of El Watanâ€™s ongoing investigation concerning the Brotherhoodâ€™s cells and lobby inside America that support the regime of the ousted [Morsi], and which intensified their activities to attack and defame the June 30 Revolution, informed sources have disclosed to El Watan newspaper the names and cell entities of the Brotherhood and their roadmap of activities all throughout the United States of America.
The sources said that these organizations, which are spread throughout the States, agitated for and were supportive of the decisions taken by Muhammad Morsiâ€™s project to â€śBrotherhoodizeâ€ť and consolidate power [in Egypt] and gave a favorable opinion to the general American public that Morsiâ€™s decisions were welcomed by the public [in Egypt]. Following the June 30 Revolution, these groups Â launched a malicious war in order to incite the American administration to take hostile decisions against Egypt, with the aim of bringing back the Brotherhood to the power.
El Watan then goes on to name names, saying that the following activists and entities are Brotherhood operatives working within the United States (reproduced verbatim):
- Union of Egyptian Imams in North America, represented by Sheikh Muhammad al-Bani
- The Egyptian American Foundation for Development
- Dr. Khalid Lamada, New York
- Dr. Hassan al-Sayah, Virginia
- The Egyptian Network in America, led by Dr. Muhammad Helmi
- Dr. Akram al-Zand, Saâ€™ad Foundation
- Muhammad al-Khashab, Head of ART channelsÂ in America
- Sameh al-Henawi, member, Business Association of America
- Dr. Hany Saqr, member, Egyptian Association in America
- Dr. Khalid Hassan, Maryland
- Dr. Muhammad Abdel Hakem, Seattle
- Dr. Ahmed Ismat al-Bendari, President, Islamic Society of America
- Walid Yusari, Chicago
- Ahmed Shadid, New Jersey
- Ahmed al-Hatab, Indiana
- Dr. Muhammad Morjan, Boston
- Ramadan Ridwan, Houston
- Ahmed Fayez, Las Vegas
- Dr. Amru Abbas, member, Egyptian Foundation in Michigan
- Dr. Safi al-Din Hamed, Pennsylvania
- Dr. Hamdy Radwan, North Carolina
- Ahmed Shehata, Director, Egyptian American Organization for Democracy and Human Rights
- Dr. Iman Shehata, New York
- Dr. Muhammad Amru Attawiya, member, Organization of Islamic Relief in the United States
- Dr. Khalid al-Sayes, member, Rebuilding of Egypt Foundation
- Dr. Tariq Hussein, member, American Islamic Relations Council (CAIR)
- Dr Hisham al-Gayar, member, Egyptian Foundation, Michigan
- Amin Mahmoud, Maryland
As a most recent example, El Watan quotes from an American op-ed published on October 16 (just two days before the publication of the El Watan report itself).Â Titled â€śEgypt: 100 days laterâ€ť and written by Ahmed Shehata of the Egyptian American Organization for Democracy and Human Rights, the piece appeared in The Hill, the Capitolâ€™s most widely circulated newspaper, published specifically for Congress.
The op-ed is certainly a prime example of pro-Muslim Brotherhood propaganda that actually tries to â€śshameâ€ť U.S. policymakers into returning the Brotherhood back to power in the name of â€śdemocracy.â€ť
Key excerpts follow:
While the U.S. must consider its own interests in the region, it is baffling and disheartening to think the current administration would choose to discount the suffering that continues to occur on a daily basis as well as the complete violation of democratic principles which it espouses to the rest of the worldâ€¦.Â As this past week marked 100 days since the coup and the lives of the Egyptian people continue to be sacrificed, the United States cannot be silent any longer for the sake of their own interests and convenienceâ€¦.Â To that end, Egypt represents a golden opportunity for the U.S. to uphold democratic values by pushing for the reinstatement of the democratically elected government, despite their shortcomings. This would aid tremendously in showing the world that, above any one particular physical interest, stands the mantle of freedom and the rule of law.
Anyone familiar with the real happenings of Egypt knows that Shehataâ€™s assertions are complete opposites of the truth: the military ousted the Brotherhood in response to the will of millions of Egyptiansâ€”the people, the demos, as in democracyâ€”who took to the streets protesting against the totalitarian Morsi government.Â Â Moreover, it is the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters who have been committing numerous human rights atrocitiesâ€”including the slaughter and persecution of Christians, the torture and murder of many Egyptians (including before the revolution), and the destruction and torching of some 85 Christian churches.
Shehata seems to think that, if the Muslim Brotherhood and their supporters terrorize, murder, destroy, persecute, and betray their nationâ€”which is precisely why tens of millions of average Egyptians rose up against them (though you might not know that following Al Jazeera-led Western media that distorted the popularity of the revolution)â€”as long as they won â€śelectionsâ€ť (which from the start many authorities insisted they didnâ€™t), then that is all that matters; and, if need be, the U.S. must war with Egyptâ€™s military and people on behalf of the ousted terroristsâ€”all in the name of â€śdemocracyâ€ť and â€śhuman rights,â€ť as Shehataâ€™s U.S.-based Brotherhood front is laughably called.
That such a shameless piece of Muslim Brotherhood propaganda can be published in the most influential and widely read Capitol Hill publication certainly goes a long way in validating El Watanâ€™s claims that the Brotherhood has its tentacles all around the United Statesâ€™ points of influence.
Raymond Ibrahim is author ofÂ Crucified Again: Exposing Islamâ€™s New War on Christians.