Despite Hamas’ apparent attempt to distance itself from its own terrorist past and its parent body, the Muslim Brotherhood, the Egyptian Brotherhood insists the two are still connected (Arabic link).
Hamas is a designated terror organization according to the governments of the United States, United Kingdom, European Union, Egypt, Canada, Australia and Israel.
There are three key points at play here:
- As we’ve reported, it’s hard to say the Muslim Brotherhood is directly involved in terrorism because it is a collection of disparate groups. What connects these groups is their end point: the desire for a global caliphate. That means an end to the U.S. and the West as we know them today. However, the Egyptian Brotherhood is the central organization in the Brotherhood network and the international mouthpiece of the organization.
- The very fact that the Egyptian Brotherhood insists it is still tied at the hip to Hamas shows that the Brotherhood’s direct support for the Hamas terror organization is alive and well.
- While Hamas is trying to paint itself as a moderate organization with a new charter, it continues to amass a large arsenal in the Gaza strip it controls, and its terror-tunnel building continues unabated. At least 15 tunnels dug by Hamas run under Israeli territory. Egypt has battled Hamas for years.
An item on the Arabic portal Al Bawaba News mocked Hamas’ alleged divorce from the Brotherhood, saying: “This emphasizes that the disengagement between Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood was just a play which has no basis.”
Hamas and the Brotherhood are inextricably entwined. That’s why we urge you to please join Clarion in calling on the Trump administration to ban the Brotherhood.
Former Brotherhood official Tarek el-Bashabishi told Al-Bawaba that the Egyptian Brotherhood is sending out warning shots, making sure everyone realizes it’s the Egyptian Brotherhood that runs the movement’s branches and any change in political tactics is done in accordance with headquarters.
El-Bashabishi called Hamas’ new “moderate” charter “a deception for everyone,” as senior Hamas official Mahmoud al-Zahar said, “The pledge Hamas made before God was to liberate all of Palestine. The charter is the core of (Hamas’s) position and the mechanism of this position is the document.”
Al-Zahar added Hamas views armed resistance as the method to achieve that goal and does not recognise Israel’s right to exist.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu released the following video lashing out at various mainstream media elements for reporting that the organization had moderated: