President Barak Obama has extended the welcome mat to newly elected Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, candidate of the Muslim Brotherhood. Morsi was invited by Obama to a September meeting, the first time a member of the radical Islamist group has been asked to visit the White House in an official capacity.
Meanwhile, in his weekly sermon, the Supreme leader of the Brotherhood Muhammad Badi “confirmed the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims, ” according to last Thursday's edition of Al Wafd.
Badi "called on all Muslims to wage jihad with their money and their selves to free al-Quds"—the same exact language found in Al Qaeda's tracts.
Even though Morsi officially resigned from the Brotherhood shortly after the election results were announced to fulfill his promise to form an “inclusive” government, it is assumed that Badi is calling the shots for Morsi.
Meanwhile on Sunday, in a challenge to the secular military council of Egypt who disbanded the newly elected, Islamist majority parliament two weeks before Morsi took office, Morsi ordered the parliament back in session.
The parliament was charged with writing a constitution for Egypt. With an Islamist majority, Sharia law was expected to be the new law of the land replacing Egypt’s previous secular state. Morsi said he would call for new parliamentary elections 60 days after the approval of a new constitution.
For those who claimed that Morsi’s victory was hollow, Morsi’s move appears to be the first shot in an aggressive power struggle with the military council. The move comes just one week before U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s planned visit to Cairo.
Meanwhile, the phenomenon of “Sharia-harassment” has taken hold in post-Morsi Egypt where, in one instance, bearded men entered a hall where teenagers and young men (aged 14 – 22 years old) were playing pool and told them to stop because such activities are forbidden in Islam.
After one of the players answered the men rudely, they left, only to return with guns which they used to open fire on the players. After shooting a number of the players in the arms and chest, injuring four seriously, the gunmen began to beat those who had fallen to the floor.
“I did not imagine he would continue to hit me with his foot on my head after I fell,” one injured teen told reporters.
News reports also say that witnesses called the police for help, but their pleas were ignored. Only after the injured were taken independently to the hospital, police showed up.
The pool hall is located in Al-Haram, a middle-class, residential area close to the Giza Pyramids and the Sphinx. Secular women in the area – as well as in other areas of Egypt –have been the target of other Sharia harassment since Morsi’s election.
In the past two weeks, women have reported being verbally bullied by both men and veiled women, saying “a new president has come to teach you morals” and chiding them for not wearing a veil and for not staying at home.