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January 29, 2011

Hamas has entered Egypt (Updated)

Topics: Middle East News and Perspectives

Via Nina Shea at NRO, comes news of yet another bad sign in Egypt and one that further points to the Islamists working toward their stated objective of toppling leaders allied with the United States throughout the Middle East:

Stratfor, the news analysis service, is now reporting the following, which it states is from its source in Hamas but which it has not confirmed. It is consistent with other reports that the Egyptian police have melted away:

The Egyptian police are no longer patrolling the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt and are closely collaborating with the MB [Muslim Brotherhood]. The MB has fully engaged itself in the demonstrations, and they are unsatisfied with the dismissal of the Cabinet. They are insisting on a new Cabinet that does not include members of the ruling National Democratic Party.
John Hinderaker offers a bit more from Stratfor:
Security forces in plainclothes are engaged in destroying public property in order to give the impression that many protesters represent a public menace. The MB is meanwhile forming people's committees to protect public property and also to coordinate demonstrators' activities, including supplying them with food, beverages and first aid.
John goes on to point out that Stratfor cautions that Hamas has an interest in exaggerating its role and that the above report should be read with that in mind. Nevertheless, "there is a great deal of concern building in Israel and the United States in particular over the role of the MB in the demonstrations and whether a political opening will be made for the Islamist organization in Egypt."

Update: Andy McCarthy writes that Hama IS the Muslim Brotherhood:

Hamas's overt intervention in Egypt is an alarming development, although a predictable one. It is worth pointing out that Hamas is not merely colluding with the Muslim Brotherhood. Hamas is the Muslim Brotherhood. That, of course, will not be what you hear from our foreign-policy experts, such as Obama adviser Bruce Riedel, who are busily sculpting their narrative about how the Brotherhood -- the font on modern jihadist terror -- has renounced violence and is really nothing for us to be very concerned about. But the stubborn fact is that Hamas is the most prominent of the Brotherhood's Palestinian branches, whose operations long predated Hamas and brought Hamas (a/k/a, the Islamic Resistance Movement) into being.

Don't take my word for it (although I covered the topic in some detail in The Grand Jihad). Don't even take the word of the Justice Department, which amply demonstrated during the Holy Land Foundation terrorism financing prosecution that the Muslim Brotherhood's top project in the U.S. has been to drum up support for Hamas. Look, instead, at some relevant sections of Hamas's 1988 charter ("The Charter of Allah: The Platform of the Islamic Resistance Movement"), announcing the terrorist organization's existence: ...

Continue reading, as Andy goes on to note specific relevant sections of Hamas's 1988 charter and point out that Hamas's slogan is indistinguishable from the Brotherhood's: "Allah is our objective, the Prophet is our leader, the Koran is our law, Jihad is our way, and dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu-akbar!"

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Posted by Richard at January 29, 2011 3:20 PM



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