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Muslim Brotherhood responds to Trump: ‘We’ll shed our blood and wage war’
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Islamist groups like the Muslim Brotherhood once had an ally in the White House with former President Barack Obama, who made excuses for their brand of “moderate Islam.” But the old days are now over, and with President Donald Trump standing behind Israel, the organization is not happy.
The Muslim Brotherhood threatened Israel and U.S. President Donald Trump in a statement on Wednesday, declaring the United States “the enemy of the Arab world” and asserting: “Jerusalem is Islamic and Arab; for it we’ll shed our blood and wage war.”
This threat comes soon after Trump acknowledged Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a role the city has long played but that had not yet been officially recognized.
Muslim Brotherhood Declares Jihad
The statement from the Brotherhood threatens violent retaliation throughout the Arab world for Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as part of his acceptance of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Brotherhood called the move an attack on “Islamic lands and holy places” and called for “all Palestinian factions and Islamic movements to ignite an uprising throughout the Islamic world” against “the Zionist occupation and the American administration,” which it recognizes as an “enemy state.”
An English translation of the statement continued:
The American president has exploited the weakness of the Muslim world at present, and the ability of tyrannical regimes to strike deadly blows to the Arab Spring, and decided to support the Zionist lobby, to support the Zionist project on the Palestinian territories, but he should know that his decision presents his state of classification as a state sponsor of the occupation — a country hostile to all freedom in various parts of the world.
“Jerusalem is an Islamic and Arab land, for which we will shed our blood, freedom and life, and we fight every aggressor and every supporter of aggression,” the statement concludes. “This is the way of our Jihad.”
The Push to Label MB Terrorists
A congressional adviser told the Washington Free Beacon that this call for violence from the Brotherhood could help congressional Republicans push through on efforts to label the group a terrorist organization. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) introduced a bill last January in hopes of doing just that.
“There was already growing momentum on the Hill to designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terror organization, either chapter-by-chapter or all at once,” a veteran congressional adviser told the Beacon. “The days of the Obama administration describing the group as a bunch of misunderstood moderates, and lawmakers pretending to believe that, are over.”
Efforts to label the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist group have stalled because of countervailing pressure by the liberal press, think tanks, and the State Department. The White House backed down from doing so after a warning by the State Department that such a designation could alienate Muslims and would incorrectly characterize the Brotherhood, which claims to engage in mostly political, non-violent activities.
The CIA has also argued that blacklisting the group would stoke anti-Muslim sentiments and complicate relations with Arab nations where Brotherhood-affiliated parties sit in government, such as Jordan.
Muslim Brotherhood: Moderate or Extreme?
But their call to arms belies the Muslim Brotherhood’s reputation as a “moderate” group, a designation that the Obama administration pushed to maintain for fear of alienating “mainstream” Muslims. There is nothing “moderate” about the Muslim Brotherhood, which aims to establish a fundamentalist state based on sharia law.
Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood is one of the oldest and most influential Islamist groups in the world. A popular motto reads, “Islam is the solution.”
Throughout its history in Egypt, the group has suffered a series of crackdowns for its extreme ideology and violent activities. In the first decades of its existence in Egypt, the group engaged in violent paramilitary activities that included bombing campaigns and assassinations of government leaders. An unsuccessful plot in 1954 to kill Egypt’s liberal president Gamal Abdel Nasser resulted in the imprisonment of many of its members.
The writing of one Muslim Brotherhood member, Sayyid Qutb, has exerted a profound influence on terror groups like Al-Qaeda. Qutb was executed by the Egyptian government in 1966.
In 2011, the group was legalized in Egypt and came to power under president Mohammad Morsi, who was deposed in 2013 by a bloodless coup following mass anti-government protests. The group was outlawed in Egypt in 2013 and is now recognized as a terrorist group in Egypt as well as other Arab nations including Saudi Arabia, Syria, and the United Arab Emirates.
Considering that Egypt considers the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization, efforts by Western apologists to resist the label seem out-of-touch at best.
While the Muslim Brotherhood claims to engage in non-violent political activity, the group continues to harbor links with violent Islamist organizations. America’s Cairo embassy issued a warning in May of a potential attack by Hassm, a “known terrorist organization” and splinter group of the Brotherhood.
Addiionally, Palestinian terror group Hamas was founded as an offshoot of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in the 1980s. Hamas issued a call for a new intifada on Thursday in the wake of President Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Though the group has tried to smooth over its history, its recent call for jihad makes clear that its goals have never changed — the Muslim Brotherhood is nothing more than a terror threat to our nation.
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