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2/14/08

AP Glosses over Muslim Brotherhood as Cindy Sheehan joins their Protests

Cindy Sheehan in Egypt for Islamists

(AP)- "Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan joined a protest Wednesday seeking the support of Egypt's first lady in ending a military trial of members of the country's largest Islamic organization...

One woman carried a sleeping infant in her arms along with a poster reading "Father, I miss you." In December 2006, the government engaged in a wide-ranging crackdown against the Brotherhood, the country's largest opposition force — which holds one-fifth of the seats in the parliament — targeting in particular businessmen known to financially support the group.

In February 2007, President Hosni Mubarak ordered 40 of the organization's members to be tried by a military tribunal on charges of money laundering and terrorism. The court's verdict is expected Feb. 26. According to the Brotherhood, 3,245 members of their organization were arrested in 2007.

AP doesn't explain the Muslim Brotherhood any more than this. The list of allegations of terrorism or support of terrorism from the Muslim Brotherhood is too long to list, but here's a quick repetoire from Wikipedia:

(Wikipedia)- "Links to violence
* The Brotherhood is widely believed to have had a `secret apparatus` responsible for terrorist attacks in Egypt including the assassination of Egypt's prime minister in 1948.
* The Brotherhood currently advocates suicide bombing attacks on civilians to fight Zionism, and its Palestinian wing Hamas targets both civilians and the military in Israel.
* Newsweek journalists Mark Hosenball and Michael Isikoff report connections between al-Qaeda and Brotherhood figures Mamoun Darkazanli and Youssef Nada.
* A similar article in the Financial Times reported financial links between 74-year-old Swiss Muslim convert, businessman and neo-Nazi Ahmed Huber, and MB members, notably Youssef Nada, Ali Himmat and who founded the Al Taqwa Bank. According to the U.S. government, Al Taqwa "has long acted as financial advisers to al-Qaeda." Huber himself is noted in Europe for his links with alleged neo-Nazi and other far right elements.[37][38] He is reported to have "confirmed" having "had contact with associates of Osama bin Laden at an Islamic conference in Beirut," whom he called `very discreet, well-educated, very intelligent people.'
* Abdul Rahman al-Amoudi, an "expert in the art of deception" was an influential lobbyist and founder and head of the Brotherhood-linked American Muslim Council before being convicted and sentenced to 23 years in prison for conspiracy to murder Saudi Prince Abdullah at the behest of Libyan leader Muammar al-Gaddafi.

Unequal rights for non-Muslims
* In 1997 Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mustafa Mashur told journalist Khalid Daoud [40] that he thought Egypt's Coptic Christians should pay the long-abandoned jizya poll tax, levied on non-Muslims but not Muslims. He went on to say that while `we do not mind having Christians members in the People's Assembly... the top officials, especially in the army, should be Muslims since we are a Muslim country... This is necessary, Mashur explained because `when a Christian country attacks the Muslim country and the army has Christian elements, they can facilitate our defeat by the enemy.`" [41]

Holocaust denial
* Egyptian brotherhood leader, Mohammed Mahdi Akef, has denounced what he called "the myth of the Holocaust" in defending Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad denial of the Holocaust and the death of six million Jews[42].

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