[Announcer Hani al-Maghari] interviews via telephone from London Azzam al-Tamimi, head of the Islamic Political Thought Institute, who discusses attempts by Europe to establish ties with HAMAS. He says the West feels that by taking a negative stance on HAMAS, it has caused more damage than good. He expresses doubts about HAMAS’s report on US President Sarkozy’s stance that he is willing to hold contacts with HAMAS because Sarkozy is a confirmed right-winger.
Azzam Tamimi is a long time member of the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and recently switched allegiance to the British Muslim Initiative (BMI), both organizations being part of the Muslim Brotherhood in the U.K. He is the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IPT), whose Advisory board has included global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi as well as long-time Brotherhood supporter Professor John Esposito of Georgetown University. While stating that he “abhors violence”, Tamimi is the author of books on Hamas and in a 2004 TV interview, he expressed his willingness to be a suicide bomber. He is often referred to as a Hamas “spokesman.”
(Source: Highlights: HAMAS Media 28-29 May 08 West Bank & Gaza Strip — OSC Summary Thursday, May 29, 2008 T11:09:21Z Main stories on evening newscast of the HAMAS-run Gaza Al-Aqsa Satellite Television in Arabic at 1930 GMT on 28 May)