The Middle Eastern Monitor is reporting on statements by Tunisian Muslim Brotherhood leader Rachid Ghannouchi in which he called the recent Gaza truce “a victory for the free peoples of the world” and called on Arab and Muslim nations to support the “resistance”. According to the report:
Friday, 23 November 2012 The leader of Tunisia’s Al-Nahda Party, Sheikh Rachid Ghannouchi, has praised the achievements of the Palestinian resistance in the face of Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip. Sheikh Ghannouchi added that the Egyptian-brokered truce ‘represents a victory for Palestine, the Arab and Muslim nations, and the free people of the world’. In an exclusive statement to Quds Press, Ghannouchi explained that what is required now is for the Arabs, the Muslims and the world’s free people to stand by those who are oppressed and support the resistance to Israel’s military occupation. The Al-Nahda leader also reiterated his readiness to contribute to the Palestinian reconciliation process: ‘Any work that takes us closer to Palestinian unity is noble work and we will not hesitate to make any effort towards that objective.’ Ghannouchi revealed that the World Federation of Muslim Scholars is now considering Gaza as a venue for its next general secretariat summit.
Ennahda is headed by Rachid Ghannouchi (many spelling variations) who can best be described as an independent Islamist power center who is tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood though his membership in the European Council for Fatwa and Research (ECFR) and his important position in the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), both organizations led by Global Muslim Brotherhood Youssef Qaradawi. An Egyptian news report has identified Ghannouchi as a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood “abroad.” Ghannouchi is also one of the founding members of the World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY), a Saudi organization closely linked to the Muslim Brotherhood and dedicated to the propagation of “Wahabist” Islam throughout the world. Ghannouchi is known for his thinking on the issue of Islam and citizenship rights. Earlier posts reported on the return of Mr. Ghannouchi to Tunisia following his long exile in the UK.”,
Mr. Ghannouchi is usually described in the media as a “moderate but other posts have detailed his extremist background. The U.K. based Henry Jackson Society has published a report titled “Moderates or Manipulators? Tunisia’s Ennahda Islamists” that details the extremist positions and statements of the Tunisian Ennahda party and its leader Rachid Ghannouchi. The report’s Executive Summary begins:
The Ennahda party, which heads a coalition in Tunisia’s first freely elected government, is described by most international observers as being a “moderate Islamist” party despite its ideologically extreme origins, the recorded statements of founder Rachid Ghannouchi and the party’s worrying recent activities.
Appeasing ultra-extreme salafists
Since assuming the mantle of government, Ennahda is engaged in an awkward double balancing act of appeasing both Tunisians and the West and secularists and ultra-extreme Salafists.”
• Ennahda has tolerated but distanced itself from often-violent Salafist rallies in Tunisia, but it has also ruled out basing the country’s new constitution on sharia law.
• Ennahda officials have also given implicit support to extremists by denouncing the award-winning animated film Persopolis as “prostitution” after the home of film’s
Tunisian exhibitor was firebombed by Salafists.
support for hamas
• Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali, an Ennahda member, hosted a high-ranking Hamas official in November 2011 at which the official declared “The conquest of Jerusalem will set out from here. You are witnessing a divine, historic moment — a new era in civilization, God willing: the sixth caliphate.”
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