Israeli media is reporting that the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has denied that is position has weakened following the deposition of former Egyoptian president Mohamed Morsi. According to a Jerusalem Post report:
7/20/2013 REUTERS AMMAN, Jordan – Jordanian Islamists remain defiant at suggestions that their position has weakened in the aftermath of the ousting in Egypt of President Mohamed Morsi, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), and the arrests by the military of top Brotherhood officials.
Outwardly, the Jordanian section of the Muslim Brotherhood is exuding confidence, its leaders brushing aside what happened to their Egyptian allies as irrelevant.
‘Our experience is different from that of Egypt’s branch of the Muslim Brotherhood. We did not rule and we existed in the political sphere long before Morsi was president,’ Hammam Said, leader of the Jordanian MB said. He insisted that his group would not be shaken by the Egypt’s leadership earthquake.
In an interview with the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Ghad, he expressed confidence that Morsi would be returned to power.
Since the Egyptian army’s announcement of Morsi’s removal from office, large groups of Jordanian Islamist activists have been gathering daily in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Amman, demanding Morsi’s reinstatement as leader of the largest and most influential Arab country.
The support here for the local Muslim Brotherhood’s Egyptian allies is seen not only as another indication of the strong ties between Jordanian and Egyptian members, but also as a demonstration of the Brotherhood’s power to Jordanian officials, who cheered and applauded Morsi’s removal from office.
The Brotherhood’s deputy head in Jordan, Zaki Bani Rsheid, spoke to hundreds of protesters last month, alleging an international conspiracy against Islamist groups.
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The GMBDW reported in April that a leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood had rejected agreements signed by the country’s king and the Israeli government and that leaders of the Brotherhood would not meet U.S. officials.
In July 2012, the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood was involved in the cancellation of a scheduled attendance by a Jordanian delegation to an educational conference being held in Israel. In June 2012, the head of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood called the arrival of the latest convoy in Gaza “a new page of the Jihad against the occupation of the Palestinian territories. In May 2012, the Jordanian Brotherhood elected Hammam Said,, described as a “hardliner.” Extremist statements made in the past by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood include:
- Praising Turkey’s decision to expel the Israeli ambassador and calling on Jordan and Egypt to do the same.
- Demanding punishment for those in Jordan who may have warned Israel about the terror attacks in Eilat.
- Calling the French ban on full face veils “the beginning of a dangerous battle.”
- Suggesting that Israel might be behind a bomb attack on an Egyptian Coptic church.
- Support for Sudanese President Omar al- Bashir, accused by the International Criminal Court of genocide in Sudan.
- Support for marriage of girls at age 15.
- Participation in incitement centered on the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
- Calling on Palestinians to begin a “Third Intifada.”
- Calling for martyrdom over religious sites in Israel.
- Opposing a U.N treaty on the rights of women.
- Supporting a boycott on goods produced by “enemies of Islam.”
- Calling for more suicide attacks against Israel.