The leader of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has delivered speeches in which he called peace negotiations with Israel “a heresy, according to Islamic law” and that Palestine is “the graveyard of the Jews.” According to MEMRI translations:
Following are excerpts from speeches delivered by Sheik Hammam Saeed, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan. One of the addresses was posted on the Internet on May 24, 2013; the other aired on Al-Aqsa TV on June 7, 2013.
The Internet, May 24, 2013:
Sheik Hammam Saeed: We must not forget the enemy, which planted the Jews in our land. It is time we demanded that these enemies and especially Britain, be held accountable. It is time that we held these true criminals accountable.
I would like to stress a matter of utmost importance: The slogan of the present stage is the seeking of a durable peace. The region’s rulers are seeking a durable peace. Even those rulers of Palestine are seeking a durable peace.
What does a ‘durable peace’ mean? It means that Palestine does not belong to us, that Palestine does not belong to its Islamic nation or its people. Those who talk about a ‘durable peace’ are, by necessity, giving up on Palestine, and are searing, in the strongest possible terms, that they have nothing to do with Palestine, and that they do not want to return to it. Palestine has been removed from their considerations, and is no longer among their concerns.
What is the ruling of Islamic law against such a person? This is heresy, according to Islamic law, because Allah says that Palestine belongs to the Islamic nation, while they say that Palestine belongs to the Jews. Anyone who says that Palestine belongs to the Jews has no place in the religion of Allah, and no room in this creed. This is an issue of heresy and belief.
Al-Aqsa TV, June 7, 2013:
Sheik Hammam Saeed: There is only one case in which negotiations are possible. It is like when Saladin brought 20 Crusader kings, and put them to death, cleansing Palestine and leaving no trace of them in the pure land of Palestine. This is what we say to the Jews: We will not accept you on the land of Palestine.
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In April, the GMBDW reported 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 wold 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 a new leader, 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.