Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood Figure Criticised For Supporting Jews In Government; Tawakkul Karman Won Nobel Peace Prize In 2011


Jewish media is reporting that Nobel Peace Prize winner and Yemeni Muslim Brotherhood figure Tawakkul Karman has been severely criticized by local media for demanding  that local Jews be allowed in government positions. According to a report at

Tawakkul Karman
Tawakkul Karman

February 26, 2014 Arab media blasted Yemini Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkol Karman for demanding that local Jews be allowed in government positions, blogger Elder of Ziyon reported on Monday.

Claiming that Yeminis consider the call to be ‘outrageous’ one newspaper said about  Karman, a Muslim, that ‘People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.’

Karman’s comments were made during a United Nations webcast about equality for ‘religious minorities’ in Yemen.

‘We stress the necessity of equality for Jewish Yemeni citizens to their fellow citizens in enjoying all political rights, including the right to be nominated to the parliament, to local councils and the presidency,’ she said.

Local activists, cited in the Arabic media, said, ‘It is not strange for someone who belongs to the [Muslim] Brotherhood to say this.’

‘After all, Issam Eryan also demanded that the Jews return to Egypt and that their possessions be given back to them,’ they added. ‘This video is the price that Tawakkol paid for getting the Nobel Peace Prize [in 2011].’

Karman has been repeatedly accused  by her political opponents in Yemen and Egypt of supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Elder of Ziyon. The political party she belongs to includes Muslim Brotherhood members and she has railed against the rule of Egypt’s army chief Abdul Fattah el-Sisi.

In August 2013, the GMBDW reported that Tawakkul Karman had written an article for Foreign Policy magazine in which she called deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi “the Arab World’s Mandela” and argues that “we must stand and support the Muslim Brotherhood’s fight for democracy.” During that same month Ms. Karman was apprehended at the Cairo airport and prevented from entering Egypt. In October 2011, we was the first media source to report on Nobel Peace Prize winner Tawakkul Karman’s ties to the Al-Islah Party of Yemen, the Yemeni branch of the Global Muslim Brotherhood

For an extensive profile on Ms. Karman, go here.

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