Israeli media is reporting that Jordan has arrested a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of incitement against the authorities. According to the Times of Israel report, Mohamed Said Bakr was detained following an event marking the end of the Gaza conflict:
Jordan arrested a senior member of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday on charges of ‘incitement’ against the authorities, a judicial source said, as the group’s political wing demanded his release.
Mohamed Said Bakr, a member of the Brotherhood’s consultative council, was detained for 15 days by prosecutors after criticizing the government at an event marking the end of the conflict in Gaza, the source said.
The Jordanian Brotherhood’s political wing, the Islamic Action Front, condemned the arrest.
‘It is unacceptable that clerics and activists should be arrested on the basis of positions they expressed,’ said IAF Secretary General Mohamed al-Zayoud on the party’s website.
Zayoud called for the ‘immediate release’ of Bakr, saying that ‘stable regimes would not be threatened by a speech given at a festival or expressing an opinion.’
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The Times of Israel had reported earlier on the Friday event at which it said a senior member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood “decried the kingdom’s diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, and offered his and the Jordanian people’s unwavering support for Palestinian ‘resistance’ fighters who wage ‘jihad’ against IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians.”
Recent GMBDW coverage of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood has included:
- The GMBDW reported in August that supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan had staged what was described as a massive pro-Hamas rally in the capital Amman.
- In July, the GMBDW recommended an Arabic language article titled “Jordan government may shift policy toward Brotherhood” which looked at the possibility of a change in the Kingdom’s stance towards the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan.
- In March, the GMBDW recommended an article suggesting that suggesting that the Muslim Brotherhood in Jordan was facing an increasingly deteriorating situation.
For a revealing look into internal conflicts within the Jordanian Brotherhood, go here.
For a history of extremism by the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood, go here.
For an analysis of the relationship between the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood and the government, go here.