Jordan Arrests Muslim Brotherhood Members Accused of Smuggling Money And Weapons To West Bank


Citing Arabic media sources, Israeli media is reporting that the Jordanian government has arrested 21 Muslim Brotherhood members accused of  smuggling weapons and money into the West Bank. According to the Jerusalem Post report:

December 2, 2014 The Jordanian government arrested 21 Muslim Brotherhood members for smuggling weapons and money into the West Bank, Arab media reported.

The Brotherhood members are accused of creating a secret military organization and planning to carry out terrorist attacks in the West Bank, senior Jordanian sources told the London-based daily Al-Hayat in a report published on Sunday.

Two of the suspects were charged with receiving military training in Gaza after participating in an organized visit there. According to the sources, ‘these two young men tried to train other Muslim Brotherhood members in order to carry out operations in the occupied West Bank.’

They also raised money to buy weapons.

The name of senior Turkish-based Hamas official and former prisoner in Israel, Saleh al-Arouri, also came up in the investigation, according to the sources.

However, Arouri claimed over the weekend that he has nothing to do with the Jordanian investigation, according to the report. Arouri said ‘our resistance’ is focused on ‘Palestine’ and ‘the Zionist occupation.’”

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The GMBDW reported earlier this week that  Israel had arrested dozens of members of a Hamas terror network said to be funded and directed by Hamas officials in Turkey. That report noted that Saleh al-Arouri was also said to be the leader of that network.

In September, the GMBDW reported that Jordan had arrested a senior member of the Muslim Brotherhood on charges of incitement against the authorities. That post also reported that  a senior member of the Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood “decried the kingdom’s diplomatic relations with the Jewish state, and offered his and the

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.

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