The official website of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has once again identified Azzam Tamimi as a “leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain.” According to the Brotherhood statement citing Tamimi’s remarks on the apparent terrorist attack on the offices of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo:
Dr. Azzam Tamimi and Mohamed Soudan, Muslim Brotherhood leaders, denounced the armed attack on the Charles Hebdo newspaper in Paris, France on Wednesday. Mohamed Soudan, Foreign Relations Secretary of the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP, the Muslim Brotherhood’s political arm), said: ‘We condemn this criminal attack on the newspaper.
‘No-one should rush into accusing Muslims of committing this crime. The matter should be left to investigators. Whoever is behind this is guilty of an unjustifiable crime… True Islam does not encourage violence.’
For his part, Dr. Azzam Tamimi, leading member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Britain, condemned the attack, adding: ‘If the perpetrators are indeed Muslims, that would have negative repercussions on Muslims in Europe as a whole, and in particular France. Right-wing extremists will try to use the incident to achieve political ends’.”
Azzam Tamimi is a Palestinian and long time resident of the UK who has often described as a spokesman for Hamas and who famously said during a 2004 BBC interview that sacrificing oneself as a suicide bomber in Israel was a “noble cause,” adding that it was “the straight way to Dr. Tamimi has been the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought (IPT), known to have had Georgetown University Professor John Esposito on its Advisory Board as well as global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi and other important individuals from the Global Muslim Brotherhood.
For a profile of Azzam Tamimi, go here.