US Muslim Brotherhood Condems The West On Second Anniversary of Egypt Protest Killings

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Local media is reporting that a US Muslim Brotherhood coalition has condemned what it calls “the West’s complacency towards the Egyptian regime on the second anniversary of the ‘Rabaa’ massacres.” According to the report:

August 15, 2015 WASHINGTON – Muslim groups in the U.S. have condemned the West’s complacency towards the Egyptian regime on the second anniversary of the ‘Rabaa’ massacres.

On Aug. 14, 2013, Egyptian security forces opened fire on two protest camps in Cairo, killing at least 1,150 people, according to Human Rights Watch.

The protest camps in Cairo’s Rabaa al-Adawiya and Nahda squares were in support of Mohamed Morsi, Egypt’s first democratically elected president who had been ousted in a military coup weeks earlier.

Oussama Jammal, secretary general of the U.S. Council of Muslim Organizations, drew attention to the continuing abuses allegedly committed under Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi, a former army chief who assumed the Egyptian presidency in mid-2014.

Claiming there had not been any investigation into the Rabaa killings, Jammal told Anadolu Agency: ‘We are even more disappointed with the international community for its silence and complete ignorance or neglect of this gross violation. By doing so, their simple message to the people in the Middle East is that democracy is not important.

‘What’s important is, if you have power and if you can violate human rights, you can use violence and you can survive. This is the wrong message.’

He added that the ‘continuing silence of the international community has sent a very bad message to the regime in Egypt’.

Naeem Baig, president of Islamic Circle of North America, described Sisi’s two-year grip on power as ‘shameful’ and attacked Egypt’s judicial system under Sisi.

‘They [the courts] have no legal process; there is no justice and, sadly speaking, many global powers are just silent on that,’ he told Anadolu Agency.”

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The GMBDW reported in April that 280 delegates met with elected officials and congressional staffers in the first National Muslim Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO).

In December 2014, the GMBDW was the first to report that the USCMO had announced plans to hold what was described as the first-of-its-kind National Muslim Advocacy Day. The GMBDW reported in March 2014 on the formation of the USCMO, comprised of eight US Muslim organizations most of which are part of the US Muslim Brotherhood:

  •  Muslim Ummah of North America (MUNA)
  • The Mosque Cares (Ministry of Imam W. Deen Mohammed)
The GMBDW reported in August 2014 that the USCMO had issued a condemnation of the murder of the American journalist James Foley by what the statement calls the “so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.”
The GMBDW notes that a number of websites have described the USCMO as a “political party” although we see no evidence for that. As we  discussed in 2010, one of the common tactics of the US Muslim Brotherhood is to construct coalitions of its own front organizations as well as inter-related groups and individuals, giving the appearance that the Brotherhood has more broad-based support than it actually enjoys. The USCMO appears to be the latest in a long series of such coalitions formed by the US Muslim Brotherhood.

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