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ARAB WEST REPORT

(Week 44)

Muslims in Germany accused of extremism and anti-Semitism

 According to Haaretz, the Jewish community in Germany accused Muslims of being anti-Semitic and “the Jews’ worst enemy”. Joseph Schuster, a German Jew suggested that Jews in Germany should not wear the kippah in the presence of Muslims. He went on expressing his fear of attacks against Jews by Muslims and German nationalists who seek the elimination of the Jewish community in Germany and Europe in general. Relativizing such statements, it is mentioned that radical Jews in Europe use the picture of radical groups such as Islamic State and Al-Qaeda as representative of a ‘true’ Islam.

 (February 27, 2015, al-Masdar 24, Mālik Muhammad)

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Is the elimination of important Muslim Brotherhood figures impossible?

 The Muslims Brotherhood’s record of ruling Egypt is poor. The author attributes their failing to a lack of experience, their minor role during the revolution, and the absence of a clear political agenda for the post-revolution period. In addition, the movement’s failure as a ruling party is also the result of internal and external factors, such as Egypt’s strong military and its economic interests as well other Arab states’ fear that the Brotherhood’s political model could be exported. Yet, despite these shortcomings, the Muslim Brotherhood is not likely to be eliminated at the moment. Although the Egyptian government under ʿAbd al-Fattāh al-Sīsī puts considerable pressure on the movement, a radicalization (and hence marginalization) do not seem likely. Furthermore, American attempts to start a dialogue with the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the global fight against extremist Islamist groups such as Islamic State makes the movement’s more moderate ideology an appealing alternative.

 (February 26, 2015, al-Nahār, Sarkīs Na’ūm)

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After Foreign Ministry meeting Obama receives Muslim Brotherhood

 After a meeting between the US Foreign Ministry and representatives of Islamic organizations in the United States last month, the recent reception of Islamic representatives with affiliations to the Muslim Brotherhood enraged the Egyptian authorities again. Since 9/11 the US government has been cautious in dealing with Islamic organizations in the United States. However, this has changed since the Arab Spring, and it is not clear yet how improving relations between Washington and Islamic organizations in the United States would affect Egypt.

 (February 25, 2015, al-Nahār, Sarkīs Na’ūm)

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The Egyptian Church started counting the number of Copts in Libya in order to evacuate them to Egypt

 After the killing of 21 Copts by the Islamic State earlier this year, the Egyptian Church started to count the number of the remaining Copts in neighboring Libya. This contributes to an organized evacuation and helps placing them in Egypt, the United States and various European countries. At the same time, a demonstration in front of the White House was organized by the American Coptic community to commemorate the Coptic victims in Libya and express their support for Egypt’s fight against Terrorism.

 (February 24, 2015, al-Mūjaz, Mustafā Ruhūmma)

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Egypt dissolves 169 associations associated with the Muslim Brotherhood

 The Ministry of Social Solidarity announced the dissolution of 169 associations linked to the Muslim Brotherhood in 9 governorates. The ministry further announced a change in the board of directors of 1083 associations which it runs/operates since the military coup in 2013.

The step is in accordance with Egyptian law to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and any activities or associations associated with the group. This also includes the 169 associations that were established under the former president Mursī. The court’s decision to ban the Muslim Brotherhood and related activities and institutions came in September 2013. Finally the government denounced the Islamist movement as a terrorist group in January 2014.

 (February 23, 2015, al-Bawwāba, No Writer)

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