PUBLISHED: 9:48 PM 15 May 2017

Jihad In Congress, Muslim Brotherhood Lobby Group Heads To D.C. As Christians Are Boycotted

Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for symbols of American support on each of their tour stops.

 

Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for symbols of American support on each of their tour stops.

Muslim Brotherhood is pushing for symbols of American support on each of their tour stops.

An extremist group from Egypt is back on American soil to drum up support. Members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) are very familiar with lobbying activities in the United States as they have visited the capital on more than one occasion. They are, for the most part, looking to a representative of the United States State Department to support their efforts to take over the government of Egypt.

According to a recent report, the efforts of the MB include:

“The organization held several direct meetings between the group’s delegation from various US states and members of the US Congress and a comprehensive file of human rights violations in Egypt since the military coup of July 2013 to March 2017.
The organization’s delegation included Hani al-Qadi (head of the organization), Aabar Mustafa (deputy head of the organization), Mahmoud al-Sharqawi (the organization’s spokesman), Ayat Orabi (member of the Revolutionary Council), Fuad Rashid (activist from New Jersey) (New Jersey), Ahmad Ali (New Jersey activist), Yahya Al-Montaser (New York State activist), Linda Zoghbi (New Jersey member), Omar Awad (New Jersey member) ).
The members of the US Congress thanked the Egyptian delegation for presenting this important file for its study and research, and the determination to stop the violations in Egypt.”

On the surface, this group may not seem like that big of an issue, but there are some major red flags with their visits. Even as some of the delegation openly push for a boycott of Christians, they have also played a role in supporting the growing ban against signs of Americanization in Egypt. For example, during a recent meeting with part of the MB, they shared:

“To get that point across, many young Egyptians back a boycott of the symbols of the United States: Nike, Marlboro, American washing detergent, and fast food chains, including McDonald’s.
Dr. Ashraf-Bayoumi is one of the leaders of the boycott of American products. He’s a scientist, who taught in the United States for twenty years.
He took me to an Egyptian fast food restaurant. The dish here is called cosheri – rice, noodles, special sauce, all delivered quick and cheap. It is a traditional Egyptian meal, making a come back especially with students as the boycott of American fast food gains popular support.”

While those in Egypt take an aggressive stand against signs of all things American, they do not stop taking the American funds being used to stabilize Egypt. Even those like Dr. Ashraf-Bayoumi who enjoyed many years of support within the United States are turning against it all. According to a recent report on the problems in the area:

“The U.S. sends the government of Egypt $2 billion a year, in no small part to keep it on peaceful terms with Egypt’s next door neighbor, Israel, also our ally.
Egypt has signed a peace treaty with Israel, but as the war between Israel and the Palestinians has intensified, many Egyptians, including moderate Muslims, sympathize with the Palestinians, and this is affecting what they think about America.”

The MB posed for many pictures with their hand sign supporting extremist actions including suicide bombers in Egypt.

The MB posed for many pictures with their hand sign supporting extremist actions including suicide bombers in Egypt.

That same report went on to give Americans a warning about the future of the cooperation between Egypt and the United States:

“If the Egyptian government continues its path of depending on the United States, and submitting to the pressure of the United States, the wrath of the Egyptian people will bring down that government…there is a difference between being anti-American and anti the way the American administration is handling the Palestinian issue. It’s two different subjects.
Egyptians believe there is no U.S. support or sympathy for the Palestinians. Egyptians view the Palestinians as oppressed people under siege, their land occupied, suicide bombs as acts of desperate last resort.”

Many supporters of the MB and their movement look to the actions of the United States as being inappropriate and see the actions of terrorists including suicide bombers as being a desperate move based on a long history of mistreatment. With this is mind, it does not seem reasonable for the group to travel to meet with members of Congress to gain supports for their efforts.

It does not look like the team is looking to have a conversation about change at all, but instead to use their visits as a sign that the U.S. State Department is supporting their extreme efforts. During a visit in 2015, the MB turned a very routine tourist type visit to the State Department into some indication of support. They posted pictures all over their social media talking about a visit that many in the State Department did not readily acknowledge.
This was also not the story officials within the United States told about the visit. They saw the tour as more of a tourist type venture and became embarrassed by the link to the group. MB openly posted pictures of them with jihad signs and made it appear that they were highly esteemed guests.

According to a recent recap of the visit after issues came up on social media:

“…the American administration was embarrassed by the publication of the visit, but openly acknowledged it a few days later. State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said that the MB members were part of a larger delegation that included former Egyptian MPs, among others, and that they are not currently active in the movement. She added that State Department meetings with various political elements were routine. The Egyptian regime, outraged by the visit, accused the U.S. administration of not respecting the Egyptian law that defines the MB as a terrorist organization, and of discounting the will of the Egyptian people. It also claimed that this conduct flies in the face of U.S. policy, which champions the struggle against global terrorism. Criticism of the U.S. was also voiced in the official Egyptian press and in the Saudi press.The fact that the reports on the visit coincided with the January 31 large-scale terrorist attack in Al-‘Arish, in which 31 people were killed and which the Egyptian regime and media attributed to the MB, only increased the rage towards the U.S. Some articles even accused it of being behind the attack itself.”