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Muslim Brotherhood projected to win Egypt Elections!

Interesting Article: Muslim Brotherhood says leads Egypt's vote count by EDMUND BLAIR / Cairo published Wednesday, November 30, 2011

An interesting article by Reuters mentioned that the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) (a Muslim Brotherhood party) said early indications showed it was ahead in the races for seats allocated both by party list and to individuals. In the party list race it was followed by the Islamist Salafi al-Nour Party and the liberal Egyptian Bloc. Two thirds of seats will be allocated by party list and one third to individuals. That result, if confirmed and repeated in the rest of the country during the staggered six-week poll, would give Egypt's oldest and best-organized Islamist group a powerful bloc in the next assembly, perhaps setting the stage for a power struggle with the ruling military. So what does this mean?


The outcome of the election in the most populous Arab country will help shape the future of a region convulsed by uprisings against decades of autocracy. Islamist parties in Morocco and Tunisia have come out on top in parliamentary elections in the past two months. The main beneficiary of the elections in Egypt will, in all likelihood, be the Muslim Brotherhood, whose leaders formed the 'alliance of convenience' with the ruling military council to ensure that the elections would proceed as planned. The Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest and best-organized political force, wanted no delays that would give opponents the opportunity to catch up with its organizational prowess. On Friday of last week, the Muslim Brotherhood co-sponsored a “kill the Jews” pep rally in Cairo. According to a report in YNet News, about 5,000 people joined the rally at Cairo’s most prominent mosque, the Al-Azhar mosque. Over and over again, the crowd chanted passages from the Koran vowing that “one day we shall kill all the Jews.” The rally was co-sponsored by the Al-Azhar University, which President Obama had referred to as a “beacon of learning” in his June 2009 speech to the Muslim world, and by the Union of Muslim Scholars. The latter group is headed by the Muslim Brotherhood’s virulently anti-Semitic spiritual leader Youssef Qaradawi, who just happened to return to Cairo two days before the rally for the first time since his February trip when he delivered his fiery speech calling, among other things, for “the conquest of the al-Aqsa Mosque.” The rally event, dubbed “Friday of Al-Aqsa Support,” was called to promote the “battle against Jerusalem’s Judaization,” in observance of the anniversary of the approval of the 1947 UN Partition Plan for Palestine which the Palestinians and their Islamist supporters condemn to this day. An Egyptian newspaper, the Egypt Daily News, reported that Abdel Rahman Al-Mor, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s advisory bureau, said that “the most important step to a free Palestine is to prepare the young generation for the upcoming battle.”  Eldad Beck, Ynet’s Arab affairs correspondent, reported that other speakers at the rally delivered “impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel". The Brotherhood is using Egypt’s flawed electoral process, backed up by its tacit alliance with the country’s military rulers, to achieve its anti-freedom objective of imposing its Islamist ideology on Egyptian society. With sharia law and their jihadism to guide them, the Islamists can be expected to institutionalize continued persecution of religious minorities such as the Coptic Christians, marginalize women and suppress freedom of speech and the press in the interest of protecting Islam against blasphemy. Convinced of their upcoming success in the vote, some Muslim Brotherhood supporters had concerns beyond Egypt's borders - over Israel's intentions to dismantle the temporary Mughrabi Bridge leading to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. At Al-Azhar University, a stronghold of the movement, giant posters called for the defense of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the mount, and Palestinian flags mingled with Egyptian ones. Guests of honor at prayers at the university were members of a Hamas delegation that was in Cairo for talks with Palestinian Authority officials. Among the crowd was Abed Khaled, an accountant, who said the Jews would be fought until the fighters' last drop of blood. Acknowledging that such a step was not currently feasible, he said that after an election victory the army would be prepared for war against Israel. The rise of the Muslim Brotherhood in Arab elections comes as no surprise. The real surprise would be if the Brotherhood hadn't risen, wrote Tariq Al Homayed, the editor, in the London-based paper Asharq Al Awsat. The problem with other political parties, in Egypt and elsewhere, is that they are a voice uncoupled from a movement on the ground. Most contenders across the Arab World are fragmented and emotional and lack any precise project. In Egypt for instance, after the dethroning of Hosni Mubarak everyone became preoccupied with the remnants of the regime, the threat of the Saudi-backed Salafis, or the youth's questioning of the military's motives. "It was all of course an internal plan by the Brotherhood aimed at dispersing the efforts of the youth and other political powers, while they worked diligently to strengthen their ranks on the ground" al Awsat wrote. Like the Nazi Party did in the 1930s, the Iranian Islamists did in 1979 and Hamas did in 2006, the Muslim Brotherhood is embarked on a hijacking of the electoral process to subvert any chance of democratic freedoms in Egypt, as the election results take place, most in the west are looking closely at what Egypt will become, let us hope that the election results so far is not accurate.

References:
http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/30/the-muslim-brotherhoods-kill-the-jews-election-platform/
http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/11/29/muslim_brotherhod_egypt_election
http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/muslim-brotherhood-sure-of-election-victory-in-egypt-as-tahrir-unrest-lingers-1.397919

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