From the archive of Abdelrahim Ali

Statement by 31 countries about human rights conditions in Egypt written with Brotherhood ink, Ali says

Abdelrehim Aly


Director of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) Abdel Rahim Ali lashed out Friday at the 31 states that signed a statement criticizing human rights conditions in Egypt at the United Nations Security Council.

The statement, Ali said, is written with a Muslim Brotherhood ink.

"It draws false information [about human rights conditions] from rights bodies affiliated to the terrorist organization which always targets Egypt," Ali said.

"Is the world finally taking sides with extremism and terrorism?" Ali asked.

Ali, also a renowned specialist in Islamist movements, added that the defense of human rights is the foundational value of the West during the post-totalitarian regime.

It is one of the philosophical foundations of the Enlightenment and the French Revolution, which launched the famous Declaration of Human Rights and Citizenship in 1789.

However, this noble concept is often what is being used excessively, and sometimes even distorted, by a number of movements and actors whose real agenda has nothing to do with human rights values, but rather seek to achieve subversive political goals under this pretext, Ali said.

The CEMO director moved on to say that the best example for this unfortunate exploitation of human rights is present in France and other western countries by many anti-West leftist organizations.

These organizations, he said, are called "Islamist leftists."

He said these organizations constantly attack regimes in Arab countries like Egypt.

The fact, however, is that Egypt stands on the frontline of the fight against fanatical organizations, such as the Muslim Brotherhood, the ideological source and the main engine of terrorism, which has wrought devastation and shed blood in many countries since the so-called "Arab Spring."

"We must all remember that human rights as a term is used systematically by the Muslim Brotherhood which leads an intense campaign from Europe, Qatar, the circles of American democracy and Turkey to demonize the Egyptian state," Ali said.

"As an Egyptian citizen and an expert specializing in the affairs of Islamist movements, including the Muslim Brotherhood and jihadist movements, in general, and also believing in the defense of secularism, which means that the state stands at the same distance from all religions, I cannot help but assure that the denunciation campaign that these groups call "human rights violations in Egypt" only benefits militants and terrorist groups," he added.

Ali explained that those who launch these campaigns against Cairo contribute, intentionally and unintentionally, to slowing down Egypt's fight against terrorism.

They, he added, seek in various ways to obscure the important role this country plays to restore security and stability in the Arab world and around the world.

Ali noted faulted some western organizations in getting information on human rights conditions in Egypt from Brotherhood operatives and members who had fled to other countries, even as they are wanted by Egyptian courts for involvement in killings, bloodshed, and attacks on facilities since 2013.

He said these attacks claimed the lives of hundreds of innocent people on the streets, in the mosques and in the churches.

"When the false human rights defenders attacked Egypt and its president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi who eliminated the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood in the entire region, no place in Egypt was spared from a terrorist attacks for a long time," Ali said.

He added that in the past seven years, more than 1,000 terrorist operations that left more than 4,000 people – Muslims and Christians alike – were staged in Egypt.

This is the method, Ali said, used by Brotherhood leaders, including by their supreme guide Ibrahim Mounir who uses London as a launch pad for his operations.

"This European capital has long since become a safe haven for the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood," Ali said.

He said Mounir and his organization had launched an international campaign – with human rights at its center – against Egypt and its president.

Brotherhood-affiliated militias were used to launch attacks at home as this campaign was launched against Egypt.

"The sorry thing is that some people in Europe call the people who were arrested before, during or after these operations political prisoners," Ali said. He said these people do this to misinform the media.

Ali said the International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood operates in a large number of western capitals, including Brussels, Berlin and Stockholm.

They provide, he said, false information to many human rights activists about human rights conditions.

The European Parliament and other important European bodies get information about human rights conditions in the Arab country from the same organization.

"Egypt has come a long way in fighting terrorism," Ali said. "Europe and the world should have provided it with assistance, instead of obstructing its efforts for the eradication of terrorism."

Ali said two great revolutions took place in Egypt, including the January 2011 revolution which was hijacked by the Muslim Brotherhood.

He added that the 2013 revolution against the Muslim Brotherhood rule of Egypt opened the door for Sisi's coming to power in mid-2014.

Over 30 million people, horrified by Brotherhood repression, descended on the streets to demand freedom.

The army, Ali said, had to take sides with the majority of the people and keep Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi away from power after he tried to turn Egypt into a Muslim Brotherhood state.

"When Sisi was elected president with an overwhelming majority, the Egyptian economy was on the verge of collapse," Ali said.

"Chaos prevailed in society and terrorism was invading the capital, towns and villages," he added.

He noted that it was necessary for Sisi to rebuild his country, restore order to the streets and pull the country out of the economic and financial stagnation in which it was mired.

He added that the parliament elected in October 2015 had to adopt laws that sometimes limited some political rights, such as freedom of expression and assembly.

The parliament, he said, had to reinstitute the state of emergency.

Ali noted that the oldest western democracies stipulated in their constitutions and laws the use of the state of emergency and the restriction of some freedoms when necessary.

The CEMO director asked the members of the European Parliament, the leftists, and others who voted last November in favor of a resolution against Egypt: What would they do if Egypt collapsed and became like Libya, which has become a geopolitical black hole?

"What would you have done if this country was abandoned so that terrorists and mafias would control it?" he asked.

"What would have remained of human rights and citizenship if the country had completely become bankrupt or like the countries of the African Sahel after the downfall of the Muammar Gaddafi regime in Libya?" he asked again.

He said Abdullah Azzam, the founder of al-Qaeda and Osama bin Laden's teacher, was one of the leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Ali also asked about whether those who advocate the Muslim Brotherhood know that Sayed Qotb, the prime Muslim Brotherhood theoretician and the inventor of its ideology, is the godfather of all terrorist organizations and the main reference for the theorists of al-Qaeda, ISIS and even Ayatollah Khomeini?

Ali noted that Youssef al-Qaradawi, a Muslim Brotherhood prominent figure and the co-founder of most official Muslim Brotherhood associations in Europe, is responsible for hundreds of edicts that approve suicide attacks against Europeans, Americans, Jews, Christians, Arab nationalists and secular leaders under the pretext that all of them are infidels?

He said Qaradawi orders European Muslims not to integrate into those their societies, asking them to invade the continent.

"Do human rights organizations that prefer peaceful means to violence understand the reality of the Muslim Brotherhood?" Ali asked.

"Do they really know that the Muslim Brotherhood view Adolf Hitler, for example, as an icon?" he asked again.

He noted that the late mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husseini, was a disciple of Muslim Brotherhood founder, Hassan al-Banna.

Ali added that Husseini collaborated with Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy and that the Brotherhood welcomed him as a hero in Cairo in 1945 when he escaped from his prison in France after being convicted of crimes against humanity in the Anti-Nazi Court in Nuremberg.

"Will European and Western anti-fascists forgive Islamic fascists and their falsehoods and criticisms of European national leaders?" Ali asked.

He said he would have appreciated it if human rights defenders who are interested in what they called "oppression" in Egypt had mentioned those achievements and the unprecedented progress made by Sisi.

"Unfortunately, we note that a number of human rights organizations, which were financed suspiciously, tried years ago under the pretext of international human rights to achieve other goals," Ali said.

"These goals only benefit the Muslim Brotherhood that works to sabotage economic and social reforms in Egypt," he added.