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Omar Alghabra. Photo: screenshot from YouTube channel Omar Alghabra

Omar Alghabra explains why Muslim Brotherhood are not yet declared terrorist entity

The Canadian Coptic Centre Church of Virgin Mary and St. Athanasius in Mississauga, Ontario held recently an event commemorating the victims of the suicide attack (December 11, 2016) at the El-Botroseya Coptic Church in Cairo which left 27 dead and 47 injured.

According to the Egyptian government, the suicide bomber was 22-year-old Mahmoud Shafiq Mohammed Mustafa, an operative of the Islamic State (aka IS, ISIS, ISIL, Daesh, Caliphate) with previous ties to the Muslim Brotherhood. The Egyptian Interior Ministry claimed that Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood fugitives in Qatar had provided financing and logistical support. The Muslim Brotherhood denied any role in the bombing.

The Muslim Brotherhood movement is considered a terrorist organization by the governments of Bahrain, Egypt, Russia, Syria, Saudi Arabia and United Arab Emirates.

The global movement of the Muslim Brotherhood, which has branches around the world, including in north America, espouses the jihad as a legitimate tool to establish the Islamic State (Caliphate) that will unite all Muslims and implement the Islamic Law (Sharua). The end goal of the Muslim Brotherhood is the establishment of the global Islamic State.

Article 2 of Hamas covenant explains the “The Link between Hamas and the Association of Muslim Brothers” as follows:

The Islamic Resistance Movement is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a world organization, the largest Islamic Movement in the modern era. It is characterized by a profound understanding, by precise notions and by a complete comprehensiveness of all concepts of Islam in all domains of life: views and beliefs, politics and economics, education and society, jurisprudence and rule, indoctrination and teaching, the arts andpublications, the hidden and the evident, and all the other domains of life.”

In 2002, Canada designated Hamas as a terrorist entity. According to Public Safety Canada, Hamas “is a radical Islamist-nationalist terrorist organization that emerged from the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1987.”

Reporter with Alyoum Six YouTube Channel made interviews with three Liberal MPs during during the event at the Canadian Coptic Centre, asking them also about the policy of the Canadian government toward the Muslim Brotherhood in the wake of the terrorist attack in Cairo.

Question:

“When are we going to see the Muslim Brotherhood movement designated by the Canadian Parliament as a terrorist organization which is not the case today?”

Omar Alghabra, MP for Mississauga Centre, ON and a Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs (originally in Arabic):

We as a government are monitoring everything that is happening around the world and especially in the Middle East, but in relation to investigations and analysis we rely on the law enforcement agencies, the RCMP and CSIS in Canada, to present analysis and recommendations to the government.

We are waiting to receive any recommendation or analysis from the law enforcement agencies. Preferably, such decisions will be based on facts and evidence from the RCMP. We are waiting for any analysis from the law enforcement agencies…

Undoubtedly, there is always a discussion that is taking place. We should leave it to the professionals

[literally let the baker bake the bread].

We have law enforcement agencies in Canada. They are dealing with it with no political influence that sometimes may exist in [political] moves, people are supporting this group or are against this group.

We rely on the advice of the monitoring [agencies], the reasonable [advice] that is based on evidence, which are the RCMP and CSIS.”

John McCallum, MP for Markham -Unionville, ON and a Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship:

I am the Immigration Minister, not Foreign Affair Minister so that’s a question for Foreign Affairs and not for Immigration… I’m not going to speak for another Minister. We keep our own domains as for the Minister of Foreign Affairs to comment on that.”

Iqra Khalid, MP for Mississauga Erin Mills:

I think our Foreign Affairs Minister Stephane Dion and our Prime Minister are doing a very good job with working with all of the world, with the United Nations to ensure peace and security acroos the world and I think they’d be better equipped to answer the question.”

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About Jonathan D. Halevi

Jonathan D. Halevi
Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan D. Halevi is co-founder and editor of CIJnews and a senior researcher of the Middle East and radical Islam at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. He is also a co-founder of the Orient Research Group Ltd.

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