Egypt gets what Europe doesn't
One month after an Egyptian court branded Hamas' 'military wing' a terrorist organization, a second Egyptian court has branded the entire organization a terrorist group
Hamas slammed the decision calling it a “stain on Egypt’s reputation.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said the ruling
has turned the Palestinian people into the enemy of Egypt and Israel,
its friend. He accused the Egyptian court of trying to blame outside
forces for the internal unrest.
Last week, state-run newspaper al-Ahram
accused Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood of conspiring to overthrow the
Egyptian regime within the next few years.
The newspaper quoted “informed sources” who
accused Hamas’s military wing of coordinating plans with the Brotherhood
to hit Egyptian military targets and vital installations and distribute
footage of the attacks in order to lower national morale. They claimed
that the two groups planned to spread rumors of an Islamic State
presence in Egypt in order to sow panic among the population.
Hamas and the Brotherhood thus hoped to spread
fear and disappointment with the Egyptian armed forces, the sources
alleged, while also working behind the scenes, using agents in the
government to disrupt internal services and erode trust in the regime.
On February 6 hundreds of Palestinians
demonstrated outside Egypt’s diplomatic mission in Gaza City to protest
the ruling outlawing Hamas’s armed wing. Protesters waved green Hamas
flags and chanted in support of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades:
“Qassam are the pride of the nation, not terrorists!”
Labels: Egypt, Gaza, Hamas, Muslim Brotherhood, Palestinian terrorists