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Pharaoh’s Magicians Woo the White House

Walid Shoebat and Ben Barrack

Abdul Mawgoud Dardery and Sondos Asem of the Muslim Brotherhood delegation that recently visited the White House, were confronted by the Blaze’s Will Cain on CNN:

“You say things to us in English… but many charge that when you go back to Egypt and you speak in Arabic, you say just the opposite.”

In response, Dardery, a 9/11 truther, dismissed Cain’s charge as a “conspiracy” theory. Asem then chimed in, mimicking Dardery’s tickle-the-ears rhetoric that westerners have grown accustomed to, expressing support for “democracy” and respecting “all peace treaties.” Asem is well-versed in such doublespeak as both of her parents are prominent leaders within the Muslim Brotherhood; her mother – Manal Abul Hassan – is one of the Brotherhood’s most powerful women.

Nicholas Kristof, a New York Times liberal, visited Sondos in her home only to be wooed by her before writing his article. He cautioned readers against alarm over the Ikhwan (Brotherhood) saying, “let’s not overdo the hand-wringing – or lose perspective.” Kristof also quoted Asem as saying, “It’s a big misconception that the Muslim Brotherhood marginalizes women. Fifty percent of the Brotherhood are women.”

Sondos is right. When it comes to the role of women in the “Muslim Brotherhood,” most westerners have a difficult time equating the word “Brotherhood” with women for obvious reasons.

Paradoxically, women are extremely active in the Muslim Brotherhood. One of the Brotherhood’s major wings is named the “Muslim Sisterhood.” This elite unit is not an innocuous “mule service,” made up of couriers during Mubarak’s days, who smuggled secret documents in order to more easily avoid surveillance’s eyes, neither are they made up of innocent women who don benign-looking hijabs, as portrayed by Der Spiegel.

Westerners like Cain and Kristof fail to ask the right questions, especially since they presumably do not read Arabic. Perhaps a staff transforming into a snake that eats up the serpents of Pharaoh’s magicians is in order. Whatever western media has reported so far about the Sisterhood will remain infinitesimally small until it learns to translate what members of the Sisterhood say in Arabic. It would probably take the White House, western media, and the public in general a decade or so to catch up and realize how ill-equipped they are to deal with it.

The Sisterhood is something of an enigma since the role of women in Jihad has little to do with the explosive act and firmly believes that the “Pen” is mightier than the “Sword,” at least until the pen runs out of ink. Welcome to Jihad By The Pen.

The Sisterhood is extremely active. It consists of highly educated media icons who speak multiple languages while traveling the globe and wielding influence over several international organizations, from the United Nations to women’s advocacy groups. Entire families like Sondos’ belong to it. The Sisterhood’s membership includes male supervisors, along with their activist wives and daughters; spies who’ve proudly disclosed their past “heroic” acts; Nazi affiliates from the time of the Brotherhood’s inception; Hijab advocacy groups in Europe; prominent doctors that became public figures; and even media moguls who double as conspiracy theorists while serving as cogs in the propaganda war machine.

The Muslim Brotherhood means what it says and fulfills its mission for the Sisterhood which was established in 1933, headed by Lebiba Ahmad. That mission, which is not translated by Sondos’ English version of the Ikhwan website, is “to gain and acquire a unified global perception in every nation in the world.”

In 2009, Sondos expressed a desire to meet president Obama and outwardly expressed her desire that he would “open the door for (our) hope to advance political Islam.” (that means Sharia law)

Sondos herself was recently featured in a debate (in Arabic, of course) alongside Ibrahim Hudaibi – grandson of the guide, former Muslim Brotherhood Ma’moun Hudaibi – and argued “why we cannot separate Islam from politics.” The opposition – led by former deputy Anwar Esmat Sadat and activist Dalia Ziada, Director of the Office of the Organization of American Islamic Congress in Cairo – argued for the necessity of separating religion from politics.

Sondos emphasized that, “Islam cannot in any way shape or form be separated from politics,” because in her view “Islam is a religion and a State.” American media is failing misearably by not examining the Arabic rhetoric; Sondos [in Arabic] is a diehard Islamist. Cain was right but failed to expose specifically, the Arabic he knew existed but had no access to.

Women in the Brotherhood can be seen working alongside men. Consider Sisterhood member, Najla Ali Mahmoud; she is the wife of Brotherhood’s current leader and candidate for president Mohammed Mursi. There is video of Sondos with Mursi.

On Islamonline – one of the Brotherhood’s favorite media outlets, similar to the site for which Sondos’ is editor – Mursi dismissed accusations by secular politicians that the group would sideline women and Copts from the political life in post-Mubarak Egypt.

“We want everyone to be reassured… that we want to see our Christian brothers elected in parliament,” he said.

In Arabic, Mursi says that Egypt needs to ban western dress and that people who believe in “the Trinity” do not possess a “full mental faculty.”

How about the chic Sisterhood professor, Zainab Abdulaziz? In an Arabic broadcast, she appeared in modern Arabic dress and spoke several languages.

She teaches about French civilization and is an avid conspiracy theorist who uses Nazi style propaganda, including accusations that Vatican II is akin to the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. To Zainab, the Vatican is conspiring with the Zionists to “Christianize the Muslim world” with the goal of “completely uprooting Islam” and “making the Jews innocent from the blood of Jesus.” Al-Marsad, an Islamic media outlet, uses her propaganda worldwide; that propaganda includes horrendous and bloody depictions while calling on Muslims to resist Christianization.

Another Sisterhood leader, Zuhair Lzimaili sits on the board of Al-Sabeel Newspaper in Jordan. One of its goals is to “expose the intrusion and assimilation attempts by the Zionist enemy.”

Aida Al-Mutlaq is another infamous Sisterhood leader who provides the details of another Sisterhood conspiracy: “We insist the danger to our national security is the American-Zionist project which aims to destroy our history, civilization and future…” Al-Mutlaq so fears a Zionist conspiracy that she called for reducing the King of Jordan to a figurehead. Prominent attorney and Islamist activist Jawad Younis (Shoebat’s own cousin) is a leading figurehead collaborating with Ahmad Al-Kafwin, member of the Executive Office of the Muslim Brotherhood to overhaul the current Jordanian legal system and is advanced under the guise of “Reformation.”

Similar to what the Nazis did with French General Philippe Pétain in Vichy, France, Al-Mutlaq wants Jordan to become the “fortress and formidable gate to thwart the Zionist agenda, which threatens Jordan… and the entire Arab and Muslim world.”

The interconnections and web of activists can cross any rabbi’s eyes. Take Sisterhood male supervisor Abdullah Alnoshan, the director of the Virginia office of the Muslim World League (MWL), a group that founded Rabita Trust which was initiated by its former General Secretary, the notorious al-Qaeda godfather, Abdullah Omar Naseef, who had close ties with the most intriguing member of the Sisterhood – Saleha Abedin, the mother of Huma Abedin, who works for Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as Deputy Chief of Staff. Huma’s mother Saleha is a Sisterhood member who co-founded the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs (IMMA) and partners with Sisterhood member Camellia Helmy, a woman who is also the leader of the Islamic Committee for Woman and Child (IICWC).

Are your eyes crossed yet? Camellia is found complaining that the “Women’s Committee of the United Nations had declared war on Islam” and confronts the United Nations by accusing it of supporting – wait for it – “Gender Equality.”

Saleha Abedin and Camellia Helmy – who publicly ran as a candidate for the Sisterhood election – are key figures in the Islamic Committee for Woman and Child, about which Masr (Egypt) newspaper reported:

“The Islamic Committee for Woman and Child condemns passing any law that imprisons a husband under the pretext of raping his wife.” (Feb 22, 2009)

“Our roll is to apply pressure to the United Nations,” said Camellia in an interview with Dr. Muhammad Saidi in his program entitled, “The Dialogue of Civilizations” which was nothing more than getting the voices of the Sisterhood out.

On the program, Camellia explained how it all works:

“We pressure to stop issues that do not agree with our religious perspective; our main goal is to stop agreements [between nations] and to announce the Islamic position regarding such agreements.”

She added…

“The most dangerous of these is an international bill of rights for women (CEDAW) as the most dangerous issue that was ever established.”

Camellia explained the roll of the sisterhood as:

“Within the United Nations exists a fifth column…these organizations apply daily pressure on governments which acts like a pincer. From one side the United Nations will apply pressure and from the other side these organizations [Muslim Sisterhood] apply pressure.”

Mursi is not Egypt’s only religously bigoted presidential candidate with a penchant for 9/11 conspiracy theories and doublespeak. In fact, the man who many consider the frontrunner is guilty of both.

According to The New Republic, Egyptian presidential candidate and former Muslim Brotherhood member, Abdel Monem Aboul Futuh is a 9/11 Truther who insisted that such a belief is “logical.” Futuh was also caught engaging in doublespeak when he told an Israeli reporter that he believed in honoring the Camp David peace accord. In Arabic, Futuh debunked his own words to that reporter.

Incidentally, Futuh has been endorsed by Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Brotherhood leader the Obama administration sought out to broker a deal between the United States and the Taliban.

Westerners are too often like archers who eye their targets while holding steady their bows, only to find empty quivers, as the threat grows.

Walid Shoebat is the author For God or For Tyranny
Ben Barrack is a talk show host and author of the upcoming book, Unsung Davids

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