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Jama’a al-Islamiya proposes new Islamist media outlets

Jama’a al-Islamiya proposes new Islamist media outlets | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Jama’a al-Islamiya and its political wing, the Construction and Development party, have proposed establishing new satellite channels and newspapers to counter what they claim is an “anti-Islamist media.”

The media outlets would be financed by Islamist businessmen and would be a collaboration between Muslim Brotherhood members and other hardline Islamist parties, said Khaled al-Sherif, Construction and Development Party spokesperson.

“A media coordination authority will be founded to coordinate between [different] parties and the Jam’aa al-Islamiya to unite the Islamic discourse, and to confront the anti-Islamist media to counter the rumors that smear Islam’s image,” Sherif told-Al-Masry Al-Youm.

He added that a similar initiative is already in place in Turkey, funded by Islamist businessmen who have a specific interest in funding Islamist media platforms. Investing in Islamist media will provide more balanced news coverage and reduce media attacks against Islamists, Sherif asserted.

 

Al-Masry Al-Youm

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Egypt's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya condemns UN women's rights document

Egypt's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya condemns UN women's rights document | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Egypt's ultraconservative Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya has slammed the recently ratified United Nations 'End Violence Against Women' document because it contains articles "violating Islamic Sharia and general morality."

In a statement on Wednesday, the group said the document "promotes divisions within the family and opens the door to prohibited relationships."

The document establishes a blurred relationship between men and women with no basis of legitimacy, the group added.

"While Islam promotes early marriage to prevent young people from succumbing to vices, this document forbids early marriage and replaces it with alternatives, including Zina [unlawful sexual intercourse] and early homosexuality," the group claimed.

 

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In South Egypt, Fears Over Islamist Vigilantes

The Gamaa Islamiya once waged a bloody insurgency here, attacking police and Christians in a campaign to create an Islamic state. Now a political force, the former jihadis say they are setting up their own parallel police and are determined to ensure law and order in this southern Egyptian province.

Their declaration has set in motion a spiral of tensions in Assiut province, raising fears that hard-line Islamists who call for a strict version of Shariah, or Islamic law, will take the law into their own hands, threatening the delicate sectarian balance of Muslims and Christians here. Opponents warn that if they succeed here, hard-liners elsewhere in Egypt will try to take advantage of the country's lawlessness to increase their power.

 

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Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya security initiative extends to Aswan - Daily News Egypt

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya security initiative extends to Aswan - Daily News Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Rana Muhammad Taha | Daily news Egypt

 

The Building and Development Party (BDP), Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya’s political wing, is expanding its “popular committees” to Egypt’s southernmost governorate, Aswan.

Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya announced the establishment of “popular committees” over three weeks ago. These committees will be responsible for resolving road blockages peacefully and preventing violent crime.

Khaled Ibrahim, deputy secretary of the BDP in Aswan, stated that the new initiative aims to help the security apparatus maintain stability and resolve security conflicts. He said the initiative intends to restore policemen’s status on the streets. The popular committees would act as customary councils tasked with resolving social problems.

“The committees’ job will not conflict with that of the police or substitute it,” Ibrahim said.
He denied that the committees would intervene in citizens’ freedoms or infringe upon their privacy. “We will not search passers-by or break into houses … Our goal is to maintain security and stability as well as face thugs and non-peaceful protests.”

Ibrahim said the initiative comes in response to the citizens’ demands for security. He added that the BDP committees will act as an intermediary between the citizens and the police.

On Tuesday, Al-Jamaa Al-Islamiya members on motorbikes roamed the streets of Assiut promising to bring security to the governorate in the absence of the police. Police forces in Assiut have been on a partial strike for almost ten days protesting the Minister of Interior’s policies.

Ahmed Khanfour, head of the Al-Dostour Party’s Mass Action Committee in Assiut, stated that Assiut residents do not welcome Al-Jamaa’s initiative. He said that residents did not want them to play a role in governorate security because of their violent history.

 

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Des milices islamistes apparaissent en Égypte

Des milices islamistes apparaissent en Égypte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Pour combler le vide sécuritaire, des groupes formés par la Jamaa Islamiya entendent faire régner l'ordre.

Combien sont-ils? Nul ne le sait, mais leur percée est source d'inquiétude enÉgypte . Voilà plusieurs jours que la presse locale évoque l'existence de ces nouveaux miliciens islamistes qui menacent de faire la loi pour répondre au vide sécuritaire provoqué par la récente grève des policiers. Sur une vidéo qui circule sur YouTube, on les voit parader à moto dans les rues d'Assiout, en Haute-Égypte.

L'organisation à l'origine de ces comités populaires religieux n'est autre que la Jamaa Islamiya, un ex-groupe djihadiste converti à la politique depuis la chute deMoubarak  et l'élection d'un islamiste à la présidence. Contacté par Le Figaro, Assem Abdel Maged, membre du bureau politique de la Jamaa Islamiya, déclare sans détours: «Que les fonctionnaires de police qui entendent poursuivre leur grève sachent qu'ils ne retrouveront pas leur poste une fois que nous aurons pris la relève. Une chose est sûre: nous ne laisserons pas la situation sécuritaire se détériorer.» Il fait là référence à cette nouvelle vague de violence suscitée la semaine dernière par le verdict du procès lié à une bousculade meurtrière, l'année dernière, dans le stade de Port-Saïd . Déjà impopulaire sous Moubarak, et aujourd'hui accusés par les opposants de servir de bras armé au président Morsi , les policiers ont fini par déclarer forfait dans la cité portuaire au motif qu'ils étaient injustement instrumentalisés par le pouvoir. Depuis, leur grève s'est étendue à d'autres villes du pays, dont Asiout. «Là-bas, précise Assem Abdel Maged, nous avons commencé à organiser des comités permettant de combler le vide et de maintenir l'ordre.» Quand on l'interroge sur le nombre, la formation et l'armement de ces nouveaux miliciens, il se contente de répondre: «Avec l'aide de Dieu, nous protégerons le peuple.» À Assiout, des témoins racontent avoir déjà vu ces miliciens à l'action à certains carrefours, où ils remplacent les agents de circulation. Également repérés dans d'autres villes, dont Suez et Minya, on ignore à ce jour s'ils ont mené des perquisitions. «Pour résoudre la crise sécuritaire, il faut des actes et pas seulement des mots», prévient cependant Assem Abdel Maged, en s'appuyant sur un obscur article du code pénal, récemment mis en exergue par le procureur général du Caire, et qui permettrait l'arrestation de «voyous» par des civils.

 

(Le Figaro)

 

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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya political wing denies seeking to replace police, will work with interior ministry

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya political wing denies seeking to replace police, will work with interior ministry | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya had announced Friday plans to establish "security militias" to protect the Upper Egypt city of Assiut if the Egyptian police — large numbers of whom have gone on strike — failed to return to work.

 

El-Sherif went on to explain his party's controversial Friday statements, saying the party only wishes to better the relation between the people and the police, rebuilding mutual trust, while changing police philosophy to one that respects human rights.

 

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya also called for bettering the working conditions of the police to provide them with the necessary social services to to conduct their work properly.

 

"We call on the police to meet their duty in protecting state institutions and not to give up the country's security and stability in such critical times," El-Sherif said, adding that the police abandoning its duties would only serve the counterrevolution.

 

El-Sherif complained that the police should not make people choose between torture or a lack of security. "We reject both," he insisted.

 

"We demand the restructuring of the police, maintaining that the police remains the only security apparatus protecting citizens," El-Sherif said.

 

Meanwhile, the BDP in Minya together with the Salafist El-Nour Party again announced Saturday, via Facebook, that they will form "popular committees" to protect citizens if the police continue to strike.

 

Egypt's police have been staging nationwide strikes since Tuesday. Their demands were first voiced in the canal city of Ismailia when security forces refused to be deployed in the city of Port Said where clashes over recent weeks have left hundreds injured and at least five killed, including security officers. (Ahram Online, via Egypt.com)

 

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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya calls for mass protest, Brotherhood undecided

Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya calls for mass protest, Brotherhood undecided | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it


 

The protest will take place at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City. The Muslim Brotherhood remains undecided over whether to join the protest.

 

Participation in the protest is a "national duty" to protect the nation, the party added in a press release.

 

The ultra-conservative Islamist party went on to accuse "political forces and liberal parties of using violence in an attempt to drag the country into complete mayhem."

 

"Negotiations are the only way to get the country out of its current turmoil.

 

"Everybody, with no exceptions, must take responsibility during this critical phase our beloved Egypt is going through."

 

Muslim Brotherhood spokesperson Ahmed Aref on Sunday said the group was undecided over whether to take part in the protest.

 

The country has been plagued by turmoil since the second anniversary of the January 25 Revolution. The nationwide death toll has so far exceeded 50.

 

Over the past week, tens of thousands of protesters have gathered in cities nationwide to express their opposition to President Mohamed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood, the group he hails from, which some consider the actual rulers of Egypt.

 

Three cities along Egypt's Suez Canal are currently subject to a month-long state of emergency and daily curfew following days of deadly unrest.

 

President Morsi has allowed the cities' governors to ease curfew restrictions in accordance with the local security situation.

 

Ismailia and Suez have both witnessed anti-government protests and sporadic clashes since the second anniversary of Egypt's January 25 Revolution. In Suez, at nine people — including one police conscript — have been killed, while at least one civilian has been killed in Ismailia.

 

On 26 January, a criminal court sentenced 21 Port Said residents to death for their involvement in the Port Said stadium disaster in February 2012. The decision sparked uproar and more than 40 people have died in violent protests in the city.
 




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NCW head to sue Jama'a al-Islamiya for defamation

NCW head to sue Jama'a al-Islamiya for defamation | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
The National Council for Women's chief said Thursday she planned to sue Jama’a al-Islamiya for defaming her character. 
Ambassador Mervat al-Talawy said she is taking the group’s political arm, the Construction and Development Party, to court for describing her as "an enemy to Islam" on its Facebook page. 

Talawy added that party members accused her of leading a campaign against Al-Azhar scholars.

In response, Jama’a al-Islamiya said the statement an administrator’s mistake. 

Talawy also said the Islamist organization is guilty of smear campaigns against public figures and others who oppose or disagree with the group.  More on: http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/ncw-head-sue-jama-al-islamiya-defamation
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In Egypt, Gamaa Islamiya goes from militant group to security force

In Egypt, Gamaa Islamiya goes from militant group to security force | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

 

Group leaders in the Nile Valley and in Cairo now say that their violent days are over but that they still want to see Islamic law implemented in Egypt. After the country’s 2011 revolution created space for Islamist radicals to flex their muscles, the group developed a political party, and local leaders have formed what they call “popular committees’’ to help fill a void two years after Mubarak’s fall.


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Egypt ultraconservatives send aid truck to Gaza

Egypt ultraconservatives send aid truck to Gaza | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya and its "Building and Development" Party have organized an aid truck to the under-siege Gaza Strip.

“We will not forget the land of Palestine and its people who are stationed at the frontlines of confronting the enemies of our nation; the Jewish criminals. We will not forget Al-Aqsa Mosque; the first Qiblah and the third holiest,” the group said in a statement on Monday.

The Gamaa said that the duration of the trip, that includes a number of preachers, scholars, political leaders and doctors, is three days. (Aswat Masriya)

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Jama'a al-Islamiya calls on parties to mull civilian security

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Egypt Independent 

The Construction and Development Party, Jama’a al-Islamiya’s political arm, called on all political parties Sunday to find ways to use popular committees to restore security, which police have been unable to do, rather than asking the army to fulfill that task.

The party said in a statement Sunday that it does not want the army to be involved in this matter so as not to repeat developments that have taken place in Libya and Syria.

Popular committees formed during the 25 January revolution when police withdrew from the streets. Islamists again formed popular committees when 60 police departments and 34 Central Security Forces camps went on strike earlier this month.

The Jama’a al-Islamiya had organized a demonstration with motorcycles Wednesday to condemn the violence that took place in Port Said, a city still experiencing instability after clashes between police and demonstrators that left 48 people dead, and forced police to withdraw and hand over the city’s security to the military.

But activists considered the demonstration a declaration that the group has militias ready to replace the police at any time, especially because the group’s statement coincided with the Salafi “Hazemoun” movement — supporters of former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — saying it was willing to take up arms if police fail to secure the country, and with prosecutors talking about citizens’ arrest rights.

Jama’a al-Islamiya leaders had been convicted in the 1990s of terrorism and killing tourists as well as Egyptians. But while in prison, they said they revoked their beliefs that had allowed the killing of anyone not applying Sharia.

The group’s statement said popular committees must operate within the law and the Shura Council’s consent, be formed from all spectrums of the Egyptian people as opposed to a single faction, and be controlled by regulations to help police without committing excesses.

The statement ended by saying this call is obligatory for all political groups if they want to safeguard the country’s interests.

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Egypt's Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya deploys members in Assiut to 'maintain security'

 

 

Tarek Bedair, an Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya leader in Assiut, said that the ultra-conservative group had deployed its younger members in an attempt to maintain security in the city, where some police officers are on strike.

 

"Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya is not seeking to replace the police, but rather to fill a security vacuum [in the city]," Bedair said in a telephone interview with Al-Hayat satellite TV channel on Tuesday evening.

 

The channel earlier broadcast a video depicting a parade of motorbikes and cars that it described as the "Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya police" patrolling the city's streets.

 

The Islamist group had announced on Friday it planned to use its 'popular committees' to protect Assiut if Egyptian police failed to return to work. Many condemned the announcement fearing it might prompt political groups to start establishing militias.  

 

Bedair said that his group had contributed to handling a number of crises in the city resulting from negligence on the part of regional government officials, including distributing food, butane gas for cooking, and fuel, as well as rubbish collection.

 

Bedair described the move as driven by "a sense of responsibility and an attempt to ensure the stability of the state."

 

However, Assiut Security Chief Major General Abul Kassem Abu Deif rejected moves by any political group to create bodies parallel to the state's security apparatus.

 

"Maintaining security and protecting the citizenry is the responsibility of the police and what Al-Gamaa Al-Islamiya has done is illegal," he told the channel.

 

Ahram Online, via Egypt.com

 

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Fundamentalist Aboud al-Zomor condemns calls to kill opposition

Fundamentalist Aboud al-Zomor condemns calls to kill opposition | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Senior member of the hardline Islamist movement, al-Gamaa al-Islamiya, Aboud al-Zomor, has condemned calls to assassinate opposition figures.

A Muslim cleric had called for the death of prominent members of Egypt's main opposition coalition sparking fury across the already unstable country.

Zomor told Aswat Masriya on Wednesday that resorting to violence in dealing with political rivals is unacceptable and only shows weakness in position.

Released only after Hosni Mubarak's ouster, the fundamentalist was jailed for 30 years for his involvement in plotting the assassination of Egypt's former President Anwar al-Sadat in 1980.

Zomor insisted that with the 2011 uprising making it possible for all factions to engage in political activity, all interactions must be done through peaceful means. He called on opposition forces to express themselves peacefully, condemning blocking roads and burning down public buildings, saying, "we bear the expenses of the losses."

The fundamentalist denied that he ever threatened to use violence against the peaceful protesters gathered in front of the presidential palace, arguing however sometimes the protests include bandits who attack protesters and public properties.

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