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Muslim Brotherhood Lobbies Congress
By Cynthia Farahat - Clarion Project
An innocent-sounding New Jersey-based organization called Egyptian Americans
For Freedom And Justice (EAFAJ) made the rounds on Capitol Hill May 4 to urge U.S. lawmakers not to support designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization.
The visit, which came hours after the Muslim Brotherhood-linked Hasm terrorist organization claimed responsibly for a deadly attack on a security convoy in Cairo, wasn’t the first time radical Islamists have masqueraded as human rights activists when seeking to sway American minds and won’t be the last.
Although EAFAJ makes an effort to talk the talk of democracy and freedom, its unabashed support for armed jihadis wreaking havoc in Egypt is hard to miss. At a November 2016 EAFAJ event, radical imam Mohamed Elbar declared that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi “ought to be beheaded.”
The EAFAJ delegation included several known New Jersey-based Islamic extremists. EAFAJ chairman Hani ElKadi, for example, helped promote a February 2015 communiqué by the the Popular Resistance Movement (PRM), which has carried out numerous terrorist attacks and police killings in Egypt.
EAFAJ board member and spokesman Mahmoud El-Sharkawy, who reportedly serves as the group’s liaison with Brotherhood members exiled in Turkey, praised the terrorist Revolutionary Punishment Movement (RPM) for executing a police informant in Egypt. Aber Mostafa once posted personal information about a soccer team owner sympathetic to President Sisi with the word “Attaaack!”
But the belle of the ball was New York-based activist Ayat Oraby, a favorite of the Brotherhood’s broadcast media outlets.
Oraby commonly refers to President Sisi as a murtad – meaning an apostate from Islam subject to punishment by death according to Sunni Islamic jurisprudence – and frequently calls for the terrorist attacks against the Egyptian army, which she calls the “Mi-Israeli army,” a derogatory term (playing off the Arabic term for “Egyptian,” misri) popular among Islamists. Last April she said that the execution of Egyptian soldiers in Sinai was “funny, comical, and amusing” and condemned the military for “killing Muslims on behalf of the Zionist enemy.” Discussing a video of the execution of Egyptian soldiers, she said laughing, “militants were catching them like flies.”