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Islamophobia Rears its Ugly Head Following Foreign Office Visit to MB
Islamophobia Rears its Ugly Head Following Foreign Office Visit to MB
Triggering again the face of Islamophobia was the recent visit Thursday by a delegation from the British Foreign Office, to the Muslim Brotherhood’s administrative office in Alexandria.
Thursday, April 21,2011 10:27

Triggering again the face of Islamophobia was the recent visit Thursday by a delegation from the British Foreign Office, to the Muslim Brotherhood’s administrative office in Alexandria.

The visit led by Consul-General Marie- Louise Archer and Foreign Office Relations Coordinator Martin Hetringen was slammed by the Quilliam Foundation think tank in London which was based to allegedly counter- terrorism.

The meeting which was amiable according to Archer was part of British efforts to increase cooperation and accepting cultural differences with Egypt’s political and intellectual trends after the January 25 revolution. It obviously worried trends who opposed the MB participating in the political arena

According to James Brandon, head of research at Quilliam admittedly the Brotherhood is a major player in Egypt and it is not unreasonable for the British government to meet with its representatives. Demonstrating a model example of both Islamophobia and Ikhwanophobia however he continued,  accusing the MB of masterminding  the engagement ’to further its own anti-Western agenda and to sideline more liberal Muslim voices  adding the efforts were to whitewash its own extremist beliefs.

It has been repeatedly reiterated by the MB and those who understand the group that it has and always will promote nothing but peace and does not nor will resort to violence hence it is a moderate group and the fears are unfounded. Furthermore MB leader Hamdy Hassan said the meeting had been a good opportunity to exchange views and discuss the group’s view on the forthcoming elections indicating there are neither hidden agendas nor plans.  He told the delegation that the MB does not discriminate among presidential candidates and discussed the group’s party platform and position with regard to women and Copts. He asserted the group seeks to participate not dominate and it is from the people and for the people.

Although Brandon denounced the British government stressing it had no idea on how to engage critically with the group regarding it as the authentic voice of the Arab street a spokesman for the Foreign Office has confirmed that it will continue to have contact with the MB who are a very likely to be part of the current political dialogue in Egypt.


tags: Islamophobia / Muslim Brotherhood / Alexandria / London / Egypt / Revolution / Muslims / MB Leader / Copts / Egypt / Foreign Office / Moderate Muslim Brotherhood / Moderate MB / Louise Archer / January 25 / Political Arena / British Government / Ikhwanophobia / Liberal Muslim / Hamdy Hassan / Presidential Candidates
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I make duaa Ehab El Gamal
Asalamu alaykum, I dont know too much about the Muslim Brotherhood but I have noted the harshness and the corruption of the NDP towards the MB. Theft, imprisonment etc. Now since the revolution I have been very impressed mashAllah with their patience, their will to be honest and just. They are a wise party of Muslims who beleive in equality and not oppression like the NDP regime. I wish to see a true form of Islam to rule Egypt and the middle east where people respect each other as human beings regardless of religion. A muslim should never harm another muslim. Christians should be treated equally and live in peace with the muslims as per dean Allah. The corrupt regime of the NDP was destined to fall because they DID NOT FEAR ALLAH, and Allah is the Master of Justice. I say give True Islam a fair turn. All the best from Australia
Thursday, April 21,2011 13:13
Islamophobia Tariq
Islamophobia does not exist.
Thursday, April 21,2011 14:05
Quilliam Foundation is Funded by British Intelligence Rashad Zaman Ali
Please note that the so-called Quilliam Foundation is nothing more than a collection of personal and academic failures among British Muslims and was/is funded by the British govt.: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/politics/article5549138.ece No muslim group should concede one iota to these munafiqs.
Saturday, April 23,2011 06:05
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