Middle East studies in the News
State Department: Muslim Brotherhood U.S. Trip 'Organized and Funded' by Georgetown University [incl. John Esposito]
by Jordan Schachtel
An official U.S. State Department transcript revealed that Georgetown University had "organized and funded" a recent trip for members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood to the United States.
While in the United States, the Brotherhood operatives met with top State Department officials in the Obama administration.
A reporter asked State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, "Members of Muslim Brothers were in town, and few days ago they met – had meetings in this building. Do you have any like – any details about the meeting, the nature of the meeting, the purpose of the meeting, and whom they met?"
Psaki added that the meeting between the Muslim Brotherhood officials and Obama administration officials "was attended by a deputy assistant secretary for democracy, human rights, and labor, and other State Department officials."
This week, the State Department hosted several "former" members of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood. One of the members of the Brotherhood delegation, Waleed Sharaby, proudly displayed on Facebook a picture he took at the State Department, where he flashed the Brotherhood's four-finger symbol.
Another Brotherhood leader within the delegation, Gamal Heshmat, claimed that he met with a "representative of the White House." Heshmat has openly supported the Palestinian Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip. Additionally, Heshmat has previously described Jews as "the descendants of pigs and monkeys."
Georgetown University, which hosted the Brotherhood delegation, receives a vast amount of funding from foreign entities, some of which could potentially be sympathetic to the jihadist group.
Qatar, which remains a strong ideological ally of the Muslim Brotherhood, operates a Georgetown satellite school in Doha that some have alleged is funded entirely "by oil money and corrupt sheikhs," according to The Hoya student newspaper. Dr. John Esposito, who serves as director of the Saudi-funded Prince Alaweed Bin Tala Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, "has at least a dozen past or present affiliations with global Muslim Brotherhood/Hamas organization," according to Global MB Watch.
During the Muslim Brotherhood's reign over Egypt, Cairo devolved into a state of total chaos. Coptic Christians were fearful for their lives. Their churches, schools, and businesses were routinely burned to the ground. Furthermore, al-Qaeda terrorists were offered safe haven into the country. One of MB President Morsi's first acts as president was to release from prison the brother of al-Qaeda mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri, who reportedly told Morsi at the time, "We will fight the [Egyptian] military and the police, and we will set the Sinai aflame." On the Brotherhood's watch, the Sinai peninsula became a breeding ground for terrorism, helping jihadist group Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis become a radical enough force to eventually swear allegiance to the Islamic State. Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood president would often verbally assault Jews, describing them as "bloodsuckers" who are the "descendants of apes and pigs."
The Muslim Brotherhood's slogan states, "Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. The Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope. Allahu Akbar!"Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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