The Popular Campaign to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood as an International Terrorist Organization (MBTO), and campaign’s host, the Liberal Democracy Institute (LDI), welcome the decision, announced, yesterday, by the United States Department of State to officially designate HASM as a terrorist organization.
On January 14th, the US Department of State designated the Egypt-based Harakat Sawa’d Misr (HASM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act. In 2018, HASM and Liwaa Al-Thawra, two Egypt-based armed groups, were announced as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (SDGT). The State Department has also reviewed the FTO designation of the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and maintained it.
“This designation is a new proof that the Muslim Brotherhood is a violent group, that qualifies to be designated as a foreign terrorist organization. HASM, Liwaa Al-Thawra, HAMAS and PIJ are armed factions of the Muslim Brotherhood. Yet, the US still cannot designate the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization;” said Dalia Ziada, Director of LDI.
“While we are not optimistic that the new U.S. Administration of president Joe Bide may take serious steps towards designating the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization, LDI and the MBTO campaign shall continue their efforts to document Muslim Brotherhood violence and educate the public opinion, worldwide, about the extremist ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood, which feeds the rhetoric of almost all Islamist terrorist organizations, who are wreaking havoc in the Middle East, today.” Dalia Ziada added.
"The Popular Campaign to Designate the Muslim Brotherhood as an International Terrorist Organization" (MBTO) is an initiative, by the Liberal Democracy Institute (LDI) to document the violent crimes committed by the Muslim Brotherhood, since the overthrow of their regime in Egypt, in 2013, against innocent civilians, Coptic Christians, policemen and their families, and state institutions. The campaign documented more than 3000 violent atrocities committed by the members of the Muslim Brotherhood in the period between, June 2013 to December 2015.
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