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Brotherhood releases lengthy statement condemning violence

Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood distances itself from violence and terrorism, saying that it has always been based on 'absolute peacefulness'

Ahram Online , Tuesday 8 Apr 2014
Mahmoud Hussein
Muslim Brotherhood's Secretary General Mahmoud Hussein (Photo: Reuters)
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Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood issued a lengthy statement Tuesday evening in which it condemned violence and claimed the group had adhered to strictly peaceful means of struggle throughout its history – distancing itself from anyone who acted otherwise.

"[The Brotherhood's] activity and struggle against corruption and despotism is based on absolute peacefulness and the rejection of violence in all its forms and putting up with the harm, detentions, killing, torture and oppression [the group] suffers," read the statement, which was written by the Brotherhood's Secretary General Mahmoud Hussein.

The Brotherhood was designated a terrorist organisation by Egyptian authorities last December, despite the group's repeated denial of any links to attacks against Egyptian police and army forces after the ouster of Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi in July.

"Thousands of Egyptians were killed and the Brotherhood stood at the centre of the killings, but none of them raised a weapon against their murderers," the statement said.

Citing media statements by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak, 1990s era interior minister Hassan El-Alfy and other officials who stated that the Brotherhood was not violent, the group argued that it was peaceful, even at times when the government was confronting militant Islamists, which the Brotherhood said it had condemned for their violent attacks.

The Brotherhood has announced "tens of times" that they engage in political life through legitimate means under the auspices of the law and the constitution, the statement said, adding that the group also contributes generously to social causes.

"This is not a matter of politics and manoeuvring," the statement read; "it is a matter of faith." The statement included Quranic verses to support its claims.

The Brotherhood went further by clearly stating that anyone who engages in violence is at odds with the group.

"The Muslim Brotherhood announces – clearly and without hesitation – that it is innocent of any form and source of violence and condemns all forms and sources of terrorism," the group said.

Those who spill innocent blood are "partners in wrongdoing and mired in sin", it said, calling on perpetrators to cease violence immediately.

The group stressed that these peaceful values are part of its doctrine, the ruling principles of its thought and activities and not an individual tendency.

"Whoever distances himself [from these principles] has drawn for himself a path different from the path of the Muslim Brotherhood," the group stated.

Thousands of Brotherhood members and the group's top leadership are currently in jail pending trials. Most charges include inciting or carrying out violence and belonging to a terrorist organisation.

Most of the major terrorist attacks in Egypt since Morsi's ouster have been claimed by the militant group Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis (ABM). No links between ABM and the Brotherhood have been proven so far.

Last week, the UK government launched investigations into the Brotherhood's activities after British intelligence announced possible links between the group and a bombing in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula in February.

"The Brotherhood was surprised at the latest remarks, since all successive British governments had always been the most expertly informed about the group's positions and peaceful approach," the Brotherhood responded in a statement on Wednesday.

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24-05-2014 06:30am
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We Do Not Forgive. We Do Not Forget.
What audacity. This is coming from the same Brotherhood whose leaders have been recorded promoting violence. That if you threaten them, they will "spill your blood", and that on June 30th, they wished doom upon the revolution, and that the pro-Morsi supporters would "destroy them all". So screw your fake olive branch. Now that you're on the run, you turn around and try to lie through your teeth that violence is not a part of your religion? Even though you negotiated with the Egyptian military and abandoned the revolutionaries to torture, violence and death by their hands? I hope that you are all rightly held accountable for your actions.
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Sherif
09-04-2014 03:22pm
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Lies, lies, and more lies!
I cannot believe the gall of this man who can stand up and lie to the Egyptian people about the peacefulness of the Muslim Brotherhood after they spilled so much Egyptian blood. Egyptian blood is not so cheap so that we can take a chance on this liar!
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neil
09-04-2014 02:56pm
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inconsistent
every reader knows ikhwan's slogan, of jihad and seeking martyrdom, the writings of ktub, that hamas and ikhwan in syria are experts in home-made rockets and suicide bombs, that bin lsden and every other terrorist group are ikhwan offshoots...but do I think this statement is just more jihad/war by deception? the statement about the past is a lie; what about future intentions? well, who is the intended audience?
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Allen
09-04-2014 06:17am
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When it comes to the Muslim brotherhood terrorists, the BEST reference of who they REALLY are is their OWN logo.
You have a sword to identify their violent terrorist identity... You have a second sword to identify even more violence in case you missed their identity..... Then they have the Koran, to abuse Islam by hiding behind religion, and God, when they are cought and exposed. Not even Mahmoud or his mindless followers believe the pure nonsense he is pontificating. The only question his drivel brings up is, why is this terrorists mouth peace not in a cage like the rest of them Muslim brotherhood terrorists??
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Ameen Aly, Mansourah
09-04-2014 03:19am
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Good Start
You must register the organization, declare a charter, and dissociate the organization from the misnomer "Muslim".. You may call it Brother hood of Reformers (Mosleheen). Do not mix religion with politics.
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