Zaki Bani Rushaid on trial

Zaki Bani Rushaid on trial

22.12.2014 La rédaction

Zaki Bani Rushaid on trial‘souring ties with a foreign country’

On Nov. 17, Zaki Bani Rushaid in his Facebook page explained that the Emirates plays the role of the “American cop in the region,” “supports coups” and is a “cancer in the body of the Arab world.”

200 lawyers in Jordan signed up to represent Mr. Bani Rushaid.


Inside the Brotherhood

Inside the Brotherhood

08.12.2014 La rédaction

This is the first in–depth study of the relationship between the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and its own members. Drawing on years of participant observation, extensive interviews, previously inaccessible organizational documents, and dozens of memoirs and writings, the book provides an intimate portrayal of the recruitment and socialization of Brothers, the evolution of their intricate social networks, and the construction of the peculiar ideology that shapes their everyday practices.

Kandil shows why attempts to compare the Brotherhood to secular social movements or typical forms of religious activism obscure its unique nature, and he seeks instead to unlock the organization s unique logic. Building on his original research, Kandil reinterprets the Brotherhood s slow rise and rapid downfall from power in Egypt, and compares it to the Islamist subsidiaries it created and the varieties it inspired around the world.

This timely book will be of great interest to students and scholars of the politics of the Middle East and to anyone who wants to understand the dramatic events unfolding in Egypt and elsewhere in the wake of the Arab uprisings.

Polity Press (21 novembre 2014)


Explosive device in Al-Wasta

Explosive device in Al-Wasta

22.11.2014 La rédaction

An explosive device detonated as it was being planted on a railway track in Al-Wasta town, Beni Suef governorate, Egypt. At least one assailant was killed in the blast. Following the explosion, three additional devices were discovered and defused along the tracks. No group claimed responsibility; however, officials attributed the attack to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Sources : Global Terrorism database

“Bomb blast near Egypt train station: ministry,” Agence France Presse — English, November 22, 2014.”

“Officials: Man blown up trying to lay explosives on Egyptian railway,” UPI, November 23, 2014.”

“Bombs uncovered on Egypt railway tracks,” Al Jazeera, November 23, 2014.”


Dalil Boubaker Defends the UOIF

Dalil Boubaker Defends the UOIF

21.11.2014 La rédaction

Following the publication by the United Arab Emirates of a list of terrorist organizations including the UOIF, Dalil Boubaker, Great Mosque Rector in Paris, sent a message of support to the Organization.

“This decision is appalling and unjustified, and constitutes a disturbing amalgam”.

“If the fight against terrorism and its networks is an absolute necessity that we support, it must not turn into a witch hunt. The UOIF cannot be described as a terrorist organization”.

“We regard the UOIF as a reliable institution working for social peace and the integration of Islam and Muslims in the French landscape, in conformity with the Republican laws”, adds Paris Great Mosque which awaits the Emirati authorities “to reconsider their decision in order to avoid any ambiguity and therefore fight terrorism effectively”.

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The UAE publishes a Terrorist Group List

The UAE publishes a Terrorist Group List

15.11.2014 La rédaction

The United Arab Emirates have approved a list of terrorist groups and organizations in accordance with Federal Law No. 7/2014 on Combating Terrorism Offences. The Law was issued by His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

 The list is expected to be published in the media for transparence purposes and to raise the society awareness on these organizations.

1. Muslim Brotherhood in the UAE

2. Al Islah Society

3. Fatah Al Islam in Lebanon

4.  Islamic Association in Italy

5. UAE Jihad cells

6. Osbat Al Ansar in Lebanon

7.  Islamic Association in Finland

8. Al Karama Organisation

9. Al Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb

10. Islamic Association in Sweden

11. Ummah Parties in the Gulf region

12. Ansar Al Sharia (Supporters of Sharia Law) in Libya

13.  Islamic Association in Norway

14. Al Qaida Organisation

15. Ansar Al Sharia in Tunisia

16. Islamic Relief  Organisation  in London

17. Islamic State (Daesh)

18.  Mujahideen Youth Movement in Somalia

19. Cordoba Foundation in Britain

20. Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula

21. Boko Haram in Nigeria

22. Islamic Relief  Organisation — an affiliate of the International Organisation of the Muslim Brotherhood

23. Ansar Al Sharia (Supporters of Sharia Law) in Yemen

24. Almoravids Battalion in Mali

25. Taliban Pakistan

26. Muslim Brotherhood Organisation and group

27. Ansar Al Deen (Defenders of the Faith )in Mali

28. Abu Thar Al Ghafari Brigade in Syria

29. Islamic Group in Egypt

30. Pakistan’s Haqqani network

31. Al Tawhid Brigade in Syria

32. Egyptian Ansar Jerusalem

33. Pakistani Lashkar-e-Taiba group

34. Tawhid and Faith Brigade in Syria

35. Ajnad  Misr (Egyptian Jihadist Group)

36. East Turkistan movement in Pakistan

37. Green Brigade in Syria

38. Mujahideen Shura Council

39. Aknaf Bait Al Maqdis (Defenders of Jerusalem)

40. The Army of Mohammad  in Pakistan

41. Abu Bakr Al Siddiq Brigade in Syria

42. Al Houthi Movement in Yemen

43. The Army of Mohammad  in Pakistan and India

44.  Talha Bin Obaidullah Brigade in Syria

45. Saudi Hezbollah Al Hejaz

46. Indian Mujahideen in India/Kashmir

47. Hezbollah in GCC countries

48. Al Sarim Al Battar Brigade

49. The Caucasus Emirate (Chechen Mujahideen)

50. Abdullah Ibn Mubarak Brigade

51. Al Qaida Organisation in Iran

52. Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

53. Syrian Martyrs Brigade

54. Badr Organisation in Iraq

55. Abu Sayyaf Group (Philippines)

56. Abu Omar Brigade

57.  Asa’ib Ahl Al Haq (League of the Righteous) in Iraq

58. Council on American-Islamic Relations (Cair)

59. Ahrar Shammar Brigade in Syria

60. Hezbollah Brigades in Iraq

61. Kanvas organisation in Belgrade, Serbia

62. Sariyat Al Jabal Brigade in Syria

63. Abu Fadl Abbas Brigade Iraq

64. Muslim American Society (Mas)

65. Al Shahba Brigade in Syria

66. Al Youm Al Maoud Brigade in Iraq

67. Association of Muslim Scholars

68. Al Qa’qa’ Brigade in Syria

69. Omar Bin Yasser Brigade (Syria)

70. Union of Islamic Organisations of France

71. Sufian Al Thawri Brigade in Syria

72. Iraqi Ansar Al Islam Group

73. Federation of Islamic Organisations in Europe

74. Ibad Al Rahman Brigade in Syria

75. Al Nusra Front in Syria

76. Islamic Association in Britain

77. Omar Ibn Al Khattab Brigade in Syria

78. Ahrar Al Sham Movement in Syria

79. Islamic Society of Germany

80. Al Shaima Brigade in Syria

81. Army of Islam in Palestine

82. Islamic Association in Denmark

83. Al Haq Brigade in Syria

84. Abdullah Azzam Brigades

85. Islamic Association in Belgium

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Abdullah II: Our Religious And Humanitarian Duty Demands That We Confront The Extremist Organizations

Abdullah II: Our Religious And Humanitarian Duty Demands That We Confront The Extremist Organizations

04.11.2014 La rédaction

Speech from the Throne By His Majesty King Abdullah II
Opening the Second Ordinary Session of the 17th Parliament
 Amman, Jordan
 2 November 2014

(Translated from Arabic)
In the Name of God, the Most Merciful, the Compassionate

Prayers and peace be upon Our Master Mohammad, the Honest Arab Hashemite Prophet

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

In the name of God, and with His blessings, we inaugurate the second ordinary session of the Seventeenth Parliament. This step constitutes a new milestone in our journey towards deepening democracy, particularly its parliamentary pillar, and to continue our reform drive and serving our homeland and citizens.

On this day, I address all Jordanians and greet them with honour and pride, for they have demonstrated throughout the years their ability to stand firm in confronting challenges imposed by historical transformations in the region, relying on their national unity and consensus on protecting their homeland, a country which has sacrificed greatly for Arab and Muslim causes.

Despite all challenges, Jordan did not and will not allow for difficulties and regional turmoil to be an excuse to hesitate in moving forward with comprehensive reforms. For we have never regarded reform as a reaction to difficult circumstances. For Jordan, reform is a homegrown national aspiration, which consolidates national unity, pluralism, moderation, widens participation, deepens democracy and enroots our parliamentary government system.

In regards to activating citizens’ participation in the decision-making process, we launched a pilot parliamentary government by adopting a consultative approach with MPs and parliamentary blocs to reach a consensus on choosing a prime minister. We have also sought to empower citizens with the ability to contribute to formulating a 10-year economic blueprint that aims at achieving decent living standards and a promising future for the sons and daughters of our beloved Jordan.

As for ongoing efforts to fight poverty and unemployment, they include endorsing the National Employment Strategy to generate jobs for the youth, establishing the Governorates Development Fund, which requires increasing its allocations to widen the scope of support for SMEs and productive projects, as well as strengthening the social safety net protecting low-income groups by making sure that subsidies are better directed to those who deserve them.

On the larger economic scale, several mega-projects have been achieved, namely the Disi Water Conveyance, the development of Queen Alia International Airport and the Containers Terminal; in addition to other projects in progress, such as terminals for general cargo, oil and liquid gas, energy projects, especially renewable and alternative, as well as developing a railway network and the public transport sector in a manner that would lead to a qualitative leap for this and other sectors.

Among key achievements are steps taken to enroot the principles of integrity, transparency, fighting all forms of corruption and enhancing citizens’ trust in the state and its institutions. To this end, the Royal Committee for Enhancing the Integrity System has formulated a National Integrity Charter that enshrines values of justice, equality and accountability. And in order to ensure the execution of the Committee’s recommendations, we designated a Royal Committee to monitor and evaluate progress. Moreover, the Privatisation Review Committee submitted its report, which will inform future economic policies. These efforts ensure best practices in managing national wealth.

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

The coming period requires sincere and collective efforts to build on what has been achieved, according to clear national priorities and parallel reform paths.

On the political reform path, the government has started formulating a detailed and gradual plan to activate the role of the Ministry of Defence so that it pursues political, economic, social and logistical tasks related to national defence. This entails activating the role of the National Centre for Security and Crisis Management. Moreover, your esteemed assembly has recently endorsed a constitutional amendment that allows the Independent Election Commission to administer municipal and any other national elections, in addition to parliamentary polls, which will require a number of legislative amendments to ensure compatibility with the Constitution.

The political reform path also requires enrooting local governance by first completing the municipalities and decentralisation laws and then moving on to the Elections Law, in addition to continuously developing the working mechanisms of the House of Representatives, which include its internal bylaws, adopting a code of conduct and institutionalising the work of parliamentary blocs on partisan and platform basis. This needs to be done in parallel to realising the goals of the national plan for human rights, for there can be no reform without respect for rights and protection of freedoms.

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

On the administrative reform path, it is crucial to adopt workable mechanisms, as there is no point in having public sector reform programmes, including the e-government project, if citizens do not feel a tangible improvement in the quality of services provided to them. In this regard, I stress on the importance of having all state institutions commit to enhancing the culture of excellence, transparency and accountability, in addition to adhering to the National Integrity Charter and formulating the institutional framework needed to enhance the integrity system according to the recommendations which will be presented by the Royal Committee to monitor and evaluate progress.

On the economic reform path, endorsing economic laws must be expedited, especially those pertaining to energy and investment. The income tax law should be finalised in a manner that reflects the utmost degree of responsibility and develops the business environment on the basis of the recommendations of the economic blueprint.

As for health and education services, a qualitative leap and radical reform in these sectors need to be induced, through a nationwide debate encompassing all relevant state institutions, in order to safeguard Jordan’s pioneering position in these vital fields.

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

Jordan has always shouldered its moral and humanitarian responsibilities on matters that threaten regional and international security. Jordan will continue to deploy its international status and membership in the UN Security Council in the service of the causes of our Arab and Muslim nation.

The Palestinian cause remains our principal cause and is a higher national interest. Jerusalem, whose soil is watered by the blood and sacrifices of our martyrs, is a responsibility that lies in the depth of our conscience. Jordan will continue to confront, through all available means, Israeli unilateral policies and measures in Jerusalem and preserve its Muslim and Christian holy sites, until peace is restored to the land of peace.

We will continue to mobilise international support to rebuild Gaza, following the vile Israeli aggression, which killed thousands of our brethren Palestinians and destroyed their livelihoods.

In order for such an aggression not to repeat itself again, final status negotiations must be resumed, leading to a permanent peace on the basis of a two-state solution according to international terms of reference and the Arab Peace Initiative, allowing Palestinians to establish their independent state on their national soil with East Jerusalem as its capital.

As for the Syrian crisis, we reiterate that the only solution is a comprehensive political one, realised through the participation of all components of the Syrian people, assuring the country’s unity and stability. The absence of such a solution will intensify sectarian strife on the regional level. Similarly, the absence of a just and permanent solution for the Palestinian cause will feed extremism and terrorism.

Jordan has fulfilled its pan-Arab and humanitarian responsibilities towards our brethren Syrian refugees. Although we truly appreciate all the support received from our brothers and friends, the amount of international support does not rise to the level of the crisis and the implications of hosting Syrian refugees. The international community must shoulder its responsibilities in providing assistance to refugees, Jordan and local host communities.

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

Our region is suffering from a number of organisations that embrace an extremist takfiri ideology, and are murdering Muslims as well as innocent women and children in the name of Islam, but Islam has nothing to do with this. Islam is a faith of peace, tolerance, moderation, acceptance of the other and respect for the rights of all to live in peace and dignity, regardless of colour, gender, religion or belief. These organisations are waging war against Islam and Muslims above all else.

Our religious and humanitarian duty demands that we confront with strength and firmness all those who try to instigate sectarian wars or distort the image of Islam and Muslims. Accordingly, the war on these terrorist organisations and their radical ideology is our war because we are targeted and we must defend ourselves, Islam, and the values of tolerance and moderation by fighting extremism and terrorists. Everyone who supports this extremist takfiri ideology or tries to justify it is an enemy of Islam, the homeland and all noble human values. At the same time, the international community must confront extremism in other religions and sects.

Honourable Senators,
Honourable Representatives,

The source of Jordan’s resilience is our strong internal front and the practices of active citizenship. Accordingly, we reiterate here that dialogue and respect for law are the path to achieving the highest degree of consensus vis-à-vis our national causes.

The advanced level of liberties and progressive environment of political and social participation, which Jordan uniquely enjoys amidst a tumultuous region, is the result of security and stability gains, for which our comrades in the armed forces and security agencies have made many sacrifices to preserve. We salute them with pride and appreciation. I tell you, brave soldiers, the motto that you wear on your uniforms, “The Arab Army”, is not just a slogan, nor came by coincidence. It is a testament of this army’s commitment to defend the causes of the Arab nation, its soil and security against all threats. Jordan’s security is part and parcel of the security of brethren Arab countries. The Arab Army, and their comrades in security institutions, will remain – as always – ready to confront all threats to our national security and the security of our neighbouring brothers because Arab security is indivisible.

In order for our army and security institutions to maintain the highest degrees of efficiency and capability, I confirm that all state institutions must remain committed to supporting our armed forces and security agencies, who work night and day to preserve the security of Jordan and Jordanians.

And Jordan will forever remain a model of coexistence, compassion and solidarity between all its citizens, Muslims and Christians, and a safe haven for brothers in need, advocating righteousness and never hesitating in fighting extremism, intolerance and terrorism resolutely.

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

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The City of Geneva Has Funded an NGO with Ties with Al-Qaida

The City of Geneva Has Funded an NGO with Ties with Al-Qaida

14.10.2014 La rédaction

The municipality and the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs have paid nearly 245,000 francs to the Geneva-based foundation Alkarama, whose former president is accused of supporting terrorism by the United States, with his name also included on the United Nations list of sanctioned persons for his links with al-Qaida

The American decision had repercussions as far as Switzerland. On 18 December 2013, the US Treasury Department decided to freeze the assets of Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi. The Qatari man was accused by Washington of having transferred, in that same year, nearly $ 600,000 to Al-Qaeda via one of its representatives in Syria. As a matter of fact, this man – who presents himself on his Twitter account as a history professor at Doha University – has reportedly overseen the transfer of $ 2 million to the terrorist network, but in Iraq this time, as well as provided material support to Iraqi insurgents. Also according to the American authorities, he allegedly handed money to al-Qaeda in Yemen, as well as $ 250,000 to al-Shabaab terrorist group in Somalia.

Beside the United States accusations, al-Naimi was also known as the president of the Alkarama Foundation Council (Le Temps dated 21.12.2013), a Geneva-based non-governmental organization “defending victims of human rights violations in the Arab world “. When the case broke out, one element was still unknown: the funding origin of a project implemented by the NGO in Egypt in 2013. Since then, Le Temps has learned that the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and the City of Geneva both committed CHF 245,000 francs for that project (195,500 francs for the Foreign Affairs, and 50,000 francs for the City). The project was intended “to start investigations into past violations and to bring to justice those responsible for such violations” and “to strengthen the human rights protection system”.

Further to our call, the NGO director, Mourad Dhina, still contests the American accusations: “The information on which the Americans are based comes from Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, two countries whose actions are regularly questioned by us. Similarly, our investigation on drones’ strikes in Yemen, which make thousands of victims, is not to the liking of the United States. As for Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi, he has asked to be heard by the American courts, but has not received any reply yet”. The Director confirmed that “his Foundation made sure with the American authorities that it was not concerned by these accusations”.

In January 2012, Mourad Dhina faced extradition to Algeria, on the grounds of terrorist activities between 1997 and 1999. Arrested in France, he was later released, after the Paris tribunals rejected the Algerian judiciary request.

The Egyptian project was suspended “in the summer of 2013, due to then on-going developments in Egypt and the fact that it had become impossible to work in the field, whether for Alkarama or for other foreign NGOs”, says Mourad Dhina.

Out of 50,000 francs paid by the City of Geneva, the latter only recovered 13,140 francs, said Gérard Perroulaz, an administrator of the Delegation Geneva Ville Solidaire (DGVS). This amount actually represents funds not used by the Foundation. Questioned on whether the missing sum (36,860 francs) will be recovered in view of the Department of the Treasury accusations, the city dodges the issue by saying: “At this stage, we are following the Confederation policy. Were it to change, our policy would adapt accordingly”, said the personal adviser of the magistrate in charge of finances, Socialist Sandrine Salerno. Finally, on the monitoring process regarding the award of grants, Gérard Perroulaz declared that “the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs’ expertise and recommendations have been followed for each politically sensitive project”. In other words, the DGVS does not have the technical and human resources in order to ensure that its beneficiary organizations act respectfully.

Since 18 December, Abdul Rahman Omeir al-Naimi situation has changed, as he found his name on 24 September 2014 on the UN list of persons sanctioned for their links with al-Qaeda.

We contacted the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, which failed to answer our questions.

Olivier Francey

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Explosive device near a police club in Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra city

Explosive device near a police club in Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra city

02.10.2014 La rédaction

An explosive device detonated near a police club in Al-Mahalla Al-Kubra city, Gharbia governorate, Egypt.

A bomb hidden in a bag was used in the attack.

There were no reported casualties in the blast. This was one of five explosions in Gharbia by the same group on this date. The Muslim Brotherhood claimed responsibility for the incident.

Sources : Global Terrorism database

“Egypt: 5 ‘Terrorist’ Cells Arrested in Al-Gharbiyah for Attacking Public, Private, Police Properties,” Al-Yawm al-Sabi Online, November 19, 2014.”

“Five explosions in Al-Gharbeya Governorate,” Business Standard India, October 2, 2014.”

“Bomb Explodes Near Mahalla Police Club in Gharbiyya,”, October 3, 2014.”