Party of Justice and development (Morocco)

05.12.2015 La rédaction

Justice and development party exists since 1998, but its structure exist under another name since the middle of the 1960s.

The ancestor of the justice and Development Party was created before 1967 by Abdelkrim El Khatib: the constitutional democratic popular movement. For a long time its activities are not known, but the party wants to be the respectable showcase of the movement unity and reform, a conglomerate of individuals having more or less abandoned the armed struggle of Chabiba Islamiya.

Abdelkrim El Khatib, founder of the group is Muslim brother and made many references to Hassan Al Banna, but he is also close to the Palace. Its members are not bothered by the police.

Yet, as recalls Mohamed Louizi, in the aftermath of his death in 2008, the office of the supreme guidance of the Brotherhood in Egypt rushed one tribute. The supreme leader of the time, Mohamed Mahdi Akef, lamented the death of the founder of the branch of the ‘brothers’ in the Kingdom.

The Party was born in reality of the constitutional democratic popular movement activists protest.

In the legislative elections of 1997, the constitutional democratic popular movement won nine seats. Protesting against electoral fraud, the activists of the movement refuse to participate in the Government and change of name. This was the birth of ‘Party of justice and development”which peaked with at the outset as an opposition party. The PJD is as follows: “national political party which works from the Islamic reference, under the constitutional monarchy established on the commandery of believers.

The change of title does not decrease ideological links with the Egyptian mother house.Bazzi El Ouggouti co-founder of the MPCD in 1967, is very clear with the new members.

“Dear brothers, you are the heirs of the Salafist movement, which was born of the nationalist movement that had founded the fouqahas (Muslim jurists) in all regions of Morocco […]. What was hoped for behind the battle of the liberation of the country, it was the establishment of an Islamic State. Nevertheless, the seed which the colonizer had left behind him – speaking perhaps the left forces – had prevented this construction. Today,we have a new opportunity before us to try again, again, the realization of this dream,through the political commitment of many sons of the Islamic revival movement, you are. You are now inside the political ring. A team of you succeeded in getting a place inParliament. Responsibility is extended to you, I wish you success in what you do”

The Justice and Development Party becomes the first opposition party in the legislative elections of 2002. (42 seats).
In the speech of the party as Mohamed Yatim and Saadeddine El Othmani intellectualsbegan to emerge the fact that the Islamic State is not necessarily the goal of political action.
In the 2007 elections, the party came in second place with 46 seats.
April 28, 2011 in Marrakesh attack highlights the existence of terrorist cells organized in the territory. In the media, the activists of the Party of justice and development appear as balanced. Since the 2003 bombings, the party has rounded off its speech sought to gain respectability.

In November 2011, the Justice and Development Party wins the parliamentary elections. He obtained in addition to 11 portfolios on 31.

Abdel-Ilah Benkiran, head of the Government.
Saadeddine El Othmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation.
El Mostafa Radhika, Minister of Justice and freedom.
Lahcen Daoudi, Minister of education superior, scientific research and the training of managers.
Abdelaziz Rabbah, Minister of equipment and Transport.
Mustapha El Khalfi, Communication Minister and Government spokesman.
Abdelkader Amara, Minister of industry, trade and new technologies.
Bassima Hakkaoui, Minister of solidarity, women, the family and social development.
El Habib Choubani, Minister in charge of Relations with Parliament and civil society.
Mohamed Najib Boulif, Minister delegate to the head of the Government, in charge of General Affairs and governance.
Idriss Azami Al Idrissi, Minister delegate to the head of the Government, in charge of the Budget.

October 10, 2013, the Benkiran II Government is appointed following the departure of the Istiqlal Party of the Coalition.
Most of the PJD Ministers remain, except Saadeddine El Othmani, Minister for ForeignAffairs.
Since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi in Egypt, the party activists insist that they are moreMoroccan than Muslim Brotherhood in order to avoid being mistaken for members of theorganization. At a meeting, on 15 November with members of the youth of the PJD, thePrime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane insists that the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhoodevening rejected and “to establish a barrier between the methodology of the Muslim Brotherhood and the PJD and the oneness Movement and reform (MUR). (TelQuel , November 17, 2015 *)

See in particular:

Mohamed Louizi, “Pourquoi j’ai quitté les Frères musulmans, Michalon.” (à paraître en janvier 2016)This post is also available in العربية and Français


Britain’s Islamic channels are propagating a regressive narrative filled with inequality, intolerance and bigotry

22.11.2015 La rédaction

This article has been published by Anila Athar  in The Nation (Pakistan)

An English colleague at work asked me one morning what I thought about pigs. I was a bit surprised as it wasn’t one of the usual questions we generally ask each other in the office. Hmm, err… It’s an animal like other animals…Why? I asked her. Her response had us both in stitches. Thank goodness we both have a sense of humour. However, after we had a good laugh, we both spent a few minutes having a serious discussion on the importance of rationality and critical thinking and mourning the lack thereof.

It so happened, she was flicking through the TV channels when she came across Peace TV and lo behold Dr Zakir Naik was having a go at poor pigs. According to him pig is the most shameless animal on the face of the earth. It is the only animal that invites its friends to have sex with its mate. According to Dr Naik, in America most people consume pork hence wife swapping is very common in that country. “If you eat pigs you behave like pigs.”RIP logic!

There is a proliferation of faith channels on the satellite television in the UK and almost all have their own Zakir Naiks. The narrative emanating from these channels is regressive, diametrically opposed to modern humanist values that the British society holds dear. There is a constant barrage of messages promoting segregation, gender inequality, and hatred/intolerance of other faiths as well as blatantly stigmatising music and dance.

For a multi-faith, multicultural society like Britain such regressive narrative is extremely counterproductive as it hampers community cohesion and prevents integration. It encourages superstition and discourages people to think outside the box. Furthermore, it promotes hatred of other faiths, discrimination and oppression of women and reinforces moral superiority over other faiths.

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US congressmen tried to designate the Muslim Brotherhood as terrorist

04.11.2015 La rédaction

Ted Cruz (R., Texas) for the Senate, and Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.) are handling a bill requiring the Secretary of State to submit a report to Congress on the designation of the Muslim Brotherhood as a foreign terrorist organization.

One of the argument is that “Multiple countries have declared the Society of the Muslim Brothers (commonly known as the ‘‘Muslim Brotherhood’’) a terrorist organization or proscribed the group from operating in their coun- tries.”

Follows, in the bill, the multiple act of violence ordered by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Since August 2013, attacks included 70 churches and more than 1,000 homes and businesses of Coptic Christian families torched in the ensuing violence.

On January 27, 2015, the Muslim Broth erhood published on their official website an announcement that the organization was entering a ‘‘new phase’’ and calling its followers to prepare for a ‘‘long, uncompromising jihad’’ against the Egyptian government.

On May 27, 2015, a group of 159 Muslim Brotherhood-associated scholars from 35 nations announced the publication of a document endorsing violence in Egypt in response to a ‘‘war against Islam’s principles”.

A senior Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood leader, Ashraf Abdel Ghaffar, gave a July 3, 2015 interview in which he defended the sabotage of  power stations and high voltage pylons targeting  Egyptian citizens by the Muslim Brotherhood as punishment for support of the Egyptian government.

On these regards, for the Congressmen the Muslim Brotherhood meets the criteria for designation as a foreign terrorist organization under section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1189)


Rached Ghannouchi was a guest of the Islamic Society of North America

01.11.2015 La rédaction

This organization was founded in 1981 by members of the Muslim Brotherhood. Several of its administrators, including Ahmed Elkadi and Jamal Badawi, were also former official directors of the Muslim Brotherhood. In the following video Jamal Badawi declared that he is an active militant for the re-establishment of a caliphate without borders:

The Islamic Society of North America is an umbrella organization which claims to cover 70% of American mosques. During the Holy Land Foundation terrorism trial in 2007, the State Justice Dept. designated ISNA, CAIR and NAIT as “an entity which is or has been a member of the American Muslim Brotherhood.” ISNA lodged a complaint to be removed from the State Department’s list. Judge Solis ruled that the government should not have drawn up a list of associations having links with the Muslim Brotherhood, but that “the government had produced ample proof which permitted to link CAIR, ISNA, NAIT with the Islamic Association for Palestine and with Hamas.”

In 2014 Azhar Azeez was appointed president of ISNA. For many years he worked for multinational companies such as General Electric, American General Life and Capital One. He was also national director of Islamic Relief USA.


Who is hiding behind the “March for dignity”?

01.11.2015 La rédaction

On 8 May 2015, in the presence of Angela Davis, Amal Bentounsi announced that this march would take place under the banner of the Parti des Indigènes de la République (Party of the Indigenous of the Republic, P.I.R.). The announcement was made at the event “les 10 ans du PIR” (the ten years of the PIR). Since December 2013 Amal Bentounsi has contributed to various publications of the PIR.


  • Amal Bentounsi : “the mastermind of the march “

Amal Bentounsi was the figurehead who led the march. On the Streetpress* website she was even referred to as the “activist behind the March for dignity”. Amal Bentouni is the sister of Amine Bentounsi who was killed by a police officer. Few in the media remember that she had accused the police of deliberately murdering him as they had harboured a grudge against him for 10 years. According to her he was persecuted for having reported to the Meaux police station that he had received cash payments from a director of the local housing office to set fire to cars in the neighbourhood, in order to justify Jean-François Copé’s security policy… Amal Bentounsi declared to the Parisien  newspaper: “The police took it really badly”.   A conspiracy theory she defended for a long time, in particular in an interview on RMC with Jean-Jacques Bourdin. Strangely enough, in Amal Bentounsi’s recent interviews this conspiracy theory is no longer mentioned.

In 2009, before her brother was killed, Amal Bentounsi had begun writing a novel called “Ce petit frère qu’on assassine” (The little brother they are killing). It was written three years before the death of her brother, who had been convicted several times for hold-ups. Amal Bentounsi then produced a video clip: SOS, police are killing, in which she says: “You want to commit violence and crimes with impunity, without ever being questioned by the authorities. You insult, you are violent, you don’t respect the code of ethics. Arrogance and contempt, these are the virtues you uphold. Ready to kill without the justification of self defence. For pocket money and extra cash you pin accusations of assaulting a police officer. The police force recruits and the judiciary protects and acquits you. No need to worry even if you are guilty, they’ll arrange for you not to be. Our unions are powerful. So hurry up, the police force is the best career going for being above the law.”

Taken to court for this video clip, the prosecutor requested and obtained her acquittal.

  • Hanane Karimi

Hanane Karimi appeared at the very first press conference on 7 July 2015.   She is a PhD student and spokesperson for the “Les Femmes dans la Mosquée” (Women in the Mosque) collective. In 2014 the magazine Les Inrocks published a very flattering portrait of her, presenting her as a feminist fighting against the archaism of… the Grand Mosque of Paris. In fact Hanane Karimi writes texts for the Centre

de recherche sur la législation islamique et l’éthique (Research Centre on Islamic Legislation and Ethics), which is a member of the Islamic Studies Faculty of Qatar, founded by… Tariq Ramadan and Youssef Al Qaradawi (wanted by Interpol).

Deeply affected by the terrorist attacks in January she suggested to her “non Muslim friends… that they congregate around the mosques to prevent attacks or outbreaks of violence and thumb their noses at the racists”. On 15 January she wrote on the Islamist website Saphirnews: “So when Charlie decides to publish 1, 3, then 5 million copies of an edition whose cover is a drawing of the Prophet of Islam, I do wonder about it. The man in the drawing is called Mahomet. I don’t know him. With his turban and djellaba he’s the classic example of the Muslim Arab, all the stigmas are there in this cover. He is the over-simplified and contextualized French portrayal of a man they claim to be one of us. He is not one of us. He is not Muhammad. He is just a distorted image, a stylized projection of an ensemble of never-ending cliché. Charlie, who doesn’t like symbols, nonetheless has a symbol: the symbol of Islam which is Mahomet, “he who is not blessed”. He is the symbol of those who are different: the Arab and the Muslim caricatured to the extreme.” An opinion which earned her an invitation to Berkeley to give a talk on “Islamophobia” following the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hebdo.

Hanan Karimi is a mouthpiece for the Parti des Indigènes de la République (Party of the Indigenous of the Republic, P.I.R). On 8 May she tweeted :

On 6 March 2015, Hanane Karimi attended the meeting “Against Islamophobia and the climate of security war”.

On 1st November she implied that Tariq Ramadan was not involved in the march. She had probably forgotten that Tariq Ramadan was one of the first to call for the march… And that his highly motivated students, including her, were pointed out as being behind the march.


  • Houria Bouteldja: PIR spokesperson
  • Mamans toutes égales (all mothers are equal): A collective set up to defend the right of mothers wearing the veil to accompany their children on school outings.
  • Tariq Ramadan : no presentation needed.

Not only from the outset did he incite people to march, but he did so on several occasions.

  • The rapper Medine

Medine, producer of a video clip calling for “secularists to be crucified”, provided his truck for the speech and concert at the end of the day.

Medine explained that he had co-founded the association Havre du Savoir (Haven of Knowledge), a website which relays the French publications of the Muslim Brotherhood. They teach us that we must be beware of the Shiites, Zaydis, Alawites and Yazidis and “understand why they do not follow the path of the Prophet”.

It was announced at the event that Medine had made a contribution for the demonstration.

Other signatories:

  •  Ismahane Chouder, Participation et Spiritualité Musulmanes (Muslim Participation and Spirituality).
  • The Muslims of France Collective (close to Tariq Ramadan)
  •  Les indivisibles
  •  15 March and Freedom (against the law on the veil in schools)


The demonstration was announced and chronicled in an impressive number of media:

  • France 3
  • Arte
  • Itélé
  • BFM TV
  • Le Monde
  • Libération
  • Le Parisien
  • La dépêche
  • 20 Minutes
  • La Croix
  • L’Obs
  • Le Figaro
  • Buzzfeed
  • Oumma
  • Safirnews
  • Mediapart

Hardly any of them, however, investigated the signatories, the organizers or even the text of the appeal, they were simply content to publish the elements they had been fed. Only a few groups and individuals had the courage to highlight the ambiguities of the approach, but they were immediately hunted down by the usual internet trolls.  Iciici et ici. The media hype predicted a tsunami which promised to make the first anti-racist demonstrations a thing of the past.   The first demonstrations, however, attracted 100.000 participants, whereas according to the organizers the march on 31 October 2015 drew 10.000.


Many people attended the anti-racism demonstration in good faith, without necessarily adhering to the opinions of the organizers.

  • Slogans heard during the march

“One, two, three Intifadas”

“From Gaza to Jenin, free Palestine”

“We don’t want the ‘je suis Charlie’ (I’m Charlie)! We don’t want the femens! We don’t want Islamophobia!”

  • An activist wearing a portrait of Morsi and the Rabia sign marched In front of the banner of the Parti des indigènes de la République.
  • Again, a militant wearing the Rabia sign in solidarity with Muslim Brotherhood was in the group of the recently convicted BDS.
  • The absence of the CNT (National Confederation of Labour) was much remarked. The historic anarchists do not want/no longer want to march with the PIR. Throughout the demonstration there were stickers criticizing the racialist options of the march.
  • Houria Bouteldja led the procession, even though everyone desperately tried to play down her presence.
  • Karima Souid, Tunisian politician (ex Etakatol) was at the demonstration. On 21 July 2015 Karima Souid had threatened the journalist Mohamed Sifaoui.
  • There were also posters calling for support for Georges Ibrahim Abdallah

And a moment of nostalgia for the dictator Sekou Touré who died in 1984 after

26 years in power.

  • On the platform Saïd Bouamama declared “we are proud that we are not Charlie”.
  • One of the demonstrators was upset that a “white guy” had the nerve to march alongside her.

The same demonstrator applauded at the slogan refusing “integration through ham”, a concept developed by the preacher Hassan Iquioussen.

On the float leading the march the Communist Mayor of la Courneuve was accused of racism for having dismantled a Roma camp.

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At the end of the march barely a hundred demonstrators stayed to listen to the leaders of the movement

In short, a demonstration programmed specially to thrill with delight the far right in France.

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MB leader Encourages “Plunging Knives in the Chests and Bellies of the Enemies”

29.10.2015 La rédaction

Speaking at a Gaza rally, former Hamas interior minister Fathi Hammad said that Allah had created Man “only to wage Jihad, only to move forward, only to plunge the knives in the chests and bellies of the enemies.” His address aired on the Hamas Al-Aqsa TV channel on October 19, 2015.

In an address broadcast on Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV on October 19, former Gaza interior minister Fathi Hammad praised Palestinian “martyrs” who had committed themselves to the killing of Jews, who he called “the slayers of the prophets, the bloodsuckers, the killers of the martyrs.” …

The Hamas official praised the role of social media in promoting attacks on Israelis. “We salute the Facebook of Jihad, the Twitter of Jihad, the Whatsapp of Jihad. We salute anything wih Jihad in it.”

Allah, he said, had pledged to persecute the Jews and had created man “only to wage jihad, only to move forward, only to plunge their knives in the chests and bellies of the enemies.


A Protest for Palestine with Hamas and the Rabia Sign

18.10.2015 La rédaction


On 17 October 2015, a demonstration was organized in Paris, at the Place de la Republique, under the theme: “The intifada goes on, Support the Palestinian resistance.”

The demonstration was organized by Generation Palestine Paris, the Al Quds Collective and the Palestinian Youth Movement. Other associations were also invited such as: the Indigènes de la République Party or Sheikh Yassine Collective.

While some protesters came to express their sympathy and solidarity for Palestine, others used a much more offensive speech.

All over the place, were posters, banners and other stickers calling to “Boycott Israel”, together with illustrations presenting Israel as a “Nazi country”. Also present were portraits of ousted Egyptian President (and Muslim Brotherhood representative) , Mohamed Morsi, and many flags with the Rabia symbol of the Muslim Brotherhood.


Different speakers called to “boycott Israel” and “pursue resistance in any way”, and sometimes more directly incited “to continue knife attacks” (as already stated in the press event on Facebook). Israel was described as “a Zionist and Nazi country”. The possibility of two states living side-by-side in peace was rejected by a speaker who claimed a complete victory for the Palestinians.

Several protesters were waiving the Muslim Brotherhood symbol known as the Rabia (also spelled Rabaa). This symbol appeared after the violent crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood at Rabia Al-Adawiyya on 14 August 2013.

The Sheikh Yassine Collective (YCC) was also keen on voicing its opinion, and made different means available for that purpose, including a truck, speakers, and giant portraits of Sheikh Yassin, the founder of Hamas. Their leader, Abdelkrim Sefrioui was present and did not hesitate to make a live call and talk  to a “Palestinian resistant”, whom he described as a prominent Hamas member. The latter gave instructions to the demonstrators to continue to demonstrate for Palestine, and oppose the French leadership which is “under Zionist control”, as much as is “Europe” or the “United Nations”. The Sheikh Yassin Collective did not hesitate to minimize the Holocaust, referred to the Auschwitz extermination camp in ironice terms, and designated the “Zionists” as the actual Nazis.

This was followed by a street prayer, Shahada recitation by the Cheikh Yassine Collective, some “Allah u Akbar”, and a warmly applauded call on demonstrators to become “mujahideen”. Sefrioui then sang “Zionist Fascists, Hamas resistance, Jihad resistance” with the crowd, and called to “arm the Hamas.”

For more information on the Rabia sign:

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Muslim Brotherhood an egyptian ‘internal issue’ for Qatar ?

01.10.2015 La rédaction

Khaled al-Attiyah Qatar’s foreign minister just declared that there is no “animosity” between Qatar
and Egypt.

In an interview published in Al Hayat on the 30 of september Khaled al-Attiyah called the Muslim Brotherhood an “internal issue”, and said Qatar does not interfere in countries’ internal affairs.

The Muslim Brotherhood are considered a terrorist group in Egypt and the Emirates.


Headscarves and Hymens – Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution

27.09.2015 La rédaction

Through her articles and actions Mona Eltahawy has fought for the autonomy, security, and dignity of Muslim women, drawing vocal supporters and detractors. Now, in her first book, Headscarves and Hymens, Eltahawy has prepared a definitive condemnation of the repressive forces-political, cultural, and religious-that reduce millions of women to second-class citizens.
Drawing on her years as a campaigner for and commentator on women’s issues in the Middle East, she explains that since the Arab Spring began in 2010, women in the Arab world have had two revolutions to undertake: one fought alongside men against oppressive regimes, and another fought against an entire political and economic system that represses women in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Tunisia, Libya, Yemen, and other nations.
Eltahawy has traveled across the Middle East and North Africa, meeting with women and listening to their stories. Her book is a plea for outrage and action, confronting a “toxic mix of culture and religion that few seem willing or able to disentangle lest they blaspheme or offend.” A manifesto motivated by hope and fury in equal measure, Headscarves and Hymens is as illuminating as it is incendiary.

In her book Mona Eltahawy, recalls a meeting with a Muslim Brotherhood leader. He was trying to demonstrate that Muslim Brotherhood group believed in pluralism and inclusion.

“And as proof, you are here meeting me and you are naked,” he said. “I am not naked,” Mona Eltahawy protested . “Your hair is naked, your arms are naked, according to God’s law you are naked.”

Headscarves and Hymens – Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution; Mona Eltahawy, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, £16.99.

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