by John Rossomando
A rally Saturday in Washington supporting deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, the second in a month sponsored by a group calling itself Egyptian-Americans for Democracy and Human Rights (EADHR), along with its press conference on Friday, makes it harder for some leading American Islamists to deny their connection with the Muslim Brotherhood.
The pro-Morsi demonstrators who packed Freedom Plaza just a block from the White House repeated many of the same chants that have been common in Muslim Brotherhood protests in Egypt since Morsi’s fall.
These included chants of “Down with Sisi” and “Morsi is my president,” which have been common in Brotherhood demonstrations in Egypt such as one at Al-Azhar University last month. Protesters also chanted, “It’s a coup, it’s a coup!” and “Long live democracy!” Organizers at the Washington rally played an Arabic song titled, “This is a revolution, not a coup,” which has been extremely popular at pro-Morsi rallies in Egypt.
The demonstrators and protest organizers hope to get the Obama administration to follow Sens. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., in calling Morsi’s ouster a “coup.” Thus far, Secretary of State John Kerry and the Obama administration have declined to do so, saying that the military intervened to keep Egypt from devolving into chaos.
Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, an official with the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, spoke at Saturday’s rally, establishing an overt public connection with the Brotherhood. The Freedom and Justice Party even posted a video of the rally on YouTube.
Publicly admitting connections with the Muslim Brotherhood seems to be the last thing that protest organizers want. This was made plain both at the rally and at the Friday press conference, where EADHR leader Sheikh Shaker Elsayed, who serves as imam of the notorious Dar al-Hijrah Mosque in Falls Church, Va., was quick to deny his connection to the Brotherhood.
Elsayed was mentioned by name in the 1991 “Explanatory Memorandum on the General Strategic Goal for the Group in North America,” written by Muslim Brotherhood activist Mohamed Akram. Among its ambitions is a “Civilization-Jihadist Process” aimed at destroying Western civilization from within.
He was not the only person at the press conference with Muslim Brotherhood ties.
EADHR President Hany Saqr (aka Hani Saker) is listed as a leader of the Brotherhood’s establishment in North America in a 1992 telephone directory seized by federal investigators from the home of a senior Brotherhood official in Virginia. He was listed as being among the Brotherhood’s members of the “Masul (leader) of the Administrative Office for East America.”
Despite these documented connections, protest organizers and speakers cast themselves merely as concerned citizens who happen to be Muslim.
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