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According to the Global Muslim Brotherhood Daily Report, Ghannouchi is reportedly a member of the Muslim Brotherhood’s International Guidance Bureau. This effectively makes Ennahda a branch of the terrorism-supporting organization. He also is a member of two groups led by senior Brotherhood theologian and leading anti-Semite, Sheikh Yousef al-Qaradawi. He unapologetically supports suicide bombings and violent jihad.
His Ennahda Party’s platform calls Israel an “alien entity planted in the heart of the homeland, which constitutes an obstacle to unity.” That is another way of saying that Israel stands in the way of the resurrection of the Caliphate. Indeed, the party’s nominee for Prime Minister said, “We are in the sixth caliphate, God willing.” The director of the party’s office acted quickly, and unconvincingly, afterwards. The director clarified that he really meant “good governance” and “not an Islamic state.” Of course, a caliphate is an “Islamic state.”
Zimmerman mentions a few other facts worth mentioning. In 1993, Ghannouchi dedicated his book to Hasan al-Banna, the founder of the Muslim Brotherhood; Sayyid Qutb, the Brotherhood theologian who inspired Osama Bin Laden and Imam Mawdudi, the founder of Jamaat-e-Islami. He also praised Hassan al-Turabi, leader of the Sudanese Muslim Brotherhood, as an “innovator and leader.” At the time, al-Turabi was hard at work building alliances between the world’s terrorist groups and state sponsors of terrorism.
In his interview with Foreign Policy, Ghannouchi claims “there are no people in al-Nahda who are takiri,” referring to radical Muslims who declare other Muslims as apostates. However, he earlier did just that and said, “Some of these [Muslim] secularists are the devil’s advocate.” He criticized the West for being outraged at Ayatollah Khamenei’s fatwa calling for the murder of Salman Rushdie.
He sided with Saddam Hussein when Iraq invaded Kuwait and lashed out at the West when it stationed forces in Saudi Arabia. In Khartoum, he said, “We must wage unceasing war against the Americans until they leave the land of Islam, or we will burn and destroy all their interests across the Islamic world.” He has referred to the U.S. as “Crusader America.”
MPAC lauds him as an advocate of “pluralism, freedom and democracy,” but he has spoken of engaging in “realistic fundamentalism” so that Western nationalism and secularism can be replaced with “the establishment of the Sharia.”
MPAC has some explaining to do.
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