Egypt Bans Hamas, Shuts Down Hamas Offices

Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center, is a New York writer focusing on radical Islam. He is completing a book on the international challenges America faces in the 21st century.


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This is another of the judicial rulings stemming from charges against Mohammed Morsi, the Muslim Brotherhood’s rulers of Egypt who was overthrown by a popular uprising.

Egypt alleges that Morsi’s original jailbreak was aided by Hamas terrorists. Considering that Hamas is just the Muslim Brotherhood in 1967 Israel (the Muslim Brotherhood in 1948 Israel is known as the Islamic Movement and has members in Israel’s parliament) and that Morsi’s attack on the Egyptian military appeared to be coordinated with a Hamas strike on Egyptian soldiers in the Sinai, there are plenty of reasons for the Egyptian military to be mad at Hamas.

The Egyptian military has come to view Hamas as the foot soldiers of their domestic Muslim Brotherhood rivals who launched a coordinated military and political against them.

The Cairo Court for Urgent Matters has banned all activities in Egypt by Hamas pending a court verdict in an espionage case involving ousted president Mohamed Morsi and members of the Islamist Palestinian group.

The court also banned all “organisations or groups branching from, financed or supported by Hamas,” a judicial source told Ahram Online.

Hamas is an offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, which has been declared a terrorist group by Egypt’s army-backed government and has faced a security crackdown since the military ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Morsi, from the presidency last July.

The court also ordered the closure of Hamas offices in Egypt, one of the judges overseeing the case told Reuters.

Egyptian officials have accused Hamas of providing support to Islamic militants who have increased their fatal attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula since Morsi’s ouster. Hamas has repeatedly denied any such involvement.

Egyptian authorities have also accused several Hamas members of undermining national security by involvement in a series of jailbreaks at the beginning of the Egyptian revolution in January 2011.

Authorities have also charged former president Morsi of espionage with Hamas officials.

When Morsi was in power, Hamas held its secretive internal elections in Egypt in 2012. A top Hamas official, Musa Abu Marzouk, lives in Cairo and may be at risk of arrest by the new court decision.

Hamas is funded by Iran. The link from Morsi to Hamas to Iran establishes an espionage case and terrorist case against Morsi.

Egypt’s judiciary is a complex and messy thing, standing is easy to come by and rulings like these are temporary and may be challenged, so this isn’t a final government decision. But the Egyptian judiciary felt just as threatened by the Muslim Brotherhood as the Egyptian military so look for more decisions like this one.

  • truebearing

    So by extension, the Egyptian court banned Obama and Kerry. I’m starting to really like these guys.