Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Yemeni eyes on Egypt!


Yemeni eyes on Egypt!

'Conspiracy in Egypt to have new President agent  with Israel' 

By Nasser Arrabyee,24/07/2013

A global terror-linked Yemen cleric said what's going in Egypt now is a conspiracy against Islam and Egyptian people and its President who "refused" to be an agent for Israel.

In a lengthy statement from his own view on "conspiracies" on Islam of Yemen and Egypt, Sheikh Abdul Majid Al Zandani said the aim of such conspiracies is to cancel Islam and make "partners" for Allah to rule instead of the rule of Allah.

"By the conspiracy in Egypt, they want to impose a President working as an  agent with Israel ," said Al Zandani who is accused by US and UN of global terror. He is also  accused of sending Jihadists  to Egypt.

And on conspiracy against Yemen, Al Zandani said there is an attempt to cancel Islam and make "partners" for Allah in the Yemen 6-month long national dialogue which ends on September 18.  

Al Zandani  who was not chosen as a member of dialogue for his extreme views, said the dialogue members conspire with the  West to separate Islam from the State and make Shariah the main source of legislation not the only one.

 Al Zandani, the son, Mohammed, made the statement of his father very clear by mentioning 37 names of dialogue members describing them as the enemies of Islam. 

In a conservative country like Yemen where rule of law is almost zero, mentioning names as enemies of Islam may encourage extremists to kill some or all of them to "please" Allah. 

The dialogue members suspended work and filed a law suit against Zandani and his son for calling them Kafer  ( infidels). They also voted for a draft article in the new constitution criminalizing religious Fatwas calling people Kafer. The team of State Building, 39 out of 44 voted for the article. One voted no and 4 abstained. 

Yemenis are arguing over the fall down of Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt and following everything as if it were a Yemeni issue. 

The media, social media and all kinds of forums and public discussions are almost talk  about the deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi and future of Muslim Brotherhood in Yemen. 

The Yemeni  divisions are almost the same as in Egypt over "revolutionary" or "democratic" legitimacy of the deposed Morsi and whether or not Muslim Brotherhood and all religion-based parties or groups  can ever  rule Yemen or any other country after their dishonorable failure in Egypt, the origin  and the inspirer.

Morsi is my president, Morsi is my president chanted some angry members of Yemen Muslim Brotherhood  in a Sanaa demonstration supporting Morsi and blaming Yemeni President Abdu Rabu Mansour Hadi for supporting what they called  the "military coup" against Morsi. 

The climax happened when some Yemeni leading members of  Muslim Brotherhood threatened to take to the streets to overthrow President Hadi if he did not withdraw his congratulation to the new  Egyptian President Adli Mansour and did not  stop supporting the Egyptian army.

Mr Fares Al Saqqaf, one of  Hadi's advisors, called on leadership of the Muslim Brotherhood's party, Islah, to stop inciting against President saying the congratulation to the Egyptian new President was a protocol that should take place whether what happened in Egypt was a coup or not. 

The Yemeni President Hadi again on Monday July 22nd, 2013, congratulated Egyptian President Adli Mansour on national day ignoring the anger of Islamists. 

However, general Ali Muhsen, Hadi's advisor for defense and security,  strongly refused  deposing of Morsi. The Islamic-oriented general Muhsen seems to have encouraged  Muslim Brotherhood against President Hadi in a way similar to that when he encouraged them to overthrow President Saleh in 2011 when he played the role of the protector of revolution against his long standing boss and kinsman Saleh.

On her part, the Yemen Noble prize winner Islamist leading member Tawakul Karman finally yielded to pressure of her party Islah, local name of  Muslim Brotherhood. Ms Karman changed her mind about Morsi and his legitimacy. Before he was deposed, she said the people in the street of June 30 was the real legitimacy not election. But, hours later, she apologized for Morsi and her party and everyone supporting Morsi for siding with those against Muslim Brotherhood.

She acknowledged that she fell under "dangerous conspiracy" saying the "real legitimacy"  is the election, and Morsi was elected in free and fair elections and must return and continue in power.  Now, she is using her  social media  day and night for supporting return of Morsi and ignoring all those who were behind his dismissal. 

A lot of Yemeni activists criticized Ms Karman saying she is  trying to please four groups at the same time: The committee of Noble Prize, Americans (Turkey Qatar and Al Jazeera), and number 4 is her group Muslim Brotherhood. 

On the other side, 12 Yemeni civil society organizations demanded in a joint statement that one of the main streets in Sanaa be called "Al Sysi"  in acknowledgment and appreciation of  "efforts" made by the commander of the Egyptian armed forces Abdul Fatah Al Sysi who was capable enough to protect the national security of Egypt from chaos by deposing Morsi and putting him on trial for major  treason charges.

In Yemen, arguments and controversy continue now in all levels about whether or not Morsi will return to power after his supporters took to the streets also.
They make a lot of sarcastic comments on the dreams of some  "devout" Muslims being promoted by some speakers that Morsi will return by a divine miracle.

Jamal Mujahid, an Egyptian activist based in Sanaa, said "The return of Morsi to power is impossible  because there is a new reality now"
"But Morsi and his aides should be released from prison and the Muslim Brotherhood should participate in the coming parliamentary and presidential elections"

The clamor in Yemen is all about whether or not what happened in Egypt will happen in Yemen? Will Yemen Muslim Brotherhood, who became  very close to power now, will they fall down also?

The activist Adel Al Kateb, sees that what happened in Egypt must happen in a way or another in Yemen. " Yemen Brotherhood will fall also because they are doing the same thing in Egypt,they exclude all others as evils, and they are extremists in taking decisions because they belief that they are absolutely right always, and  because they believe that  they are closer to Allah," said Al Kateb.

However, Moneer Al Omari, analyst, said,"The Yemen Muslim Brotherhood will not fall like their counterparts in Egypt, but they will not be able to recruit more and more, and people will not believe them any more as in the past"

Al Omari also said that Saudi Arabia and UAE will not be supporting opponents of Muslim Brotherhood (like  leftists and secularists) the same way they do  now in Egypt. 

The military expert, Wada Tahri, sees that Yemen Muslim Brotherhood will not take power without support from army and tribesmen.
"And if they dominate army and tribesmen and take power, I think they will try to reduce exclusion of others," said Tahri.

A lot of Yemenis from all levels exchanged congratulations via SMS  after Moris was deposed on July 3rd, 2013. Many of them also celebrated by firing to air at night especially in the rural areas.

Observers say at  least the fall of Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will reduce exclusion and discrimination against political opponents in civil and military institutions where Islamists have the upper hand as revolutionaries despite the fact that they form  a national unity government with the party of the  former regime of Saleh and other secular forces.

 "In some ministries like ours, if you want to get promoted or continue in your post, you have to bring a recommendation from a brotherhood-run  local mosque that you are devout," said Mohammed Hamdan from ministry of information.  " I think these things will disappear after what happened in Egypt," he added. 


The spokesman of Yemen Brotherhood party(Islah), Rajeh Badi, said that his party will not be affected by what happened in Egypt but will learn from the lessons and mistakes.

"I think what happened in Egypt will positively affect Islah, the party will make use of all mistakes that happened in the Egyptian experience and then it will do its best to avoid repetition of those mistakes here in Yemen," said Mr Badi.




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