ICC NOTE: An article of note because it is another example of propaganda by Islamic groups. Even as these extremist groups speak of peace on websites, and promote their religion as one that seeks after peace with others, their actions are completely different. This Egyptian radical group has brutally murdered innocent people, and now they are creating a website promoting themselves as a group desiring peace.
NEW WEBSITE TO EXPLAIN JAMAA ISLAMIYA’S ‘PEACEFUL’ LINE
Cairo , 20 June (AKI) – Founders and leaders of the Egyptian radical Islamic group Jamaa al-Islamiya will soon set up a website to provide an update on the current status of the organisation and on future prospects of jihad or holy war, Saudi Arabian daily al-Watan reported on Tuesday. The new website will explain why the historical leaders of the Jamaa al-Islamiya, who had been jailed, chose to leave the path of violence, obtaining in many cases their release. It will feature texts reflecting the organisation’s new ‘peaceful’ line.
According to al-Watan, Jamaa al-Islamiya will also provide a new account of the 1981 assassination of Egyptian president Anwar Sadat, in which the organisation was involved, explaining why its current leaders regard Sadat’s killing a mistake.
The website’s content will also seek to promote dialogue and cooperation with the Christian-Coptic minority of Egypt .
Jamaa al-Islamiya was founded in the 1970s when the Muslim Brotherhood’s leadership decided to renounce violence, and was originally an umbrella organisation for militant university student groups.
It subsequently moved from university campuses to poor and deprived neighbourhoods of Egyptian cities and its leaders became younger and less educated. Al-Qaeda’s number two Ayman al-Zawahiri was also among the founders of Jamaa al-Islamiya in the 1970s.
In the 1990s, the organisation carried out an extended campaign of violence, from murders and attempted murders of prominent writers and intellectuals, to the repeated targeting of tourists and foreigners. Jamaa al-Islamiya’s record of terror includes the 1997 attack at the temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor – northern Egypt -, in which a band of six men machine-gunned and hacked to death with knives 58 foreign tourists and four Egyptians. For the full article