Radical Islamists & Leftists Unite at Cairo Anti-War Conference
Hamas and Hezbollah officials join International Leftists at the
5th Annual Cairo Anti-War(?) Conference.
“Where else can you sit down in a single evening and listen to senior people from Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brotherhood, people from the revolutionary left and the antiwar movement from around the globe?”
British Trotskyite John Rees
The New York Sun
Answer: At the 5th Annual Cairo Anti-War Conference
Socialist John Rees at the Cairo Anti-War Conference, April 2007. (Arabawy)
And… At an earlier rally last year speaking in support of Hezbollah:
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The New York Sun reported today on the 5th Annual Cairo Anti-War Conference held last month in Egypt:
Over the past year, multiple international conferences have featured leaders of the anti-global left and Islamist groups working together. Go to any anti-war or anti-globalization demonstration in the West and chances are you will see the flags of Hezbollah and Hamas waved by people wearing Che Guevara T-shirts. And at some of these meetings, members of such radical Islamist groups as the Muslim Brotherhood, Hamas, and Hezbollah have enjoyed starring roles.
The roster of Islamist-left alliances quietly grows every day: Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor Noam Chomsky praises Hamas and denounces America on Hezbollah’s Al-Manar television. London Mayor Ken Livingstone invites a leading Islamist, Sheikh Yosef Al-Qaradawi, who is known for supporting suicide attacks, to visit his city. Iranian President Ahmadinejad calls for a world without America even as he plays host to a Tehran peace conference attended by American Mennonites, Quakers, Episcopalians, Methodists, and leaders of the National Council of Churches.
The key forum at this year’s annual Cairo Anti-War Conference was titled “Bridge-building Between the Left and Islam,” and focused on practical ways to increase cooperation. The aim of the conference sessions were described in one piece of literature as tackling “the challenges and prospects facing the international anti-war and pro-intifada movements” and planning “strategy and tactics for bridging the gap and uniting Islamist and leftist ranks in the face of U.S. imperialism and Zionism.”
Atlas Shrugs says it makes complete sense:
Both are a dogma, both require group think, both are collectivist, and both are entirely anti-individual. Both are totalitarian in nature. Perfect marriage. And to those shocked that feminists would go along, that too is Lenin/Marxist in origin.
Here are a few pictures from the event that were posted at The Arabist.net:
One of the stars tonight was Dr. Moussa Abu Marzouk, Hamas’ second-in-command, who was one of the speakers in the opening rally, too. (Arabawy)
Sameh Naguib, an antiwar socialist-terror sympathizer, spoke in the name of Egypt’s Socialists, saluting Arab resistance fighters in Palestine, Iraq and Lebanon, and denounced the blackmail and pressuring the Arab regimes are exerting on these movements. Sameh also greeted the international anti-war protesters, “who exposed that the current battle is neither religious nor cultural, but a battle between the majority of the world’s poor and those who instigate wars, breed racism and enforce capitalist globalization.” (Arabawy)
Mahdi Akef, the Chairman of the Muslim Brothers, was one of the speakers in the opening rally. Among things he said was “American soldiers are dying today as victims of American Capitalism” and condemned the “military-industrial complex” that “took over” the US. (Arabawy)
The head of the Women Secretariat at the Lebanese resistance Hizbollah group gave a talk. (Arabawy)
Abu Omar , or Osama Mustafa Hassan Nassir is the Islamist kidnapped from the streets of Milan, Italy on 17th February 03, by agents of US intelligence and other states.
Captain’s Quarters has more on the Chomsky-Hamas connection.