Egyptians called Hillary Clinton a "she-devil' for backing Terrorist Organization Muslim Brotherhood. An article on the anti-Clinton protests in Al-Wafd, a daily newspaper published by the liberal Wafd Party, carried the headline, “The she-devil in the presidential palace.” Some prominent Coptic Christian activists and lawmakers in the – currently suspended – parliament refused to meet with Clinton.
Clinton Fends Off Allegations of U.S. Support for Muslim Brotherhood
Egyptians outside the Amercan Embassy in Cairo on Saturday protest
against the United States. Placards bear slogans including, “Obama: Don’t send
your dollars to jihadists” and “If you like the Ikhwan (the Muslim
Brotherhood), take them with you.” (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)
(CNSNews.com) – On her first visit to Egypt since the country’s
post-revolution, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was confronted by
allegations that the Obama administration had quietly backed the Muslim
Brotherhood in its successful quest for the presidency.
At various stops in Cairo and Alexandria this past weekend,
demonstrators protested her visit, with one liberal youth organization, the
Front for Peaceful Change, issuing a statement accusing the U.S. of making
secret deals with the Muslim Brotherhood.
An article on the anti-Clinton protests in Al-Wafd, a daily newspaper
published by the liberal Wafd Party, carried the headline, “The she-devil in
the presidential palace.”Some prominent Coptic Christian activists and lawmakers in the –
currently suspended – parliament refused to meet with Clinton.
A joint statement from four of them accused the U.S. of demonstrating
its support for Islamists above other political forces in Egypt – an allegation
frequently aired over recent months in Egyptian media and on social networking
One of the four, lawmaker and political analyst Emad Gad, told Al-Ahramnewspaper the U.S.
government had also secretly agreed to back Brotherhood presidential candidate
Mohamed Morsi – now sworn in as president – in return for assurances that a
Morsi government would not restore ties with Iran and would pressurize the
Palestinian group Hamas into halting attacks against Israel.
(Hamas is the Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, set up by
the Egyptian organization in 1987. The group, which seized control of the Gaza
Strip in 2007 amid bloody fighting against the Fatah faction, is designated by
the U.S. as a “foreign terrorist organization.”)
Gad predicted that President Obama would face accusations during his
election campaign of having backed Islamists in the region at the expense of
The other three Egyptians who signed the statement refusing to meet with
Clinton were lawmaker Georgette Qilliny, business tycoon and founder of the
small liberal Free Egyptians Party Naguib Sawiris, and Coptic political
activist and head of the liberal Haya Party Michael Mounir.x