A YouTube video showing Hamas leaders declaring allegiance to the Muslim Brotherhood is being widely posted on anti-Muslim Brotherhood and anti-Islamist Facebook pages, according to an Egyptian-American source that forwarded the video to RadicalIslam.org. The video was uploaded on May 29, 2012, but it is unclear when it was originally recorded.
The video shows Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh on stage towards the end (1:12 minutes into the video), apparently taking the pledge with his hand raised. The video is below:
The following is a translation of the video:
“We stand behind our leader, Mr. Abedlfattah, with one voice.”
(Abdelfattah comes on and asks everyone to raise their right hand and repeat after him)
“I swear [or strike a covenant] with God (3x) Almighty that I hold fast and commit to the mission of the Muslim Brotherhood to embark on jihad on behalf of the group and to uphold all the rules of its membership.
I declare complete loyalty to its leadership and to adhere and comply with its principles and rules. This, I swear [or declare] and may God be witness to what I utter.”
(He then asks them to say “Allahu Akbar” or “God is Greatest.”)
The source did not know who Abdelfattah is.
This video is a reminder of the irony that the Muslim Brotherhood is often considered “moderate” while its Palestinian branch, Hamas, is considered a terrorist group. The video shows that the two are inseparable.
In fact, in December 2011, Hamas officially changed its name to include the phrase, “a branch of the Muslim Brotherhood—Palestine.”
Hamas’ 1988 founding charter states in Part 1, Article 2: “The Islamic Resistance Movement [Hamas] is one of the wings of the Muslim Brothers in Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood Movement is a world organization, the largest Islamic Movement in the modern era.”
A question needs to be posted to Western policy-makers: If the Muslim Brotherhood is so “moderate,” why would the terrorist group Hamas identify itself as part of it?