Egyptian MP Abdel Rahim Ali, head of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) and the Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of Al-Bawaba News, told the European Parliament that a fruitful confrontation of radical Islamist movements starts with an in-depth and insightful study of experiences of its home countries. Ali said the study should start with knowledge of its ups and downs as well as how deep it has penetrated the home countries, where these movements emerged, until its climax at the time of the Arab Spring revolutions if “we really seek true, serious and all-out confrontation of terrorism and extremism challenging Europe”.
He has asserted that Europe’s tackling of radical Islam was wrong at all levels starting with acceptance of differences on a common ground of law and constitutions on the pretext of the right to privacy, wooing these masses for electoral purposes and even dealing with some of them on the pretext that they don’t tend to violence or involved in any terrorist operations, which took place and still hit European cities.
Ali’s statements were made during a lecture the Egyptian MP delivered at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday. He highlighted the danger of the spread of the Brotherhood in Europe and the risks of financing terrorism.
The hosting of Ali by the European Parliament marks a victory over all pressures exerted by Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, which sought to prevent this meeting, on fears that Ali will expose more secrets of Qatar and the international organization of the Muslim Brotherhood’s activities in Europe.