Director of the Center for Middle East Studies in Paris (CEMO) Abdel Rahim Ali today said that he categorically rejects depicting terrorists as “jihadists”. He also refuses describing Brotherhood as Muslims.
He pointed out that such extremists are not jihadists, stressing that jihad in Islam is a noble act which differs from what those terrorists do.
Ali also added that the Brotherhood is not a “Muslim” but follows a political principle with an Islamic slogan to seize power.
He continued the Muslim not honored to be a terrorist, adding, that we are all Muslims do not believe in Islamists or terrorism.
The seminar is organized on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Biarritz, a seaside town on the southwestern French Basque coast. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is attending the summit for the first time.
Mariam Benrand, a political violence specialist at the Arab and Islamic World Research and Studies Institute of the French Ministry of Higher Education, participates in the seminar.
Renowned Middle Eastern affairs specialist Roland Lombardi is also participating, along with renowned researcher Joachim Veliocas.
The seminar is mediated by CEMO Executive Director Ahmed Youssef.