Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Ennahda- Tunisia's Moderate Islamist Party's Anti-Israel Stance

I think most will agree that unless they are secular,  there is no such thing as a moderate Muslim, particularly when they don't reside in the West.

Tunisia's self-proclaimed moderate Islamist party, Ennahda, for all its attempts to identify itself with being moderate, is not quite what it seems to be, and the Committee For Accuracy In Middle East Reporting (CAMERA) has written an interesting article exploring that issue. 

Ennahda's leader Rachid Ghannouchi who is considered a "reform-minded Islamist" is actually "rabidly anti-Israel" which CAMERA finds troubling. Also,

Noted Middle East historian Martin Kramer differs in his view of Ghannouchi from The Times, The Post or the BBC. Kramer posted on his facebook page translations of comments reportedly made by Ghannouchi in May 2011:

I bring glad tidings that the Arab region will get rid of the germ of Israel. Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, leader of the Hamas movement, once said that Israel would disappear before 2027. That date may be too far off; Israel may disappear before that.
For more on the CAMERA article, click here.

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