|Moslem Brüderbund’s political arm to compete in Jordan vote|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] The political arm of Jordan’s original has announced it is taking part in parliament elections Sept. 20, after boycotting the two previous ballots in 2010 and 2013.|
Spokesman Murad Adayleh says the ’s leadership voted overwhelmingly late Saturday to compete in the elections. He says the IAF, the most organized opposition group in Jordan, will look for partnerships to improve its chances.
The in the kingdom started out as a branch of a region-wide movement, but suffered a series of splits.
The was declared illegal - though its political arm was not - after a group of defectors registered a new Society as a Jordanian entity. Two other factions have also broken away, with plans to establish political parties.
|Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood cuts ties to Egypt's parent group|
|[AlAhram] Jordan's branch of the has formally cut ties with the region-wide movement based in Egypt, a said Monday.|
The decision is the latest setback for the wider Brotherhood, once seen as the main political beneficiary of the 2011 Arab Spring uprisings but hit hard in recent years by government crackdowns.
The Jordanian branch has undergone several splits over the past year, with breakaway groups emphasizing a domestic agenda.
The original core group decided late last week, in a meeting of its main decision-making body, or Shura Council, to change its bylaws and cut ties with the parent movement, said a , Moath Khawaldeh.
"On Thursday, the Shura Council met and amended the basic law, disconnecting the in Jordan from Egypt," he said.
Egypt's Brotherhood, from which ousted Islamist president Mohammed Morsi hails, is declared a terrorist organization in the country.
Khawaldeh said the decision is part of reform efforts ahead of internal elections next month.
Jordanian analyst Ibrahim Gharaibeh said he believes the core group came to see its parent movement as an increasing liability. "This led to political concerns (for the group) in Jordan and the group's ability to survive," he said.
Three relatively pragmatic groups have broken away from the more hawkish Brotherhood core group and its political arm, the , over the past year.
Disagreements focused on whether to participate in elections in Jordan and the nature of ties with the parent movement and the group , the Brotherhood branch in the Paleostinian territories.
|Jordan's Muslim Brotherhood has become one big mess|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] It would be no exaggeration to say that Jordan's is perishing. Given the widening cracks within the long-established group, which led to hundreds of leaders recently submitting their mass resignation, the kingdom's Islamist movement is now as fragmented and weak as leftist powers. In other words, the dispute-plagued movement is no longer Jordan's largest opposition force.|
Over the past year, the 's prominent leaders have been jumping overboard, mostly for being fed up with the totalitarian attitude of the group's 'hawkish' leadership. Last week's mass resignation of 400 leaders and founding members of the (IAF), the 's political arm, was the most recent manifestation of fierce disputes within the group which, for decades, was well-known for being in harmony and having a solid structure.
One of the Islamist leaders whose membership in the Brotherhood was previously terminated by an internal tribunal, professor and columnist Rheil al-Gharaibeh, has founded Zamzam,
|Jordan Islamists threaten legal action over Israel gas deal|
|[IsraelTimes] Jordan?s main opposition Islamist party threatened Saturday to take legal action against anyone in the kingdom who signs a controversial gas deal with Israel.|
The IAF said it regretted that the government ?has stubbornly ignored the popular will to maintain suspect relations with the occupying power [Israel] and to conclude such an agreement.?
Detractors of the September gas deal, under which Israel would supply Jordan with 45.4 billion cubic meters (1.6 trillion cubic feet) of natural gas from its Leviathan offshore field over 15 years, reject any cooperation with a country they regard as an enemy.
A source close to the deal, which has yet to be approved by the government, said it would be worth $15 billion (11.4 billion euros).
Energy-poor Jordan was heavily reliant on gas supplies from Egypt, until they ground to a halt following a spate of s since 2011 on the export pipeline through Egypt?s restive Sinai Peninsula.
Parliament debated the deal on Tuesday after 79 s in the 150-seat house filed a motion calling for it to be scrapped.
Defending the project, Energy Minister Mohammed Hamed told parliament buying gas from Israel ?does not threaten the future of Jordan nor does it leave Jordan?s economy hostage in the hands of any country.?
|Jordanians Protest Israel 'Jewish State Law'|
|[An Nahar] Hundreds of Jordanians joined a rally Friday organized by the to denounce Israeli plans to enshrine in law the country's status as the national Jewish homeland.|
An estimated 1,500 protesters set off from the Husseini mosque in downtown Amman holding up signs saying "Al-Aqsa is in danger".
"There is a greater danger today, and that is the Jewish state draft law," Hamzeh Mansur, the former head of the Brotherhood's party, told the protesters.
"Where is Jordan's custodianship over Jerusalem and where is the promised Paleostinian state," he asked.
Jordan has custodianship over the Al-Aqsa mosque compound in Jerusalem -- which is holy to both Jews and s -- and other holy sites in annexed Arab east Jerusalem, which the Paleostinians want as the capital of their future state.
East Jerusalem has been hit by months of violence, which has spread across the occupied West Bank and to Arab communities inside Israel.
The tensions soared earlier this month when Israeli police entered Al-Aqsa during triggered by a vow by far-right Jewish groups to pray at the holy site, which they call Temple Mount.
Against that background, the Israeli government endorsed Sunday a proposal to enshrine in law the country's status as the national homeland of the Jewish people.
The Paleostinian leadership has said the law "kills" the Middle East and namely the creation of a Paleostinian state side by side Israel.
Critics have also said the move will weaken democracy in Israel and could institutionalize discrimination against Israel's 1.7 million Arab citizens.
|Jordan Charges 26 with 'Terrorism' after Market Unrest|
|[AnNahar] A Jordanian court charged 26 people on Monday with "terrorist acts" following unrest that four people, including two police, when security forces shut a market in central Amman.|
They were during Friday evening that flared again on Saturday after stalls at Abdali second-hand clothing market were dismantled, a judicial source told AFP, "The prosecutor general of the state security court charged 26 people over terrorist acts, using weapons and inflammable materials in contravention of the anti-terrorism law," the source said.
The prosecutor general took the men into custody for 15 days.
"Four people were during the unrest, including two gendarmes," a security source told AFP. The source added that security forces were targeted by "live gunfire and Molotov cocktails".
The , the political wing of the Jordanian and the country's main opposition group, criticized the decision to close the market because it "did not take into account the hundreds of families whose sole income comes from the market".
Authorities say the market was impeding traffic and needed to be relocated, although stallholders believe such a move would see its size halved.
|Jordan Arrests Brotherhood Leader For Incitement|
|[IsraelTimes] Jordan arrested a senior member of the country's Muslim Brotherhood Tuesday on charges of "incitement" against the authorities, a judicial source said, as the group's political wing demanded his release.|
Mohamed Said Bakr, a member of the Brotherhood's consultative council, was detained for 15 days by prosecutors after criticizing the government at an event marking the end of the conflict in Gaza, the source said.
The Jordanian Brotherhood's political wing, the Islamic Action Front, condemned the arrest.
"It is unacceptable that clerics and activists should be arrested on the basis of positions they expressed," said IAF Secretary General Mohamed al-Zayoud on the party's website.
Zayoud called for the "immediate release" of Bakr, saying that "stable regimes would not be threatened by a speech given at a festival or expressing an opinion."
The Hamas movement that dominates the Gaza Strip is officially a branch of the Brotherhood.
At the event in Amman on Friday, Bakr used insulting terms to describe Jordan's leaders, and accused the government of being "subject to the United States."
He also congratulated Gazans for their "victory" against Israel and said he was "waiting for and hoping to celebrate the victory of Jordan and the victory of Jordanian men and the victory of the Jordanian army, while we are on the longest frontlines" with Israel.
Formed in Egypt in 1928, branches of the Muslim Brotherhood appeared across the region in the following years. The Jordanian movement is tolerated by the authorities and has wide grassroots support.
|Jordan Islamists Slam U.S. Envoy for Dancing|
|[An Nahar] Jordan's Islamists on Monday criticized the U.S. ambassador in Amman for taking part in a dabke folk dance at the inauguration of a project, describing it as "shocking behavior."|
Following the opening of a $140 million (100 million euro) U.S.-funded project in the northern governorate of Irbid last Thursday, envoy Stuart E. Jones joined officials and women in dancing a Jordanian dabke.
"It was shocking behavior for Jordanians who know very well that America and the Zionist entity (Israel) are two sides of the same coin," the opposition party, the political arm of the kingdom's , said in a statement.
"We condemn such actions in our villages, and demand the government make sure diplomats adhere to their roles."
Performed at weddings, parties and similar occasions, Dabke is a traditional dance in Arab countries such as , Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Turkey as well as Israel and the Paleostinian territories.
It has many versions, but generally dancers form a line facing an audience, hold hands, slightly lift their left feet and stamp to traditional music.
|Hizbullah Warns Sunni Allies in Tripoli from New Wave of Assassinations|
|[An Nahar] Hizbullah warned its allies in the northern city of from a new wave of s targeting them, the Kuwaiti al-Seyassah newspaper reported on Friday.|
According to the newspaper, Hizbullah urged all Sunni leaders, who are close to the party, to take all the necessary precautions after receiving information on a scheme to assassinate them.
The report comes in light of the of pro-Hizbullah Sunni Sheikh Saadeddine Ghiyye in the head.
On Tuesday, two masked men on a shot official Ghiyyeh in Tripoli's al-Bahsa area.
Hizbullah chief considered the killing "an attack against the resistance and its supporters."
Ghiyyeh was close to Sheikh Hashem Minkara, the head of the Islamic Tawhid Movement, who is an ally of the regime of Syrian
caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel ruled out on Wednesday that the murder of a Ghiyyeh would lead to a new round of s in .
|Islamic Action Front Official Shot Dead in Bahsa in Tripoli|
|[An Nahar] official Saadeddine Ghiyyeh was killed on Tuesday after sustaining gunshots wounds to his head.|
According to state-run National News Agency, masked men Ghiyyeh in al-Bahsa in the northern city of
The news agency reported that two men on a shot Ghiyyeh, who was in his car, in the head.
He was submitted to the hospital in a critical condition with media outlets reporting his death later on.
Voice of radio (93.3) reported that the Lebanese army swiftly cordoned off and deployed in the area to halt any negative repercussions to the incident.
In September, a bomb in the car of the 43-year-old Ghiyyeh after he parked it in al-Qobba area in the northern city.
The only caused material damage.
The Islamic Action Front is an umbrella grouping of pro-Syrian regime Sunni groups in .
Head of Islamic Sheikh Hashem Minkara, who is close to Ghiyyeh, denounced the Islamic official's death.
He called on the Lebanese state to reveal those who are responsible for the attack and end the security chaos in Tripoli.
"The assaults against Islamic figures and Ulemas in the north were enough... The killing of Ghiyyeh was on the hands of mercenaries, who don't have a religion," Minkara told s.
He considered that the incident comes as a result of the strong rhetoric of some figures.
"Ghiyyeh's fate will become the fate of all those who are pro or anti (Syria)," Minkara added.
"We should all realize the critical stage that the country is passing through," he stressed, urging all sides "to return to the voice of reason."
Later on Tuesday, caretaker Interior Minister Marwan Charbel told radio Voice of that concerned authorities have started investigating the incident.
"We have questioned several detainees over Ghiyyeh's and we gathered some clues that can be used in investigation," he said.
Charbel pointed out, however, that the killing of the Tripoli figure has political links and "is not an ."
Tripoli is regularly the scene of violence between its Sunni majority and a minority of Alawites -- the religious community from which Syria's hails.
Violence has usually pitted the Sunni neighborhood of Bab al-Tabbaneh, which backs the Syrian uprising, against the neighborhood of Jabal Mohsen, which is populated by Alawites.
The Syrian uprising, which pits a Sunni-dominated rebellion against the Assad government, has inflamed existing sectarian tensions in .
|Nasrallah Calls for Dealing with Ghiyyeh Assassination Similarly to Tripoli, Dahieh Bombings|
|[An Nahar] Hizbullah chief condemned on Tuesday the of official Saadeddine Ghiyyeh in the northern city of , calling for dealing with this case in the same manner the mosques' bombings issue was handled.|
"We urge the state to deal with the of Ghiyyeh similarly to its treatment of the Tripoli and (the Beirut neighborhood of) Dahieh's bombings," Nasrallah said in a speech he gave on the ninth night of Ashura.
The Hizbullah leader considered the killing "an attack against the resistance and its supporters."
He stated: "This is an indication of the s' targeting of those with whom they disagree."
Not that Hezbollah would know anything about doing that...
Nasrallah also questioned "some political factions' overlooking of this dangerous incident."
"This is a dangerous turn of events in Tripoli and could expand to other Lebanese regions," he warned.
Pro-Syrian regime figure Ghiyyeh was killed on Tuesday after sustaining gunshots wounds to his head when masked men him in al-Bahsa in Tripoli. The state-run National News Agency reported that two men on a shot Ghiyyeh, who was in his car, in the head.
That had to hurt. Briefly...
|Jordanian Islamists May Pay Price For Egyptian Failure|
|[Jpost] Outwardly, the Jordanian section of the is exuding confidence, despite suggestions that Morsi ouster weakens their position.|
AMMAN, Jordan -- Jordanian Islamists remain defiant at suggestions that their position has weakened in the aftermath of the ousting in Egypt of President Mohamed Morsi, leader of the (MB), and the arrests by the military of top Brotherhood officials.
Outwardly, the Jordanian section of the is exuding confidence, its leaders brushing aside what happened to their Egyptian allies as irrelevant.
"Our experience is different from that of Egypt's branch of the . We did not rule and we existed in the political sphere long before Morsi was president," Hammam Said, leader of the Jordanian MB said. He insisted that his group would not be shaken by the Egypt's leadership earthquake.
In an interview with the Jordanian daily newspaper Al-Ghad, he expressed confidence that Morsi would be returned to power.
Since the Egyptian army's announcement of Morsi's removal from office, large groups of Jordanian Islamist activists have been gathering daily in front of the Egyptian Embassy in Amman, demanding Morsi's reinstatement as leader of the largest and most influential Arab country.
The support here for the local 's Egyptian allies is seen not only as another indication of the strong ties between Jordanian and Egyptian members, but also as a demonstration of the Brotherhood's power to Jordanian officials, who cheered and applauded Morsi's removal from office.
The Brotherhood's deputy head in Jordan, Zaki Bani Rsheid, spoke to hundreds of protesters last month, alleging an international conspiracy against Islamist groups.
"Today, we see evidence of this. The army did not only overthrow Morsi, but also destroyed all the achievements of the revolution of January 25," he said referring to the demonstrations that removed from power, assuring the crowds that the Islamists will ultimately prevail.
activists said their group remains stronger than ever despite the anti-Morsi demonstrations.
"The popularity of Islamist groups skyrocketed. People realized that international powers are conspiring against Islamic movements. It started with , after its victory in the 2006 election and it continues now in Egypt,"
Abdel Fatah Absi, a youth leader at the (IAF), a political arm of the told The Media Line.
Absi also believes that there were different circumstances that affected the two groups. "The Islamic Movement in Jordan has been deeply rooted in the streets and political life," he said.
Jordanian authorities, however, are happy about the toppling of Morsi and see the changes as a blow to the Islamists, the strongest opposition group in the kingdom.
King Abdullah II this year clarified his stance regarding the , calling them "wolves in sheeps' clothing" in an interview with the American magazine The Atlantic.
Jordanian Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh was among the first to congratulate the rebels who ousted Morsi and said his country "respects the decision of the Egyptian people."
The foreign minister's position matched those of Gulf monarchies including , the United Arab Emirates, and Kuwait. The oil-rich states sent billions of dollars to Egypt as a token of support following the army's move against Morsi.
A in the Jordanian Prime Minister's office said his government has been acting with caution concerning the events in Egypt.
"The government prefers to act in a responsible manner concerning the election of Morsi and what happened after he was toppled," the source told The Media Line.
"We have our own internal problems and do not need complications," he added.
While Jordan's government officials have been prudent in their reaction to the Morsi ouster, its state-run media have been more vocal in their support of Morsi's overthrow.
The government-owned daily Al-Rai, with the largest circulation in Jordan, has been running daily editorials and opinion pieces vilifying the Islamist movement and its political moves, apparently seeking to capitalize on the 's failure in Egypt in order to denigrate the local chapter.
The campaign is being supported by East Bank right-wing groups and generals from army intelligence who oppose the empowerment of Islamists and Paleostinians in Jordan's political affairs.
The Islamist movement in Jordan is made up largely of Paleostinians, who constitute more than 65 percent of the population.
Former government Sameeh Mayta, who was a member, said the Islamists' failure in Egypt will have consequences for their Jordanian colleagues. "They will have to lower the level of their demands concerning reforms and amending laws," he told The Media Line.
Political analyst Abdellah Samaeen said he was unimpressed with Islamist groups in general. He said that their collective experiences in ruling throughout the region had only resulted in failure.
"The political involvement of Islamist groups failed in the Sudan, , Egypt, Libya, and Tunisia -- and it will fail in Jordan," he predicted to The Media Line. "Any group that believes wearing the niqab, an Islamic face-covering for women, is more important than the economy, will fail."