Muslim leader decries Sinai bombings

On Palestinian terrorism: "It's the right of the people to resist [occupation]."

muslim brotherhood akef  (photo credit: )
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The Muslim Brotherhood condemns the terror bombings in Sinai this week, but it supports Palestinian attacks against Israel, the group's leader said Friday. Speaking in an interview with the Saudi-owned satellite channel MBC, Mohammed Mahdi Akef deplored the triple bomb attack that killed 24 people and wounded 85 others in the Sinai resort of Dahab on Monday. "These are terrorist and dangerous (operations) that result from a total ignorance of the value of the human life," he said. But he contrasted the Dahab attack to Palestinian terror attacks in Israel. "Israel is an occupier, and it's the right of the people of the country to resist occupation by all means," he said. Akef said the Brotherhood had refrained from attacking Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak despite its strong opposition to him. The Muslim Brotherhood, an outlawed Egyptian political party whose agenda includes forming an Islamist state, participated in its country's recent parliamentary elections. Although the government stopped some from voting in districts supportive of the Brotherhood, the Brotherhood increased its power within Egypt's parliament, winning 88 seats, making them the largest opposition bloc in the 454-seat assembly. Ashraf Rady, an Egyptian journalist, said that even if the development of democracy in the Arab led to Islamists coming to power, it would still bring better relations with Israel, because 'personal interests' win out over ideology. 'The Muslim Brotherhood would not abolish ties with Israel. Nobody wants war.'