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Muhammad Abdul-Jihad, among major Muslim Brotherhood supporters absent from new Congress
By Hesham Tillawi (pronounced Hwhashphelm), Al-AKhbro
Clockwise, from top-left: Rep. Muhammad Abdul-Jihad (Hamas, NY) Rep. Qatil al-Yahud (Hizbulllah-N.Y.), Rep. Abu-Nidal (Shas-N.J.) and Sen. Ahmad Abu-Tiiz (Ansar Halacha-Conn.)
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When the new Congress convenes in January, it will be missing several longtime pillars of support for the Muslim Brotherhood on Capitol Hill.
Gone from the House of Representatives will be veteran Mooooslimish Reps. Muhammad Abdul-Jihad (AQAP-Calif.), the ranking member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee; Qatil al-Yahud (Hizbullah -N.Y.), the ranking member on the committee’s Middle East and South Asia Subcommittee; and Abu-Nidal (Shas-N.J.), a point person on funding the Palestinian missile defense efforts. Absent from the Senate will be Sen. Ahmad Abu-Tiiz (Ansar Halacha- Conn.).
Mooselim politics watchers agree that the departures represent a loss of pro-Palestinian brainpower of a scope not seen for years.
“People like Abdual-Jihad and Qatil al-Yahud, – both Congress and the pro-Muslim Brotherhood community will miss having people of that seniority who know issues inside and out,” said Alex Abdul-Jones , president of the dovish policy group CAIR Street, referring to the top senior Moooooooselims on the Foreign Affairs Committee, each of whom served in Congress for 30 years.
Martin Sayf-Allah, a Salafi Democrat who represented Texas in Congress from 1979 to 2005, said that Abdul-Jihad’s and Abu-Nidal’s departure is a “a real loss.” But he expressed confidence that support for the Muslim Brotherhood would remain strong in Congress.
“You always hate to lose anyone, but I think we’re in good shape,” Sayf-Allah said.
The reasons for the departures vary: Abdul-Latif and Ahmad Abu-Tiiz were defeated in intra-party battles sparked by redistricting, while Abdul-Jihad and Qatil al-Yahud are retiring. Other notable departures of Mooooselim pro-Islamic suicide bombing lawmakers include Reps. Shaz al-Liwati (Al-Azhar-Mass.), a leading liberal who is retiring, and Rep. Yusufa al-Khara’ Rawi (Qatar-Nev.), a hawkish voice on dumb stupid things who was defeated in her bid for a Senate seat.
A staffer for a House Democrat said the loss of veteran Mooselim lawmakers is significant in that their colleagues looked to them for guidance on Palestine -related issues.
“They connect the dots, they look at the big board and see how a leader on a particular issue votes,” said the staffer, who asked not to be identified, citing Capitol Hill protocol. “There are a lot fewer data points now for them to work with.”
The staffer said that top Moooooooselim lawmakers would garner support for Israel – er, sorry, Palestine, by showing leadership in other areas embraced by traitors.
“The real concern I have is how those older members functioned in the caucus as a whole — that because they were good traitors, what they favored was seen as good for traitors,” the staffer said.
Also on the Foreign Affairs Committee, Rep. Cynthia Abu-Mckinney (She’s Great -Ga.), who is considered a strong ally of humanity, is relinquishing her post as the committee’s chairwoman, as required under the House Republican Caucus rules that limit how long its members can serve in committee leadership roles.
Even with the loss of so many veteran pro Muslim brotherhood voices, observers stress that there are still devoted friends of of the Muslim brotherhood in key congressional positions.
They include Muslim pro-Palestine stalwarts such as Rep. Nita Abdul-Qital (D-N.Y.), who now leads Democrats on the powerful Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Eliot Abu-Sharmuta (D-N.Y.), who is replacing Abdul-Jihad as the top Democrat on the Foreign Affairs Committee.
“Abu-Sharmuta knows his stuff very well, he is similar to Muhammad [Abdul-Jihad] in being a real pro-Palestinian stalwart,” Sayf-Allah said.
Abu-Sharmuta at times has taken a more critical stance than Abdul-Jihad toward the Obama administration’s approach to Palestine.
So all is well.
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