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‘Abd al-Mun‘im Abu al-Futouh spoke in this interview with al-‘ظگArabī about his controversial visit to Egyptian Nobel laureate Najīb Mahfouz within the group’s activities as being in contact with intellectuals in the society, as well as the group’s relations with Copts.
Verbal skirmishes took place between the Copts and Dr. Jamāl Nassār, the media advisor of the Muslim Brotherhood murshid [guide], after Nassār objected to canceling the religious identity from official papers.
In response to the unprecedented success of Hamās in the recent legislative elections, supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, Muhammad Mahdī ‘Ākif, has voiced the group’s support for the Palestinian movement, adding that group will help Hamās prove itself as a model of Islamic democracy.
Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the People’s Assembly, Dr. Mustafa al-Fiqī, argues that it would be better for Muslims and Arabs to admit the Holocaust, arguing that denying Nazi crimes causes offense and plays into the hands of the Jews.
Khālid al-Haroub argues that Arabs and Muslims have only served the Israelis’ interests by denying the Nazi Holocaust, reinforcing the image of Jews as victims of violence.
The author argues that Arabs and Muslims should not deny the Holocaust because of their feelings over the Palestine issue, but that at the same time, the Holocaust does not excuse Israeli aggression against he Palestinians.
The article affirms that Hamās, being one of the branches of the international organization of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, has followed in the footsteps of the latter by getting involved in politics and entering the legislative elections in an attempt to seek a new legitimacy and gain new ground.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s murshid [guide], Mahdī Muhammad ‘Ākif said that insinuations about alleged relations between the Brotherhood and the United States are just nonsense.
Discussions have been taking place between the Muslim Brotherhood and Coptic groups. Some issues have been controversial, like finance and support for the Brotherhood from abroad, but there has been a proposal that the Brotherhood and Copts make a unified list for the local elections.
Muhammad Habīb, the deputy murshid, commenting on Murshid cĀkif’s statements that the Muslim Brotherhood would respect existing treaties between Israel and Egypt, said any agreement concluded by a state "is not Qur’ān. It is human action that is subject to review.”

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