Muslim Brotherhood groups in the U.S. such as the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) operate in the same way, moving to shut down anyone and everyone who opposes them. Al-Aswany is a novelist and was speaking about literature, not about the Brotherhood, but the Brotherhood thugs didn’t care about that: he opposed them, and that was all that mattered. It is reminiscent of when the thuggish editor-in-chief of Reza Aslan’s Aslan Media a few months ago tried to get me canceled from a talk that had nothing to do with Islam — the goal of Brotherhood thugs is to destroy utterly every opponent of jihad terror and Islamic supremacism.
“Protesters mar Egyptian author’s France appearance,” by Sarah El Deeb and Jamey Keaten for the Associated Press, October 18:
PARIS (AP) — Supporters of deposed former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi disrupted a Paris gathering featuring best-selling Egyptian novelist Alaa al-Aswany, forcing him to flee the hall….
“A band of apparently pro-Morsi militants infiltrated (the conference) and took seats up front,” said Lang, who was in his office nearby at the time. “I don’t know exactly what was said, but insults were exchanged … they (protesters) shook the table and one succeeded in breaking a window with I-don’t-know what.”
Video posted online showed protesters pushing through French listeners in the audience, and hurling objects at al-Aswany, and the sound of breaking glass. He left through a back door on the stage and an exit in the floor behind it, and the appearance was cancelled….
Over the years, al-Aswany has variously criticized the military and former President Hosni Mubarak, whose ouster in Egypt’s revolution in 2011 paved the way for Morsi’s rise to power.
Al-Aswany and many other supporters of the revolution, however, grew dismayed as Morsi and his Islamist allies tried to consolidate power and violently crack down on dissent – leading them to support the army’s overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood leader.
“I am also a person who always says what he believes, and am extremely sensitive to dealing with authorities,” al-Aswany said, defending his support of Morsi’s ouster. “But when the military takes to the streets to support millions of people against violence, I will not call this wrong.”
He said he believed the Paris incident would show the Brotherhood’s effort to depict itself as a victim “doesn’t really fit them.”