On 3rd May two leading figures of Muslim Brotherhood-linked groups lobbied Congress. Hani El-Kadi and Mahmoud El-Sharkawy, the president and the spokesman of the Egyptian Americans for Freedom and Justice (EAFJ) demanded that support to Egypt’s military rulers be cut off because of the regime’s human rights abuses. Thereby, they avoided to concede their own support for terrorist groups, the Revolutionary Punishment Movement (RPM) and the Popular Resistance Movement (PRM), which have committed attacks in Egypt. For instance, the PRM as well as ISIS claimed responsibility for the same attack against police officers near Cairo.
Although the Muslim Brotherhood itself publicly denies any connection with terror movements, it issues statements supporting terror attacks. Furthermore, Abu Emara, a former Muslim Brotherhood leader, told media that fighters of the RPM belonged to the Brotherhood.
Another participant of the lobbying trip, Ayat Al-Orabi, a member of the Egyptian Revolutionary Council, accused Christians of waging war on Islam which is a narrative often used by terrorists to gain recruits.
However, it is questionable why the EAFJ delegation, which obviously supports jihad and terrorism, gained access to any Congressional office at all.