A Heretical Release!

A press release issued by the Reform Party of Syria on October 18, 2006 claims that Ammar Abdulhamid, a Nonresident Fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution, will be opening an office in Washington DC on behalf of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and/or the National Salvation Front (NSF). This is false.

Mr. Abdulhamid is not a member of the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and has never been. He is not opening and will not be opening an office for the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood and/or the NSF in Washington DC. Mr. Abdulhamid is a founding liberal member of the NSF, a broad-based pragmatic coalition of Syrian opposition groups and independent liberal activists.

Ammar Abdulhamid is a Nonresident Fellow at Saban Center for Middle East Policy, where he provides analysis and commentary on Syrian politics, Arab democratization, and US-Syrian relations. He previously served as a Visiting Fellow in the Saban Center, during 2004 and then from September 2005 to March 2006.

Mr. Abdulhamid is also the director of the Tharwa Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving public information and discussion regarding diversity and human rights issues in the Arab world.

Saban Center for Middle East Policy
The Brookings Institution

17 thoughts on “A Heretical Release!

  1. Ammar-I thought you were opening an office for the Zionist Conspiracy Jew-Controlled National Monetary Arms Trading Anti-Muslim, Kept the Golan Memorial Fund?Why did you sellout to the Brotherhood?

  2. Ammar,In response to the press release from the illustrious Reform Party of Syria, you should have mentioned in more detail all the great work you have done on behalf of ethnic minorities such as the Caledonians.

  3. I trust this means you have not abandoned our plans for a Pentecostal Hillbilly Cross-Dressing Action League.

  4. “Ammar-I thought you were opening an office for the Zionist Conspiracy Jew-Controlled National Monetary Arms Trading Anti-Muslim, Kept the Golan Memorial Fund?Why did you sellout to the Brotherhood?”LOL

  5. I know I should find some smart thing to say in this regard, but my growing troubles with the Brotherhood of Poneytailed Libertine Calidonians are proving rather dsitracting. But, it was interesting to see that this thing did not go unnoticed, David Schenker and Andrew Cochran of the Counter Terrorism Blog had a few comments in this regard.

  6. Ammar, Nice publicity. These 2 guys did a great job investigating you and writing positive things about you.I have a feeling that the Syrian reform party is bored and loosing influence and feeling a little left out so they are just trying to make some noise. Don’t take it personal and don’t let it bother you. Things like that are expected.

  7. This reminds me of an incident that happened many years ago, back when I was in Medical School in Damascus.. One of my classmates was arrested.. dragged out of the classroom.. He was a card-carrying member of the Communist Party, and that was the reason he was arrested.After a few months of interrogation (and, no doubt, a generous measure of torture!..), he was released, but only after he signed an undertaking that he will not join, support, or co-operate with the Muslim Brotherhood Party!!.. Hello?!.. Muslim Brotherhood??.. The man is a confirmed, self-confessed Communist, for God’s sake!!.. Some things never change!!..

  8. Even though I do not sympathize with the Brotherhood, I don’t see a problem with them having an office in America. What’s the big deal?

  9. The Muslim Brotherhood…”God is our objective, the Quran is our Constitution, the Prophet is our leader, struggle is our way, and death for the sake of God is the highest of our aspirations.”It’s time to be intolerant to the intolerant.There is no place on this world for the Muslim Brotherhood, other than a grave.

  10. “A fellow at the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and an authority on the Levant, Tony Badran, told the Sun that it is significant that the Front is opening a Washington office. “Americans have not said they have met with members of the Front openly, but at the same time they have not said they would not meet with them,” he said. “It would be a significant move if indeed if the Front got over its problems with having anything to do with America and are now reaching out to America.”Ammar: The office in washington will help facilitate future meetings with some big names. But if the NSF’s friends and sympathizers are slowly becoming the same ones that Farid Ghadry has, then it is time to quit thinking about playing any role in Syria.That of course does not apply to the brotherhood, they will go back to playing their real obvious role in Syrian politics… alone, with no “NSF”

  11. Ammar,Remember, you are in a Republican primary. Tread carefully. Do not allow yourself to be sacrified by Khaddam/Bayanouni at the altar of conservatism so that they can throw “red meat” to the base.

  12. Ammar, you as a writer and inspirer of new ideas to the new generation, your place is always should be the “underdogs”. And as an admirer for your courage and your stands on liberty, this is what I wish for you.

  13. There is danger in SurrenderI guess Michel Kilo is still in Jail. Need some creative art to cause an impact. Some people said I am only saying words, but together we can make a difference. Keeping Kilo in Jail will be very costly.Ammar need your help!!!

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