By Nourhan Dakroury
The Free Egyptians Party (FEP) issued a statement Saturday warning Egyptians of a potential Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy against protests on 30 June.
The statement said that the Brotherhood is teaming up with Hamas and terrorist group leaders to “abort the 30 June revolution.”
The statement also pointed out that there has been no official statement from the presidency confirming or denying Friday’s media reports that certain banned Hamas leaders had entered the country alongside the approved delegation.
“There are two scenarios for what could happen on 30 June,” said Hossam Fouda, FEP secretary of youth engagement. “Either the Brotherhood militias will attack protesters with the help of Hamas, or they will sacrifice Morsi [as president] to maintain their political status in the country.”
The Brotherhood, meanwhile, fired back, dismissing the claims. “These fears are nonsensical,” said Mohamed Soudan, Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) secretary of foreign affairs. “If the Brotherhood wants to conduct counter protests, it doesn’t need to import foreign help.”
The FEP warned of the “secret meetings” that they say the Brotherhood is holding with Hamas leaders Ismail Haniyeh and Khaled Meshaal, who arrived in Cairo on Friday to discuss developments in the Gaza Strip with Egyptian officials, as well as reconciliation with other Palestinian political organisations such as Fatah.
Fouda said that the Palestinian case is very important to all Egyptians, but he criticised the timing of the meetings with Hamas leaders.
“Why don’t officials ever meet with Fatah leaders?” he added.
Soudan said that it did not make sense that Egyptian officials would tackle a conflict without listening to the views of both parties involved.
President Mohamed Morsi met with Palestinian President and Head of the Palestinian Liberation Authority (PLO) Mahmoud Abbas on 16 May during his stay in Cairo to attend reconciliation talks with Hamas officials.