Director of the Middle East studies center, Editor in Chief of Bawaba News and Egyptian Parliament Abdulrahim Ali - Courtesy of Abdulrahim Ali's official Facbook account
CAIRO – 25 May 2018: Director of the Middle East studies center, editor in chief of Bawaba News and Egyptian Parliament, Abdulrahim Ali, faced accusations of anti-Semitism and was criticized of constantly warning against a “Zionist plot.”
On their official website, the France-based Council of Jewish Institutions of France (CRIF) condemned the participation of Ali in the press conference that was held at France’s National Assembly, which came at the invitation of the French extreme-right leader and former presidential candidate Jean-Marie Le Pen.
The joint press conference’s main theme was about terrorism and the countries that sponsor it.
The council cited and lambasted the previous remarks made by Ali on Israel and the Jewish communities in Europe, accusing him of being obsessed with a “Zionist plot.”
The council based its criticism on a series of tweets posted by Romain Caillet, who presents himself as a French expert on extremist groups.
“The Egyptian conspirator was invited to the national assembly,” Calliet tweeted.
Calliet published earlier tweets of Ali, in which he described Doha-based Sheikh Youssef al-Qaradawi as a Mossad agent, the Palestinian political movement Hamas as an affiliate to Israel and Qatari channel Al-Jazeera as a Zionist media outlet.
Dubbed as “the Sheikh of suicide bombing,” Qaradawi was put on the terrorism watch list after being accused of escaping Wadi El Natroun prison. He gave up his Egyptian citizenship, inciting violence against Egypt and joining a terrorist organization. He articulated his permission for suicide bombing if required. He is banned from entering the U.S., UK and France.
According to Egyptian media outlets, Calliet was involved with some terrorist groups, including the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and was put under the French “Fichier S” list of people who belong to extremist groups.
“He goaded the French media and public opinion into believing that he is an expert on the affairs of the Jihadist groups, meanwhile he is one of them,” reports said. “Since 2010, Calliet has been living in Lebanon for five years before the authorities expelled him over links to terrorist groups in Syria, according to the finding of the French media’s investigations.”