US calls out Muslim Brotherhood after group officials tweet one thing in English and another in Arabic in response to ongoing anti-film demonstrations
Ahram Online, Thursday 13 Sep 2012
While Egyptian protesters battled security forces outside the US embassy on Thursday morning, another standoff was taking place — this time in cyberspace.
The Muslim Brotherhood’s official English-language Twitter account @Ikwanweb reposted a message from the group’s deputy head, Khairat El-Shater, saying he was “relieved none of @USembassycairo staff was hurt” and expressing his hope that US-Egypt relations could weather the events.
This reconciliatory tweet, however, was posted while the Brotherhood’s Arabic-language Twitter account and its official website were both praising the protests — staged against a US-made film judged defamatory towards Islam — and calling for a million man march on Friday.
One Arabic language article on the Brotherhood’s site sported the headline ‘Egyptians rise to defend the Prophet’.