Red Wax… Meaning and Implications!

By: Fahed Khitan

تم نشره في Thu 14 April / Apr 2016. 12:00 AM
  • Fahed Khitan

Deputy general monitor of the “unlicensed” Muslim Brotherhood, Zaki bin Rsheid, was precise in his statement to Ammon News on there being no communication whatsoever between them and the Government; and what happened shortly afterwards —the shutting of their headquarters in Abdali— confirms indeed that the communications have been suspended, both ways.

Although this does not represent —the wax sealing of the quarters, a sudden dangerous development in terms of ties between the two; they have both been there before, and what is happening now is nothing more than an outcome of severing ties with the current leadership, who in turn took on a legal discourse that resulted in the licensing of an alternative foundation to the typical, traditional Brotherhood; a legal one.

Ever since then, leaders of the “old” organisation (the unlicensed Brotherhood) knew they were going down a narrowing path in relations to the State, and that the times of deals and concessions behind closed doors are gone to no return.

More so, it was not the combined effect of domestic and regional determinants that caused the “Brotherhood” to lag behind in the dispute over legitimacy, but the prompt legal course taken in this sense, or rather untaken; in their case.

In my opinion, their leaders had underestimated the implications of this particular determinant; legitimisation, having aggregated an organisational, popular legitimacy outstanding that of the newly “licensed” organisation. Yet, popularity means next to scrap in eyes of the law, and with the passage of time, the “unlicensed” organisation will find themselves incapable of engaging under the same banners; which is what happened yesterday, when authorities shut down their headquarters —the operational heart of the organisation.

Additionally, the Brotherhood’s assets are already disputed over by the two authorities, whose conflicts are not expected to be resolved any time soon. Regardless of the conclusive seems of the nature of judicial decision, the “old” Brotherhood’s chances to resume their momentum are next to null, as the government now has —at their convenient disposal, a regulation that can be enacted immediately to prevent the Brotherhood from orchestrating any form of activity.

The only available discourse at hand for the “old” organisation is to integrate under the umbrella of the Islamic Action Front, given the latter has always been the sole and permanent framework for political action, and let go of the “Brotherhood” as one forfeit of legality.

On the other hand, should the Government be serious about inclinations to rectify historic distortions in their relationship with the Brotherhood, they should move to demand of the “licensed” Brotherhood to sustain from conducting any political activity, and re-establish a political party that is completely independent from the Muslim Brotherhood, and autonomous of their influence in all ways.

Organisational duplicity is illegal, and it grounds for an organisational abnormality, with two bodies; one underground and another out in the open. As for charity and other missionary spheres, this may be retained under the Societies’ legislation in Jordan.

In short, we do not want one “Brotherhood” pampered and another abused; either we have announced political parties, working within the boundaries of constitution and law, or let all the headquarters be sealed with red wax.