Egyptian cleric claims US aid is “poll tax” paid to placate Egypt

aidA prominent Egyptian cleric has claimed that American aid to Egypt is a mandatory tribute that America must pay to honor the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian revolution.

This taxpayer aid constitutes a “poll tax” that America must pay to placate the Muslim Brotherhood, according to Khaled Said, a cleric who serves as the official spokesman for the country’s Salafi Front, an extremist political party that has called for Islamic law in Egypt.

“They pay so that we will let them be,” Said stated in a recent interview on Egyptian television, as originally reported by the Washington Free Beacon.

“If the revolution declares a framework for dealing with the West and America – they will accept it, kiss our hands, and double the aid they give us,” Said said during his television appearance, according to a translation of his remarks by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). “We consider this aid to be jizya [poll tax], not regular aid.”

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The United States is obligated to pay millions in aid, said Said, who frequently appears on Egyptian television toeing the radical Salafi line.

Said’s remarks shortly after the announcement from Secretary of State John Kerry that…



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