Anthony Weiner resigned yesterday, unable to withstand the relentless pressure put on him for his sexting extravaganzas. Yet if an article written by former PLO terrorist-turned-Christian and Israel supporter Walid Shoebat (along with KTEM radio host Ben Barrack) is any indication, it may very well be that the wrong member of the family resigned. According to Arabic sources translated by Mr. Shoebat, Huma Abedin's mother and brother are both associated with the Muslim Brotherhood.
Ms. Abedin's mother, Saleha Mahmoud Abdeen, is reportedly part of a special woman's unit known as the Muslim Sisterhood or the International Women's Organization (IWO) which, according to a counter-terrorism report obtained by the Terrorism Committee of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, operates within the Brotherhood in Egypt and possibly other Arab nations as well. The Egyptian newspaper Al-Dostor confirms that the Sisterhood includes 63 international members in 16 different countries.
The group is being portrayed by Western media in a benign fashion, as noted in Der Spiegel and on its Facebook page. But a report by the Egyptian opposition newspaper Al-Liwa Al-Arabi paints a far more ominous picture. It reveals that these women, who are "the wives of some of the highest-ranking leaders in the Muslim Brotherhood" are being recruited to:
[S]muggle secret documents for the members since women go undetected by security surveillance…to spread the Brotherhood's ideology by infiltrating universities, schools and homes…to lay the plans for the Sisterhood to work at the state level…[and]…to fulfill the interests of the Brotherhood and also to benefit from international women's conferences and unify all efforts to benefit the Brotherhood globally.