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

An Egyptian cleric has claimed that the United States is upping its aid to Egypt in order that the Egyptians "let [America] be"

by The Commentator on 29 March 2013 12:10

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A 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.”

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 the United States has allocated another $250 million in aid to Egypt.

“The aid the Americans give us is the jizya tax they have to pay?” an interviewer asked.

“Yes, it is,” Said replied, confirming an article that ran on The Commentator in February. He stated, “They pay it for the right of passage through our airspace and territorial waters.” The original Commentator article read: 

"...the crux of the matter is the Suez Canal, and America's need to utilise the waterway in the event of an attack on Iran."

“We must strive to realize the goals of the revolution, and to establish a sovereign, Arab Islamic state in Egypt,” Said went on to say. “Then this state will impose payment of aid upon America as jizya, in exchange for allowing it to realize its interests—the ones that we approve, get it?

“They must pay reparations for destroying our country and the Islamic nation—them and others in the West—so that we will agree to cooperate with them,” Said added.

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