The Iranian revolution 32 years ago was hijacked by Muslim extremists who deceived the Iranian people and turned Iran to what it is today, a country of misery, corruption, high inflation, unemployment, human trafficking, drugs, prostitution, rape, torture, hunger, poverty, hangings and murder.
Thirty-two years ago, President Carter turned its back on the United State’s long- time ally and sided with Khomeini.
Carter, in his naiveté, thought that Khomeini would bring democracy and freedom to the Iranian people, even though he called Iran the "island of stability in the region."
Now, Iranians yearn for the freedoms they once had, not to mention the democracy to which they aspired.
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Second to China, Iran is the worst violator of human rights in the world. And President Obama, unfortunately, is in bed with both.
Iran's Execution Binge
Human rights organizations report that in January 2011 alone, Iran has executed at least 65 people, while another 43 executions took place in the 10 days before the new year. This is a rate of about one person every eight hours Iran is engaged in a wholesale assault on the rights of its own people, including a state-orchestrated wave of arrests, detentions, beatings, torture, kidnappings, disappearances and executions. Initially, all of this was overlaid with Stalinist show trials and coerced confessions; but now, even that pretense has been discarded.
Iran has imprisoned more journalists than any other country in the world; and now also leads the world in per capita executions, including the execution of children. All told, Iran's government's actions constitute crimes against humanity under international law. (National Post-Canada).
"The Arab world has a ready explanation for all its troubles: a Jewish, Zionist and imperialist conspiracy. In the Arab world, the "Zionist conspiracy" opiate provides an easy and safe way to avoid genuinely confronting the problems at home" (Salman Masalha, Ha'aretz, 19.01.11).
Report: Syria among Worst for Rights Abuses:
(Reuters). U.S. Ambassador Back in Syria: (INN, 01/28/11).
1979: Iran's Islamic Revolution:
After the overthrow of the Shah, an American ally became one of its biggest adversaries. With the Shah in exile, Khomeini identified the U.S. as "the Great Satan" and an "enemy of Islam." The slogans, eerily familiar today, served a practical purpose: Revolutions, Islamic and otherwise, seldom deliver on all their promises, and a clear external enemy can serve as a useful diversion from internal problems.
Cairo: Anger Starting to Focus on Israel, U.S.
During the main protest on Sunday in downtown Cairo, one man painted a 20-meter-long message: "Go away, Mubarak, you are from the Americans, and you're working for them!" Demonstrators are beginning to focus their wrath not just on Mubarak, but also on the U.S. and, to a lesser extent, Israel, blaming both for supporting the Mubarak government
Saudi Writer: Israel Deserves Respect
Saudi writer Fahd Amer Ahmadi wrote a column in the Saudi newspaper Al-Riyadh titled: "Unfortunately, Israel is a country that deserves respect." "Israel is better than all the Arab and Muslim countries with regard to democracy and political integrity." "Today Israel is in third place globally in terms of arms exports and in first place in the world in the production of drones. It is also the smallest country in the world that can produce tanks and fighter planes" (Al Bawaba-Jordan).
"As America and the West observe the "pro Democracy" demonstrations in Egypt it would be well to remember that "Democracy" is not just about majority rule. It's equally a system of recognizing and protecting the rights of minorities (
Yaakov Kirschen, Dry Bones
Gangs in Tunisia Burn Torah Scroll, Set Synagogue on Fire:
Gangs in Tunisia set a synagogue on fire, which burned a Torah scroll, and damaged four Jewish-owned cars Monday night as chaos and sabotage began to break out after the revolution two weeks ago. No injuries were reported.
Christians in the Middle East, Copts in Egypt (an ancient faith group whose presence in Egypt predates the coming of Islam) and Assyrian Christians (who often point out that they are Iraq’s indigenous people, tracing their history back to Babylonian times) in Iraq are
(except in Israel), and at risk of being driven from the region.
In Iraq, Christians are deemed “legitimate targets, by an al-Qaida group, and fear they could be wiped out — like Jews (the indigenous people of the Land of Israel) before them.
Peres Trabelsi, spokesman for Tunisia's 2,000-member Jewish community, told foreign news agencies, "I condemn this action and I believe those who did it want to create divisions between Jews and Muslims in Tunisia who have lived for decades in peace." The small synagogue is located in the southern city of Gabe. Cars were damaged in Djerba where Al-Qaeda terrorists killed 21 Jews in a synagogue in 2002, the last time a Jewish institution was attacked in the country until this week (INN,
The United Nations currently recognizes as indigenous any nation that declares itself as such, and according to section 10 of the UN General Assembly’s 2007 Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, “indigenous peoples shall not be forcibly removed from their lands or territories. No relocation shall take place without the free, prior and informed consent of the indigenous peoples concerned and after agreement on just and fair compensation and, where possible, with the option of return.”
Israel fits all the criteria to be recognized internationally as indigenous natives to the Land of Israel, and the only current requirement is a public declaration from a representative body of the Jewish people, whether it be from Israel’s Knesset, the WZO or even the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria (Shas Party Pushes WZO to Declare Jews Indigenous to Israel, INN, 06/14/10).
Aboriginal Rights of the Jewish People (Aish.com): There is an enormous body of archaeological and other historical evidence demonstrating that the Jewish People, like the Greek People or the Han Chinese People, is among the oldest of the world's Peoples. Palestinians Among the World's Newest Peoples: The Jewish People has kept the same name and subjective-objective identity in each century since ancient times. By contrast, among local Muslim Arabs, the formation of a distinct, subjective-objective "Palestinian" identity did not generally occur before the second half of the 20th century.
"Among 280 million Arabs, there live about 50 million non-Arabs. These are the minorities-the aborigines-once the majority in the area. About 10 million of them are Christians. Beside the 'Arab nation' there are four more Muslim countries in the area; Turkey, Iran, Pakistan and Afghanistan, with 250 million people, 40% living in Pakistan. In total, in this Muslim area, there are about 500 million people-but less than half of them are Arabs.
The Kurds are the indigenous people of in the northern part of the Euphrat-Tigris-valley. They can trace their written history back to 612 BC, by a conquest of Niniveh. Their territory is today partly in Turkey, Iraq, Iran, Syria, a part in Azarbaijan and the Armenia-republics. Kurdish culture is intact. They have partly accepted Islam without loosing their identity.
The Berbers are the indigenous people of Northern Africa. The colonization of the Berbers is an imperialim which has been in progress for hundreds of years. Now it comes to Europe:
Moroccans in the Netherlands are not allowed to give their children any Berber names any more
: In this way, Islamic identity is being stressed,.. The Moroccan government in Rabat sent all embassies and consulates abroad a list of banned name this week. Christian names were already forbidden. "We forbid Berber names because they conflict with the identity and because they open the door to the spread of meaningless names," said Idris Bajdi, a top official in Morocco (NIS, 29/01/09).
The Jews are the indigenous people of the Jewish area and they have a written history and culture of more than 3000 years. In Lebanon, the Maronites live, and they were Christians long before the prophet Muhammed established Islam. Arabs-often called Bedouin-originate from the Arabian peninsula.
In Europe, boundaries are set according to nationality. In the Middle East, boundaries are set according to religion. In 600 A.D., the Arabs occupied huge areas in the Middle East and Northern Africa. By the help of Islam they have managed to eliminate many local civilizations in the area, and forced Arabic and Islam upon the survivors, and prevented to safeguard the needs and rights of the indigenous community.
Within Islam there are several movements. The leading Sunni-movement think they have the right to control other peoples in the world, including the Shi'ites." (Dr. Philos Michal Rachel Suissa,
THE CORE OF THE CONFLICT: There are two serious conditions by what Abbas & Co are saying. The one is the ’explaining away’ of the Holocaust (genocide) and the other is
the refusal to recognize Jews as a people, indigenous to the region
, who has the right to their own goverment in the land of IsraEl (which means Prince of God).
The Holocaust and the slaughter of 8000 Bosnians in Srebrenica were condemned by the Europeans. Corresponding condemnation has never come from the Arab and Muslim world concerning genocide which they themselves have performed.
Muslim Brotherhood’s Message Same as Hamas:
Kill Jews: Many Western analysts agree that the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are one and the same. One leading Brotherhood cleric has said: "Kill Jews – to the very last one.” A Brotherhood takeover of Egypt would strengthen Hamas in Gaza.
Another Brotherhood leader told an Arab language newspaper Monday that Egyptians “should prepare for war against Israel."
The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas are rooted in the same ideology. "If the Muslim Brotherhood groups gain a prominent place in the government, this would definitely help consolidate Hamas's hold on Gaza,'' Atiyeh Jawwabra, a political science professor at Jerusalem's Al Quds University, told The Wall Street Journal’s Joshua Mitnick (INN, 02/01/11).
The following is a few examples of genocides from the last century.
Some one to 1.5 million Armenians were slaughtered by the Turks between 1915 and 1923.
Since 1956, 2 million Christian African Sudanese have suffered genocide. The Arab government in Khartoum is undisturbed continuing to islamize and Arabize the population. Berbers, Copts and
have suffered genocide. Ten thousands of Christian Arabs were murdered by Syria and PLO in Lebanon between 1974-1982.
Coptic Christians Worry about Future without Mubarak
(Wall Street Journal, Feb. 1, 2011).
Islamists Massacre Two Coptic Families in Egypt:
News of an Islamist massacre of two Christian Coptic families has emerged from Upper Egypt with the return of Internet connections to the country, after a one-week Internet blackout imposed by the troubled regime. The massacre took place on Sunday afternoon (January 30) at the village of Sharona near Maghagha, in Minya province, and is being reported byAINA, the Assyrian International News Agency. According to the report, the Islamist murderers, aided by Muslim neighbors of the Copts, stormed the homes of the families, gaining access to the houses' roofs from the roofs of the families' Muslim neighbors. They killed eleven, including children, and seriously injured four more people (INN, 02/05/11).
Egyptian Church Bombed Near Gaza:
Armed men bombed a Coptic church in Rafah along the border between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. No one was injured. It is the latest in a series of attacks on Egypts Christian minority (INN, Feb/05/11).
In the upheavals of the Messianic Era, God will shield Israel, as He shields all distraught people who seek His support.
Michah 5:6-7 "And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many peoples-like dew sent by the Lord, like torrents of rain upon vegatation that does not hope for any man and does not wait for the sons of men." When the redemption is imminent and the forces of Gog converge upon Jerusalem, the remnant of Israel will be among them. "
And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the nations, in the midst of many peoples-like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, which, if it passes through, treads down and tears in pieces, and no one [can] save anything."
"There is a river (the one that flows from the Garden of Eden), the streams whereof make glad the city of God, the holiest dwelling-place of the Most High. God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved; God shall help her, at the approach of morning (the dawn of the Final Redemption). Nations were in tumult, kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.
The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our high tower. Selah" (Psalm 46:2-8).
As different nations begin evacuations of their citizens Israel's Foreign Ministry Upgrades Warnings to Israelis:
01/30/11). 400 Israelis Rescued from Egypt: The night winds were especially cold in Egypt Sunday night as hundreds of Israelis waited silently for two El Al planes to take them home... (INN, 01/31/11).
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, and though the mountains (nations) be moved into the heart of the seas (i.e. they would fall prey to other powers, Ezekiel 27:27); Though the waters (peoples) thereof roar and foam, though the mountains (nations) shake at the swelling thereof. Selah" The violent upheavals of powerful nations are described in the imagery of natural calamities.
Clinton Warns of Iranian Efforts to Fill Middle East Power Vacuum
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned Tuesday that Iran is aggressively trying to take advantage of the domestic upheavals across the Arab world and warned that the U.S. needs to maintain robust aid and involvement in the region to keep Tehran from succeeding. Clinton described Iran as working "every single day with as many assets as they can muster trying to take hold of this legitimate movement for democracy." "There's no doubt in my mind, if we are not present, and present in resources, not just in rhetoric, not just saying what we're for but being able to deliver on that, others will fill that vacuum....We are in a competition. I just stress over and over again, we've got to be there. We've got to fight back."
Clinton also indicated that the U.S. was trying to take the initiative in ensuring that the implementation of more democratic governments would not be exploited by groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt. "We are trying to suggest certain guidelines that should be used for determining whether a political party or any organization should be included in elections, included in government," she noted, adding that when it came to whether the Muslim Brotherhood could abide by democratic institutions, "the jury is out." Clinton also underscored that the U.S. remained committed to ratcheting up the pressure of sanctions against Iran, "constantly looking to improve them, to strengthen them, to tighten them" (Jerusalem Post).
Clinton Sees U.S. Competition with Iran
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told the House Foreign Affairs Committee Tuesday how foreign aid served as a way to maintain U.S. influence overseas. The close ties between the U.S. and Egyptian militaries are due in large part to State Department programs, she said. "Iran is competing with us," she added. If the U.S. reduces foreign aid, "we have no lack of people who would step forward to fill the void" (Bloomberg). See also Clinton Supports Funding for Lebanese Army: Despite the risk that the army may fall under the terrorist organization's control (INN, 03/03/11).
"Thy rowers have brought thee (Tyre) into great waters; the east wind hath broken thee in the heart of the seas." Tyre became subject to Nebuchadnezzar, who came from the east and to whom she paid tribute, after which she fell under the power of Persia, also in the east.
Audio: Where is America in the Bible?
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Nebuchadnezzar (who exiled Judah and Benjamin) dared to set his hand against Jerusalem, the Temple and the Jewish people, he fell from his throne, lost his kingdom, and had to dwell with the beast of the field for seven terrible years - until he lifted up his eyes unto heaven and recognized the God of the Hebrews, then his understanding, majesty, splendor returned to him - and he was established in his kingdom (Daniel Ch. 4). Babylon was conquered by Cyrus the Persian and Darius the Mede.
Haggai 2:6-7 "For thus saith the LORD of hosts: Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land; and I will shake all nations,.." Since the rise of Assyria (which exiled the Ten tribes), Israel had become accustomed to living under the shadow of colossal empires, but God promises that He will now throw the world into ferment. This is interpreted as a prophecy of the destruction of the Persian empire (which came in the thirty-sixth year of Darius' reign with his defeat at the hands of Alexander the Great, of Macedon (Greece), and the overthrow of Greek dominion over the Jews under the Hasmoneans (Chanukkah). The Greek empire were conquered by the Romans.
Zechariah 6:1-8 depicts the four chariots and the four horses, i.e., the four major powers that have oppressed and exiled Israel throughout history until today: Babylon (red horses), Medea-Persia (black horses), Greece (white horses) and Rome/Edom-Ishmael (botched, grizzled, ash-coloured). The lands of the Roman Empire came to be dominated by Edom and Ishmael, represented by Christianity and Islam. Both, one as strong as iron, the other as weak as pottery - comprise the latter day; fourth kingdom (Abarnel on Daniel 2:41. Fourth Kingdom/Fourth Beast, see Daniel Ch. 7). What's left of the British Empire and the Soviet Union? What will be of the Arab nation? USA? Europe? The World? (Isaiah 24:1-6).
The Allegory of the Potter:
"At one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to pluck up and to break down and to destroy it; but if that nation turn from their evil, because of which I have spoken against it, I repent of the evil that I thought to do unto it. And at one instant I may speak concerning a nation, and concerning a kingdom, to build and to plant it; but if it do evil in My sight, that it hearken not to My voice, then I repent of the good, wherewith I said I would benefit it." Isaiah 41:11-12, 60:12, 66:14-17, Zechariah 12:1-3,9, 13:8-9, Ch. 14, Jeremiah 30:7-11, Zephaniah Chs. 1-3.
Protest Snowball Knocks Over Jordanian Government: Jordan’s King Abdullah abruptly dismissed his government Tuesday as the street protest revolutionspreads with demands for reforms and lower prices. As the Mubarak regime gritted its teeth for a million-man rally in Cairo, thousands of Jordanians took to the streets, and King Abdullah quickly met their demands and fired his prime minister, Samir Rafi. The cabinet resigned, and the king named Marouf al-Bakhit, a former army general, as his prime minister-designate after protesters demanded a speed-up in political reforms and lower fuel and food prices.
"Bakhit's mission is to take practical, quick and tangible steps to launch true political reforms, enhance Jordan's democratic drive and ensure safe and decent living for all Jordanians,” The Royal Palace stated. Muslim Brotherhood leader Zaki Bani Irsheid, who heads the radical group’s political arm, warned before the dismissal of the government that King Abdullah’s actions have been "just a public relations campaign that doesn't solve the crisis," in an interview with the Washington Post. (INN, 02/01/11). See also: Muslim Brotherhood Plans 2nd Week of Protests in Jordan (INN, 01/20/11).
Jordan's King Meets with Muslim Brotherhood : Jordan's King Abdullah II, struggling to stave off growing public discontent, on Thursday met with the Muslim Brotherhood for the first time in nearly a decade, where he affirmed "that it is important for them to work together to press political reform that will increase the role of citizens in decision making," according to a statement from the royal court. The Muslim Brotherhood is estimated to have the support of 25 to 30% of Jordan's six million people. Abdullah, 49, has been paying surprise visits in recent days to poor areas and villages and ordering assistance to the families he has encountered (New York Times, Feb. 3, 2011).
"The State of Israel (is
often called the Jewish state
, but Christian and Muslim citizens of Israel are full, equal citizens under the law) will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations (
Proclamation of Independence
U.S. Open to a Role for Islamists in New Egypt Government: The Obama administration said for the first time that it supports a role for groups such as the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamist organization, in a reformed Egyptian government (Los Angeles Times).
Muslim Brotherhood: "Prepare Egyptians for War with Israel" Muhammad Ghannem said the Suez Canal should be closed immediately, and that the flow of gas from Egypt to Israel should cease "in order to bring about the downfall of the Mubarak regime." He added that "the people should be prepared for war against Israel," saying the world should understand that "the Egyptian people are prepared for anything to get rid of this regime" (Jerusalem Post).
Assad: Revolutions a Result of Regional Political ‘Disease’:
In a rare interview, he said the movement will not spread to Syria, maintaining that “we are not Tunisians and we are not Egyptians.” Assad said that Syrians share the same ideology with his government, and added that unlike Egypt, he and his people are not pro-American or friends of Israel, (but an ally of Hizbullah and Iran). Opponents to his government are planning a "
Day of Rage
" on Saturday (INN, 01/31/11).
Did US Stab Mubarak in the Back?
WikiLeaks: US Secretly Backed Plans for Rebellion in Egypt:
The United States in the past last three years supported ‘democracy activists” who planned to overthrow the Mubarak regime, according to leaked cables quoted by the London Telegraph (INN).
ElBaradei Doesn't Like America
Mohammed ElBaradei is one of the last men I would choose for leading Egypt to a "peaceful transition" to greater democracy. He doesn't like America and he's in cahoots with Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood
How the Israeli Press is Interpreting Obama's Policy on Egypt
In a striking
in the liberal Israeli daily, Ha’aretz, its chief diplomatic correspondent, Aluf Benn, writes that if Jimmy Carter went down in history as “the president who lost Iran,” Barack Obama will be known as the president who “lost Turkey, Lebanon, and Egypt.” U.S. policy has indeed been the focus of Israeli commentary in the last 24 hours. President Obama’s tone towards President Mubarak struck many in Israel as surprisingly harsh.
Precisely when the Egyptian government had its back to the wall with the worst protests in recent history, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs threatened the embattled President Mubarak with a cut in U.S. foreign aid.
What kind of signal did the White House press secretary's threat about cutting aid send to King Abdullah of Jordan or to President Saleh of Yemen, as well as to other allies in the Persian Gulf? Did it mean that as soon as an Arab leader gets into trouble, he starts to get disowned? (Dore Gold, Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).
Egypt revolt is 'step towards Islamic Middle East':
Iran said on Tuesday the uprising in Egypt will help create an Islamic Middle East, but accused US officials of interfering in the "freedom seeking" movement which has rocked the Arab nation. "With the knowledge that I have of the great revolutionary and history making people of Egypt, I am sure they will play their role in creating an Islamic Middle East for all freedom, justice and independence seekers," Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying on state television's website.
Iran itself was rocked by similar protests against President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
after he was re-elected in June 2009.
Dozens of Iranian protesters who took to Tehran streets were killed in clashes with security forces and militiamen who cracked down on them in a bid to quell what was one of the worst crises in the Islamic republic since the 1979 revolution which toppled the US-backed shah (Yahoo, Feb. 1, 2011).
On the anniversary of Khomeini's return, a warning from the first post-Iranian revolution president
By Abolhassan Bani-Sadr:
An open future for the Arab world could mean the flowering of democracy --- or resurgent dictatorship. To keep a new strongman from taking over, certain conditions must be met...
After the Iranian revolution, I protested against the show trials and executions of members of the former regime, arguing that those seeking power begin by violating the rights of those who have committed various crimes, but will ultimately violate the rights of the innocent.
The defense of the rights of all citizens must thus include the members of the old regime who are accused of crime and corruption. If the rights of these people are respected, then one can be sure that the rights of others will as well (Jewish World Review).
ElBaradei Gives Mubarak Ultimatum:
Egyptian opposition leader Mohamed ElBaradei told President Hosni Mubarak on Tuesday, "Resign from the leadership of the country by Friday."
Interviewed by the Al-Arabiya newspaper, the former chairman of the International Atomic Energy Agency said, "We will remove Mubarak by force if he does not quit by Friday" (INN, Feb/01/11).
ElBaradei’s Ultimatum to Mubarak: 48 Hours to Leave the Country:
Egyptian uprising idol Mohammed
has ordered Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave the country by Friday – or he will be a “dead man walking” and not just a lame-duck president.
The aging Egyptian leader, reportedly suffering from cancer, insists he will remain in power. He said Tuesday night, “This dear country is my country ... and I will die on its land."
Mubarak dramatically announced he will not run in September’s presidential elections,
but shortly afterwards,U.S. President Barack Obama dealt him a
, stating that a transition to a new government
should begin “now.”
In addition, he sent a senior diplomat to meet with ElBaradei (INN, 02/02/11).
Israel Urges World to Curb Criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
Israel called on the U.S. and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region. Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime.
"The Americans and the Europeans are being pulled along by public opinion and aren't considering their genuine interests," one senior Israeli official said. "Even if they are critical of Mubarak, they have to make their friends feel that they're not alone. Jordan and Saudi Arabia see the reactions in the West, how everyone is abandoning Mubarak, and this will have very serious implications" (Ha'aretz).
Former Mossad Head: U.S. Attitude toward Egypt Raises Questions for Israel
Former Mossad head Danny Yatom said in an Israel Radio interview that U.S. treatment of Egyptian President Mubarak sent a dangerous message to Washington's allies in the region - including Israel - that they could not rely on America. "The way Obama and Hillary Clinton abandoned Mubarak at once is very problematic, and I think hints to other allies - for instance Israel - that these things can happen under certain grave circumstances to us as well, and to others." "They should have supported him [Mubarak], but demand more reform," he said. "I think he would have responded." (Jerusalem Post,
White House, Egypt Discuss Plan for Mubarak's Exit
The Obama administration is discussing with Egyptian officials a proposal for President Hosni Mubarak to resign immediately and turn over power to a transitional government headed by Vice President Omar Suleiman with the support of the Egyptian military, administration officials and Arab diplomats said Thursday. Mubarak himself remains determined to stay until the election in September (New York Times). See also Video: Mubarak - "If I Resign Today There Will Be Chaos" (ABC News)
Muslim Brotherhood's Presence Grows Among Egyptian Protesters
Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman on Thursday said he had invited the Muslim Brotherhood into negotiations over Egypt's future and the transition to democracy - a stunning concession to a group that the regime considers its worst enemy (AP-Washington Post).
eport: Hamas Stirring Up Violence in Egypt:
Hamas is attempting to increase the level of violence in Egyptian demonstrations, according to a report in the Egyptian daily
that was translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). According to the report, Hamas terrorists were recently caught on their way to demonstrations. Hamas shares a platform with the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian opposition party that supports the demonstrations against Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The Gaza-based terrorist group is in fact an offshoot of the Brotherhood, as is the Jordanian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood and the Israel-based Islamic Movement (INN,
Ben-Eliezer: Americans Don't Realize What They've Done:
“We learn from history. We remember what was said when Carter proposed that the Shah of Iran give up nicely and allow Khomeini to take his place. In Gaza, too, when the Americans came in, they supervised the democratic elections [via which Hamas came into power]. If there are elections in Egypt the way the Americans want, I will be surprised if the Muslim Brotherhood does not win… This will be a new Middle East – radical, Islamic and extremist.”
“I think the Americans still don’t realize the extent of the catastrophe into which they have pushed the Middle East," Ben-Eliezer said. "It’s still too early to judge, but this is not their first mistake. Unfortunately, they are also the godfathers of the construction freeze in the territories [Judea and Samaria], something that no American administration ever did before…”
As if unaware that the leaders of the Palestinian Authority might suffer the same fate as Mubarak, Ben-Eliezer concluded by saying, “There therefore had better be a quick diplomatic process [with the Palestinian Authority] before the American boss in Washington forces a solution upon us.” Other analysts concluded quite the opposite, proposing that Israel not rush into any agreement with leaders whose futures appear endangered (INN, 02/03/11).
Isaiah Ch. 30 is castigating Israel for its reliance on Egypt.
"(Those) That walk to go down into Egypt, and have not asked at My mouth; to take refuge in the stronghold of Pharaoh, and to take shelter in the shadow of Egypt! Therefore shall the stronghold of Pharaoh turn to your shame, and the shelter in the shadow of Egypt to your confusion..." (Isaiah 30:2-7).
"The contemporary parallel to the ancient "pro-Egyptian" party in Jerusalem is obviously the sizeable number of Jews today who believe that Israel is totally dependent upon the favor of America and other temporal powers -- for its survival. The shuttle of treasure-bearing asses and camels carrying bribes down to Egypt (v 6) is reminiscent of the endless shuttle of briefcase-bearing Israeli officials trying to curry favor in Washington and other capitals. "For Egypt shall help in vain and to no purpose" v 7 (Rabbi A. Greenbaum). See also Psalms Ch. 91, Ruth 2:12.
As we are watching 'Ishmael in action' at LIVE CNN; we remember Genesis 16:12 "And he (Ishmael) will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be upon all, and everyone's hand upon him, and before all his brothers he will dwell" (25:18).
And we pray that Job's prophecy (11:12) comes to fulfillment in the immediate future. "But an empty man will gain understanding, and [from] a wild donkey a man will be born." Even an empty, foolish man can gain himself a heart and subject himself self-reckoning and return to his Creator. Man starts life as a wild ass's colt, but he has the power to teach himself to be a new man and follow a good path (Rashi, Metzudas David). See 'Yoke of Iron'
”One who withholds grain will be cursed by the nation” (
This verse refers to people who have knowledge and refuse to share it with others. Our Sages strongly criticize these people. The Talmud states that prophets who did not convey their prophecies to the people committed a grave sin.
The Sages extend this principle to one who has gained insights into the Torah and does not make them available to others.
This principle applies to skills and talents. In the Sanctuary, those Kohanim (priests) who possessed certain talents were soundly condemned if they guarded them as family secrets.
To the degree that people can teach, they are obligated to do
so, regardless of their status in life. If others fail to take advantage of what a teacher has to offer, - that is their misfortune. (Rabbi Abraham J. Twerski).
Isaiah 58:7 "Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and moaning poor you shall bring home; when you see a naked one, you shall clothe him, and from your flesh you shall not hide."
Exodus 23:4-5 "If you come upon your enemy's bull or his stray donkey, you shall surely return it to him. If you see your enemy's donkey lying under its burden would you refrain from helping him? You shall surely help along with him."
If this is what is demanded toward a mere belonging of an enemy, how much more are we responsible when we see our brothers going astray?
Proverbs 16:6-7 "By MERCY and TRUTH iniquity is expiated; and by the fear of HaShem men depart from evil.
When a man's ways please HaShem, He maketh even his enemies to be at peace with him."
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Genesis 16:12 "And he (Ishmael) shall dwell in the face of all his brethren." Because his seed will be numerous!
"Our people hold out the path of righteousness to all of humanity - both Jew and gentile" (Rabbi Tovia Singer).
Once upon a time, Israel had a revolutionary leader in Egypt, that was Moses. He and his brother Aaron, led the Israelites out of Egypt's oppression, misery, slavery and idolatry (Hosea 11:1-4). "In the sea was Your way, and Your path in the mighty waters, and Your steps were not known. You led Your people like sheep by the hand of Moses and Aaron" (Psalm 77:20-219.
In the pagan Egyptian society where the Jewish people were enslaved, the lamb was considered a sacred god, similar to how the cow is deified and worshiped in India today. In ancient Egypt, molesting a lamb in any way was considered a crime punishable by death. That is why, when Egypt was overcome with the third plague of lice, Moses refused Pharaoh's initial offer that the Jews bring their sacrifice to God while remaining in Egypt. In Exodus 8:26, Moses explained to Pharaoh that if the Israelites were to kill these animals before the Egyptians, they would be stoned to death.
The Almighty, therefore, used this to test the faithfulness of the Jewish people by commanding them to not only kill Egypt's sacred god, but also to publicly place the lamb's blood on their doorposts for all to see.
Just as God tested Abraham's faith to show his worthiness to be the father of the chosen people, the young Jewish nation also had to have their faith tested to show their worthiness to participate in the exodus from Egypt, to receive the Torah at Mount Sinai, and to become the progenitors of the covenant people who would forever be known as "a light to the nations."
Did the Passover Lamb
"Also a mixed multitude went up with them, and flock and cattle, and
very much livestock" (Exodus 12:38).
A multitude of people of various nasjonalities converted to
Judaism and accompanied the Jews out of Egypt.
As in (Esther 8:17),
seeing the hand of God in the miracle performed for the Jews convinced
”many of the peoples of the land” to become converts. See 'The Exodus'
Egypt’s worship of the true God, and its deliverance: Isaiah 19:23-25 "On that day there shall be a highway from Egypt to Assyria, and Assyria shall come upon Egypt, and Egypt shall come upon Assyria, and Egypt shall serve with Assyria. On that day, Israel shall be a third to Egypt and to Assyria; a blessing in the midst of the land. Which the Lord of Hosts blessed them, saying, "Blessed is My people (from) Egypt (MITZRAYIM), and the work of My hands (from) Assyria (ASHUR), and My heritage Israel." See 'Out of the North' (TZAFON)
Malbim sites three views of when this prophecy will take place: It will be in the future; it happened at the time of Simeon the Righteous during the early years of the Second Temple; it happened in Hezekiah's time, after the miracle at Jerusalem.
Iran Views the Egyptian Revolution as the Direct Continuation of Khomeini's Revolution
- IDF Lt. Col. (ret.) Michael Segall: Iran perceives the Egyptian revolution as the direct continuation of the Islamist revolution of Ayatollah Khomeini. In Tehran's view, the events in Egypt validate Iran's political doctrine, according to which "true Islam" is the only alternative to the decades-long American hegemony in the Middle East. Iran will exploit the current changes to advance its Islamic agenda in order to deepen Israel's isolation in the region and will try to bring about the termination of the peace treaties with Israel. (Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs).
Leader of the Islamic Revolution .Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has warned against enemy plots to target the Iranian people and their religion.The Leader added that enemies are well aware of the fact that the Islamic Revolution could not resist against their plots if it were not based on religion (Press TV, Tue Oct 19, 2010). See 'Sharia Law'
"Democracy" is a system were the majority recognize, respects, listen to and take into consideration the views of the minority - and at the same time protects the (human)rights (freedom of religion, freedom of speech, political freedom, etc.) - also of the minorities.
”The time has come for freedom – freedom of speech.” (Egyptian demonstrator, 5. Feb., 2011).
Islam does not recognize the Western conceptions of human rights, i.e., the rights of women and children (but honor killings, forced marriage, pedophilia), minorities (i.e., they want to kill Jews, Copts in Egypt, Christians in Iraq, Sufis in Iran, etc.), equality between men and women, human rights (they want Christian African slaves in Northern Sudan, genocide, warcrimes and terrorism), freedom of speech (it is enough to mention the Muhammed cartoons, Jyllands Posten, Salman Rushdie, William Nygaard), freedom of religion etc, (i.e.,
islamization and arabization of Gaza,
In fact, one who lives under the yoke of Islam gives up on democracy and all their rights. See ’Yoke of Iron’
Women in the Cairo Street Scenes: a Troubling Photo Essay:
For days now, the mainstream and leftstream media have been telling us that the Muslim Brotherhood is not dangerous, not radically Islamist—but that even if they are Islamist that they are popular amongst the people. Western leftists view the Brothers as engaged in a Hamas-like form of soup kitchen social work/theocratic totalitarianism, but who nevertheless have earned the right to be democratically voted into power by the people. They have been
invited to join
the negotiations with Mubarak's regime (INN, 02/06/11).
Egypt's Mubarak is Out, Revolution Begins? Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak is slated to step down, handing power to a military junta after 16 days of demonstrations and violent riots across the country. But the next step is unclear, and it would appear that a full-scale Revolution may have begun, with strikes paralyzing the nation and tens of thousands of protesters celebrating in Cairo (INN, 02/10/11).
President Hosni Mubarak is not stepping down, transfers some powers to V.P. Suleiman (CNN, 10 Feb. 2011).
Abul Gheit says US 'imposing' its will on Egypt-
Egypt army would intervene in case of chaos:
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit warned that if chaos occurs, the armed forces will intervene to control the country, a step, he said, which would lead to a very dangerous situation,.."
Abul Gheit says US 'imposing' its will on Egypt by demanding immediate reforms,.. Abul Gheit also criticized President Barack Obama’s administration over what is happening in Egypt,..
(Al Arabiya, 9. Feb. 2011).
Egypt's army 'involved in detentions and torture':
The Egyptian military has secretly detained hundreds and possibly thousands of suspected government opponents since mass protests against President Hosni Mubarak began, and at least some of these detainees have been tortured, according to testimony gathered by the Guardian.
The military has claimed to be neutral, merely keeping anti-Mubarak protesters and loyalists apart. But human rights campaigners say this is clearly no longer the case, accusing the army of involvement in both disappearances and torture – abuses Egyptians have for years associated with the notorious state security intelligence (SSI) but not the army
(The Guardian, 9 February 2011).
Egypt protesters defiant as Omar Suleiman warns of coup:
Vice-president accused of creating a 'disastrous scenario': Egyptian protesters have reacted with a mixture of alarm and defiance to a warning from the vice-president, Omar Suleiman, that there could be a coup if they do not accept the regime's timetable for a transition to democratic rule.
Mubarak has said he will step down at the end of his term in September,
but the US is raising the pressure for speedy reform. (Guardian, 9 Feb. 2011).
Egyptian Army Dissolves Parliament:
The Supreme Council of the Armed Forces of Egypt, which has taken power following the
ouster of President Hosni Mubarak
, announced Sunday that it is dissolving the Egyptian parliament. Egyptian Prime Minister Ahmed Shafiq, stated that the Egyptian economy is “stable,” and that the temporary military government would focus on security (INN, 02/13/11).
The Egyptian economy
relies heavily on tourism, oil and gas exports, and Suez Canal revenues, much of which is controlled by the public sector and is also vulnerable to outside factors. The tourism sector suffered tremendously following a terrorist attack in Luxor in October 1997. The tourism sector feared a repeat of the downturn in tourist numbers when terrorists attacked resorts in the Sinai Peninsula in 2004 and 2005. So far, however, the sector has not suffered as greatly as expected. As a result of the global economic crisis, annual revenues for the Suez Canal fell sharply in 2008 and began only a partial recovery in 2009. The drop in Canal traffic and revenues has been partially offset by high international oil prices, as the shorter Suez route cuts costs for some shippers.
Terrorists targeting Suez Canal escape: Hezbollah members flee Egyptian prison amid chaos: Members of a vast Hezbollah terrorist cell suspected of planning attacks against tourist sites and economic targets in the Suez Canal have escaped from Egyptian prison, according to informed Egyptian security sources speaking to WND.
EGYPT: Italy's FM, Suez Canal closure, would be State collapse:
"People talking about the closure of the Suez Canal are talking about a collapse of the state, which it is in our interest to avoid at all costs". This is according to Italy's Foreign Minister, Franco Frattini, who was answering a question on Maurizio Belpietro's La Telefonata, on Canale 5, about the potential closure of the Canal, which could lead to the increase of the price of oil.
"This is one of the reasons why Egypt's stability is fundamental for the economy too, as a result of trade in the Mediterranean and therefore with Europe," Frattini said. "The work of the international community is to favour an orderly and stable transition, clearly avoiding traumatic situations" (ANSAmed, 31 Jan).
2 million Egyptians marched in celebration of deposing of Mubarak from power. The central figure in this celebration was Yussuf al-Qaradawi, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood who lived outside of Egypt during the Mubarak years, because Mubarak saw Qaradawi as an Islamist threat to Egypt and the region. (Egypt Turning Against Israel, 02.18.2011, One Jerusalem).
In his departure, Mubarak voiced severe warnings concerning the policy of the U.S. stating: 'We see the democracy the United States spearheaded in Iran and with Hamas, in Gaza, and that's the fate of the Middle East.' Adding: "...'They may be talking about democracy but they don't know what they're talking about and the result will be extremism and radical Islam,' (Haaretz, 11.02.11).
Al-Qaradawi Returns to Cairo After 50 Years:
The Muslim Brotherhood cleric most known for his hatred of Jews, women and homosexuals returned on Friday to the podium in Cairo after a 50-year hiatus to address a crowd of more than a million worshipers (INN, 02/20/11).
Muslim Brotherhood: Egyptian revolution was Islamic, not democratic:
The leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood on Sunday maintained that the toppling of President Hosni Mubarak and his regime was driven primarily by a desire to return Egypt to its Islamic roots, and not by a Western ideal of democracy.
Speaking from Iran, where he is attending the International Conference on Islamic Unity, Kamal Helbawi stressed the Islamic nature of the Egyptian uprising, and criticized international efforts to make the revolution look like a move toward the West and its principles. “People of Egypt are seeking human dignity, social justice, and their human rights none of which has any contradiction with Islamic principles,” Helbawi told Iran’s IRNA news agency. He added that the people’s demands stemmed from their interest in Islam.
Regarding the Israel-Egypt peace treaty, Helbawi insisted, “We cannot respect such agreements and won’t approve of them.” If the Brotherhood comes to power, or has any significant influence over the next Egyptian government, Helbawi reiterated that it would “annul the shameful Camp David Accords” (Israel Today, Feb. 20, 2011).
Earthquake Shakes Up Suez Canal as Iran Warships Approach:
No Iranian ship has been allowed to pass through the Suez Canal since Iran's 1979 overthrow of the Shah and Egypt's signing of a peace treaty with Israel the same year.
The Iranian maritime maneuver also signals it is prepared to protect the Hamas and Hizbullah terrorist organizations on Israel’s southern and northern borders. Iran officials last month announced that its ships would be sailing through the Suez to gather intelligence, but analysts stress that the Islamic Republic’s ultimate goal is to establish Shi’ite dominance in the Muslim world, far beyond Lebanon and Syria (INN, 02/21/11).
Iranian Vessels Enter Suez Canal
Iran informed Egypt that the vessels - a frigate named Alvand and a supply vessel named the Kharg - have no military equipment, no nuclear materials and no chemicals on board. There has been concern in Israel and elsewhere that the permission for the Iranian ships passage signals a rapprochement between Iran and Egypt, following the revolution against Hosni Mubarak (INN, 02/22/11). UN Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1747, paragraph 5, states Iran shall not supply, sell or transfer directly or indirectly any arms of related materiel, whether or not originating in Iran... But Iran has nevertheless, supplied arms to Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas, Taliban in Afghanistan, rebels in Iraq,Yemen and Somalia... (pirates?) Venezuela, etc.
Iran to build permanent naval base in Syria: Just two days after two Iranian warships reached the Syrian port of Latakia via the Suez Canal, Friday, Feb. 25, an Iranian-Syrian naval cooperation accord was signed providing for Iran to build its first Mediterranean naval base at the Syrian port, DEBKAfile's military and Iranian sources reveal. The base will include a large Iranian Revolutionary Guards weapons depot stocked with hardware chosen by the IRGC subject to prior notification to Damascus. Latakia harbor will be deepened, widened and provided with new "coastal installations" to accommodate the large warships and submarines destined to use these facilities.
Iran has much to celebrate, DEBKAfile's military sources report. It has acquired its first military foothold on a Mediterranean shore and its first permanent military presence on Syrian soil. Tehran will be setting in place the logistical infrastructure for accommodating incoming Iranian troops to fight in a potential Middle East war.
At a ceremony in honor of the Iranian Navy Commander Admiral Habibollah Sayyari, Syrian Defense Minister Lt. Gen. Ali Mohammad Habib said: "Iranian warships' presence in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time after 32 years is a great move that is going to cripple Israel" (DEBKAfile, March 1, 2011).
NATO Forces Seize Iranian-Made Rockets in Afghanistan
British and Afghan forces in Afghanistan seized 48 Iranian-made rockets en route to the Taliban on Feb. 5, NATO officials said Wednesday. The shipment is seen as a serious escalation in Iran's support of the Taliban insurgency, according to NATO officials. The intercepted 122-millimeter rockets have a range of 22 km. and explode in a burst up to 25 meters wide - double that of the previous 107-millimeter rockets provided by Iran to the Taliban (AP-San Francisco Chronicle).
Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza:
Netanyahu: Israeli naval commandos on Tuesday seized a cargo ship in the Mediterranean carrying what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said were Iranian-supplied weapons intended for Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip. A military spokeswoman said Israeli forces met no resistance when they intercepted the German-owned "Victoria" some 200 miles from Israel and were taking the vessel to the Israeli port of Ashdod.
The military said the vessel had set off from the Syrian port of Latakia and stopped in Mersin, Turkey, before heading toward Alexandria in Egypt. Turkey has no involvement in the arms shipment, the military said. Palestinians use a network of tunnels to smuggle weapons and other goods from Egypt into the Gaza Strip.
"Many weapons were found on board, intended for terrorist forces in the heart of Gaza," Netanyahu said. "Iran is the source of the weaponry."
IRANIAN DENIAL: Asked about Israel's allegation that it seized Iranian arms on the vessel, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast said: "Don't trust Israeli media news. There is no such thing. We do not confirm it in any way." (Reuters, Mar 15, 2011).
VIDEO: Navy: Anti-ship missiles, Farsi manual found on seized vessel:
IDF estimates some 50 tons of weapons found on Gaza-bound 'Victoria' vessel intercepted by commandoes; Rear Admiral Ben-Yehuda says Chinese-made C-704 anti-ship missiles would have threatened Israeli sea-based strategic installations, navy vessels had they reached Strip. Containers were loaded after Iranian ships docked in Syria two weeks ago, he adds
IDF commandoes who
the "Victoria" vessel some 200 nautical miles off Israel's coast found 50 tons of weapons in containers that were meant to hold cotton and lentils, roughly the same amount that was found on the Karin A, the army said Tuesday evening.
During a briefing on the takeover of the Gaza-bound ship, Deputy Navy Commander Rear Admiral Rani Ben-Yehuda said the Iranian ships that had crossed the Suez Canal a few weeks ago were connected to the arms smuggling attempt.
According to the Navy, soldiers who searched the ship found numerous 60 and 120-millimeter mortar shells, as well as two to four Chinese-made C-704 anti-ship missiles with a 35-kilometer range. Had they reached Gaza, the missiles would have threatened Israeli sea-based strategic installations and navy vessels, Ben-Yehuda said.
He added that weapons were smuggled from
to Syria, where the ship collected them on its way to Turkey and then sailed to Egypt.
Ben-Yehuda also presented a Farsi-language manual for the missiles found among the vessel's cargo, which apparently links Iran to the arms smuggling attempt. He stressed that he is convinced that neither Turkey nor Egypt knew what was hidden on the "Victoria".
"This was not merely a smuggling attempt, but a clear attempt to arm the terror organizations and change the situation in the entire region," said the rear admiral (Ynet News, 03.15.11).
Turks order Iran transport plane to land:
An Iranian cargo plane en route to Syria was forced to land in Turkey last night amid fears it may be carrying military or nuclear material.
The plane was being searched at Diyarbakir airport in southeastern Turkey a day after Israeli commandos operating deep in international waters boarded a ship carrying arms allegedly on their way from Iran to Palestinian militants in the Gaza Strip.
The plane, which took off yesterday from Tehran bound for the Syrian city of Aleppo, landed following an order from the Turkish foreign ministry.
Two F-16 jet fighters were put on standby to intervene if the Iranian plane did not obey the orders to land, security sources said.
Anti-nuclear, biological and chemical material units of civilian defence teams took part in the inspection of the plane, Anatolia news agency reported (The Australian, AFP,
March 17, 2011).
Turkey Informs UN It Seized Iranian Arms Shipment: It was not clear whether Syria was the intended final destination of the weapons in light of Iran's training and arming of Hizbullah in south Lebanon. The United States and Israel have said they suspect Iran uses Syria as a conduit for weapons transfers to militant groups in Lebanon and the Gaza Strip. Iran and Syria deny the charges (INN, 04/01/11).
Hizbullah Fortifying South Lebanon:
According the the Israel Defense Forces, Hizbullah has built bunkers and underground weapons depots in most southern Lebanese villages as it
continues building its army
A memo from the IDF brass to Israeli embassies on Thursday to Israel details the acceleration of Hizbullah's fortification of the volatile border region since the end of the 2006 Lebanon war.
The memo says, "Hezbollah has built as many as 550 bunkers in the southern Lebanon region, holding various weapons. In addition, the organization has built 300 underground facilities and 100 storage units for munitions including rockets, missiles and other weapons." "Many of these terror centers are located near hospitals, private homes and schools, Hezbollah's way of taking advantage of the civilian population of Lebanon," the memo said, citing Hizbullah's well-established tactic of placing fighters and munitions among civilians - a war crime - in order to create bad press for Israel when civilians become collateral damage in strikes on such targets (INN,
). Militants Put Gazans in Danger, Group Says:A Palestinian human rights group in Gaza took the unusual step this week of condemning the building and storage of anti-Israel rockets in densely populated areas, a practice that has led to injuries and deaths of civilians NY Times, (Mar 30, 2011).
Hundreds of Islamists stone Egypt's ElBaradei:
Islamists hurled stones and shoes at Mohamed ElBaradei, Nobel Peace laureate and a secular contender for
presidency, as he tried to vote Saturday in a referendum on constitutional amendments.
ElBaradei was hit in the back by a stone thrown from the crowd of hundreds but managed to escape unhurt and slammed as "irresponsible" the holding of a referendum without adequate law and order.
"We don't want you," the mob shouted, throwing stones, shoes and water at the former UN nuclear watchdog chief as he turned up at a Cairo polling station, five weeks after president Hosni Mubarak was ousted by mass protests.
"He lives in the United States and wants to rule us. It's out of the question," one of them said.
"We don't want an American agent," said another.
ElBaradei beat a retreat to his car and left without voting at the polling station in Muqattam, a largely poor district in south Cairo.
"Went 2 vote w family attacked by organized thugs. Car smashed w rocks. Holding referendum in absence of law & order is an irresponsible act," he wrote on Twitter.
An official from the Muslim Brotherhood, the largest and most organized opposition movement, denied members of his group were involved.
"There are many types of Islamists. It's impossible that it was Muslim Brotherhood members, 100 percent impossible. We work with ElBaradei and coordinate with him," Gamal Nassar told AFP (Ynet News, 03.20.11).
Iran's Backing of Hamas Has Introduced Shi'ite Islam to Gaza:
Iran's backing Hamas has led to hundreds of conversions to Shi'a (the Shi'ite Islamic stream) in Sunni dominated Gaza.
reports a large number of Arabs in Gaza have adopted Shi'ite doctrine within the past few years, although the enclave is controlled by the Sunni Islamist Hamas rulers (INN,
Egypt's New Foreign Minister Would Open Border with Gaza: Egypt's caretaker prime minister, Issam Sharraf, announced Monday the appointment of Nabil al-Arabi as Foreign Minister. Arabi replaces Ahmed Aboul Gheit, who had headed the Foreign Ministry since 2004.
In an article he penned for Egyptian publication Ash-Shurouk last month, Al-Arabi opined that Egypt should rethink its foreign policy following the January rebellion and lift its blockade of Gaza, "which is contrary to the rules of international humanitarian law which prohibits the siege of civilians, even in times of war." Lifting the blockade on the Egyptian border with Gaza could mean that Egypt would allow the uninterrupted flow of weapons into Gaza. This could be a casus belli for Israel, which retreated from Gaza based on the assumption that Egypt would prevent the flow of weapons into it.
Al-Arabi is a former judge in the International Court of Justice in The Hague and former Egyptian ambassador to the United Nations. He is considered to be very anti-Israeli and initiated numerous anti-Israeli resolutions in the UN (INN, 03/07/11).
Egypt Stops Building Anti-Smuggling Wall on Gaza Border
: Following the revolution in February, Egypt suspended construction of an underground steel wall along the Egypt-Gaza border to stop smuggling weaponry through tunnels into Gaza, defense officials said. While smugglers succeeded in breaching the wall in some parts, Israeli officials said the wall had made it more difficult for smugglers to dig tunnels across the border. Israel has urged Cairo to continue to take action to prevent the flow of arms to Gaza.
"There is a new relationship between Hamas and Cairo today," one senior official said. "This is likely connected to the upcoming elections and the understanding in Egypt that the Muslim Brotherhood is a strong player and as a result it is important to maintain contacts with Hamas." Israel is worried that Cairo's new relationship with Hamas will come at the expense of its relationship with Israel. It is also concerned that Egypt will turn a blind eye to the movement of weaponry, cash and people across the border (Jerusalem Post, 04.11.11).
Muslim Brotherhood Calls to Establish Egyptian Modesty Police
(Media Line-Jerusalem Post, 04/04/2011) .
Egyptian Army No Longer Seen as Protesters' Friend
A demonstration in Cairo's Tahrir Square turned into a melee of rock-throwing and gunfire Saturday, leaving at least one person dead and more than 70 others injured. Hundreds of thousands of Egyptians had staged a peaceful demonstration Friday in Tahrir Square calling for the prosecution of Mubarak-era officials and to pressure the military on promised reforms. The spark for the army attack on protesters who'd remained after curfew came when several uniformed army officers renounced their commanders, took to the stage before the stunned crowd, and stayed chanting and singing with the protesters. Activists said the attack was an effort by the army to arrest the alleged defectors (McClatchy, April 9, 2011).
Egyptian Blogger Jailed for Writing About Army
An Egyptian blogger has been jailed for reporting news of civil law violations by army officers during and after the country's recent revolution. Maikel Nabil, 26, had been held for the past several weeks under house arrest. On Monday he was sentenced to three years in prison for “insulting” the country's military (INN, 04/11/11).
Video of Protests Outside Israel Embassy in Cairo
Egyptian bloggers have uploaded videos of the protest Friday outside Israel's embassy in Cairo. Meanwhile, former president Hosni Mubarak has addressed Egyptians for the first time since he was overthrown.The videos show a demonstration that begins at twilight and continues into the evening, with hundreds of participants shouting slogans and some holding a poster calling for an "Intifadah" against Israel on May 15 (INN, 04/11/11).
Poll: 60 Percent of Egyptians Want Peace with Israel
: More than 60% of Egyptians want their country to honor its peace treaty with Israel, according to a poll by the UN-affiliated International Peace Institute.The poll also found that nearly 50% said they thought positively of the secular Wafd Party, while 38% said they had a favorable opinion of the Muslim Brotherhood. Former Foreign Minister Amr Moussa leads the field among likely presidential candidates, with 80% saying they had a favorable impression of him, while former UN nuclear watchdog Mohamed ElBaradei garnered support from just 2% (Wall Street Journal, Apr 7, 2011).
Nobel Peace Prize Winner and Iran's Political Shield,
ElBaradei: We'll fight back if Israel attacks Gaza:
Former IAEA chief says if elected as Egypt's next president he will open Rafah crossing in case of an Israeli attack.
“if Israel attacked Gaza we would declare war against the Zionist regime." "In case of any future Israeli attack on Gaza - as the next president of Egypt – I will open the Rafah border crossing and will consider different ways to implement the joint Arab defense agreement" (Ynet News, 04.04.11).
The Nobel Peace Prize 2005 was awarded jointly to International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Mohamed ElBaradei "for their efforts to prevent nuclear
energy from being used for military purposes and to ensure that nuclear energy for peaceful purposes is used in the safest possible way..."
Iran Claims it Has Advanced Centrifuges in Operation: