Civil war in Egypt

July 28, 2013
(Ahmed Nashar, a Brotherhood spokesman witnessed what happened near the Nasr City mosque where demonstrators built a wall to protect themselves. “When I arrived, bullets were whizzing past my ears,” he told the BBC. “Today was just brutal – people were fired at, with live firearms.”)

Sexual Jihad

July 13, 2013

That explains everything:

A fatwa (religious edict) apparently permitting ‘sexual jihad’ appeared on a Facebook page reportedly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood (MB), but some have dismissed it as a parody.

The fatwa supposedly came in response to a question by a female Brotherhood supporter asking if ‘sexual Jihad’ is allowed in Rabea al-Adawiya Square and other squares in Egypt where people have been protesting against Mohammed Mursi’s ouster since June 30.

The religious answer appearing on the Facebook page was: “Not now. Let us wait first for what will happen, may God strengthen the Mujahedeen.”

“Sexual Jihad” refers to the idea of the female Islamists offering their sexual services to their male counterparts so they remain motivated to continue the struggle for their cause.

Now, at least, I know the reason why all kinds of protest in this here country and in general in the West are so lukewarm: no activists of that Brotherhood lady type volunteering. No motivation, you see.

(get these guys laid, no problem I guess)

Egyptian preacher says women in Tahrir Square WANT to be raped

February 7, 2013
(Man In Glass House Dress In Basement)

(EOZ)Feminists have accused the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood of hiring thugs to sexually assault women demonstrators.
In response, female MB member Azza al-Garf scoffed at the idea that Islamists would do such a thing:
“The Islamist view of the woman is to respect to her and her status and roles in life, whether it is a professional or humanitarian role or her role within the home and community. How can [the Muslim Brotherhood] be the ones inciting these heinous acts?” asked Garf.
How indeed can anyone accuse Islamists of condoning sexual abuse and rape?
Just don’t read or watch this:
An Egyptian Salafi preacher said raping and sexually harassing women protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir Square is justified, calling them “crusaders” who “have no shame, no fear and not even feminism.”
In an online video posted Wednesday, Ahmad Mahmoud Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam” and owner of the private television channel of “al-Ummah,” said these women are no red line.
“They tell you women are a red line. They tell you that naked women — who are going to Tahrir Square because they want to be raped — are a red line! And they ask Mursi and the Brotherhood to leave power!,” he said.
Abu Islam added that these women activists are going to Tahrir Square not to protest but to be sexually abused because they had wanted to be raped.
“They have no shame, no fear and not even feminism. Practice your feminism, sheikha! It is a legitimate right for you to be a woman,” he said.
“And by the way, 90 percent of them are crusaders and the remaining 10 percent are widows who have no one to control them. You see women talking like monsters,” he added.
Abu Islam further described these female political activists as “devils.”
“You see a woman with this fuzzy hair! A devil! Devils called women. Learn from Muslim women, learn and be Muslims. There are Muslims and Muslimix.”
Abu Islam was apparently referring to liberal Muslims as “Muslimix.”

US sending F-16s to Muslim Brotherhood

January 15, 2013

(EOZ)(Al Ahram) A consignment of F-16 jet fighters to Cairo from Washington during the next few weeks has stirred up yet another hornet’s nest in Egypt’s fraught political atmosphere. In the opinion of many observers, the controversy over the deal is a thoroughly political one, as the additional fighter planes will do little to alter strategic balances of power in the region. It is unlikely that similar arms deals during the Mubarak era would have aroused such an altercation. The new factor, of course, is the Muslim Brotherhood’s rise to power, which has worried political circles in both capitals.

While Israel will still hold a qualitative edge in air power, this upgrade of Egypt’s air force by the US at a time when Egypt’s leadership is still oscillating between acting responsibly and extremist Islamism seems very premature. It is effectively a US endorsement of Morsi, a man who only two years ago was shouting anti-semitic slogans.
The $213 million gift also includes 200 Abrams tanks, perfect for use at Tahrir Square.
Here is an (Arabic) video just made by an Egyptian contrasting Morsi’s seeming liberalism when talking to CNN and his anti-semitism when speaking in Arabic, saying that “we must teach our children to hate the Jews” (no translation yet, sorry):Ironically, this decision by the US to trust Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood comes right after the US-trained troops in Mali defected to Al Qaeda with their US-supplied guns and other equipment.

Egypt protesters firebomb Al-Jazeera Cairo office

November 21, 2012

)Egyptian protesters throw back tear gas canisters during clashes with security forces, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 21, 2012.(Egyptian protesters throw back tear gas canisters during clashes with security forces, near Tahrir Square in Cairo, Egypt, on Nov. 21, 2012. AP Photo/Mohammed Asad)CAIRO(AP(cbs)) — Egyptian protesters firebombed one of the offices of satellite broadcaster Al-Jazeera on Wednesday and attacked a police chief who tried to negotiate an end to three days of violent protests in central Cairo.
The protesters hit the TV studio overlooking Tahrir Square with firebombs, engulfing it in flames. In a televised interview from inside the gutted office, reporter Ahmed el-Dassouki said around 300 protesters approached the building before noon, shouting obscenities.
He said they set the place on fire, stormed the building and looted the studio. “They accuse our network of being biased and not objective,” he said. Many protesters had accused the channel of bias in favor of the country’s most powerful political force, the Muslim Brotherhood.
After the attack, a crowd assaulted Cairo Police Chief Osama el-Saghir, who went to Tahrir Square to diffuse the situation, a security official said. Protesters drove El-Saghir from the square with punches and kicks, the official added, speaking anonymously because he was not authorized to brief reporters.
Fire crews rushed to put out the office blaze as dozens of onlookers watched smoke and flames shoot from the balcony.
Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal Eddin said police had arrested 118 protesters since clashes broke out Monday.
“We have more than once restrained ourselves… and our forces have been wounded, but we will not stay with our hands tied or else people will hold us responsible,” he said during a press conference in Cairo.
Scores of protesters have been wounded with birdshot and tear gas fired by police.
The Brotherhood’s political party said in a statement on Facebook Wednesday that the protests were aimed at creating chaos as part of a wider scheme to derail the revolution. The language of the statement was similar to that of the transitional military council that administered Egypt after the ouster of longtime President Hosni Mubarak last year, when the military was in power and its forces were entangled in clashes with protesters.
The protesters Wednesday demand retribution for last year’s deadly confrontation between police and demonstrators when security forces moved to break up a sit-in by people injured during last year’s uprising. It set off days of violence that left 42 dead and hundreds wounded.
Monday was the anniversary of those clashes.
“The scenario repeats itself every time, but we are aware of this. People are calling on us to use force and occupy Tahrir Square,” Gamal Eddin told reporters, “but we have policies that see the purpose behind this and what it would mean for us to go into Tahrir.”
The Interior Minister admitted that his police forces have been unable to determine who was behind past protests, including last year’s attacks on government buildings that protesters blamed on paid thugs.
“The problem is we reach a certain point and then the link in the chain breaks because these people are trained and have trainers who know how to hide,” he said.
Last year’s violence was before Mohammed Morsi of the Brotherhood was elected president, while the country was run by the military. Morsi took office in late June.
This week’s protesters, mostly disgruntled youth, feel Morsi has done little to address their demand that security officers be held accountable for the killings of protesters.
Demonstrator Walid Farag said the president was too busy with foreign policy and had not delivered on his domestic promises.
“How come he (Morsi) doesn’t come out and speak with the youth,” Farag asked.
Some of the protesters called for an open sit-in starting Friday to also demand the dissolution of the Islamist-led body writing the country’s new constitution. Liberals and seculars have denounced proposed changes in wording about the role of religion.
“We came here to demand the rights of our martyrs. The security forces wanted to award them with more martyrs,” protester Samuel Sobhi said.

Clashes between Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi’s opponents in Tahrir Square

October 12, 2012

CAIRO (AP)Demonstrators throw stones and Molotov cocktails; at least 10 injured according to local activists (Times of Israel) For the first time since Egypt’s new Islamist president took office, his supporters clashed with liberal and leftist protesters in Cairo, storming a stage erected by the opposition activists, smashing loudspeakers and tearing the structure down during competing rallies Friday.
A protester throws a stone after scuffles broke out Friday between groups of several hundred protesters in Cairo's Tahrir square when chants against the new Islamist president angered some in the crowd. (photo credit: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)The mass demonstration, “Accountability Friday,” was organized by more than 21 political groups against what they claimed was President Mohammed Morsi’s failure to fulfill his promises for social justice and democratic reforms. Clashes erupted between pro-Muslim Brotherhood activists and their opponents.
Demonstrators threw stones and Molotov cocktails into the crowd. The BBC reported on Twitter that its news crew had to leave the scene because “there was so much stone throwing.” Other local activists stated that at least 10 were injured, and that women were fighting with clerics for their right to attend the rally.
The melee between supporters and opponents of Morsi reflects deep political divisions among the country’s 82 million people, more than a year after the popular uprising that toppled Hosni Mubarak.

A protester throws a stone after scuffles broke out Friday between groups of several hundred protesters in Cairo’s Tahrir square when chants against the new Islamist president angered some in the crowd. (photo credit: AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Egyptians are struggling with a plunging economy, deteriorating security and disputes over the writing of the country’s new constitution. They were also stunned by a verdict earlier this week that acquitted 25 Mubarak loyalists on charges of manslaughter and attempted murder during last year’s revolt.
Liberal and leftist groups had called Friday’s protest to demand more action from Morsi after his first 100 days in office. The liberals also want greater diversity on the panel tasked with writing Egypt’s new constitution, which has been packed with Islamists, including members of Morsi’s fundamentalist Muslim Brotherhood.
Following calls for the protest, Morsi’s supporters called for a separate rally to demand judicial independence following the acquittals of Mubarak loyalists Wednesday.
The former regime figures were acquitted of organizing the so-called “Camel Battle,” — an incident on Feb. 2, 2011, when assailants on horses and camels charged into crowds in Cairo protesting against Mubarak, leaving nearly a dozen people killed in the assault.
Around 1,000 protesters died across Egypt in the 18-day uprising that toppled Mubarak.
Friday’s melee erupted after Morsi’s supporters stormed the activists’ stage at Cairo’s Tahrir Square, angered by chants from the opposition they perceived as insults to the president.
Protesters were seen with bruises and scrapes as the two camps fought with fists and sticks. Gunshots were also fired.
Meanwhile, Morsi was in Egypt’s second largest city, Alexandria, on Friday, where he pledged that former regime figures would be brought to justice despite Wednesday’s verdicts.
He invoked the “martyrs of the revolution,” including Khaled Said who died at the hands of Mubarak’s police in Alexandria in 2010. Images of Said’s severely disfigured face that had circulated widely online, helped galvanize calls for last year’s uprising that eventually overthrew Mubarak, after nearly 30 years in power.
“All of the segments of Egypt’s society were deprived of many rights” under Mubarak, Morsi told a crowd of supporters. “And the biggest right deprived of us was the right to freedom.”
Following the acquittals of the 24, Morsi on Thursday dismissed the country’s prosecutor general — a Mubarak appointee — in a bid to calm widespread anger. However, the prosecutor, Abdel-Maguid Mahmoud, refused to step down and vowed to remain in his post in defiance of Morsi citing a law that protects the prosecutor general from being ousted by the president.
Mubarak is serving a life sentence along with this longtime interior minister for failing to stop the killing of protesters last year.
After the clashes in Tahrir Square, the April 6 Movement, which played a significant role in bringing down Mubarak, said its supporters would march to the prosecutor’s office and protest there instead.
Caught in the scuffles, Ashraf al-Said said he tried to calm both sides but instead found himself doused in white paint thrown onto the crowd.
“I am here with the revolution, the people and Egypt. I am not with anyone side,” he said, his hands and hair dripping with white paint. “What we are doing now is a sin.”

Women protesting sexual harassment in Egypt get sexually harassed

June 11, 2012

(EOZ)there has been an increase in the already high amount of sexual harassment in Egypt against women, especially during protests. Women got fed up and held their own protest on Friday in Tahrir Square. Guess what happened to them?

A mob of hundreds of men have assaulted women holding a march demanding an end to sexual harassment, with the attackers overwhelming the male guardians and groping and molesting several of the female marchers in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.

The attack follows smaller scale assaults on women this week in Tahrir, the epicenter of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year. Thousands have been gathering in the square this week in protests over a variety of issues — mainly over worries that presidential elections this month will secure the continued rule by elements of Mubarak’s regime backed by the ruling military.

Friday’s march was called to demand an end to sexual assaults. Around 50 women participated, surrounded by a larger group of male supporters who joined hands to form a protective ring around them. The protesters carried posters saying, “The people want to cut the hand of the sexual harasser,” and chanted, “The Egyptian girl says it loudly, harassment is barbaric.”

After the marchers entered a crowded corner of the square, a group of men waded into the group of women, heckling them and groping them. The male supporters tried to fend them off, and it turned into a melee involving a mob of hundreds.

The marchers tried to flee while the attackers chased them and male supporters tried to protect them. But the attackers persisted, cornering several women against a metal sidewalk railing, including an Associated Press reporter, shoving their hands down their clothes and trying to grab their bags. The male supporters fought back, swinging belts and fists and throwing water.

Eventually, the women were able to reach refuge in a nearby building with the mob still outside until they finally got out to safety.

“After what I saw and heard today. I am furious at so many things. Why beat a girl and strip her off? Why?” wrote Sally Zohney, one of the organisers of the event on Twitter.

The persistence of the attack raised the belief of many that it was intentional, though who orchestrated it was unclear.

Amnesty called for an investigation.

“These women stood up to demand an end to sexual harassment. What they got was intimidation and sexual assault,” said Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui, in a statement.

“In last year’s protests, Tahrir Square was a place where women stood on an equal footing with men to demand their freedom. Now it has become a place where women are singled out for sexual harassment.

“These attacks need to be investigated immediately and those found responsible held to account. An investigation would serve as a deterrent against sexual harassment and will help protect women protesters who are exercising their right to peacefully express their views.”

Notably, the protest was organized by 20 Egyptian women’s groups – yet only 50 women showed up, which might indicate that most Egyptian women knew something like this would occur.