They stole my story, then I was the story

By Marcus Dysch, March 26, 2014

The last thing journalist Ben Judah expected when he logged on to Twitter at home in London one evening was to find dozens of death threats from angry Egyptians.

The Jewish writer did not know he had unwittingly become a minor celebrity in the Arab state, thanks to a trail of events leading back to a satirist plagiarising his work.


Letter from Cairo: Funeral for one, but Egypt’s community is long buried

By Rami Conn, March 21, 2014

Last week, the funeral of Nadia Haroun, the deputy head of Egypt’s small Jewish community, was held in downtown Cairo.

In many ways, the event encapsulated the story of a community on the edge of extinction.


Row in Israel over ‘unwanted’ Africans

By Tom Tugend, February 20, 2014

The Israeli government is under attack over its treatment of 50,000 Africans who have entered the country across the porous border with Egypt.


Egyptian Donald Duck turns on Israel

By JC Reporter, February 13, 2014

An Egyptian man has been fired from his role as the voice of the Arabic version of Donald Duck after he called for the destruction of Israel in a tweet.


Egyptians expected to vote in new constitution

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 16, 2014

The result of the constitutional referendum that took place this week in Egypt is not in any doubt: the Egyptians are expected to approve of the constitution by a large majority.

All eyes, however, are on the turnout, levels of violence and the next step of army chief General Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, widely expected to run for president later this year.


Analysis: Like Nasser, Al-Sisi is forgetting that brutality brings blowback

By John R Bradley, January 9, 2014

This month, Egyptians vote on a new constitution that, under the veneer of popular democracy, cements military rule.

It seems certain to pass. That Defence Minister Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi will be elected president — if, as expected, he stands in elections slated for the summer — can likewise be taken for granted.


Egypt bans the Brotherhood: a wise move?

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 3, 2014

Until six months ago, the Muslim Brotherhood ruled Egypt. Last week, the interim Egyptian government, backed by the military, declared the Brotherhood a terror outfit. The decision came in the wake of two bomb attacks on government security forces in the Nile Delta in less than a week. Sixteen people were killed and over 100 wounded in the attacks.


Family of Arab awarded Righteous Among the Nations rejects honour

By Isabelle Fraser, October 21, 2013

The family of the first Arab to be named Righteous Among the Nations has declined to take up the honour.

The award was bestowed posthumously on Dr Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor, by Yad Vashem for his role in saving a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust.


Head of Greek neo-Nazi party jailed

By Charlotte Oliver, October 3, 2013

The head of Greece’s extreme-right Golden Dawn party was jailed this morning in Athens, charged with running his party as a criminal organisation.

Nikos Michaloliakos and five of his party leaders were arrested on Saturday in a national crackdown that also saw 14 Golden Dawn party members and two police sympathisers targeted. Police say more arrests will follow.


Arab doctor is Righteous Among the Nations

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2013

Yad Vashem has recognised an Egyptian doctor as Righteous Among the Nations.

The late Mohamed Helmy, who helped save a Jewish family at the height of the Holocaust, is the first Egyptian to receive the accolade.

Dr Helmy died in 1982 and Yad Vashem is searching for his next of kin so that they can be presented with the certificate and medal of the Righteous.