Egypt

Hamas facing crisis after Egypt coup

By Josh Jackman, July 8, 2013

A leading Middle East expert has said that “Hamas is in dire straits” after the Egyptian military removed Muslim Brotherhood Prime Minister Mohammed Morsi from power.

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Morsi gone — what next for Egypt?

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 4, 2013

The Israeli military does not believe that the coup against Mohamed Morsi will significantly change relations with Israel.

Under the former president, Egypt had a good record of fighting terrorism and had closed many of the tunnels into Gaza. It is expected that will continue with the military now in charge.

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Morsi’s hidden purge of the judges

By John R Bradley, May 2, 2013

The decision this week of Egypt’s Islamist President, Mohammed Morsi, to convene a “conference” in response to outrage among the country’s judges at a proposed reduction of their compulsory retirement age, from 70 to 60, is being presented as a victory for the latter group of greedy geriatrics and a humiliating climbdown on the part of the former.

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Deep within Cairo’s old city lies the key to the collapse of Egyptian Jewry

By Alastair Beach, April 19, 2013

inside the ancient warrens of Cairo’s old city, and not far from the great walls erected by the medieval Fatimid dynasty, lies Haret el-Yahud — the Jewish Alley.

The neighbourhood was long ago drained of its Jewish character but it is linked to one anomalous fact of great historical significance.

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Hamas’s ‘moderate’ face in council elections

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 4, 2013

The Hamas Shura council re-elected Khaled Mashaal in Cairo on Monday for a fourth term as head of the Islamic movement’s political bureau.

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Egypt’s liberal opposition faces wipeout

By John R Bradley, April 4, 2013

In 1974, the most famous heavyweight-boxing match in history took place, in which Muhammed Ali knocked out champion George Foreman in the eighth round. Ali adopted a masterful tactic, allowing Foreman to beat him until the former was so exhausted that he was able to land a punch that left Foreman flat on the canvas.

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Optimism over return of kidnap Israeli

By JCReporter, March 28, 2013

Israeli sources said on Monday that the ordeal of Amir Hassan, an Israeli citizen kidnapped last Friday in Sinai and held by a Bedouin gang, was likely to be short.

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Jews of Egypt film banned by security officials

By Sandy Rashty, March 13, 2013

Egyptian security officials have banned the screening of a Jewish documentary at Egyptian cinemas.

The ban was imposed one day before the "Jews of Egypt" documentary was due to be screened at three national cinemas today – no reasons were provided.

According to a report in the Huffington Post, the documentary looked at the lives of Egyptian Jews from the 1900s to the 1950s.

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US postpones award for 'Hitler tweet' journalist

By Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

An Egyptian journalist who was due to receive a US medal of honour had her award postponed and was put under investigation by White House officials after she was accused of supporting terrorist activity.

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Kerry sowing seeds of a nightmare in Middle East

By John R Bradley, March 7, 2013

As US Secretary of State John Kerry visited Egypt last week, the country was hit by a massive swarm of locusts —an eerie echo of the eighth of the Ten Plagues just weeks before Pesach.

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