Egypt

Open mouths but closed eyes

By Geoffrey Alderman, December 4, 2012

OK. I agree that the semi-hysterical revelries commissioned by Hamas once its cease-fire with Israel had been announced reflect a kind of madness. Much of the Hamas infrastructure is in ruins. A number of key Hamas operatives have succumbed to their wounds. Neither Iran nor Hizbollah came to Hamas's aid. Nor did its Egyptian godfathers of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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‘Jews corrupting Muslims with pornography’

By Zoe Winograd, November 29, 2012

An Egyptian preacher has accused Jews of financing internet pornography as a way to corrupt Muslims.

In a sermon broadcast by Egypt’s Tahrir TV on November 23, Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Fattah Abu Zayd told his followers that “they replaced the armed forces with soft power.”

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Morsi pulls off an Islamist coup

By John R Bradley, November 29, 2012

Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi this week pulled off an Islamist coup, issuing a decree banning anybody from challenging any of his personal decisions. He placed himself, and the Muslim Brotherhood (from which he hails), above any kind of independent judicial or legislative oversight, something even deposed President Hosni Mubarak had not dared to contemplate.

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President Morsi tries to be Egypt’s ‘new Pharaoh’

By Sandy Rashty, November 23, 2012

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi gained autocratic powers as a new constitutional decree was passed last Thursday.

The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood party “can issue any decision or measure to protect the revolution," confirmed his official spokesperson Yasser Ali.

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Calls for ceasefire as Israel-Gaza fighting enters sixth day

By Jennifer Lipman, November 19, 2012

An Israeli delegation is in Cairo this morning to discuss efforts to forge a ceasefire after six days of fighting between Israel and Gaza and amid international calls for the conflict to stop.

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Morsi says Israel’s Gaza attacks are ‘unacceptable’

By Anna Sheinman, November 16, 2012

Egypt 's new president, Mohammed Morsi, has said Israel’s attacks on Gaza were “unacceptable” in a national address on Egyptian television on Thursday.

"The Israelis must realise that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region and would negatively and greatly impact the security of the region," he said.

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Egypt seizes 1.7m Jewish property documents

By Sandy Rashty, October 29, 2012

The Egyptian authorities have seized documents which reportedly confirm Jewish ownership of property in Cairo.

The 1.7 million documents, weighing two tonnes, were confiscated as they were being shipped to Israel via Jordan.

The attempted delivery of the documents was called “the most dangerous case of security breach in history” by Egyptian media on Sunday.

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Romney wants Egypt and Palestinian Authority to work hard to receive aid

By Stefan Frank, October 25, 2012

If he is elected, US presidential candidate Mitt Romney will ensure that the Egyptian government and the Palestinian Authority will work harder to keep the millions of dollars in aid handed to them every year by the US, according to his senior adviser on foreign policy and national security, Walid Phares.

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Egyptian Muslim brotherhood denies call for jihad on Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 18, 2012

The Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood has tried to deny statements by the movement’s Supreme Guide, Sheikh Mohammed Badie, who was quoted by an Egyptian newspaper calling for a holy war on Jews and Israel.

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Letter from Morsi to Peres prompts disbelief

By Anna Sheinman, October 18, 2012

A warm, respectful letter from Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi to Israeli President Shimon Peres has caused anger and disbelief in Egypt.

The diplomatic missive was delivered on Wednesday by Egypt’s new ambassador to Israel Atef Salem, but was dated July 19. Although it mostly followed diplomatic protocol in its use of language, some of the phrasing is particularly cordial.

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