Egypt to try Mossad officers for ‘spying’

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip

English: Smuggling Tunnel, Rafah, Gaza Strip (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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February 2, 2014 4:31pm

Five officers from Israel’s Mossad spy agency and three Egyptians will stand trial on Wednesday on charges of spying for the Jewish state, judicial sources said.

Egyptian prosecutors have accused the eight of espionage and supplying Israel with information impacting Egypt’s national security, the sources said on Sunday.

The trial is expected to open with none of the defendants present, the sources said, because the Mossad officers are “on the run” while it is not clear if the three Egyptians had been arrested.

The Egyptian suspects hail from Rafah, on the border with the Palestinian Gaza Strip, they said, adding that the trial will be held in the Suez canal city of Ismailiya.

The trial of a Jordanian engineer accused of having spied for Israel is also underway in Egypt.

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Sexual assaults on women in Tahrir Square increasing

English: Over 2 millions protesting in Tahrir ...

English: Over 2 millions protesting in Tahrir Square after Mubarak’s speech saying that they’ll go to his palace tomorrow. February 11, 2011 – 12:18 AM (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Friday, June 08, 2012

Today there is a mass demonstration of thousands in Tahrir Square in Cairo against what many Egyptians felt was a light sentence for Hosni Mubarak in his trial.
The women in the protest better watch out.
From AP:

Her screams were not drowned out by the clamor of the crazed mob of nearly 200 men around her.
An endless number of hands reached toward the woman in the red shirt in an assault scene that lasted less than 15 minutes but felt more like an hour.
She was pushed by the sea of men for about a block into a side street from Tahrir Square. Many of the men were trying to break up the frenzy, but it was impossible to tell who was helping and who was assaulting.
Pushed against the wall, the unknown woman’s head finally disappeared. Her screams grew fainter, then stopped. Her slender tall frame had clearly given way. She apparently had passed out. The helping hands finally splashed the attackers with bottles of water to chase them away.
The assault late Tuesday was witnessed by an Associated Press reporter who was almost overwhelmed by the crowd herself and had to be pulled to safety by men who ferried her out of the melee in an open Jeep.
Reports of assaults on women in Tahrir, the epicentre of the uprising that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down last year, have been on the rise with a new round of mass protests to denounce a mixed verdict against the ousted leader and his sons in a trial last week.
No official numbers exist for attacks on women in the square because police do not go near the area, and women rarely report such incidents.
But activists and protesters have reported a number of particularly violent assaults on women in the past week. Many suspect such assaults are organised by opponents of the protests to weaken the spirit of the protesters and drive people away.
Mahmoud said two of his female friends were cornered Monday and pushed into a small passageway by a group of men in the same area where the woman in the red shirt was assaulted.

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From the archives: the fall of President Sadat

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Friday, 4th February 2011
From the archives: the fall of President Sadat
Jonathan Jones 5:59pm
With protesters in Egypt trying to force President Mubarak to resign, here is the piece that Roger Cooper wrote for The Spectator on the event that propelled him to power: the assassination of Anwar Sadat in 1981:
The legacy of Sadat, Roger Cooper, The Spectator, 10 Oct 1981
Rarely has a political assassination set off such divergent reactions as that of Egyptian President Anwar Sadat on Tuesday. President Reagan called it ‘outrageous and tragic’, the Pope praised him for ‘his noble vision of reconciliation’, and the Israeli prime minister, Menachem Begin, expressed deep regret at the death of ‘a great leader’. But there was jubilation in Syria, Libya and Iran, while the Soviet Union coldly ascribed the killing to ‘Egyptian opposition to Sadat’s policies’. The moderate Arab world, which has criticised him severely in the past, kept a diplomatic silence. Despite several claims of responsibility by Egyptian émigré groups, it is still far from clear who was behind the shooting. Continue reading

Die Welt Sees No Anti-Semitism

8:40 AM, Feb 1, 2011 • By JOHN ROSENTHAL

The below photo appears on the first page of yesterday’s edition of the German daily Die Welt:

It accompanies an article titled, “Foreigners Want to Leave Egypt,” and the caption to the photo reads: “Soldiers hailed by Egyptians after the withdrawal of police forces. Nonetheless, the army has remained loyal to President Hosni Mubarak.”

But have a closer look at the caricature being held up by a protestor in the background. It appears to be a depiction of Hosni Mubarak.

Neither the caption nor the article in Die Welt make any reference to anti-Semitic and/or “anti-Zionist” sentiment among the protestors. Continue reading