Egyptian Chronicles: August 2014

Saturday, August 30, 2014

#FreeAJStaff : A message from Baher to his Son

Baher Mohamed , the imprisoned Al Jazeera International produced was gifted by a very beautiful son last Thursday. The new born boy’s name is Haroun
Baher wrote a very moving letter to his new born son from his prison in Tora that was published in English
last Thursday.

Here are parts of the letter
Baby Haroun 
Sorry because you were born where free people are behind bars, including your father. Sorry too because you have come to a society where its freedom’s restricted. But I promise you I will always fight for liberty. I don’t want you to give up on this society…because I am sure that soon everything will change for the better

My dear children; there are things I learnt and I want to share with you. I was always fighting for the truth in my career, and that was not easy. Whatever it takes; keep looking for the truth and never be afraid of it. I want you all to maintain your dignity. It is one of your most precious values. Always be patient because you will face lots of obstacles in your path. Always be good to all, even to those who treat you badly.
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Kodak Agfa Presents : Nile at Night

I took those photos last Ramadan at some café on the Nile in Zamalak. This is one of my attempts to take photos without tripod at night using my hands without any shakes.

I love the colored light reflections on the Nile , it is more than beautiful especially where you are standing on the bank of the Nile.

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

And Mourners bid Farewell to Ahmed Seif El-Islam

Hundreds of mourners bid farewell to human rights activist and leftist lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam in a big funeral.

For hours we did not know if Alaa and his sister Sanaa were going to attend their father’s funeral or not. At 2 PM I knew that Alaa and Sanaa are going to attend their father’s memorial service next Saturday but there was no confirmed news that they were going to attend the funeral.

Later we knew that they would attend the burial. Yes Alaa and Sanaa attended the burial.

During the burial Alaa Abdel Fattah told the mourners that his father was martyr and that we all knew who killed him.

Alaa : My father is a martyr and you all know who killed him

Here is a heartbreaking photo gallery for the funeral after the break.

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

#RIP Ahmed Seif El-Islam (1951-2014)

From few hours ago Egypt has lost one of its famous human rights defenders lawyers and human rights activists MR. Ahmed Seif El-Islam Abdel Fattah
Seif El-Islam died in coma after a cardiac arrest he got following an open heart surgery in Cairo.
Originally a leftist , Seif El-Islam defended the rights of people in Egypt since late 1980s regardless of their ideological beliefs. Since the 1980s Ahmed Seif El-Islam defended the rights of political detainees whether liberals or Islamists or socialists or Nasserites. He was from the few that kept their humanity and refused to turn in to a monster in a world full of monsters.

A victim of torture himself during his detention in time of Mubarak , Seif El-Islam who headed Hisham Mubarak center for human rights for some time was vocal against torture against humans as well sick police practices during the Mubarak era as well after the revolution.
By Carlos Latuff
During Mohamed Morsi’s short era , the 63 years layer who was appointed in the National council for human rights was from the first people to resign from his position to object the infamous constitutional declaration issued during then. After the 30th June Ahmed Seif El-Islam was from the first prominent figures to describe the dispersal of Rabaa as a massacre from a year ago.
In a sad irony the last client for Mr. Seif El-Islam was his son Alaa Abdel Fattah who is currently in jail serving 15 years for unauthorized protesting. Ahmed Seif El-Islam’s youngest daughter Sanaa is always in jail pending a trial for unauthorized protesting as well.

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And Some people protested against #CatMassacre

And yes there could be important stuff like the Emirati Egyptian airstrike in Libya “Which I am working on a post about it” and the detainees’ food strike as well the ceasefire in Gaza but I can not ignore this
A group of people including animals rights activists protested against the Cats Massacre outside the gates of the famous upscale club Tuesday afternoon
Yes surprisingly not less than hundred people showed up and protested against the cats massacre at Gazeera sporting club. This protest also was set up by a Facebook event. I see the photos and I feel that there is hope.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

The cats Massacre in #GSC : Not the First and Probably Not the last !! "Graphic"

And Gezira Sporting Club does it again; it got rid from stray cats in the famous club in the most barbaric way. The cats were poisoned and beaten till death with no mercy what so ever.
Photo by Cherine Ismail Rachid
Photo by Cherine Ismail Rachid
Photo by Cherine Ismail Rachid
It seems that cats massacre as it is called by tweeps on twitter happened in the past 48 hours.
Photos emerged on Facebook showing the poor creatures poisoned and beaten.
Photo by Cherine Ismail Rachid

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

This is considered an act of War !!!!

Do you remember Hillary Clinton’s fictional book that caused a lot of noise in Egypt and Lebanon ?? Well it seems that the story of that fictional book and its chapters will not finish.
Mohamed El-Ghaity : El-Sisi attacked the US 6th Fleet !!
The video above is from Tahrir TV’s political show “Wake up” {Yes this is its name} two days ago and its TV host Mohamed El-Ghaity is telling the viewers the following story quoted from the so-called Hillary Clinton’s book.
During the Raba’a sit in , we remember that crazy MB woman who said on the stage that the United States sixth fleet moved from Italy and came near the Egyptian shores in order to rescue them and the pro-Morsi protesters at Raba’a cheered for her. She was saying the truth.
Yes it turned out that the United States indeed gave orders to its Sixth fleet to move to Alexandria according to the US secretary Hillary Clinton’s memories and you won’t believe what happened next , I will tell what happened according to the book and what I know personally as new facts not mentioned in the book
The United States sixth fleet moved heading to Alexandria but our great armed forces  stood against it , our air forces sent our old air jets to warn the warships and then the great man who headed the navy then Mohab Mamish sent our hero frogmen to those warships. This great man told our frogmen {either you bring victory or you become martyrs and so our great men brought victory.}
Our frogmen attacked one of the American warships and captured its commander and brought him back to Egypt !!
I am responsible for what I say !!
Our old air jets are Russians but they were developed by Egyptians and so they were not spotted on radar !!
Then one of the members of SCAF called Obama and delivered to him El-Sisi’s message that we will not stand any threat and we will expose them to the world … !!
I will not comment on that talk except this is considered an act of war from both countries.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Against all the odds , #Palestine Will Survive

This beautiful artwork is made by Palestinian artist Imad Abu Shtayyah and it is the best thing to describe Palestine. 

Coming from the rubble like the phoenix  from ashes , Palestine will rise against all the odds.
This is what Abu Shtayyah wrote on his official Facebook page about this beautiful artwork
From the destruction and hatred you sow
From every inch of our land
That hosted a martyr
We shall return…
Despite of your killing and brutality
and the collaboration of traitors
who sold out
helping to realize your schemes
in our Palestine.
We shall return to our land
to the land of our ancestors


The last death toll in Gaza has reached to 2085. Children are still dying in the Israeli raids.
Israel killed three Qassem commanders and the Palestinian resistance led by Qassem won’t be silent. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

#EgyPoliceToUS : More than a cruel Joke

If you think that the Egyptian ministry of foreign affairs’ statement  slamming the US Police in Ferguson and how it treats protests was a cruel joke, wait till you read this.

Egypt’s ministry of interior official spokesperson Hany Abdel Latiff had some tips to the American police !! oh Yes tips from Egyptian police to the US !! Because you know the Egyptian police champions human rights and freedom of express and assembly above all !!

The official spokesperson of Egyptian police : The U.S police uses excessive force with protesters !!

Abdel Latiff was the one who claimed that the 30 June protests sabotaged the US plot against the Arab world according to Hillary Clinton’s fake memories.

Talk to me about cruel jokes indeed.

Because we love jokes Egyptian tweeps shared some tips to the US on how to deal with the protesters according to the Egyptian regime and Egyptian style book.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

#FreeAlaa : And Alaa starts Hunger strike

Prominent Egyptian activist and blogger Alaa Abdel Fattah has started a full hunger strike yesterday demanding his release.
Alaa Abdel Fattah who is currently serving 15 years in jail sentence for unauthorized protesting charges took that decision after visiting his father prominent lawyer Ahmed Seif El-Islam in hospital. He told his family that he would no longer cooperate with the “country’s broken legal system.
Here is Alaa Abdel Fattah’s statement as it was published hours ago on his official “Free Alaa” Facebook page. It is included in his family’s English statement.
According to Alaa’s wife Manal Bahi El-Din said on twitter that lawyers are not allowed to see Alaa in prison despite they had permits.

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Kodak Agfa presents : A closer #Supermoon

Remember the amazing Supermoon we had last week , well I took couple of shots for the Supermoon and they were not the best.

Thanks to photographer Hazem Baraket who recommended a slight change in the shutter speed ,I got that shot next night and as you can see.

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It was a supermoon indeed.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

It all started with Egyptian Facebook pages

From couple of weeks ago the US embassy in Beirut issued that statement on its official Facebook page.
This statement was issued after rumors spread like fire in Lebanon during the fight between the Lebanese army and the ISIS in Arsal  that the U.S. created ISIS to destroy the Arab world and it would recognize the Caliphate diplomatically. As usual those rumors spread in Lebanon claimed that those rumors or rather facts were stated in Hillary Clinton’s memories. These rumors found a way offline when journalists and MPs began to ask question about them.
Of course as Arabs we do not read books now and so no one cared to really read what the former US secretary of state really said in her real latest book “Hard Choices”
The U.S embassy in Beirut had to react after Lebanese ministers and MPs like Lebanese FM Gebran Bassil began to ask questions about these quotes.
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Sunday, August 17, 2014

#Ramadan Arabian Nights #2014: King Dandash’s tale-30,31,32

And We will conclude our Ramadan Arabian Nights tale for this year tonight. I know it is late but it is never too late.

Tonight we conclude our tale , we will know what happened to Shamalan and how he became a Sultan not to mention whether he defeated Gulbhar

Here is the 30th episode after the break

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Saturday, August 16, 2014

Links and Notes 08/16/2014

  • Last year Lamido Sanusi was the governor of Nigeria’s central bank, and he wore pinstripe suits to work as he concerned himself with issues such as managing interest rates and keeping inflation under control. Today, Sanusi is the emir of Kano and sports long flowing gowns and a white veil over his face, while his daily activities include reciting the Quran and blessing visitors who bow before his feathered slippers.

    tags: image reuters Africa Photos #LN #DWC

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Friday, August 15, 2014

Egypt’s Destroyed Churches One Year Later

Right after the dispersal of Rabaa sit in last 14 August 2013 , Egypt witnessed a huge wave of violence especially against churches and Christian owned shops and houses especially in Upper Egypt. Nearly 64 churches including historical churches were torched and vandalized to the level of complete destruction
The government then specifically the Egyptian armed forces announced that it would rebuild all the destroyed and torched Churches before the Christian feasts last August. Well Christmas passed , Easter passed and we are commemorating Rabaa dispersal  first anniversary and most of the Churches were not touched. 
It turns out the army made 3 stages plans to reconstruct the churches and monasteries that would end by July 2015.  According to Christian activists there is a delay in the current stage.
EIPR’s researcher Ishak Ibrahim reminded us on the past two days with some of those churches in Fayoum , Ismailia, Giza , Minya , Suez , Bani Sawif and Assuit
Reuter’s Aswat Masriya also made a report about the Greek Church in Suez.
I remember that no one was really surprised for this to happen after weeks and weeks of incitement against Christians on Pro-Morsi Islamist TV channels and Raba’a sit in’s main stage.
Yes Raba’a sit in was not a true utopia like the Pro-Morsi supporters especially from Muslim Brotherhood. For weeks since the start of the sit in and the main stage in Raba’a square was broadcasting an awful racist attack against Christians claiming that the Orthodox Church was behind the coup..etc.
Unfortunately up till this moment the Muslim Brotherhood members refuse to admit that there was huge incitement and hatred towards Christians in their discourse.
Needless to say because of that discourse and because what happened to those Churches , many Christians find no problem in military rule as long as they keep those Islamists who can not stomach them. “That feeling was doubled by the barbaric conquests of IS in Iraq and Syria”
BY the way I remember Christians in Upper Egypt especially in Minya stated that many of those who attacked the Churches were well known thugs to everybody and up till now there has not been no serious investigations regarding those attacks. Yes up till now there has been no serious official investigation on who attacked those churches for real.
I remember also that there were many pleas to secure churches. My late dear Friend Bassem Sabry even asked on 14 August 2013 why the security forces did not have a plan to secure churches in the same way they had a plan to disperse the sit in.

It is worth to mention that after those attacks against churches for days , the Egyptian armed forces organized a trip for foreign correspondents to the locations of those churches last August as a proof on the terrorism and barbarism of Islamists. It was obvious that the regime used those attacks for its own publicity and as usual it did not really care for the people. I am not surprised to be honest and actually I expected this to happen.
The Current regime is only using Christians to communicate with the West and send messages to it when it wants I am afraid just like in time of Mubarak , they are following the same technique.
It is worth to mention that after one year of getting rid from that awful Muslim Brotherhood , Christian families are forced to leave to their homes when a fight breaks between a Christian and a Muslim or when Muslim and Christian teenagers fall in love.
After one year of getting rid of the so-called Islamist Muslim Brotherhood rule , sectarian fights and tensions are solved in traditional judicial council in rural areas under the supervision of the state. This also happens when we have a new constitution that champions citizenships rights.
By the way the attacks on the Churches are mentioned in the famous Human rights Watch in page 104.
If you are interested to know more about the story of the torched churches in Egypt after Rabaa dispersal and its updates I recommend you speak to EIPR researcher Ishak Ibrahim.
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Thursday, August 14, 2014

#Rabaa anniversary : Long Day ahead of us

Today marks the first anniversary of Rabaa sit in's violent dispersal , a dispersal that changed Egypt forever unfortunately.
The Pro-Morsi supporters started their day of commemoration earlier since dawn blocking traffic and major highways in Cairo and Giza. It is going to be a long day and that's why live blog is a must now.
Already the Muslim Brotherhood led National alliance to support legitimacy called its supporters to march to major squares including Tahrir square , Nahda square and of course Rabaa square.


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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

#MubarakTrial : And The Convicted President Spoke

And Hosni Mubarak spoke today for the first time as a convicted defendant in court in the retrial of the killing of the protesters.
Now this was not a defense presented to the court by already convicted person who can spend the rest of his life in jail. This was actually a speech by a president to the public.
It was emotional speech where he spoke about how much he gave to Egypt , how he served this country whether in Armed forces or in presidency.
He claimed that he had never ever given an order to kill any Egyptian. He also said that he had never visited Israel which is inaccurate because he had a short visit during the funeral of PM Rabin in 1995. He said that he conquered terrorism during his term and the current administration would beat terrorism as well. He spoke about that plot against Egypt..etc.
He spoke boldly and shamelessly about his constitutional amendments claiming that his era was era of freedoms.
His speech reminded me of his emotional speech he said on 1 February 2011 , in fact I wonder who wrote it for him.
Just like on 1 February 2011 in Tahrir square , Pro-25 January Egyptians in social media had one answer to this speech : Their shoe.
Yes many Egyptians posted the pictures below using this hashtag #WithourShoesWeWillRespondToMubarak

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#Raba'a and Its Report : The Debate won't end

And Human rights Watch has issued its final report about the dispersal Rabaa sit in aka the massacre of Rabaa describing it as nearly a crime against humanity.

This report is issued in the first anniversary of the most horrible sit in dispersal in the history of Egypt. I can not say anything about the report except that you have to read it. The U.S human rights watchdog organization says that Egypt should stop the use of excessive use of force in protests and that UN should form an independent commission to investigate the killing of the protesters in Egypt.

You can imagine the reaction of the Egyptian regime. The Egyptian government unleashed its media and claiming that the report was biased and the HRW was Pro-MB to the rest of that set of accusations. Yes the international human rights organization that issued reports against Mohamed Morsi's administration is accused of being Pro-Muslim Brotherhood now.

Already moments after the HRW has released its report online , Egypt's State Information Service "SIS" issued a statement online describing the report of being biased. The SIS accused HRW of ignoring the attacks against the police and army forces as well the attacks against the churches in Upper Egypt not to mention how the Rabaa protesters were not peaceful protesters..etc.

Oh and they say that the HRW was operating and conducting interviews without legal permits.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014

RIP Robin Williams

When I heard the news of Robin Williams’ suicide last night , all what I could think about was that episode from Mork and Mindy especially that scene.

Mork and being a celebrity : Robin Williams and the list he joined

RIP Robin Williams , you made millions and millions of people around the world laugh and God knows laughter is hard to find nowadays. 

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Monday, August 11, 2014

#Supermoon2014 : My Not So-SuperMoon snap shots

It is supermoon time in August , the biggest supermoon you can see this summer and probably this year.

Here are the best snap shots I took for the supermoon tonight in Giza , Egypt. Of course they are not the best but here they are.

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Different settings to get best results.

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and Happy Supermoon ;)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Talk to me about breaking the law and constitution !!

It turns out that the judge in the #Jan25 Protesters killing retrial referred yesterday during Habib El-Adly’s 5 hours speech a complaint presented by non other Mubarak’s minister of interior against a group of revolutionary activists to the prosecutor general !!
Oh yes the judge referred that complaint to the prosecutor general to investigate it. Habib El-Adly reported politician and Constitution Party leading figure Gamila Ismail , leftist activist and singer Samia Jaheen as well activist Ahmed Douma to the prosecutor General for attacking public properties during the 25 January revolution !!!!!!
Yes and of course we know that such complaints sometimes if not most of the times turn serious and Pro-Democracy activist find themselves behind bars.
Already Ahmed Douma is currently serving three years in jail for illegal prosecuting along April 6 Youth founders Ahmed Maher and Mohamed Adel.
Anyhow I am amazed that the judge cared to refer that complaint to prosecutor general and not to refer Habib El-Adly himself to the prosecutor general for admitting that he used to spy and blackmail people !!
Oh yes in a strange moment of pride that shows the true IQ of El-Adly , he admitted that he used to spy on people and recruit them.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

#Jan25 : And it turns out that Arab Spring was a plot against Islam

Yes according to Mubarak's minister of interior Habib El-Adly in front of the court during the retrial of the century aka the killing of the protesters retrial on Saturday the Arab spring was actually a plot by the west against Islam and the Islamic way of life !!
He also said that the 25 January revolution was orchestrated by the United States claiming that he did not give any orders to attack the protesters or to use live ammunition against them.
For five hours Habib El-Adly kept speaking and defending himself as well fabricating lies about the revolution. He repeated the same old lies that Hamas as well PLO “yes” came from Gaza and Palestine to kill the protesters. He also said that they “The Palestinians” betrayed the hand that helped them and trained them.
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Regarding the Yazidis and the Arab Media : The elephant in the room

Right now Thousands of Iraqi/Kurd Yizadis are trying to escape with their lives and their kids from the hell unleashed by the IS aka ISIS aka the Neo-Islamic Caliphate in Northern Iraq. 

They headed to their holy Sinjar mountain as a refuge for days with no food or water before the Peshmerga forces managed to rescue them and transfer them to Duhok province.

Despite how awful it may sound now but this is not the first time the Yazidis face this and head to the mountain in an attempt to protect themselves just like any other religious and ethnic sect in Levant and Iraq.

Despite all what is happening last week ,  there has been complete silence regarding to what is happening to this small and old sect in Iraq in the Arab media. I believe there was even more attention to what happened to the Christians in Mosul than to the Yazidis and the reason is well know to everybody but nobody wants to speak about the elephant in the room.

The Yazidis as an old religious sect revers Melek Taus which is commonly known in Judaism , Christianity and Islam as Satan aka the devil. They are commonly known as the devil worshipers in the Arab media and Arab people especially those who don't deal them or know them outside Iraq and Syria.

Already even there are some Shiites as well many Sunnis believe that the Yazidis are named after Yazid , the most hated personality in the Shiite beliefs who was responsible for the death of Al-Hussein.

For radicals the Yizadis are simply Satanists in nutshell and you only have to see how the IS deals with the Christians and other Muslims to know how they are going to deal with them.

Personally I knew about the Yizadis for the first time in some American Indiana Jones novel when I was a teenage and you do not have to guess how the Yizadis were portrayed then. They were those evil Satanists in the East that Indiana Jones kicked their asses.

The second time I read about them was after the US invasion to Iraq. Some Egyptian journalist wrote about his visit to their territories in a publication issued by Egyptian Dar El-Halal and actually I remember that he wrote about their beliefs explaining it but still they were regarded as Satanists.

Already that particular point made them so attractive to adventure journalists as well tabloid journalists all over the world as well radical groups throughout history.

Technically speaking they are Satanists in their own way but not in your usual Anton LaVey cat blood suckers Rosemary’s baby cult.They chose exclusion I believe to avoid that image.

This is the elephant in the room I am speaking.

This is why I believe that the Arab media ignored what happened to them because they may not get the sympathy they deserve as humans like the Christians in Mosul.

If you notice there is more coverage about the Christians in Mosul and we got social media campaigns in solidarity with them and the head of Arab churches in several countries including Egypt spoke about them. 

Only on Friday a group of Arab and Muslim tweets launched a hashtag called “Save the Yazidis by the names of humanity”. Needles to say the IS supporters are attacking those tweeps and ask them that same question “ Do not you know what they worship !?”

Satanists or not the Yazidis should not be killed and forced to leave their land which they chose to live in away from the rest of the people to keep their beliefs.

Ironically when you think about according the mainstream religious views , I believe that the IS crazy sick fighters are falling to the devil’s trap with their genocides in Iraq.

BY the way I believe the Gulf countries should send food aids to the Iraqis and Kurds including Yazidis just like Gaza. I think the Gulf countries owe it to the Iraqis and Kurds after all many of the IS financers are from these countries.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

#Ramadan Arabian Nights #2014: King Dandash’s tale-28&29

Now here are the episodes 28and 29 of King Dandash and Shamalan’s tale. Sorry for the delay but we got frequent blackouts besides the usual news marathon in Egypt and the Mideast.
First here is the episode 28 or 368 you can hear it after the break.
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Thursday, August 7, 2014

#GazaUnderAttack : Checking Back on what remains from home

And Palestinians decided to check on their houses in Gaza the past 48 hours during the truce that should today if I am not mistaken.
What they found actually was rubble. Their houses have been flattened to the earth thanks to the Israeli war machine . Khuza and Shejaiya are complete destroyed

According to estimations rebuilding Gaza may take another 30 years. The following info-graphs speak about the amount of Palestinian losses in Gaza.





The Israeli government sent a delegation of Israeli officials to Cairo to join the indirect talks with the Palestinian factions yesterday. The Israeli agreed on four demands only from the Palestinian demands and rejected the rest.
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Tuesday, August 5, 2014

RIP Saeed Saleh “1938-2014”

Egypt lost one of its famous smiles and laughter makers last Friday , that laughter maker is Saeed Saleh.
Yes the talented comedian who made laugh madly in his plays passed away after long career full of success , failures , tragedies and politics as well.
So Long Folks "Tantawy Cartoons"
For my generation Saeed Saleh is the star of the two most famous comic plays ever “Madrasat El-Moshagbeen-1973” and “El-Eyal Kebret-1979” which have become our own annual plays to watch in every Eid in a way that it became an annual ritual.
Born in 1938 , Saleh had a golden opportunity in the 1980s after the smashing success of his plays but stumbled thanks to politics as well drugs or to be accurate because of politics.
The left leaning actor starred in the political play “Kaablon” in 1983 and sang songs composed by none other than the famous Sheikh Emam and Ahmed Fouad Nagm.

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Monday, August 4, 2014

#GazaUnderAttack : The Palestinian demands are here

Here are the set of demands all the Palestinian factions including Hamas and Fatah agreed to presented to Cairo :

  • The immediate Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and halting their airstrikes.
  • Lifting the economic blockade and opening the border crossings.
  • Securing the entrance of goods, all requirements of reconstruction and freedom of movement.
  • Guaranteeing the existence of a connection between the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
  • Re-opening of the Gaza airport and establishing a seaport.
  • Lifting the Israeli-imposed no-go zone near the Gaza border fence.
  • Ending all punitive measures on the Palestinian people in the West Bank after 12 June 2014, which includes:
  1. Opening institutions and restoring confiscated public and private properties.
  2. Ending aggression against Palestinians by Israeli settlers.
  3. Releasing members of the Palestinian Legislative Council and re-arrested prisoners.
  • Reconstruction of the Gaza Strip through cooperation between the Palestinian unity government and the United Nations and delivery of humanitarian aid to Palestinians including food, water and medicine and the immediate re-opening of power plants.
  • Holding an international donors' conference under the leadership of Norway and joined by European, Arab and Islamic states as well as the United States, Turkey, Japan, Russia, China and the rest of UN member-states.
  • The aim is to provide the needed finances for re-building the strip according to a specific time plan.

These were the demands of Hamas and Jihad since day one despite all the rumors spread in the Egyptian media. Of course the part dealing with the borders crossing with Egypt went down from “Opening the borders permanently with international guarantees”  to “opening the border crossings”

The fact that Fatah supports these demands mean that the Palestinians are truly supporting these demands and when I mean the Palestinians I speak here about both military wings and people in the streets.

Whether you like it or not but unlike other times the military resistance of the Palestinian factions proved itself and it won’t give up after those achievements. On the other hand the Israeli government can not give up either with that support it got from the Knesset or the public support in the street after weeks of mobilization.

The latest news from Cairo that there will be another 72 hours truce starting from tomorrow. It is not confirmed yet especially reporters in Gaza claim that not all factions approve it including members in Hamas. I assume they mean El-Qassam.

Updated :

Sky News Arabia says that Israel and the Palestinian factions agreed on 3 days truce.

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Sunday, August 3, 2014

The story of Islam Yaken , the Story of good middle class boys gone bad everywhere

And the Egyptian social media universe has nothing to speak about except Islam Yaken , Egypt's latest Social media star.

 Mr. Islam Yaken is 23 years young man who comes from a Middle Class family in Cairo and he is currently in Iraq after joining ISIS. He keeps us updated about his adventures in the neo-caliphate on twitter.

Islam Yaken joined the ISIS in Syria and now he is in Iraq taking photos with swords and chopped heads and posting them on Twitter and Instagram making him a Hipster ISIS fighter.

On twitter He tells us that the ISIS will come to Cairo. He says that he joined the ISIS from two years ago to fight in Syria and that he was not a member in the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Nour Party which he considered as infidel institutions. He says that he is doing what the Muslims were doing from 14 centuries.

He is not the first Egyptian to join radical Jihadist groups but his background makes so interesting in the eyes of many especially from his social class.

Islam was educated at Lycée la Liberté Héliopolis and studied law at Ain Shams University. I think he is the most famous graduate from Lycée la Liberté Héliopolis.
In his school "Facebook" 

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#Ramadan Arabian Nights #2014: King Dandash’s tale-26&27

and we continue our tale ; the tale of Shamalan who will rescue his princess who is currently a hostage of a tyranny from the Jinn realm. To refresh your memory check the previous episodes.
You can hear episode 366 aka episode 26 of the Ramadan Arabian radio nights after the break.
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Friday, August 1, 2014

#GazaUnderAttack : We have got Another short ceasefire

And the cease fire between Israel and Palestinian resistance lived shortly just like the previous ceasefire. The negotiations in Cairo are cancelled. Israel told Egypt that one of its soldiers were kidnapped in Gaza earlier this morning and Egypt told the Palestinian delegation not to come.
Hamas’ Moussa Abu Marzouk who is currently in Cairo told news agencies that actually the kidnapping of the IDF soldier took place before the cease fire and that Israel was the one actually breached the cease fire and started to shell South Gaza aka Palestinian Rafah madly.
Now it is afternoon in Egypt and according to preliminary estimations not less than 90 Palestinian have been killed in Palestinian Rafah so far. In the few hours of cease fire media and TV reporters began to check places like Khuza to find war crimes in front of their eyes.
We are waiting also the speech of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia on Saudi TV. According to the official statement the Saudi King will address both the nation and the international community. It is worth to mention that Western media is accusing Saudi Arabia of standing with Israel in this attack against Hamas as part of its regional war against the Muslim Brotherhood.
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#GazaUnderAttack : And One terrorist is down !! “Graphic”

Meet Israel’s latest victims from Gaza : Mohamed , a 4 years old boy.
This photo is taken by Bel Trew in Gaza today. The dear friend and colleague who is currently in Gaza saw
Mohamed "By Bel Trew"
him today in the hospital. Mohamed lost his face because of an Israeli missile that hit his home while he was sleeping.
The doctor told Trew that they had to take a skin graft to reconstruct the right side of his face and his left eye has shrapnel lodged in it. Mohamed is blind now.
If I am not mistaken this young boy needs to be transferred abroad to be treated.
Mohamed’s elder brother Ibrahim is in the same hospital too. The 14 years old got wounds to his head, neck, back, groin, leg and arms.
We do not know what happened to Mohamed’s parents. Their house was attacked without any prior warning.
Today the death toll in Gaza increased to 1422. More than 8000 Palestinians have been injured so far. At least 2000 are children who suffer from similar injuries like Mohamed and Ibrahim have got. I do not think those children and families will have warm feelings towards Israel and its army.
According to Chris Gunness , the official UNRWA spokesperson reported that 236,374 Palestinians have been displaced since the start of the Israeli military operation in Mid July.
They are displaced in 86 UNRWA shelters including schools which are bombed and shelled by Israel frequently. Five UNRWA officials were killed in the recent attack.
Gunness made headlines in the Arab media when he appeared crying over what is happening in Gaza on air on Al Jazeera TV channel.
Chris Gunness crying over what is happening in Gaza
Israel claims that the current war in Gaza is a war of self defense against those awful terrorists who are civilians.
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