Thursday, 12 November 2015

The Stabbing Intifada


The Knife Intifada from MEMRI TV on Vimeo.

Egyptian TV Host and Historian Concur: Burning Is the Only Solution for the Jews

In a recent TV interview, host Dr. Muhammad Khaled and his guest, Islamic history professor Yusri Ahmad Zidan, agreed that burning was the "only solution" for the Jews. "The history of the Jews has been black since the dawn of time," said Khaled. "Nebuchadnezzar burned them, the Crusaders burned them, and even Hitler and Nazism burned them. Is burning the only solution for the Jews?" he asked. "So it seems. So it seems," Zidan concurred. The interview aired on the Egyptian Rahma TV channel on October 27, 2015. 
Following are excerpts: 
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: The Crusaders killed the Jews as well. They rounded them up in a house of worship, and burned it down. All the Jews who survived were sold.
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: As slaves?
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: Every 30 Jews were sold for one dinar.
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: That's right.
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: The Crusaders sold the Jews who were saved from being killed. In that period, Jerusalem was left without Jews, of course.
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: This is a trivial price, but obviously, that was what they were worth.
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: They treated them this way because they believed that the Jews had killed Jesus. The Crusaders treated the Jews this way because they believed that the Jews had harmed and killed Jesus. 
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: Dr. Zidan, the history of the Jews has been black since the dawn of time. Nebuchadnezzar burned them, the Crusaders burned them, and even Hitler and Nazism burned them. Is burning the only solution for the Jews?
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: So it seems. So it seems.
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: No negotiations, coexistence, or anything…
Yusri Ahmad Zidan: It's impossible.
TV host Dr. Muhammad Khaled: History tells us that they were burned time and again, taken into captivity time and again, and sold into slavery.

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Mufti of Hebron District Muhammad Maher Maswadah: The Holocaust Was Caused by the Jews' Aggression and Corruption

On November 8, Muhammad Maher Maswadah, the Mufti of the Hebron district, said on the Lebanese Al-Quds TV: "What burned the Jews in Germany was their injustice, their aggression, and their sowing of corruption, as well as their very nature." 
Following is an excerpt: 
Muhammad Maher Maswadah: Netanyahu has accused [Mufti Hajj Amin] Al-Husseini of burning the Jews in Germany. I'd like to tell him that what burned the Jews in Germany was their injustice, their aggression, and their sowing of corruption, as well as their very nature, which Allah mentions in the Quran:"Humiliation and abasement were cast upon them, and they have brought upon themselves the wrath of Allah, because they disbelieved in the signs of Allah, and unlawfully slayed the Prophets. This is because they rebelled and transgressed."

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American-Egyptian NASA Scientist Essam Heggy: Building a New Egypt Cannot Be Based on Fighting Terrorism

In a recent interview with the Egyptian Al-Nahar TV channel, American-Egyptian NASA scientist Essam Heggy said that it does not make sense for the building of a new Egypt to bear the slogan of "the war against terrorism," saying that the security of Egypt lies in eradicating poverty and ignorance and in improving the education and health systems. In the October 28 interview, Heggy further said that "frustration is the root cause of fanaticism" among the youth.
Following are excerpts: 
Essam Heggy: Societies are built, first and foremost, by their leaders, and by putting a mechanism in place that could help leaders steer society in the right direction. In my opinion, In my opinion, there are three types of leadership: There are some who stand alongside the people, on the very same spot, there are those who stand behind the people, talking about past glory, and there are some who stand far ahead of the people, talking about how we could become like France, America, Europe, and so on. I believe that all three models are wrong.


When you stand far ahead of the people, at a distance of 20 steps from them, and tell them that we want a democracy like the one in Canada – how are you to get there? When you stand next to the people, on the same spot as them, this may seem like a good thing, but that way you are not driving them forward. You are standing with them, baffled by the problems and not knowing what to do.


This school of thought also exists here. But the voice of both these schools of thought is not heard. The voice that is well heard belongs to the ones who call to restore the past – whether it is to go back to the days of the Caliphate, or to go back to the past glory of the wars we had here in Egypt, or to return to the times of Abdel Nasser and subsequent times. These are all great people and it's not my place to criticize them, but this is the past.


I dream of a leadership that is one step ahead of the people. Just one step. That way it could say to the people: March this one step toward me, move forward, and let's improve things. Let's improve the education system, the health system, the infrastructure. This is where the security of Egypt lies. Any talk of security without fighting poverty, ignorance, and disease… This kind of vague zealous talk might sound good and look good in video clips, but it cannot really change anything on the ground.


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I cannot feel proud when Egypt is waging a war against terrorism. People might get angry with me. There are terrorists, true, and this minority should be isolated, placed on trial, and dealt with properly. But does it make sense for the building of a new Egypt to bear the slogan: "the war against terrorism"? The U.S. entered Iraq under this slogan in 1990, and after 25 years, where is Iraq vis-à-vis this nice slogan? Where is Syria today vis-à-vis this slogan? People abroad view Arab youth as terrorists because our governments say that we are terrorists. They say that our youngster are fanatic and extremist. They are not fanatic or extremist. They are frustrated. Frustration is the root cause of fanaticism. The people who participate in terrorist attacks or who join extremist groups do not do so out of love of these groups or belief in their principles. They do so out of hatred for the existing regimes.

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