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Sunday, December 23, 2012

Egyptian blogger shouted down by 'Palestinians' at Hebrew U

Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil Sanad is here in Israel on a trip organized by United Nations Watch.
An Egyptian activist blogger who endured 10 months of imprisonment and abuse by the country's military is taking his message of peace to Israel and the West Bank this weekend in an effort to spur peace in the region.
"After years of calling for peace, I have realized that practicing peace is more important than talking," Maikel Nabil, 27, wrote of his trip. "My visit is a message from the Egyptian peace community that we have had enough violence and confrontation and we want this to end. We want to live together as human beings without violence, racism or walls."
Nabil was arrested in March 2011, two months after pro-democracy protests erupted in Egypt and weeks after a military regime took over the country.
After writing about alleged army violence against protesters during the uprising, Nabil was arrested and charged with insulting the military and spreading false information.
He was the first prisoner of conscience in post-revolutionary Egypt. His imprisonment sparked an outcry from prominent rights groups such as Amnesty International and Reporters without Borders.
The military junta pardoned him in January along with nearly 2,000 other prisoners as a way to appease protesters. Nabil later described being kept in solitary confinement, witnessing the torture of many prisoners, being drugged and going on a hunger strike.
The trip to Israel and the West Bank -- his first -- is being organized by the Geneva-based advocacy group U.N. Watch. The group's executive director, Hillel Neuer, called Nabil a role model and "a true hero who inspires hope around the world." U.N. Watch is affiliated with the American Jewish Committee.
Nabil is scheduled to speak at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, The World Union of Jewish Students and Tel Aviv University. He also has plans to visit Ramallah in the West Bank.
But a funny thing happened when Nabil tried to speak at taxpayer-funded Hebrew University in Jerusalem on Sunday. Nabil was shouted down by Arab students. How open-minded and tolerant!
Egyptian blogger, Maikel Nabil Sanad, was shouted down today during his visit to Israel… by Arab students studying at Hebrew University. The protesters were screaming, “Shame on you”.

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Sanad, born into an Christian Copt family, is a liberal secularist and  doesn’t believe that Egyptians have had the opportunity to hold free elections, since the atmosphere created by the Muslim Brotherhood does not permit an environment where the actual will of the Egyptian people can be expressed.
He is very fearful about the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood, and compares what they’re going to do, to what Hamas did in Gaza, particularly regarding the oppression of women.
Oh, and he also admires and supports Israel , which would explain the shout-down.
But what would explain the Arab (“Palestinian”) protesters’ hypocrisy? After all, they’re the ones studying at the Hebrew University.
Yes, there are Arabs at Hebrew U. According to the one daughter who studied there, they have a type of affirmative action that might even make the American Left cringe: Not only are they admitted to the university via affirmative action because they are Arabs, they also have their grades raised by affirmative action because they are Arabs. Think about that the next time an Arab doctor wants to treat you.

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