Toward a Pluralistic Middle East? – Jewish Ideas Daily.As the Middle East lurches through the present confusion of civil war, revolution, and mass protest, decent people everywhere wonder about the chances of a more pluralistic and democratic order emerging. One way of measuring progress in that direction will be to track the treatment of minorities like the Berbers and the Jews.
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Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat was born in 1918 into a modest family in a poor village in the Nile delta.
Influenced from a young age by nationalist politicians such as Kamal Atatürk, the founder of the Turkish republic, Sadat hoped to end the British occupation of his country.
He graduated from the military academy when he was 20 years old, but being an army officer did not prevent him from joining underground resistance movements.
With the second world war raging, Sadat calculated that Egypt’s best chance of overthrowing British rule lay in a German invasion. In 1942, he was accused of consorting with a Nazi spy network in Cairo, fired from the army and imprisoned.
He was released from prison in 1948 and shortly after joined the nationalist Free Officers Movement, which had been founded by Jamal Abdul Nasser.
In July 1952, the young officers carried out a military coup that culminated in the overthrow of King Farouk and which subsequently brought more than 70 years of British colonisation to an end.
In 1969, Nasser, appointed Sadat as his vice-president. Within a year, he was president.
It has become increasingly apparent to Arab and Persian governments that the animal world is turning against them, perhaps through programs initiated by the forces of Zionism.
In recent news, numerous shark attacks near Sharm el-Sheikh, on the banks of the Red Sea, have been viewed as a possible sign that Israel’s Mossad is using the deadly fish as a biological weapon, a means of harming Egypt’s tourist trade. According to South Sinai Governor Mohamed Abdel Fadil Shousha, as reported by Reuters, “What is being said about the Mossad throwing the deadly shark (in the sea) to hit tourism in Egypt is not out of the question, but it needs time to confirm.” While other possible explanations for these attacks are also being investigated, history shows good cause for Egypt’s government to suspect the hand of Israel’s intelligence service in these attacks.
In 2008, Dr. Hasan Khater, secretary-general of the Islamic-Christian Front in Jerusalem, released a report indicating Israel was using poison-resistant rats to drive Arab residents of Jerusalem from their homes. Published by the Palestinian Authority official newspaper, Wafa, as well as other Palestinian media, the report cites unidentified Arab residents who stated they had tried various poisons on the rats without success.
- Is Dr. Doolittle Working With Mossad? (pajamasmedia.com)
- Israel rejects shark plot claims (bbc.co.uk)
- Egypt shark attack: Come in the water’s lovely says Sharm el Sheikh tourism chief (dailymail.co.uk)