Posted by Curt on 13 May, 2006 at 12:45 am. 2 comments already!


It’s sad that on the same day that a Socialist group announced protests of Israel because they are “apartheid” nation:

Britain’s largest lecturers’ union is expected to reignite an international controversy about academic freedom with a new call for a boycott of Israeli lecturers and academic institutions which do not publicly oppose “Israeli apartheid policies”.

That they ignore the REAL apartheid governments:

President Hosni Mubarak’s government dispatched thousands of riot police officers into the center of the city on Thursday to silence demonstrators intent on showing support for judges demanding

The demonstrators in Cairo were intent on showing support for judges demanding independence from the president.

The police clubbed men and women trying to demonstrate as well as half a dozen journalists.

“This is a farce in every meaning of the word,” said Salah Zidan, a lawyer involved in pressing for more freedoms. “There has never been anything like this: that someone should express his opinion is committing a crime.”

So who is the real enemy here?

Sandmonkey has some pictures taken firsthand of who should be considered a enemy:

More about the “non-apartheid” country named Egypt:

The Riot Police, alongside thugs and plain-clothed police officers went and attacked the demonstrations with batons on Adly street, and then started arresting them. A group of protesters got trapped in front of the engineer’s syndicate on Ramsis street, and the police is beating them up, dragging them on the street and arresting them. The Police also reportedly beat up another group of protesters from the pharmacists syndicate and also attacked some US journalists who were taking pictures and broke their cameras. Another group of MB that was demonstrating at the Al Fatah mosque is currently also getting beat up and in the process of getting arrested. This is bad!

Oh and don’t forget about that Egyptian blogger Alaa:

Alaa, blogger, co-founder of the egyptian blog aggregator Manalaa and democracy activist, got arrested today during a protest to support the Judiciary’s branch fight for independence. He, and about 10 others, were rounded up in the street, beaten up and thrown in a police car. Amongst those who got arrested were at least 3 girls, and the police beat up at least another 2 girls as well.

But hey, it’s Israel thats the bad guys here. Those evil people trying to protect themselves against those who would strap a bomb on themselves.

Yes, go protest against Israel while Egypt beats their protestors and imprison’s bloggers:

As you may have heard by now, Egyptian Blogger Alaa Abdel Fatah has been arrested alongside 10 others while demonstrating in support of the independence of the Judiciary in Egypt and the release of previous demonstrators who were detained 2 weeks earlier. The Police entrapped them, cordoning off their peaceful protest and then proceeded to handpick the demonstrators that they wanted to detain, beat them, and then arrested them.

Alaa and those arrested with him are now arrested for 15 days “pending investigation”, which could be renewed indefinitely if the state so wishes. He and the men were sent to the infamous Torah Prison and the girls to the Qanatir prison for the duration. This makes them hardly safe, because stuff that goes on in Egyptian prisons on the hands of the jailors: beatings, sexual assaults, torture of all kinds.

Currently there are about 48 detained, 6 of them are bloggers, and 3 of them are women. The best known is Alaa, which makes him the posterboy of this campaign – but getting them out is equally as important. Egypt has fewer than 830 bloggers all in all, 60 of whom are political and less than 30 are politically active. Now 6 of those are in jail – 20% of all politically active Egyptian bloggers – and amongst them one of Egypt’s most highly profiled one.

This is by no means a co-incidence. Government agents handpicked people to arrest from amongst the protesters. They have been wanting to get Alaa for a long time now, precisely because he is high profile, and because he helps organizes the protests and spread the information through the blog aggregator he runs ( With Alaa gone, Aggregator could shut down without his maintenance and other bloggers could get too scared to be active and find no way to organize or reach one other.
It’s of vital importance that he gets released ASAP.

Alaa is a secular democracy activist, and a tireless advocate of freedom, free speech and human rights. He organizes demonstrations and engages in protests against all kinds of injustices in Egypt and is the winner of the international Best of the Blogs award from Reporters Without Borders last December.

Does this remind you a bit of the silence heard when Bush freed 20 million women from Afghanistan to Iraq?

All those people freed from brutal dictatorships and where was the left? Protesting against freeing them. Now they protest a free Democratic Israel while giving the thumbs up to Palestinians and other Muslim countries like Egypt.

Makes sense huh?


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