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Le Parti salafiste Nour soutiendra le maréchal Abdel Fatah al-Sissi lors des prochaines élections présidentielles, a déclaré une source proche du parti.

Le Parti salafiste Nour soutiendra le maréchal Abdel Fatah al-Sissi lors des prochaines élections présidentielles, a déclaré une source proche du parti. | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By KAMEL KAMEL

CAIRO: The Salafist Nour Party will support Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi in the upcoming presidential elections, said a close source to the party.

The source added to Youm7 on Thursday that “the criteria set by the party for choosing the appropriate candidate apply to Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi who has not announced his run yet.”

The source added that statements by deputy head of the Salafist Call Yasser Al-Borhamy about the defense minister’s devoutness are a prelude for the party the call to declare their support of Sisi.

Meanwhile, leader of the Salafist Call Sameh Abdel Hamid said that “perhaps, Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi will uplift Egypt due to his prestige in Egypt and abroad.”

“All state installations will cooperate with Sisi,” Abdel Hamid told Youm7.

Abdel Hamid said, “The Salafist Call will announce its position explicitly after closing the door for candidates,” adding that the call does not mind supporting Sisi in the upcoming elections or anyone with a military background.

He added that there some characteristics that should be present in the presidential candidate like the ability to restore Egypt’s prestige domestically and abroad and should have a  real reform program in addition to enhancing the economy and security.

The candidate should not marginalize any group at the expense of another and must include all political parties and “that’s what I see in Field Marshal Abdel Fatah al-Sisi,” he said.

Furthermore, secretary general of the Nour Party Gala el-Mora denied rumors about the party’s support of Sisi, adding to Youm7 that the party will announce its final decision after the deadline for announcing candidacy.

Originally published in Youm7.

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L'Appel Salafiste ne soutiendra pas Al-Sissi comme candidat à la présidence

The deputy head of Egypt's Salafist Call, Yasser El-Borhamy, says the movement and its political arm, the Nour Party, will not support the presidential candidacy of army chief Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi should he decide to run for president.

 

 

Speaking to Lebanese paper As-Safir in an extended interview, El-Borhamy, who has voiced regular support for Egypt's ongoing transitional roadmap, says the Salafist Call and Nour Party have no plans so far to field a presidential candidate.

"Like in the first round [of last year's presidential elections] when we supported Abdel-Moneim Abul-Fotouh, we will settle on only one candidate in the coming polls," he was quoted as saying.

"We will not participate in dividing the street like in last year's polls, when when we supported one candidate (other than the one they originally favoured) over the other in the second round."

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Salafi Leader Calls On Citizens to Defend Themselves Under Police Weakness

Former head of "Asala" Salafi Party, Adel Afifi, called on citizens on Monday to defend themselves and their property in the light of what he described as the weakness of police performance on the streets.

The Salafi (ultraconservative Muslim) leader told Aswat Masriya that the Brotherhood's position in the Friday clashes falls under Article 245 of the Penal Code that stipulate self-defence.

The clashes between the Islamist group's members and their opponents have left around 200 persons injured.

"The people must help the police in facing thugs, we cannot leave the whole matter to the police, who are fragile at this point," the Shura Council member said.

 

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L'homme qui veut détruire les pyramides

L'homme qui veut détruire les pyramides | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Depuis l’arrivée au pouvoir des islamistes et l’élection de Mohamed Morsi, en juin 2012, à la présidence, plusieurs figures de l’islam radical se sont prononcées en faveur de la démolition des vestiges de la civilisation égyptienne. Idolâtres et païens, ils seraient, selon elles, contraires à la religion. Sur le plateau de Gizeh, la célèbre pyramide de Khéops, construite il y a quatre mille cinq cents ans, inscrite au patrimoine mondial de l’humanité et dernière merveille du monde antique, est ainsi la cible des salafistes. Certains ont même suggéré qu’on la recouvre de cire pour empêcher tout acte d’adoration.


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Salafi leader arrested in deadly Shubra family feud

Salafi leader arrested in deadly Shubra family feud | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Police arrested prominent Salafi leader Gamal Saber on Tuesday in connection with a deadly family feud in Shubra district that left three people dead.

According to reports, members of the Assal and Saber families have been exchanging gunfire and Molotov cocktails since Monday following the stabbing death of high school student Saad Dorra.

Central Security Forces had deployed three armored vehicles Tuesday evening in an attempt to stop the conflict, which had also injured dozens of people, including nine policemen.

 

Al-Masry Al-Youm, via Egypt independent

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Muslim Cleric Calls U.S. Aid to Egypt ‘Jizya’

Muslim Cleric Calls U.S. Aid to Egypt ‘Jizya’ | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

...The wonderful thing about Salafis(...)is that they are so unabashed and frank about what they believe.   Such is the degree of brainwashing that they have undergone.  Unlike the Muslim Brotherhood, which was founded much earlier, doublespeak is not second nature to the Salafis.

 

The most recent example comes from Al Hafiz TV, an Egyptian Islamic station.  During a roundtable discussion on the U.S. and foreign aid to Egypt, an Islamic cleric, clearly of the Salafi bent—he had their trademark mustache-less-beard—insisted that the U.S. must be treated contemptuously, like a downtrodden dhimmi, or conquered infidel; that Egypt must make the U.S. conform to its own demands; and that, then, all the money the U.S. offers to Egypt in foreign aid can be taken as rightfully earned jizya.

 

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We will not leave the streets to the opposition: Salafist figure

Abu-Ismail said that the latter will mobilise on the streets to resist a "conspiracy" aimed at bringing the military back to power.

 

"In the past few months we've stayed away from the street, hoping that the constitutional path would bring stability, but the past week has shown that conspiracies being plotted through the disastrous court verdict that suspended the elections, as well as police strikes, could provide a reason for the army to redeploy to the streets," Abu-Ismail said at a press conference held in Giza.

 

"We're not leaving the streets for the opposition anymore; we will force the rats back into their burrows," he said.

 

Abu-Ismail went on to assert that the coalition will prepare itself to contest the elections, although the new polling dates have not yet been decided after elections were postponed indefinitely following a court order that ruled the new electoral law to be unconstitutional.

 

Abu-Ismail announced during Friday's conference that the coalition will contest seats on both the electoral lists and the individual list during the upcoming parliamentary polls. He also called on other Islamist parties to "unite" with the coalition in the parliamentary elections.

 

In addition, Abu-Ismail called on President Mohamed Morsi, who hails from the Muslim Brotherhood, to take stronger measures against the opposition.

 

"The current policies [of the government] are influenced by outside forces and pressured internally by protests. We should not allow the government to comply with any initiatives that only lead the country to further inflammation," he said.

 

Ahram Online, via Egypt.com


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Salafi party proposes initiative to solve political, economic crisis

Salafi party proposes initiative to solve political, economic crisis | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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The Salafi Watan Party has proposed a new initiative to solve the political and economic crisis in Egypt and called on political parties and forces to sign what it called a "code of honour and national responsibility" on 23 March. 

The initiative comprises 13 points including a political truce, a council for economic development, election monitoring, a national coalition government, social justice, and economic identity, the party said on its Facebook page.

"The simple Egyptian citizen is not concerned with political differences ... as much as he is with improving his living conditions."

The party said it proposed the initiative out of a sense of national responsibility.

It urged political and national powers, heads of political parties, Shura Council members, former prime ministers, and economic institutions to attend a media conference to be held in al-Azhar Unniversity's grand conference hall on 23 March at 7 p.m.

The goal of the conference is to discuss the economic state of Egypt and its repercussions on the country's economic future and to sign the code of honour and national responsibility, the party's statement explained.

Watan Party is a newly founded party that branched out of the Salafi Nour Party. Former head of Nour Party Emad Abdel Ghafour is now head of the Watan Party. 

 

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Salafi leader threatens popular resistance

Salafi leader threatens popular resistance | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
Egypt Independent 

A prominent Salafi leader and former presidential hopeful Hazem Salah Abu Ismail warned Saturday of “popular” resistance to preempt any attempt by opposition groups or trials to impose a government to reinstate military rule.

Abu Ismail’s comments came today during a news conference to announce the formation of a new electoral alliance joining hardline Salafi parties.

The new block includes the parties of Raya — which is headed by Abu Ismail himself — and Fadila, Asala and Labor as well as the Free Islamic Coalition and General Islamic Current.

Citizens in the Suez Canal region in February started to collect petitions to mandate the army to rule their governorates instead of President Mohamed Morsy.

Residents of these governorates said they were fed up with political unrest and frustrated by the month-long curfew Morsy imposed in January after deadly clashes broke out between protesters and police. The wave of violence broke out after a 26 January court ruling in the Port Said Stadium violence case.

So far, military leaders have not responded to the petitions or growing calls for their return to power.

Abu Ismail explained that no government should be formed under pressure, and that consent between opposition and government must be the grounds for the formation of a government.

He expressed hopes of a “new state,” slamming policies of “political entities,” which he said waste guarantees for a strong nation.

Abu Ismail’s speech on the formation of the government was a blatant reference to National Salvation Front, which conditions its participation in a Morsy-sponsored national dialogue to the formation of a new government.

Abu Ismail said today that the torching of the Police Club headquarters and Egyptian Football Association Saturday is an evidence of a “scheme of global powers to sabotage the country.”

The preacher claimed that these powers plan to burn Arab Spring countries at this time. He stressed that “all should respect judiciary rulings.”

Abu Ismail also called on Shura Council, the upper house of Parliament, to take its legislative responsibility over amending the elections law, for which the Supreme Constitutional Court demanded earlier modifications to some clauses.

 

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Salafi group calls for new ministry to regulate virtue and vice

The Salafi Jihadi movement called for a new vice and virtue ministry as a first step to a hardline application of Sharia.

 

Morgan Salem, a leader of the group, said that every Muslim was obliged to promote virtue and combat vice, and the leader of the nation must address that by establishing a ministry to hold sinners accountable. This ministry would be the most important body in an Islamic state, he said.

 

The ministry would also be responsible for purging other ministries and state institutions of corruption, Salem added.

 

"[The ministry] uses violence and force when there is a rebellion against the rule of God," he declared.

 

"When a drinker is advised to abandon drinking alcohol and he does, he should be left [alone]. But if he continued [to drink] and rebelled, he should be held accountable by force to follow Sharia by the ruler or the judge affiliated with the ministry," Salem continued

 

Judges affiliated with the ministry should be Muslim scholars, he said.

 

Salem concluded that Hesham al-Ashry, the founder of a virtue and vice coalition, is incompetent to lead that group, as he dresses like a Westerner, and must be held accountable.

 

 

Almasry Alyoum, via Egypt.com

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Leading Nour Party members join wave of Salafis quitting Shater's commission

Leading Nour Party members join wave of Salafis quitting Shater's commission | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Two prominent Nour Party members resigned from the Jurisprudence Commission for Rights and Reform on Monday in protest against the Muslim Brotherhood’s domination of that panel.

The Commission was established by Muslim Brotherhood leader Khairet al-Shater as a cooperative platform for the Brotherhood and Salfis parties.

Adel Nasr and Ali Ghelab, both members of the Nour Party’s Sheikh Council, were critical of Brotherhood members’ control of the Commission. Some members attacked the Salafi Dawah and Nour Parties, Nasr claimed.

 “They [the Salafi parties] both stood up for Sharia in the Constituent Assembly and the Shura Council, while the Commission did not stand up for those who were mistreated, and did not attack those who wrongly and falsely accuse Muslims, as we see evident in the case of Khaled Alam Eddin [a recently dismissed presidential advisor].”

Nasr added that the Commission did not support members who had been wrongfully criticized by the panel’s deputy head, despite their efforts in the fight for Sharia. (Egypt independent)

 

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Egypt's 'true and pure' sheikh leads Salafis against Brotherhood

Egypt's 'true and pure' sheikh leads Salafis against Brotherhood | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Sheikh Raslan's rejection of politics and strict adherence to Salafist beliefs draws followers not only from Egypt, but from all over the world. Bradley Hope reports from Sobk El Ahad (...)

Sheikh Raslan's rigid beliefs have made him one of the most influential critics of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group that has risen in the aftermath of the 2011 uprising to become the most powerful political group in Egypt. Mohammed Morsi, a former top official of the Brotherhood, was elected as president in June and the group's political arm, the Freedom and Justice Party, won nearly half the seats in the first parliamentary elections in 2011 and 2012.

In a video in September, Sheikh Raslan let loose a tirade that makes the frequent criticisms from political liberals of the Brotherhood pale in comparison.

"They sow corruption on the earth in the name of religion, they cause people to deviate from the creed in the name of Islam. What do they offer to people? Delusions and superstitions, since they are ignorant of the truth of what was brought by Mohammed, Peace be upon him," he said, according to a translation published on the North Africa blog Arabist.net.

Sheikh Raslan then directed his comments to the Egyptian people: "You're a nice, oblivious people that suffered great wrongs. You are about to receive the severest punishment in an age of corruption that claims to be transitory, even though it is more corrupt. Their marriage with the authorities will be like Christian marriage - without divorce. Those people, if they are able, will get into your pores and your minds, mingle with your blood, and take possession of the key posts of power in the country in such a way that they will only be able to be dislodged by spilling rivers of blood."

Since the uprising, Islamists of every stripe - from jihadists released from prison to the pragmatic and secretive Muslim Brotherhood - have flourished in the new Egypt. No longer the target of secret police, they have founded new political parties and their leaders have become regulars on television talk shows.

Implementing Sharia, or Islamic law, is a major discussion in politics - something unthinkable during the 60 years of autocratic rule under Mubarak and his predecessors. A sign of their influence is the new constitution, which contains religious phrasing and enshrines a role for senior scholars from Egypt's 1,000-year-old Al Azhar mosque and university in determining whether laws are Sharia-compliant.

But the new Islamist parties have also begun fracturing because of disagreements about strategy and whether it is appropriate to take part in a process that requires compromising their strict Sharia principles. (Bradley Hope/The National)

 

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Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road

Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Security agencies will not negotiate with Salafi protesters who have blocked the Bir Lahfan-Arish Road to demand the release of those accused in the 2004 Taba bombings, a North Sinai military source said.

The source said 100 people, whom he called jihadis, were blocking the road, but added that the matter is in the hands of the president and judiciary, which six months ago agreed to hold retrials for the accused.
“If we agree to release them, they will demand their acquittal,” the source said.


The bombings took place on 7 October 2004, one day after Egypt marks the anniversary of its successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war against Israel. The Taba bombings killed 38 people, including 18 Egyptians and 12 Israelis.

 

Disorder has spread in Sinai since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak last year. In August, Islamist militants killed 16 guards at the Egypt-Israel border.

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L'Appel Salafiste annonce son soutien à la candidature d'Al-Sissi à la présidence

L'Appel Salafiste annonce son soutien à la candidature d'Al-Sissi à la présidence | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

By KAMEL KAMEL

 CAIRO: Salafi Call leader Sameh Abdel Hameed told Youm7 that if Sisi’s presidency will help Egypt to rise, we will support him in the presidential elections.

 Hameed said, “All of the state facilities and foundations would cooperate with Sisi due to his popularity inside and outside of Egypt.”

 Salafi Call will officially announce its stance from presidential candidates until the potential candidates remain, Hameed continued.

 He added that the candidate must also pay attention for economic and security files and to treat all sects and political factions the same way, adding that Sisi has these qualities, calling on him to propose a realistic program for development.

 Originally published in Youm7.

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Salafi leader: We need to "empower religion instead of the people"

Salafi leader: We need to "empower religion instead of the people" | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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rominent Salafi leader, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, demanded on Tuesday “empowering religion instead of the people after the January uprising.”

“Our mission today is to shift the people's empowerment, after the uprising brought down tyranny, to the empowerment of religion,” the disqualified presidential candidate said on his official Facebook page.

The Islamist politician added, “The people could not agree about whether enabling a certain person is better than enabling another, but we could not disagree for a moment on all the goodness that lies in religious empowerment.”

 

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La vérité du conflit entre les Frères musulmans et les salafistes

Maintenant, chacun s’aperçoit que le projet islamique est de toute évidence en danger, par suite de l’antagonisme et du déchirement des deux composantes de ce projet –  les Frères musulmans et les salafistes. Il est certain – et c’est une certitude partagée par tous – que ce conflit n’est pas le fruit du moment. Avant d’être politique, il s’agit d’un conflit intellectuel et idéologique qui remonte à la naissance de la confrérie [des Frères musulmans] et de la prédication salafiste (al-da‘awa al-salafiyya). Ce conflit n’avait jamais atteint un stade comparable à celui qu’il a atteint aujourd’hui, attisé par les tensions politiques, de sorte qu’il prend une dimension qui va au-delà de la seule divergence idéologique. L’existence d’une querelle idéologique n’avait pas fait obstacle, après le 25 janvier, à une alliance entre les deux composantes du projet islamique pour arriver ensemble au sommet du pouvoir, et c’est en surmontant beaucoup d’obstacles et de difficultés qu’ils ont pu faire ce qu’ils ont fait. Mais cette alliance est aujourd’hui menacée par ce conflit, ce qui pousse certains à se demander si ce n’est pas la fin de la lune de miel entre les Frères musulmans et les salafistes.

 

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Abu Ismail criticizes Morsy over arrest of Hazemoun member

Abu Ismail criticizes Morsy over arrest of Hazemoun member | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

In the first clash of its kind between the Muslim Brotherhood and Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, the Salafi preacher and former presidential candidate criticized the arrest on Tuesday of one of his prominent supporters, saying that the action is “a disgrace that will follow President Mohamed Morsy wherever he goes".

Ismail was referring to the arrest of Gamal Saber, coordinator of the Hazemoun campaign which supported Ismail's presidential bid. Saber was involved in a deadly family feud earlier this week in the Cairo neighborhood of Shubra.

 

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Egyptians are tired of political conflict - Head of Salafi Party

Egyptians are tired of political conflict - Head of Salafi Party | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Head of 'Al-Watan' Salafi Party and presidential aide, Emad Abdel Ghafour, said on Monday that Egypt is currently facing tough challenges that require confrontation.

In a press conference held by the Watan Party in Sohag, Abdel Ghafour said, "Challenges increase by the day; lack of security, economic deterioration, the fall of Egypt's currency and the increase in the state budget's deficit."

"Egyptians are tired of political conflict, they do not care which cabinet comes. They care for the services provided to them; housing, healthcare and education. The people want to better their economic situation and find jobs, they do not care about whether the general attorney continues in office or not," said the former head of the Nour Party.

 

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‘Pharoah’s Magicians’: Egypt’s TV puts a spell on you, warns Islamist preacher

‘Pharoah’s Magicians’: Egypt’s TV puts a spell on you, warns Islamist preacher | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

We’ve heard of the jinx of the Sphinx, mystic curses from the lands of Ancient Egypt and the odd sprinkle of magic over all things mysterious.

But recent claims from a prominent Egyptian preacher have perhaps reached new heights.

Beware, viewers watching Egyptian satellite channels – warns preacher Safwat Hegazy – for you could be “watching Pharaoh’s spell” at work.

This week, Hegazy called on the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip not to watch the channels because they were “Pharaoh’s magicians.”

“Pharaoh (Ramses II) had only one Haman but now there are 1,000 Hamans in Egypt,” Hegazy said in reference to Haman, who along with Pharaoh, were believed by Muslims to have rejected Prophet Moses’ call to worship God.

During the speech, delivered at a conference called “The Palestinian Cause in the Shadow of the Arab Spring,” the preacher criticized Egyptian magazines and dailies that accused Hamas of targeting and killing Egyptian forces during the “terrorist” Rafah attack. 

“We in Egypt do not believe what is published in newspapers,” he said, the Egyptian daily al-Masry al-Youm reported.

Recently, members of Islamist groups in Egypt have spoken out against the many televised news talk shows and presenters that appear to be overtly against the country’s Islamist rule.

“Quality assurance in Egyptian media is direly needed across the board,” Dr H.A. Hellyer, of the Brookings Institution and specialist on Egyptian politics told Al Arabiya English on Monday.

“The irony is, however, that the government that Hegazy directly supports has not taken such reforms seriously at all. If anything, the state media has simply switched allegiances, and pro-Islamist independent media has hardly been leading the way in non-polarizing news,” Hellyer added.

Meanwhile, ties between Gaza and Egypt were shaken after an Aug. 5 attack last year in which gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula, next to Gaza, killed 16 Egyptian soldiers. The incident raised new worries about the smuggling of weapons and militants through border tunnels, and Egypt is investigating whether the assailants had ties to Gaza.

Hegazy also criticized attempts to topple Egyptian President Mohammed Mursi and the Muslim Brotherhood’s rule saying, “Even if the revolution falls, Islam will not fall and President Mursi will not fall and (will stay until) the end of his term.”

Hegazy added that Arab Spring revolutions “will succeed” and that Jerusalem will be the capital of the Islamic Caliphate. This was similar to a comment he made last year.

“Peace with Israel is not a strategic option. There will be no peace and no surrender. The Palestinian land will be freed despite the Jews’ [will],” he said.

 

Eman El-Shenawi / Al-Arabiya

 

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Egyptian officials who eradicate locusts are 'enemies of God': Salafist preacher -

Egyptian officials who eradicate locusts are 'enemies of God': Salafist preacher - | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Locusts are a 'gift from God', and government officials who plan to get rid of them are against God, Salafist preacher Abdullah Abdel Hamid says.

 

Abdullah Abdel Hamid, a professor at Al-Azhar University and Salafist preacher, described Egyptian government officials as "enemies of God," following their late statements about eradicating millions of locusts who stormed several of Egypt's governorates in the last few weeks, Al-Watan newspaper reported on Friday.

 

"Locusts embody a gift from God to humans living on Earth; how dare they say such things?" Abdel Hamid said at a Friday sermon in the Egyptian canal city of Suez.

 

Abdel Hamid argued that no "police or military troops" could stop the locusts, as "God's will" cannot be challenged.

 

Since January, swarms of the insects — originating from Sudan — have been spotted along the Red Sea coast in south-eastern Egypt, north-eastern Sudan, Eritrea and Saudi Arabia. At the time, the Land Centre for Human Rights, a local NGO devoted to agriculture issues, reported that 38 percent of the nation's crops had been damaged as a direct result of the arrival of locusts.

 

According to the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), one tonne of locusts eat the same amount of food in a single day as around 2,500 people.

 

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Salafist figure: We will take to streets if army intervenes against Morsi

Salafist figure: We will take to streets if army intervenes against Morsi | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
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Leading Salafist political figure Hazem Salah Abu-Ismail criticised what he described as opposition calls for military intervention, saying it would be a "crime" and a coup against constitutionality.

Speaking to Al-Nahar satellite channel on Tuesday, Abu-Ismail threatened that he, along with his supporters, would take to the streets if the military intervened in the political situation. He went on to defend President Mohamed Morsi, saying that despite his opposition to many of the president's policies, as an elected president he should be given a chance.

Abu-Ismail went on to defend Morsi's controversial presidential decree from November last year, which made presidential decisions immune to legal appeal, now cancelled after mass demonstrations against the measure.

He argued the decree's purpose was to respond to opposition demands to change the prosecutor-general, denying the decree was the reason behind the current political crisis.

Abu-Ismail, a former presidential candidate and founding member of the Raya Party, further criticised those claiming that the state is being 'Brotherhoodized,' arguing that Muslim Brotherhood members were hired in leading governmental positions to combat corruption.

Opposition figures have frequently accused the presidency and the government of hiring Brotherhood members in many state institutions.

Members of the Salafist Nour Party, which Abu-Ismail said he disagreed with, have also often complained that the Brotherhood were taking over state institutions in a manner that would not allow for free and fair elections in upcoming polls.

The Salafist community has been witnessing disagreements since a faction split from the Nour Party, the largest Salafist party, to form the Watan Party in January.

Abu-Ismail's newly formed Raya Party had earlier issued a joint statement with the Watan Party saying that the parties were considering allying during elections.

 

(Al-Ahram, via Aswat Masroya)

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Salafis plan Tahrir demo to protest Iran, Shia relations

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Islamist movements and Salafi parties plan to organize a demonstration in Tahrir Square on 15 March to protest what they see as normalization in relations with Iran and Shia Muslims, and to pressure the president and Muslim Brotherhood to stop exchanging visits with Iran.

The Salafi Nour and Asala parties, the Jamaa al-Islamiyas Construction and Development Party and the Muslim Rebels, Sahaba and Omatuna movements, as well as the Hazemoun — a group supporting former presidential hopeful and Salafi Sheikh Hazem Salah Abu Ismail — plan to participate.

“We will escalate the matter if the Brotherhood keeps signing agreements with Iran,” said Yehia al-Sherbiny, coordinator of the Muslim Rebels movement.

Brotherhood member Karem Radwan said the group would face any Shia “tide,” the word often used to describe what some fear is the spread of Shia Islam in mostly Sunni Egypt.

“Our relations with Iran are political, not religious,” Radwan said.

 

More on: http://arabia.msn.com/news/middle-east/1346788/salafis-plan-tahrir-demo-protest-iran/

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Bishop Morcos: Salafis besiege church in Shubra

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Bishop Morcos of Shubra Al Khaimah Church said on Monday that a group of Salafis (ultraconservative Muslims) surround the church of Abu Makkar which is located in Cairo. 

"The church has obtained a licence from Shubra Kheima neighborhood to remove a violating building that falls between the service building of the church and the neighbors, as the removal was being implemented under the supervision of police forces, we found that the church is being besieged by around 150 of Salafis without a clear reason," Bishop Morcos told Aswat Masriya. 

He pointed that the besiege of the church has happened before, "We reported the incident to the attorney general, we notified the officials, yet it happens again and everyone is silent about it."

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Court releases preacher detained for blasphemy

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A criminal court ruled on Monday to release Islamic preacher Ahmed Abdullah, known as “Abu Islam”, on bail of 20, 000 Egyptian pounds in a blasphemy case. 

Prosecution had ordered on Saturday the detention of Abu Islam, who owns the religious al-Omma satellite channel, for four days pending investigation over an allegation of insulting religions. 

Coptic lawyer Naguib Gabriel had come forward to the general prosecutor with a legal complaint against Abu Islam, accusing him of insulting the Christian faith and Egypt's women but specifically those who are Christian. 

A recorded footage of Abu Islam saying that 90 percent of female protesters who head to Tahrir Square are Christian, referring to them as "crusaders", had circulated the internet. 

In the video, Abu Islam also says that these females go to demonstrations half naked with the purpose of getting raped.  

The same Islamic preacher had once torn a copy of the bible in front of the American mission in Cairo during September protests against an anti-Islam film that sparked violence in Islamic countries. 

 

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Military source: No negotiation with Salafi protesters blocking Sinai road

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Security agencies will not negotiate with Salafi protesters who have blocked the Bir Lahfan-Arish Road to demand the release of those accused in the 2004 Taba bombings, a North Sinai military source said.

The source said 100 people, whom he called jihadis, were blocking the road, but added that the matter is in the hands of the president and judiciary, which six months ago agreed to hold retrials for the accused.

“If we agree to release them, they will demand their acquittal,” the source said.

The bombings took place on 7 October 2004, one day after Egypt marks the anniversary of its successful crossing of the Suez Canal in the 1973 war against Israel. The Taba bombings killed 38 people, including 18 Egyptians and 12 Israelis.

Disorder has spread in Sinai since a popular uprising ousted autocrat Hosni Mubarak last year. In August, Islamist militants killed 16 guards at the Egypt-Israel border.

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm (Egypt independent)

http://www.egyptindependent.com/news/military-source-no-negotiation-salafi-protesters-blocking-sinai-road

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