Leaked news that Egypt’s new rulers have agreed with Libya’s new rulers to hand over about 1,800 Libyans, who worked with late President Moammar Qaddafi and who reside in Egypt, is disturbing news, which is abundant these days. (...)
A think tank in Washington revealed that there is a deal between the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and the Libyan authorities. The deal states that Egypt hands over Qaddafi’s men in exchange for securing oil investments in the eastern provinces in Libya. The suspicious deal is allegedly in exchange of three billion dollars and job opportunities for Egyptians in Libya. I tend to believe this piece of news because it has a well-founded basis. Around four months ago, I learnt of negotiations on the matter; the “bidding” began at 500 million dollars. At the time, I did not believe this information as I never thought that Egypt would reach this level, even when ruled by men whom I hold in disregard. But the recent news comes to confirm this fear. If they implement this deal, then they are really unaware of Egypt’s worth.
The history of refugees in Egypt
The value of states is measured by how much they retain their values. Part ofEgypt’s value is that it has historically been a refuge for those seeking security. Perhaps the migration of Jesus and the Virgin Mary toEgyptto flee the Romans was the first trip of political asylum in history.
Pharanoic Egypt knew the asylum system in temples, castles and royal tombs considering that kings were gods or gods’ sons. Later, the religious basis of asylum took on a social impetus and defending it became similar to defending the honor of the group.
Muslim Arabs transferred to Egypt the traditions of the Arab peninsula and the rulings of Islam that state one should respect refuge and protect refugees. The transfer of these traditions and rulings left an influence on what the Egyptians consider today to be sanctity for places of worship and tombs of good people. Egyptians pride themselves on deeming Egypt a place which every distressed person can enter safely.