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Egypt’s “New Normal”: Pro-Israel, Pro-Democracy Bloggers Go Directly to Jail

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Posted on May 5 2011 12:30 pm
A life-long conservative Reagan Girl and conservative feminist, Lisa holds a Bachelors of Science in Political Science from Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT. Lisa is a staunch, unapologetic, Christian supporter and defender of Israel, who considers herself a spiritual Jew. Lisa resides in CT with her family and assortment of rescued pets.

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Remember those delightful Egyptian protests where Egyptians burned everything in sight, raping innocent women for so-called human rights while the mainstream media glorified the violence?  It was liberty spreading throughout the Muslim world!

One pro-Israel Egyptian blogger, Maikel Nabil, wants the world to know liberty and democracy had nothing to do with setting Egypt ablaze: Egypt is ushering in an extremist government dedicated to the destruction of Israel and the West.  Unsurprisingly, his criticisms didn’t sit well with the pro-Muslim Brotherhood Egyptian Ruling Council.

Nabil, “Egypt’s only Pro-Israel activist,” is an atheist and former Coptic Christian. He was arrested for “insulting the military establishment” and “spreading false information” about the Egyptian military on his blog.  He also refused to join the Egyptian military, calling it “conscriptive slavery,” and explained that he would not go to war against Israel because fundamentalist Islam is the real enemy:

From a young age I read a lot about the Israeli-Arab conflict. I understood the Arab media hid facts that support Israel. I tried to contact Israeli activists and started asking them questions, such as, ‘Is it true that Israel is a militaristic state?’ or, ‘Is it true that Israel wants to expand and reach the Nile?’… Many Arabs living in Israel told me how they are really treated and how much they prefer living in Israel above any Arab state…if the Palestinians had a democratic leadership, everything would be solved.  Take the war on Gaza for example–Hamas started it.  They refused to hold elections in Gaza and took control of the regime.  They planned a dictatorial and fundamentalist regime.  They refused to speak to Israel, fired rockets at it and caused it to defend itself.

Nabil believes Israel is the model for what Egypt could become if it chooses peace and democracy rather than violence and totalitarianism:

My support for Israel is not in support of Israel itself, as it is in support of the values represented by the State of Israel in the region, the values of democracy and modernity that Israel represents–whether we like it or not in the region. [I] stand by Israel as a modernist democracy where the people live as free citizens in a region of the world where free thinking is considered a crime.

And he dared to criticize the Egyptian army’s preferred narrative about the nation’s protests:

Even though the army pretended more than once to have sided with the revolution, the imprisonment and torture of activists continued exactly in the same way that used to happen before the revolution, as if nothing had changed.

The moment Nabil’s pro-Israel/anti-Egyptian military rhetoric hit the Internet, he was deemed a heretical Zionist traitor, a dangerous threat to be silenced immediately.  Can you imagine if a conscientious objector was an anti-Israel Jew-hater calling for the end to Western democracy?

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