Yesterday, I wrote a lot of questions regarding the strikes on Libya. Today, Amr ElHasy, Libya’s Prime Minister announced that the Egyptian strikes killed 7 women and children and injured a lot of civilians violating all international regulations just to distract Egyptians.
Good luck with that!
The Libyan PM’s speech:
After the shocking High Definition video that ISIL released showing the execution of 21 Copts in Libya, the Egyptian Armed Forced announced strikes aimed at their camps and armory storage that killed exactly “64 ISIL militants”.
I don’t know how they counted exactly 64 bodies and I doubt they know the answer. I wonder how they waited until they executed all these poor people to show any reaction while the NATO rushed into Libya in less than a month after people started protesting against Ghaddafi. For anything’s sake, I need an answer, if you knew where they are located, where they have their weapons stored and where they trained, why on Earth no one moved their asses until this video was uploaded?
Given the previous lies of the same forces on almost everything, I stand unconvinced that they are serious about anything. The MENA region has one of the highest estimates of military spending worldwide and all these billions of dollars spent every year couldn’t help eradicating terrorism that we’ve been fighting for decades, way before the US’ 911 campaign.
Since terrorists are here and there to stay, I suggest we use this money to feed the hungry and shelter the homeless so at least no one would be forced to fly to Libya to feed their family and die there while we use our military to abolish a city like Rafah and force its people to migrate.
The Benevolence Taxi or (Taxi El-Kheir) is an initiative that Mohamed ElGarhey (@) started one week after Mubarak’s ousting in 2011. He started going around all over Egypt collecting donations for building a healthcare centre in Shabraween.
A lot of activists, actors and figures in Egypt started supporting the initiative and despite of the ups and downs of the situation in Egypt, ElGarhey kept going around and people would call him when he gets to where they are to donate.
ElGarhey started the initiative after going through a hard time with hospitals in Egypt until his 2 years old son died and he considers this initiative something to help out all those who can’t afford healthcare in Egypt.
Me and Egyptian actor Fathy Abdel Wahab @fatabwahab 30th of March 2012 in Maadi with ElGarhey
Social Media has been the main engine besides ElGarhey’s endeavors, a lot of business men and individuals started donating money and medical equipment. It started with a clinic and he is hopeful to turn it into a hospital.
Within the first year ElGarhey managed to collect over a million EGP, now there are a lot of medical equipment. The land was bought already, and he is almost done.
a recent picture of the project
How it will be soon :)
The initiative (Jan 25 organisation) that he started is also helping thousands of orphans. Try to donate whatever you can for such an amazing project. If you are in Egypt, you can always contact ElGarhey on twitter, you can also make a bank transfer to account number 101/1/999000 in Banque Misr.
Please watch the whole story (Arabic)
After the hashtag #JeSuisCharlie took social media by a storm, a hashtag #JeSuisAhmed followed to stress the fact that a Muslim died in the attack trying to stop the terrorists. I did write why I’m not Charlie before but coming to think of it, I couldn’t even participate in the hashtag “I’m Ahmed” for many reasons.
To start with, I can’t imagine myself being a policeman in anyway and most importantly, had I been there during the accident, I would have never had the guts to chase armed terrorists. In fact, most of those who participated wouldn’t have chased armed terrorists as well. So, I’m sorry for all the Muslims out there who participated in the hashtag, if you were to know that those armed men in front of you had just killed those who made fun of your prophet, you wouldn’t risk your life chasing them.
Ahmed Merabet and Franck Brinsolaro were two courageous human beings regardless of their religion and no hashtag would give them justice.
What annoyed me the most is seeing faces of Netanyahu and Abbas marching against terrorism. I love the idea of solidarity beyond borders and race but c’mon, is this for real? For anything’s sake, those same people were responsible for the misery of millions and the murder of hundreds of children because they just can’t make anything work are marching for cartoonists who were murdered in a different continent? Those who jail Palestinians and Israelis simultaneously for speaking their minds against their dictatorships are marching for freedom of expression in France. How surreal! Have you ever thought of leaving your fancy-ass offices to show respect for those who died from your own people for no reason except for your policies?
Netanyahu and Abbas in the march against terrorism
How on Earth can someone believe that this is sincere in any way? How can anyone march behind leaders who are responsible for all this bloodshed? I even wonder if any of the victims would agree to have these people in their funeral. The surrealism of the situation is just way beyond describing!
I’ve refrained from writing my own thoughts about the whole I’m Charlie thing but for those who are sharing pictures of the old French stamps with the pictures of decapitated heads of Moroccans saying “They invented terrorism”.. I hate to burst your bubble but terrorism is not something that a nation or a religion “invented”.
Anyone power difference results in oppression and when that power gap increases it results in terrorism. I won’t go back to the dawn of history but just think of how Muslims conquered the MENA region using religion, the Crussades then the whole colonization era etc.. Whoever had the power killed whoever was powerless regardless of religion or “nationality”, they’re not really related to what’s called terrorism nowadays but a lot of terrorism accompanied all those wars where helpless millions were killed coldblooded. For those who didn’t get the point, I’m definitely not saying that Muslims have more power than anyone in Europe it’s the exact opposite.
The thing here is that claiming that some ideology created “terrorism” whether it’s East or West is no different than America’s propaganda post 9/11 claiming that Muslims are “the terrorists” and blaming all the world problems on them.. Think rationally for anything’s sake and stop giving I’m Charlie or Kill All Muslims hashtags attention.. I feel bad for those who died cause NO ONE should get harmed under any circumstances INCLUDING unarmed arrested “terrorists” , period. But, supporting sexist, homophobic or racist bullshit for “solidarity” is something that I don’t and not looking forward to understand.
The only thing I can think of for avenging is to stand up against oppression. To stand against Saudi Arabia that condemned what happened in Paris while lashing Raif Badawi for blogging, to stand against racism and Islamophobia and support dialogue instead of supporting people who prefer to live in their own “Muslim-free” bubbles. For a non-Muslim, the amount of irrational fear that creates this amount of apologetic Muslims worldwide is terrifying and incomprehensible as I can’t imagine a time when I had to apologise for some Christian fanatics’ actions. Muslims did NOT need to have a Muslim martyr in the massacre to point him out and say how a Muslim died defending freedom of speech, what if he wasn’t there? Would it have been any different? From what I see, islamophobes are still islamophobes and they still hate Muslims regardless of Ahmed’s death.
I’ve stopped blogging for almost 6 months for many reasons. Had a pretty stressful time working, studying and travelling besides going through a pretty terrible depression that made me end up receiving treatment for PTSD. Unfortunately, one can’t keep his sanity following the news from Egypt. Just like yesterday, 2 years ago , I went through one of the worst days ever. I wrote about it here and here. Every time I think to myself that I got over it, I find that I didn’t. Every time I hear about a sexual assault, the pictures start running through my mind as if I’m there.
What happened during the past days in Egypt is just beyond my abilities to comprehend. Sexual assaults started again with more videos and testimonies coming out of Tahrir square but this time, not only they were full of screams, blood and naked bodies but we reached a point were a TV presenter Maha Bahnasy got the effrontery to say “The boys are celebrating” commenting on the ongoing sexual assaults in Tahrir sq.! I really cannot find words to describe this piece of shit!
When the TV that broadcasts for millions of viewers makes up excuses for sexual assaults then, I don’t know how on earth can they call this a country.
Finally watched “The Square”. Finally I saw the burden that I’m living with everyday in front of my eyes. The burden that I’ve been living with for years but denying it’s existence. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like that, this mix of nostalgia, sadness and hope. I have to say, as much as I sobbed during that movie as much as I got filled with hope and remembered all those times when I felt there was no way and a way was created sooner than my expectations. The people will never stop taking everyone by surprise and specially those who think themselves high up above justice, those who think of themselves as unreachable will be the first in line when the people start running out of patience.