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23rd February 2011
لقدس رايحين شهداء بالملايين -هتاف من ميدان التحرير
Check it out yourself. I put that Arabic phrase into Babylon’s online translator and it came up with this:
“The holy city heading for martyrs millions – shouted from the field of liberation”
“The Holy City” is Jerusalem. Not Cairo, in case you half-expected in your media-induced innocence that these Egyptians in Tahrir Square were only thinking of their own domestic concerns. Oh, no. They have been democrats for a fortnight, so that means they can forget all their worries about jobs, health, pay, voting rights, secular democracy etc, and turn their eyes to even more pressing matters.
We’d do the same if this had happened here. Wouldn’t we? We’d all be gathered in Trafalgar Square yelling for solidarity with the French/Americans/Germans/Jews or whomsoever? Yeah? Yeah, right.
Secular democracy, my left foot.
Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
CNN: Qaradawi – a Head of the Muslim Brotherhood – Speaks to thousands at “Victory day” in Egypt
If you saw this covered at all you like will likely have seen this calmer part of the event. A comment from this video of the event:
‘Amazing, not ONE WORD about who Qaradawi is or why he was exiled. I guess the fact that he’s a proponent of a second jewish holocaust isn’t worth mentioning. Nice job CNN.’
In a special mention of the Palestinian issue, Al-Qaradhawi asked the Egyptian army to open wide the Rafah crossing and to pray for the re-conquest of Jerusalem by the Muslims, so that he and the Muslims could pray in security at Al-Aqsa Mosque. This part of his sermon was cheered and applauded by the crowd.
Last Friday, Yusuf al-Qaradawi — the most influential Muslim Brotherhood cleric in the world — returned triumphantly to Cairo from his exile in Qatar as the man chosen to lead Friday prayers at Tahrir Square. Given that the Muslim Brotherhood has been banned as an illegal organization in Egypt for decades and al-Qaradawi was banned from entering Egypt because of his support for jihad and his anti-Egyptian pronouncements, this is huge in its implications. Out of all the people in the world, secular or religious, that could have been invited to lead prayers at the epicenter of the Egyptian revolution, the man selected and embraced was the banned jihad-mongering leader of the illegal Salafi-Jihadi Muslim Brotherhood.
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