web analytics
September 17, 2014 / 22 Elul, 5774
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Apartment 758x530 Africa-Israel at the Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York

Africa Israel Residences, part of the Africa Israel Investments Group led by international businessman Lev Leviev, will present 7 leading projects on the The Israel Real Estate Exhibition in New York on Sep 14-15, 2014.



ARABS SPRINGING

Morsi Empowers Army to Arrest Protesters but Thousands on Both Sides March

Chants of "Down with the Muslim Brotherhood" echoed at the scene.
Anti constitution protest in Egypt Tuesday night.

Anti constitution protest in Egypt Tuesday night.

Tens of thousands of Morsi supporters gathered peacefully at Nasr City’s Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque on Tuesday evening, three miles away from Cairo’s presidential palace, to “support the legitimacy of Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi,” and to voice their intentions to vote for the draft constitution in Saturday’s referendum, Al Ahram reported.

The pro-Morsi demonstrators had blocked a nearby road, chanting “Islam is returning” “Yes to the constitution” and “Morsi is the elected president.” Placards emblazoned with Morsi’s picture and slogans supporting the constitution were on display among the crowd.

Also on Tuesday evening, tens of thousands of anti-Morsi demonstrators were rallying at the presidential palace to protest Saturday’s constitutional referendum, three miles away from Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo’s Nasr City, where supporters of the president had gathered. Thousands filtered through openings that had been made by protesters in barriers erected by the military around the palace on Monday.

Chants of “Down with the Muslim Brotherhood” “Down with the rule of the Supreme Guide” and “Two cannot be trusted; the army and the Brotherhood,” echoed at the scene.

Despite an order issued by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi for Egyptian military to arrest protesters, many different groups, some opposing Morsi’s decrees and the proposed constitution, others supporting a vote in favor of the proposed constitution, were marching.

Morsi had what may have been his sole moment in the sun when the west was congratulating him on his efforts to help broker the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the eight day conflict that took place in November.  The ceasefire agreement elevated Morsi to the position of peace-broker of the Middle East. But, perhaps emboldened by the global accolades, the very next day Morsi issued a series of decrees that placed his orders above the judiciary, and consolidated virtually all power within his own hands.

The massive protests sparked by those decisions have brought Egypt to a virtual standstill, and Morsi has issued conflicting decisions, some countermanding ones decreed only hours earlier, as was the case with the raising of taxes on certain items like soft drinks, cigarettes and beer and then their rescission over the weekend.

When the opposition continued to protest Morsi’s rule, his latest response was to issue another new edict, this one empowering the Egyptian military to arrest protestors.  It was announced Monday that this new decree would be issued in the government Gazette, titled “Law 107,” and would take effect today through this coming Saturday, December 15.  On that day, Egyptians are scheduled to vote in a referendum on the new proposed Constitution, drafted largely by Muslim Brotherhood members and other Islamist extremists.

The opposition movement, is denouncing the intended vote.  They believe the draft constitution does not reflect the will of the Egyptian people.  If the vote goes forward, the referendum will “lead to more division and sedition,” the National Salvation Front’s spokesperson, Sameh Ashour, said in a statement issued on Saturday.

The president and his backers want to go forward with the vote on Saturday, they seem to be confident that the results will reveal widespread support for the proposed constitution.  Morsi has promised that if the constitution is rejected in Saturday’s vote, a new one will be drawn up according to the wishes of the people, rather than the Islamist-dominated parliament, which crafted the current version.  The opposition does not seem to take comfort in his assurance.

The Front and other opposition groups continue calling for demonstrations to reject Morsi’s decisions.

For weeks opponents have been accusing President Morsi of acting like a dictator and of being controlled by malevolent forces.  The Islamists have begun to fight back.  On Monday, leading Salafist preacher Saeed Abdel-Azim warned that if protests continue, there will be what he called an “Islamic revolution.”  He also claimed that the opposition is funded by “foreign agents” acting on orders of the U.S. which seeks to strengthen Israel by creating chaos in Egypt.

 

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “Morsi Empowers Army to Arrest Protesters but Thousands on Both Sides March”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
ISIS's response to President Obama's warnings came in the form of a movie trailer.
ISIS Sends Obama Fiery Video Response [video]
Latest News Stories

It’s expected to reach almost 90 (F) degrees today in Jerusalem…

funny rocket joke

It would be amusing if the Palestinian Authority used this opportunity to turn the tables around, and accuse Hamas of collusion with Israel.

ISIS's response to President Obama's warnings came in the form of a movie trailer.

ISIS released a slick trailer warning Obama that the “Flames of War” are “coming soon.”

The Great Synagogue on Dohany Street, Budapest, also known as the Dohány Street Synagogue. It is the largest synagogue in Eurasia and the second largest in the world, seating 3,000 people.

A new study of European Jewry shows it is dying and afraid.

Mainstream media report “all the news to print that fits” the anti-Israeli agenda.

They’re building a new control tower at Ben Gurion International Airport. This is the view, and what it looks like.

A dozen rabbis and a Jewish gun club are extremely critical of the position on gun control taken by the RCA and the OU.

The IDF has confirmed that a rocket was launched from Gaza at approximately 6:30pm on Tuesday.

Arsonists set fire to a Brussels synagogue on Tuesday, that was previously firebombed in 2010, but Jewish officials are not ready to declare the incident as anti-Semitic. The wife and two children of the synagogue’s caretaker, who was not present at the time of the arson, suffered slight smoke inhalation after the fire broke out […]

If you don’t live in Israel, at least ‘Buy Israel.”

The higher rate is good news for Israelis with dollar accounts and for U.S. tourists.

A guide at the Gush Etzion Zoo (bet you didn’t there was one of those in Gush Etzion) explains to Junior High School students how to extract the ram horn shell after it dried, and eventually make it into a shofar, on September 15, 2014.

“Jewish teams’ are more proud to win than proud to be Jewish.

A prison inmate on death row in Connecticut is demanding kosher food, though he’s not really Jewish.

There were reports that ISIS shot down a Syrian regime’s war plane over its “capital,” Raqqa.

An eight year old boy was struck and killed in a parking lot by a school bus Tuesday at Kibbutz Kfar Menachem.

More Articles from Lori Lowenthal Marcus
ISIS's response to President Obama's warnings came in the form of a movie trailer.

ISIS released a slick trailer warning Obama that the “Flames of War” are “coming soon.”

Posters of Syrian president Bashar al-Assad. A Syrian war plane crashed while carrying out strikes against ISIS on Sept. 16, 2014.

There were reports that ISIS shot down a Syrian regime’s war plane over its “capital,” Raqqa.

The Met’s upcoming opera trivializes the murder of Jews, pretends Jews have no connection to Israel, and portrays terrorists as victims.

Since March, there have been repeated acts of anti-Semitic vandalism against Philly’s Jewish sites and institutions.

On the Gaza border, Soroka treated hundreds of wounded soldiers and moved its entire NICU to a shelter during OPE.

Qatar’s horror of legitimizing Israel’s existence extends to even listing its name for TV sports purposes.

Sen. Ted Cruz walks out on a Christian audience which booed his support for Israel.

It’s a cliché, but nonetheless true that 9/11 changed my life. There is evil in the world. Our grandparents were right.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/morsi-empowers-army-to-arrest-protesters-but-thousands-on-both-sides-march/2012/12/12/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: