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El-Sisi Signs New Election Law for Egypt

Monday, August 3rd, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has signed into law new election legislation that expands the number of parliamentary seats for individual candidates.

According to the new law, the number of individual candidates able to win seats in the parliament has increased from 420 to 448. The number of seats allocated to party lists – as in Israel – with quotas for women, youth and Christians – is still limited to 120.

The new legislation opens the way for the country’s electoral committee to schedule a date for parliamentary polls, originally due in March. That date was delayed after Egypt’s Constitutional Court found that part of the current election law was unconstitutional.

In related news, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was in Cairo on Sunday for strategic talks with his counterpart, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry. The two sides agreed to continue “close cooperation to improve their mutual security, to combat terrorism and extremism and to work together to delegitimize terrorist narratives,” said a State Department spokesperson. The U.S. also welcomed Egypt’s participation in the Global Coalition to Counter ISIS.

In addition, the two sides emphasized the importance of attaining a “comprehensive, just and lasting settlement between Israelis and Palestinians which fulfills the vision of the two-state solution in accordance with the agreed principles and international resolutions,” the statement said.

ISIS Prompts State of Emergency in Tunisia, Declaration of ‘War’ in Egypt

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

Tunisia’s President Beji Caid Essebsi has declared a state of emergency in the wake of ISIS (Da’esh) attacks on its soil, according to the state-run TAP news agency. The president made the move in response to the massacre by Da’esh terrorists of dozens of tourists on a hotel beach in the town of Sousse a scant week ago, according to TAP.

Not since the 2011 Jasmine Revolution that deposed former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has the country’s government declared a state of emergency. At least 38 foreign tourists were slaughtered during the attack, most of the British and more than a hundred others were wounded.

British Prime Minister David Cameron announced Sunday (July 5) the UK will erect a permanent memorial in Britain to honor the victims of that horrific attack. A second monument will be created to honor victims of other terror attacks overseas as well, he said.

Da’esh followed up the massacres – which also included additional murders in France, Kuwait and Kobani, Syria – with massive attacks by affiliates in the Sinai Peninsula and an announcement of executions at the ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Last week the ISIS-linked “Sinai Province” terror group formerly called Ansar Bayt al Maqdis launched attacks on Egyptian soldiers and police in 15 locations in the Sinai Peninsula.

Making it clear the government views the attacks by Da’esh as an existential threat, Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi cut short a visit to Ethiopia and flew home to take command of what he has called the “war” on terror.

El-Sisi also called on Israel to cooperate with Egypt in any battle against Da’esh that might flow over the Gaza border. Israel has agreed to allow Egypt to beef up its troops in Sinai beyond the restrictions of the current peace treaty between the two nations. In addition, the Israel Defense Forces went to high alert last week along the southern border and has closed Highway 12, which traverses the southern Negev from the coast to Eilat, indefinitely.

The precautions were well advised: On Friday, Da’esh launched a triple rocket attack from the Sinai Peninsula against southern Israel; miraculously, none of the Grad Katyusha missiles reached residential areas.

On Saturday, Egypt launched air strikes against the group’s stronghold at Sheikh Zuweid in northern Sinai, eliminating 12 terrorists and destroying caches of weaponry and explosives, according to security sources. El-Sisi visited the province to inspect the site where some of the bloodiest battles in years have taken place.

Sinai Province is hoping to oust the Egyptian president who removed the Muslim Brotherhood-backed former President Mohamed Morsi two years ago after a year of constant street protests against his Islamist regime.

Gaza’s ruling Hamas terror organization was also spawned by the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood; IDF sources told journalists last week there is evidence proving that Hamas has been actively helping Sinai Province in its battles against the Egyptian government forces.

Da’esh also released a video Saturday (July 4) showing the mass execution of at least 27 Syrian Army soldiers in the ruins of the Roman Theater in the ancient city of Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Experts who viewed the video estimated that the executions had taken place shortly after Da’esh seized control of the site, sometime in late May.

Terrorists Assassinate Egypt’s Attorney General

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Egypt’s Attorney General Hisham Barakat, 64, was assassinated Monday in a deadly car bombing in Cairo, the most senior official to die in a terrorist attack since the election of President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. No one has taken responsibility for the attack thus far.

At least nine other victims were also killed. The explosion came from a bomb in a parked car triggered remotely as Barakat’s convoy left his home.

Former President Mohamed Morsi, was sentenced to death last month by an Egyptian court after his conviction on charges relating to a prison breakout in 2011. The Muslim Brotherhood-backed former president was ousted from his position two years ago.

The group was outlawed prior to the Arab Spring and subsequently once more when it refused to end violent nationwide demonstrations by radical Islamists following Morsi’s ouster from office. The Muslim Brotherhood has also become increasingly enraged at subsequent convictions of its members in connection with the violence and subsequent long prison terms imposed by Egyptian judges.

The relationship between that organization — which was also gave rise to the Hamas terrorist organization based in Gaza — and the rapidly developing Egyptian branch of Da’esh (ISIS), is no longer clear.

Last month Egyptian Da’esh urged its followers to attack the judges who have been handing down decisions against members of the Muslim Brotherhood. That directive may have been behind the assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor.

Last week, attacks by different branches of Da’esh (ISIS) carried out savage attacks in France, Kuwait, Tunisia, and Syria in what the group’s supporters celebrated as “Black Friday.”

In Grenoble, France, the owner of an American firm was beheaded and two other people were wounded. In Sousse, Tunisia, at least 37 people were murdered; 25 were slaughtered in a terror attack at a Kuwaiti mosque in Kuwait City. In Kobani, Syria, the lives of at least 200 innocents were taken.

‘Press Freedom’ Shows US-Backed Egyptian Regime is ‘Mubarak Number 3′

Thursday, June 25th, 2015

A New York-based group of journalists say there is an “unprecedented threat” to journalists in Egypt, where Obama backs the current regime.

The threat to journalists under Egypt’s regime of President Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi is “unprecedented,” the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), warned Thursday.

President Barack Obama has backed the Al-Sisi regime after backing, and then turning his back, on Hosni Mubarak and then Mohammed Morsi of the terrorist Muslim Brotherhood party.

In a report filed by The Associated Press, the committee of journalists said that Egypt has imprisoned 18 news reporters , mostly for accusations that they are affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood.

“CPJ spoke to high-level officials, including the prosecutor-general and the minister of transitional justice, who denied that Egypt was holding any journalists in jail in relation to their work,” the group said. “But CPJ research shows that the government of el-Sisi … has used the pretext of national security to crack down on human rights, including press freedom.

One case cited is that of Mahmoud Abou-Zeid, arrested in August 2013 while taking photographs of the violent dispersal of a pro-Morsi protest where Al-Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi ‘s police and army killed hundreds of demonstrators.

The journalist still is in prison, but no charges have been filed.

Egypt Returning Ambassador to Israel

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

After three years, Egypt has returned their Ambassador to Israel, absent ever since former Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood president Mohamed Morsi recalled the previous ambassador, Atef Salem.

Former Egyptian ambassador to Chile Hazem Khairat has been appointed by President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi to the post.

No date has yet been set for when Khairat will present his credentials to Israeli president Ruby Rivlin.

Since El-Sisi’s coup and election, Israel’s relations with Egypt have significantly improved.

Muslim Brotherhood-backed Former Egyptian Pres. Morsi Gets 20 Years in Prison

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Muslim Brotherhood-backed former Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. The Muslim Brotherhood organization founded the Gaza-based Hamas terror organization that now is generously patronized by Iran.

Morsi was held responsible by an Egyptian court for the torture of protesters outside the presidential palace in December 2012. He stood trial with 14 co-defendants, including some of his staff.

All 14 co-defendants were convicted on charges of violence and inciting violence. However, all were acquitted of murder, as was the former president.

Morsi’s Freedom and Justice Party – the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt – called the trial a “travesty of justice” according to CNN. In a statement released to media, the party said, “This is a sad and terrible day in Egyptian history. Coup leaders have sentenced Mohamed Morsi to decades in prison for nothing more than championing the democratic will of the people.”

Morsi was deposed one year after taking office in a coup that was supported by more than one million protesters in the streets of Egypt. His Islamist administration, which also had control of both houses of parliament, came into office through a democratic electoral process that many in Egypt said was rigged. Numerous others simply refused to participate, convinced a fair process would never take place.

Turkey criticized the verdict on Wednesday in a written statement issued by its Foreign Ministry. The two countries declared each other’s ambassadors persona non grata late in 2013, after Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was elected president of Egypt in June of that year following the coup.

“We deplore the sentencing of former President Mohamed Morsi, who was ousted from his position as a result of a military coup staged in 2013 even though he was the first democratically elected president of Egypt, to 20 years in the case in which he was tried with other suspects,” the statement read.

It went on to say that “arbitrary” trials in Egypt further doubts over the objectiveness of the trial that convicted the former president and “reinforced concerns” over the future of democracy in Egypt.

“Our sincere calls for heeding the legitimate demands of the Egyptian people for a genuine democracy and rule of law continue,” it read.

ISIS Beheads 21 Coptic Christians; Egypt Declares Week of Mourning

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi has declared a seven-day period of national mourning in response to the latest barbarity by Daesh, or ISIS – the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria terrorist organization.  Egypt’s leader also convened the National Defense Council.

A spokesperson for Egypt’s Coptic Church also has confirmed the murders of the young men, all of whom  were beheaded by the terror group.

According to Egypt’s official state news agency, Daesh released a video on Sunday showing the execution of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians who were kidnapped months ago in Libya.

All were men dressed in the now-traditional orange prisoner jumpsuit, marched out to the shoreline and then lined up on their knees on the sand. They were executed at a beach that the video named as, “Wilayat Tarabulus by the Mediterranean Sea.”

Behind each captive was a black-masked executioner with a knife. After a brief statement by the Daesh leader, all were beheaded simultaneously.

The video, slickly produced, was entitled “A Message Signed With Blood to the nation of the cross.” It was released by Al Hayat Media Center, the media outlet for Daesh, and appeared on the Twitter feed on a pro-Daesh website.

El-Sisi called on Egyptian Copts to “come home,” saying their return to Egypt is the only way to ensure their protection from radical Islamist terrorism.

A separate video posted by the group earlier purported to show 17 captive Kurdish fighters in cages paraded through the streets of Iraq, most likely as a prelude to a flaming execution similar to that of Jordanian fighter pilot Muath al-Kasaesbeh.

Daesh has also reportedly publicly executed two alleged “spies” and a third man was crucified to a post with a sign hanging around his neck in the Syrian city of Al-Bab. Photos of the executions emerged Sunday on the Internet and were posted in a report by the British Daily Mail newspaper.

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