Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Dahab, King David, Lavon...

Avoid killing important people. Kill some poor Egyptians.

From the Christian Science Monitor 25 April 2006: It seems that the blasts were the result of remote-controlled bombs, not suicide bombers. And they occurred in a market and busy restaurant area in Egypt's Red Sea resort of Dahab. Dahab is known for being a place that attracts... backpackers and budget tourists.

Most of the dead were Egyptians, who had been enjoying a Spring holiday in Dahab when the attacks occurred.

No Israelis were injured. "Channel 10 TV reported three Israelis were wounded in the blasts and were being evacuated to Israel. However, Israeli ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen later said the three were not wounded in the attacks. According to the Foreign Ministry, there were some 5,000 Israelis currently in Sinai at the time of the bombings."

The Hamas-led Palestinian government said it "strongly condemns this criminal act which flouts our religion, shakes Palestinian national security and works against Arab interests".

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit, on 20 April 2006, promised that Egypt would support the Palestinian government led by Hamas.

On 22 April 2006, Egyptian officials brokered an agreement between Hamas and Fatah. Hamas and Fatah pledged on 23 April 2006 to make an effort to iron out differences and work towards national unity.

On 22 April 2006, Egypt said that Iran wants a diplomatic solution to the standoff with the international community over its atomic programme, but also insists on its right to peaceful nuclear technology. Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki made the comments in a telephone conversation with his Egyptian counterpart Ahmed Abul Gheit, the official MENA news agency reported.

'This past year, Egypt posted record-breaking numbers with 8.1 million tourists having visited. From the Gulf alone, tourist numbers have risen over 50% since this time last year, partly due to the many holidaymakers who have chosen Egypt for weekend shopping get-aways,' said Ahmed Khadem, Chairman of the Egyptian Tourist Authority, April 2006.

Retired General Salah al-Din Salim, an Egyptian researcher at the Strategic Studies Institute in Cairo, said that it could not be ruled out that the Israeli Mossad was involved in the terror attack in Dahab.

"The Mossad's ability to penetrate the Bedouins in Sinai is known," Salim said in an interview with al-Jazeera. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3243397,00.html


In the King David Massacre, 1946, Jewish terrorists blew up the King David hotel in Israel, and blamed the atrocity on Arabs.

In the Lavon affair, 1954, Israeli agents planted bombs in several buildings in Egypt, and left evidence behind implicating Arabs as the culprits. One of the bombs detonated prematurely. The Egyptians captured one of the bombers and rounded up the Israeli spy ring.

In 1967, six Israeli planes, three torpedo boats and two assault helicopters attacked the USS Liberty. 24 Americans were killed.


1 comment:

ziz said...

...as for the oatcakes (Samuel Johnson's Dictionary OTAS: That which in England is eaten by horse, and in SCotland by men.) I always tell my grocer to send me those from the Estates of the Duchy of Cornwall.

Not only do the displayed packets impress the lower orders , but it puts a few bawbees the way of the german Royal family and I think we all have a duty to help the immigrant community.

The bill for the damages to the screen, keyboard, trousers (my butler informs me that they were also stained inside !), shirt, tie ... will follow.

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