Egypt has turned into Nazi Germany. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2014 v8n1 p0428.
Today is April 28, 2014, Holocaust Remembrance Day and I am remembering the survivors of the Holocaust with the son of a German Jewish survivor at Philadelphia's Aces Museum for Black Veterans. Allister Blossfeld is my son and his existence is a triumph. His relative Anne Frank did not survive to be anyone's parent.
This beautiful spring morning I want to hear where the blooms are breath-taking as the earth comes back to life. Instead, I heard that death sentences of 683 Egyptians were upheld in the Egyptian Supreme Court. Their crime is that they belong to the Muslim Brotherhood, a group from which the Egyptian people in 2011 elected President Morsy, and they objected to the Egyptian military taking over the presidency and shooting unarmed civilians.
The Nazis did the same thing: took control of the judiciary and made it seem that breathing while Jewish was a crime that had to be punished by taking away all earthly possessions and extinguishing the breath.
Nothing on this earth is easier than killing, no easier way for a coward to thrive than let him kill. You don't have to feed the dead, don't have to listen to them. The Nazi military were cowards, and so are
the Egyptian military.
Demonstrating in support of sons and daughters of Egypt: condemning the military coup of July 4, 2013. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0821
Yesterday more than 300 adults, senior citizens, children and young adults marched down 42nd Street towards the United Nations, carrying banners and calling for the restoration of the elected president of Egypt.
But mostly, they were calling for peace to be restored in Egypt. They showed pictures of shot-dead victims. They called for condemnation of the miliary coup. This condemnation has not happened in the United States Congress which resoundingly showed support for the military generals when the Congress voted to send $1.5 billion to the government of Egypt.
I stand with the people of Egypt, calling for peace and restoration of the elected president. Turkey also stands with Egypt. I saw signs from Turkish
nationals, condemning the bloodshed, condemning police killings of
I call for loosening of the military powers, the military did not relinquish power completely when Morsi was elected in 2012.
But mostly, I call for peace, and I call for
international condemnation of Egyptian security forces being encouraged
to use deadly force on unarmed protesters who have been filling the
streets since the July 4 coup.
Mourning the sons and daughters of Egypt. SJ Dodgson. MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0815
In the 7 years I have been publishing MJoTA.org, I have learned so much about the geography and peoples of African communities everywhere, and every day I learn again that all anyone wants is to be loved, and to live in peace.
We heard this morning that more than 500 sons and daughters of Egypt in nonviolent protest were murdered by Egyptian police as they nonviolently protest the coup by the Egyptian military which removed the democratically elected president of Egypt, President Morsi. We heard on Aug 1st that the bodies have been piling up since the coup started; but yesterday was the worst day for murders.
I am standing with the Islamist supporters in Egypt. I want the police force and the military to have the courage to put down their guns. I want the US Congress to have the courage to demand the guns be put down in return for the $1.5 billion we are sending them.
After the Arab Spring in 2011, when the totalitarian government in Egypt was toppled by nonviolent protest, I remodeled my house, and I bought 2 carpets made in Egypt. Every day I walk over them and send Egypt a prayer.
I wish you peace and love, sons and daughters of Egypt.
Egypt in chaos. SJ Dodgson MJoTA 2013 v7n2 p0802
I have been disturbed all week by a video I saw. A short clip, it started by following a man with an assault rifle, wearing a black headpiece and scarf, in profile, on the other side of a wall. The man slowly turned around and fired directly at the cameraman. The cameraman, a young photographer, a young son of Egypt, was chronicling racial profiling at its worst and deadliest. Until his last breath.
Journalists, photographers are not safe on the streets during mass protests in Egypt. No-one is.
I traveled to Manhattan to listen to journalists and a deputy permanent representative of the Egyptian mission to the United Nations talk about Egypt, to take a break from my constant struggle to
raise awareness about the Congolese 20, to get them released.
We heard last night during a round-table discussion organized by the wonderful Lisa Vives (viva means life!) that the military government in charge of Egypt has given instructions to the security, to black-headcovered men, to use any means at their disposal to dismiss the crowds. Sanctioned murder.
Tamara Alrifai, the Middle East spokesman for the Human Rights Watch, told us that bodies are continuing to pile up in the morgues as the mass demonstrations continue and the police snipe off young men, young women, young photographers who want to witness the goodness in the hearts of men. But are witnessing the bad, with their final breaths.
Pictures: top, newly elected president of Egypt, Muhammed Morsi, chats with former US president Bill Clinton during the annual meeting of the Clinton Global Initiative.
Above, entry to the Egyptian mummy exhibit at he University of Pennsylvania museum.
Congressional Record amendment proposed by Senator Rand Paul, of Kentucky. This amendment was rejected by the Senate, and $1.5 billion was allocated for Egypt
(1) On June 30, 2012, Mohamed Morsi was elected President of Egypt in elections that were certified as free and fair by the Egyptian Presidential Election Commission and the United Nations.
(2) On July 3, 2013, the military of Egypt removed the democratically
elected President of Egypt, arrested his supporters, and suspended the
Constitution of Egypt. These actions fit the definition of a military
(3) Pursuant to section 7008 of the Department
of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs Act, 2012 (division I
of Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 1195), the United States is legally
prohibited from providing foreign assistance to any country whose duly
elected head of government is deposed by a military coup d'état, or
removed in such a way that the military plays a decisive role.
(4) The United States has suspended aid
to countries that have undergone military coups d'état in the past,
including the Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic, Thailand, Mali,
Fiji, and Honduras.
(b)(1) In accordance with section 7008
of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs
Act, 2012 (division I of Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 1195), the United
States Government, including the Department of State, shall refrain from
providing to the Government of Egypt the assistance restricted under
(2) In addition to the restrictions referred to
in paragraph (1), the following restrictions shall be in effect with
respect to United States assistance to the Government of Egypt:
(A) Deliveries of defense articles currently slated for transfer to Egyptian
Ministry of Defense (MOD) and Ministry of Interior (MOI) shall be
suspended until the President certifies to Congress that democratic
national elections have taken place in Egypt followed by a peaceful
transfer of power.
(B) Provision of defense services to Egyptian
MOD and MOI shall be halted immediately until the President certifies
to Congress that democratic national elections have taken place in Egypt
followed by a peaceful transfer of power.
(C) Processing of draft Letters of Offer and Acceptance (LOAs) for future arms sales to Egyptian
MOD and MOI entities shall be halted until the President certifies to
Congress that democratic national elections have taken place in Egypt
followed by a peaceful transfer of power.
(D) All costs
associated with the delays in deliveries and provision of services
required under subparagraphs (A) through (C) shall be borne by the
Government of Egypt.