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Rioters Assault Israeli Embassy in Egypt; Ambassador Evacuated

Three are dead and about 1,200 injured following the storming of the Israeli embassy in Cairo by thousands of Egyptian citizens on Friday. The crowd destroyed a security wall surrounding the embassy while police and soldiers stood by, apparently unclear how to react. Once the embassy walls had been breached, soldiers began firing shots into the […]

Day Two of the New War in Israel

Here’s a quick update, some more detail about the events of yesterday, and an insta-analysis. New violence since yesterday’s carnage: Palestinians in Gaza shot ten Grad and Qassam rockets into Israel this morning, aiming at Ashkelon, Beersheva, Ashdod, and Kiryat Gat. One hit a building in an industrial area in Ashkelon, injuring six, one seriously. Another […]

Wave of Terror Kills Seven, Injures 40 in Southern Israel

In a dramatic — and strikingly well-organized — escalation of the terror war against Israel, a string of attacks took place today about twelve miles away from the southern resort town of Eilat, near the Egyptian border. The New York Times describes this as “the most serious assault on Israeli territory in more than two years” and notes that this […]

Israeli Natural Gas: Midsummer Update

1. Egypt-to-Israel gas pipeline attacked again as Sinai descends into chaos. Yesterday, the pipeline in the northern Sinai that brings natural gas from Egypt to Israel was attacked for the third time this month and the fifth time since the protests that brought down Hosni Mubarak. Gunmen approached the pipeline in two trucks, used rocket-propelled grenades to punch a hole […]

Fissures Erupt in the Muslim Brotherhood

Haaretz reports that several prominent members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood have left the mother ship. Some are establishing new parties — direct rivals to the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party — and bringing young Brothers along with them. Others are running for president of Egypt, which the Brotherhood has expressly forbidden at this stage. The wave of […]

What’s the Significance of Egypt’s Reopening of the Rafah Crossing?

Yesterday, Egypt reopened the Rafah crossing between the Sinai and the Gaza Strip. Egypt closed the crossing in 2007 as part of the Israeli-Egyptian blockade of Gaza following the seizure of power by Hamas. The reopening, in the face of Israel’s obviously valid security concerns, indicates a warming of relations between Egypt and Hamas. It also […]

“We Are In a Jungle”: Cairo Churches Attacked; 12 Dead, 230 Injured

Large-scale, deadly sectarian violence has broken out between Muslims and Coptic Christians in Cairo for the second time since the February toppling of Hosni Mubarak. Hundreds of Muslims — some of whom were apparently Salafists, or extremist Islamists — descended on the Saint Mina Church in the Cairo suburb of Imbaba yesterday (Saturday), demanding that […]

Make No Concessions: An Ex-Islamist Speaks

This video clip shows an interview with Tawfik Hamid, former member of the radical Egyptian terrorist organization Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya and ex-protégé of Ayman Al-Zawahiri, who may be familiar to you as Osama bin Laden’s second-in-command in al-Qaeda. Hamid was raised in a secular family but became interested in religion while in medical school, where he was recruited into […]

Watch Your Backs, Muslim Infidels

Coptic Christians and Israelis are hardly the only people in this neck of the woods with cause to worry about the emboldenment of Islamic fundamentalists in Egypt following the collapse of the Mubarak regime. As far as the Islamists are concerned, Sufi Muslims are no less an enemy. If this is news to you, that’s […]

And So It Begins: The Muslim Brotherhood Flexes Its Muscles

Well, that didn’t take long. The Islamic fundamentalists at the helm of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood are now calling openly for “modesty police” to combat so-called “immorality” in public areas. There has also been, in addition to a rise in Islamist attacks on Christians, a rash of desecrations of tombs of popular Muslim mystics (suffis) of whom […]