Egyptian Blogger Goes Missing After Condemning Extremists
Last month an Islamic extremist stabbed an Egyptian Coptic nun during a massive protest at St. Gergis Church in Alexandria, Egypt.
The Muslim attacker was upset that the church had shown a play in 2003 about a Christian university student who converts to Islam when a group of Muslim men promise him money. When he becomes disenchanted with his move, the men threaten him to stop him from returning to his original faith. The church was selling CD’s of this play.
One Egyptian, Nabeel Abdul Kareem, did not agree with this Radical Islamic attacker and wrote about it on his blog, Kareem Amer.
Today Nabeel Abdul Kareem is in jail.
Freedom for Egyptians wants the world to know about Nabeel Abdul Kareem and she has more on this courageous man’s story HERE.
An Egyptian Coptic nun lies on the ground Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2005, after a Muslim student stabbed and slightly wounded her at the St. Gergis church in the Mediterranean port city of Alexandria, Egypt, amid tensions over a theater performance considered offensive by Muslims, a police official said. (AP)
Freedom for Egyptians writes:
In the developing world in the Middle East: Libya has sent a blogger to prison for 18 months who criticized the government on the Internet. In Egypt, blogger/writer Nabeel Abdul Kareem is detained with no police records or right to legal counsel for a blog on sectarian violence in Alexandria. In Tunisia, an internet writer who spent a year and-a-half in prison for editing an irreverent website critical of president Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali died in Tunis on March 13, at the age of thirty-six, of a heart attack. I recently read that the US is currently trying to integrate the bloggers into the political process because of their emerging influence.
I recognize that many renowned international organizations are concerned about how freedom of expression is treated in the Middle East. Their concern is in place, however the international organizations and the international communities should walk an extra mile to combine the right of freedom of expression with protecting progressive Muslim thinkers.
I couldn’t agree more.
Freedom for Egyptians has much more.
The Tar Pit lists ways you can contact the embassies and ask about this missing blogger.
Maybe, someone needs to contact Safia al-Suhail, the daughter of slain human rights activist Talib Al Suhail and the current Iraqi Ambassador to Egypt.
She seems to have some pretty good connections at the White House! Safia (with the peace sign) was invited to the State of the Union address in 2005 and was recognized by President Bush:
One of Iraq’s leading democracy and human rights advocates is Safia Taleb al-Suhail. She says of her country, “We were occupied for 35 years by Saddam Hussein. That was the real occupation. Thank you to the American people who paid the cost, but most of all, to the soldiers.” Eleven years ago, Safia’s father was assassinated by Saddam’s intelligence service. Three days ago in Baghdad, Safia was finally able to vote for the leaders of her country — and we are honored that she is with us tonight. (Applause.)
And, Safia is still very active in Human Rights and Womens Rights work in Iraq. It was hard to miss her as she waved her ink stained finger!
Omar at Iraq the Model also have the embassy numbers listed in a post on the tormented bloggers.