الطبيعيّ يهزم التطبيعيّ

حمدين صباحي

التطبيع هو الجائزة الكبرى التي يسعى إليها العدو الصهيوني.

إنه استسلام المغتصب للغاصب، ومباركة الضحيّة لسكين الجلاد، هو تخلّي صاحب الحق عن هويته وتنكّره لدمه وتكذيبه لروايته وترديده لسردية قاتله.

هو الانسحاق النفسي والسلوكي الذي يُخرج المطبعين من صفة الأحرار ليدبغ أرواحهم بوشم العبيد.

تعدّدت الجبهات وتوالت الحروب في الصراع العربي الصهيوني. الصراع الحضاري الشامل عسكرياً ومعرفياً وثقافياً وعلمياً وتكنولوجيًا وسياسيًا، صراع من نوع فريد لن ينتهي إلا بانتفاء أحد طرفيه، صراع وجود لا حدود.

وفي سياق هذا الصراع فإن التطبيع هو حرب كبرى، هو رمانة ميزان الصراع، فعند العدو كل انتصار منقوص ما لم يتمّمه التطبيع. وعند الأمة كل هزيمة محتملة ما لم يكرّسها التطبيع.

التطبيع لا يعني فقط التخلي عن فلسطين بل هو موت العروبة.

لأنه انتفاء شرط الأمة. الأمة ليست عديد محض لبشر يتساكنون، بل جماعة يوحدها تاريخ من الهم والحلم والسعي نحو حياة تجسد هويتها وتحقق أهدافها، ولكل أمة مقاصدها الكبرى تجتمع على السعي نحو تحقيقها. وقد بلور العرب بوحدة الجغرافيا والتاريخ هوية جامعة ومقاصد نبيلة في الحرية والتنمية المستقلة والعدل الاجتماعي والكرامة الانسانية والتجدد الحضاري وبناء دولة القانون المدنية الديمقراطية الحديثة الحامية لحقوق الإنسان. وفي قلب هذه المقاصد تحرير فلسطين. الذي هو حق وواجب أخلاقي وقومي ووطني.

هذه المقاصد سلسلة متكاملة الحلقات يعزز بعضها بعضاً. فلو انكسرت بالتطبيع حلقة تحرير فلسطين لتكسرت السلسلة وانفرط العقد وتبعثرت الأمة.

وانتفاء أحد طرفي صراع الوجود لا يعني بالضرورة الإبادة الجسدية بل إكراهه أو استدراجه إلى الرضوخ والتخلي عن الحقوق. وقد ثبت أن هذا الهدف لن يتحقق بالقوة العارية وحدها، فتاريخ العدو يفيض بالمذابح وسفك الدم والاقتلاع والتهجير والترانسفير والاحتلال والعدوان والفصل العنصري والإبادة الجماعية. ورغم كل هذه الوحشية لم يزل العربي الفلسطيني على مدى سبعين عاماً على قيد الحياة والمقاومة والأمل.

لا يتحقق هذا الهدف الرئيس إلا بالتطبيع. فبالتطبيع وحده يمكن إخراج العرب من حال الأمة التي تقاوم عدوها ككل الأحرار، إلى حال قطعان العبيد الراكعين في حظيرة التطبيع يديرهم السيد الصهيوني ويحرسهم ويعلفهم ويذبحهم متى شاء. وهذا هو المقصد الجوهري للمشروع الصهيوني بتعدّد لافتاته من “إسرائيل” الكبرى إلى الشرق الأوسط الجديد إلى صفقة القرن.

ولكل حرب أسلحتها وجنودها. وسلاح التطبيع هو الكذب وجنوده هم بضعة عرب كاذبون استهدفوا تزييف وعي الأمة وإصابة الروح والعقل والوجدان العربي بفيروس التطبيع، كما يفعل فيروس كورونا الآن.

ولأن الكيان الصهيوني هو عضو غريب مزروع بـالـعنف في الجسد العربي، ولأن المعلوم من الطب أن الجسد يلفظ العضو المزروع ما لم يُحقن بمثبطات المناعة لكي يتقبله. فإن هدف فيروس التطبيع هو تثبيط المناعة العربية لكي تقبل الكيان الدخيل.

على مدار أربعين عام يتوالى حقن العقل العربي بفيروس التطبيع. منذ حقنة كامب ديفيد أم الخطايا إلى حقنة أوسلو وحقنة وادي عربة انتهاءً بأقراص التطبيع المسمومة مما يحاول إعلام العبيد ترويجها كما تفعل قناة mbc وسواها من الكذبة التابعين.

أربعة عقود من حرب التطبيع خاضها الصهاينة بدعم أميركي وتواطؤ دولي ومشاركة ذليلة من بعض النخب العربية التي خارت فخانت في قصور الحكم وأجهزة الإعلام وأسواق التجارة. فماذا كان الحصاد؟

هزيمة ماحقة للتطبيع والمطبعين.

ونصر مبين للوعي الشعبي والعقل الجمعيّ العربيّ.

تكفي نظرة فاحصة لحالة مصر التي عمّدت خلال هذه الحرب أبطالها في مواجهة التطبيع: سعد إدريس حلاوة وسليمان خاطر وأيمن حسن وأبطال تنظيم “ثورة مصر” بقيادة خالد عبدالناصر ومحمود نورالدين كما عمد الأردن العربي بطله احمد الدقامسة.

والأكثر دلالة ملايين الابطال المغمورين من النساء والرجال العاديين الذين يتجلى رفضهم الطبيعي للتطبيع واحتقارهم ونبذهم للمطبعين.

ولعل من مكر التاريخ أن الجيل الذي ولد في ظلال كامب ديفيد وتربّى تحت سلطة وأبواق التطبيع حتى إذا بلغ أشده رفع علم فلسطين في ميدان التحرير في أعظم تجليات الربيع العربي قبل أن يختطفه خريف الحكام التابعين. هو نفسه الذي رفع في الميدان صورة جمال عبد الناصر الرمز الأصدق في مقاومة الصهيونية والاستعمار، هو الجيل نفسه الذي ما أن أسقط مبارك حتى اتجه إلى سفارة العدو على شاطئ النيل يحاصرها بأجساده الغضة وهتافاته الغاضبة ويتسلق جدرانها بأظافره ويقتحمها بصدوره العارية.

ما أبأس المطبعين وما أحقرهم، ورغم خطرهم ما أهونهم.

إن النصر عليهم أكيد. لأن حرب التطبيع ليست وقفاً على الجنرال أو المثقف، إنها حرب كل الناس، حرب الشعب، وما دامت بطبيعتها حرب الشعب فإن النصر فيها هو الممكن الوحيد.

إن هزيمة الكيان الصهيوني في حرب التطبيع تحرمه من ثمرة عدوانه، وتبقيه في مهب تبديد كل ما حققه. وانتصار أمتنا في حرب التطبيع لا يحقق مقاصدها لكن يؤكد مناعتها، وهي الشرط اللازم لتقدمها الواجب من الممانعة الى المقاومة، ثم من المقاومة إلى تحرير فلسطين.. كل فلسطين.

والنيل يجري.

فما ضيَر إن تسقط في مجراه العميق بعض جثث الحيوانات النافقة؟ يجرفها تياره الطبيعي، يتطهر ذاتياً ويُطهّر، يُخضر ويُعمّر.

كذلك تيار الوعي الجمعي لأمة وحدتها هزائم مقيمة وانتصارات مبددة وأحلام لا تموت. فتعلمت أن تميز العدو من الصديق كما تميز الخبيث من الطيب. لا يضيره أن تسقط فيه بعض أكاذيب منتنة يلقيها مهرّبو التطبيع. يجرفها تيار الوعي الجمعي الطبيعي.

هذا هو القانون الحاكم من أربعين عاماً، وسيبقى:

الطبيعيّ يهزم التطبيعيّ.

والنيل يجري.

(1) مداخلة ألقيت في الملتقى العربي الدولي «الافتراضي» لمناهضة التطبيع مع العدو الصهيوني.

*سياسي مصري

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حامدين صباحي ومراجعة الشجعان

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في بدايات الحرب على سورية التقيت بالصديق الأستاذ حامدين صباحي خلال زيارتي إلى تونس، وأثناء انعقاد المؤتمر القومي العربي، وكنا على طرفي موقفين متعارضين في النظر لما يجري في هذا البلد المحوريّ، رغم أنني كنت في طليعة الذين أسسوا صفحات داعمة لترشيح هذا القائد الناصري الرئاسي في مصر وقد بدأ مسيرته بالمناظرة الشهيرة مع الرئيس المصري الراحل أنور السادات مقدّماً مطالعة مُبهِرة حول كامب ديفيد.

قبل أيام وعلى صفحة مجموعة سيوف العقل التي يجمعها الصديق الدكتور بهجت سليمان دار نقاش حول موقف القائد الناصري حامدين صباحي من الحرب على سورية، رغم أنه يتحدث عن موقفه الراهن كداعم للدولة السورية منذ العام 2015 وتحوّل بعض النقاش إلى غير أهدافه وكانت لي مداخلة متواضعة دعوتُ فيها لتحويل المناسبة إلى فرصة يتولاها الأستاذ حامدين لمراجعة موقف التيار القومي العربي والناصريون في طليعته مما شهدته سورية. وكان تنويه الأستاذ حامدين والدكتور بهجت سليمان بتلك المداخلة وكانت المناضلة الفلسطينية صابرين دياب تستثمر على المشتركات أملاً بالوصول بالنقاش إلى حيث يجب بالجمع لا بالقسمة دون التفريط بالثوابت.

اليوم تنشر البناء نصاً للأستاذ حامدين بمناسبة عيد الجلاء الذي تحتفل به سورية، يشكل أفضل وأدقّ وأروع ما يمكن لمراجعة أن تتضمنه، ويرسم بوضوح المهام وبلغة وجدانية راقية ملؤها الدفء والعاطفة، رغم ما فيها من وضوح الحقائق وموضوعية المواقف.

لعلها أفضل وأجمل هدية تتلقاها سورية في عيد الجلاء.

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حمدين صباحي

تحية الإكبار لشعبنا العربي في سورية الحبيبة في يوم عيد الجلاء، ذكرى تطهير أرض سورية من آخر جنود الاحتلال الفرنسي في 17 ابريل/ نيسان 1946.

لقد كانت الثورة العربية الكبرى تجسيداً لسعي الأمة العربية نحو التحرّر من الحكم العثماني وإقامة دولتها المستقلة الحافظة لحقوقها وهويتها وكرامتها. لكن قوى الاستعمار تآمرت لإجهاض الثورة النبيلة وتحويل نتائجها إلى استعمار غربي فرنسي احتلّ سورية بقوة السلاح عقب معركة ميسلون عام 1920.

وفي المواجهة استبسل شعبنا العربي السوري وتصدّى للاحتلال وتقسيم وطنه الى دويلات عبر مقاومة بطولية تألق فيها رموز لا زالت ذكراهم تلهمنا بينهم يوسف العظمة وإبراهيم هنانو وسلطان باشا الأطرش وعشرات من قادة الضمير والنضال وآلاف من الشهداء والجرحى والمقاتلين حتى تحقق لوطنهم النصر المستحق وانسحب جنود الاحتلال واستقلت سورية في 17 ابريل 1946.

وما أشبه الليلة بالبارحة، سورية اليوم تواجه باستبسال مؤامرة استعمارية صهيونية ظلامية تستهدف تقسيم سورية الأرض والشعب والدولة وإدخالها كرهاً الى حظيرة الصلح مع العدو الصهيوني والرضوخ للهيمنة الأميركية ونزعها من عروبتها وإنهاء دورها كقلعة أخيرة للممانعة واحتضان المقاومة في وجه أعداء الأمة.

في مواجهة هذا الخطر وقفنا ونقف مع سورية وندعو كلّ أصحاب الضمائر في العالم وخصوصاً كلّ عربي وبالأخصّ كلّ مصري إلى تأكيد دعمه الكامل لحق سورية المشروع في ردّ العدوان والحفاظ على استقلالها وعروبتها ووحدة أرضها وشعبها ودولتها وبسط سيادتها على كامل ترابها الوطني، ومؤازرة صمودها الباسل حتى يتحقق لها النصر وتتهيّأ لإعادة بناء ما خرّبه العدوان في العمران والإنسان وتواصل دورها القومي العربي الرائد حصناً للممانعة وحضنا للمقاومة. وتعزز هذا الدور وتكمله بتلبية طموحات شعبها النبيلة المشروعة في الاستقلال الوطني والعدل الاجتماعي والديمقراطية وصون حقوق الإنسان على قاعدة المواطنة الدستورية التي تلمّ شمل كلّ السوريين وتبلسم جراح المحنة بالعدل والمحبة والمساواة أمام القانون بلا تمييز بين الموالاة والمعارضة. لا تعزل ولا تقصي إلا من خرج على دولته الوطنية بالسلاح والإرهاب وإراقة الدماء.

إنّ دعوات التغيير والإصلاح حق لا ينبغي أن يسلب من مواطن او يصادره حاكم، لكن حمل السلاح باطل يؤدي الى فتنة الاقتتال ويودي بالدولة ودعوات التغيير والإصلاح معاً. وقد كانت سورية عرضة لهذه الفتنة المحنة التي كلفتها غالياً من دم شعبها ومقدراته، وكنا كلنا من ضحاياها. وقد آن الأوان أن يتوقف هذا النزيف المروّع لتمتدّ الأيادي للأيادي وتعانق القلوب القلوب وتطوى صفحة الشكوك والظنون، وأن يدرك المعارضون قبل الموالين أنّ الحفاظ على سورية هو شرط التغيير والإصلاح، فإذا احتلت الأوطان وتفتت أين سيتحقق التغيير والإصلاح وتحترم حقوق الإنسان؟!

وما هو ماثل أمامنا هو دولة تواجه الإرهاب والعدوان، وفي هذه الحرب لسنا ولا ينبغي ان نكون على الحياد، فللدولة شعب نثق في قدرته على الاختيار وجيش يضحّي لردّ العدوان والإرهاب وسلطة للدولة الوطنية على رأسها الرئيس بشار الأسد. وواجب الوقت أن نحفظ لسورية وحدة واستقلال شعبها وجيشها ودولتها ومن قلب منظومة الدولة يكون السعي السلمي المشروع لكل تغيير وإصلاح.

ومصر لا تنسى: سورية هي الشقيقة في دولة الوحدة الأولى، وجيشها هو الجيش الأول. ودم جول جمال امتزج بدم جلال الدسوقي شهداء معركة البرلس البحرية دفاعاً عن مصر عام 1956.

وحين قصف العدوان الثلاثي مصر وأسكت إذاعتها انطلق من سورية الحبيبة نداء «هنا القاهرة من دمشق»، فلا أقلّ الآن من أن يعلو في مصر نداء «هنا دمشق من القاهرة» فهو نداء حق وواجب، حق لكلّ سوري وواجب على كلّ مصري.

ولا أقلّ من أن تنهض مصر الشعبية بواجب دعم سورية وفي مقدّمتها القوى والرموز الوطنية وبالأخص القوميّة الناصرية.

ولا اقلّ من أن تبادر مصر الرسمية بدعم الموقف السوري والمطالبة برفع الحصار عنها والمبادرة بإعادة كامل العلاقات الرسمية وفتح سفارة سورية في القاهرة ومصر في دمشق. والعمل على التعجيل باستعادة سورية لمقعدها المختطف في جامعة الدول العربية.

ومهما كان الدور الشعبي او الرسمي أقلّ مما تستحقه سورية من مصر وأقلّ من عشم اخوتنا السوريين فينا، وهو عشم المحق وعتب المحب، فإنّ ما يجمع مصر وسورية في قلب أمتنا العربية هو أقوى وأبقى وأعمق وأوثق.

ولعلّ في صدق بلاغة والد الشعراء فؤاد حداد ما يغني عن مزيد القول:

«ايدك لسه فى ايدي بتعرق لسه بتعزق

الأرض اللي رواها بردى

عينك لسه في عيني بتلمع لسه بتدمع

لسه بتتكلم ع الشهدا

صدرك لسه قلبي فى صدرك..

جدري وجدرك

ف الجمهورية المتحدة.

دا سلامك ولا زيه سلام

ونشيدك ولا زيه نشيد

متعلق يا دمشق الشام

بحبالك ولا حبل وريد

ولا تتقطعش الارحام

دم جدودنا بدم جديد

بيغمض عيننا بأحلام

ويفتح عيننا بشهيد

وان نمنا حالف ما ينام

ولا تهرب منه المواعيد

مهما بعدنا مفيهش بعيد

مهما اتفرّقنا ما نتفرّق.

الفاس اللي فى يد جمال

تحرس قبر صلاح الدين

راجل واحد كلّ الشعب

مصر وسورية العين والعين

واحد واحد زي القلب

عمر القلب ما يبقى اتنين».

ستنتصر سورية على هذا العدوان الصهيوأميركي الظلامي كما انتصرت على العدوان والاحتلال الفرنسي.

تحية الإكبار والإجلال والدعم لصمود وتضحيات شعبنا العربي في سورية والجيش العربي السوري الباسل.

عاشت سورية عربية حرة منيعة ممانعة.

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Tunisians Ask Gov’t to Withdraw from Saudi Coalition over Blacklisting Hezbollah

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TunisiaThe leader of En-Nahda Islamic movement  in Tunisia Rached Ghannouchi asserted on Saturday that it is impossible to label Hezbollah as a terrorist group because of the his historic achievements in liberating Lebanon and protecting it from the Zionist aggressions.

Although Hezbollah’s role in Syria is controversial, we cannot generalize any label against the party, Ghannouchi added.

Meanwhile, a number of political parties in Tunisia demanded that the government withdraw from the Saudi-led coalition in the region over the decision to blacklist Hezbollah.

In Egypt, the founder of the Popular Current Hamdeen Sabahi greeted Hezbollah and his Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah for  confronting the Zionist occupation, noting that who has blacklisted the Resistance aims at stirring the Shiite-Sunnite sedition in the region.

Source: Al-Manar Website

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Egypt gave voters an extra day to cast ballots for a president Tuesday, in a surprise move amid a reportedly low turnout in the first election since the overthrow of the Islamist leader.

Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the ex-army chief who toppled Islamist president Mohammad Mursi last year, is the clear frontrunner. But his campaign had hoped for a large turnout as a decisive show of support.

After reports of a meager turnout on Monday’s first day of voting, his backers and sympathetic media harangued people to go and vote as Islamists had urged a boycott.

One television anchor, the ultra-nationalist Tawfiq Okasha, went as far as suggesting those who fail to vote should “be shot”.

The decision to extend the voting into Wednesday was made to “give a chance to the largest possible number of voters to cast their ballots,” said an electoral official.

The commission said it extended the election because of a “heatwave that resulted in a crowding of voters during the evening hours”.

A comfortable win for Sisi over his sole rival, the leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, has never been seriously in doubt.

As polling stations closed at 1800 GMT, Sabbahi slammed the extension, saying it raised “questions… about the integrity of the process”.

And Sisi’s campaign itself filed a complaint against the extension, it said in a statement without elaborating.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood, subjected to a police crackdown that has killed hundreds of its supporters, called for boycott and said it would not recognise the outcome.

So too have key activists behind the 2011 uprising that toppled long-time strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011. They fear Sisi is an autocrat in the making.

The interior ministry said the first day’s turnout was about 16 million out of the country’s 53 million eligible voters.

Interim prime minister Ibrahim Mahlab denied there was a low turnout, saying “participation is good”.

But some Cairo polling stations were deserted on Tuesday morning.

“I don’t want to be part of those responsible for all those people who died,” Tarek Salim told AFP at a Cairo cafe.

Another abstainer, Diaa Hussein, complained there was no real choice. “Sisi didn’t leave a chance for anyone else to win,” he said.

Gamal Abdel Gawad, an analyst at the American University of Cairo, said the extension was unnecessary and “affects the credibility of the election”.

“When the result of an election is already known, there is very little incentive for voters to come out and vote.”

Source: AFP

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Egyptians Cast Ballots for Presidential Elections for Second Day

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Egyptian presidential electionsPolls opened on Tuesday for a second day of voting in Egypt’s presidential elections, the first since the military ouster of president Mohammad Mursi, the country’s first freely elected president, last year.

The winner of the polls will take over from interim president Adly Mansour, who was installed by the army following Mursi’s July 3 ouster and subsequent imprisonment.

In a bid to encourage voters to cast their ballots, the Egyptian government had declared Tuesday an official holiday.

The vote is the second step in an army-imposed roadmap for Egypt’s post-Mursi transition. The first step of the plan was completed in January with the approval of a new constitution via public referendum.

The roadmap, which included a constitutional referendum in January, will conclude with parliamentary elections later this year.

Five international organizations and 79 local ones have been authorized by the electoral commission to observe the voting process.

In addition to nongovernmental monitors, envoys from the Arab League; the European Union; the African Union; the Common Market for East and South Africa will follow up the vote.

Around 300,000 police and army personnel have been deployed to secure the process nationwide.

Observers expect that former minister of defense Abdulfattah al-Sisi to dominate the polls, especially after he secured an overwhelming 95.4 percent of the vote in expatriate polling last week, according to results announced by Egypt’s electoral commission.

Parliamentary poll, the final milestone of the roadmap, is expected sometime this year after the presidential vote.

Presidential poll results will be officially announced on June 5.

Source: Websites
27-05-2014 – 10:30 Last updated 27-05-2014 

Sisi Approaches Victory in Egypt’s Presidential Elections

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SisiEgyptians voted for a new president Monday in an election expected to give a landslide victory to the ex-army chief who ousted the country’s first democratically-elected leader and crushed his Islamist movement.

The two-day election is the first since the frontrunner Abdel Fattah al-Sisi deposed Islamist president Mohammad Mursi in July, a move that unleashed the bloodiest violence in Egypt’s recent history.

Mursi’s Muslim Brotherhood is boycotting the vote, as are revolutionary youths who fear Sisi is an autocrat in the making.

But the 59-year-old retired field marshall is expected to trounce his sole rival, leftist Hamdeen Sabbahi, amid widespread calls for stability.

Sisi himself voted minutes after polling opened Monday amid a throng of jostling reporters and supporters. About 53 million people are eligible to vote.

“The entire world is watching us, how Egyptians are writing history and their future today and tomorrow,” Sisi said.

“Egyptians must be reassured that tomorrow will be very beautiful and great,” he said, as supporters shook his hand and kissed his cheeks.

Many view the vote as a referendum on stability versus the freedoms promised by the Arab Spring-inspired popular uprising that ousted veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak in 2011.

Since the revolution, the country of 86 million people has been rocked by sporadic unrest and a tanking economy.

Mubarak’s successor, Mursi, lasted one year in office, winning Egypt’s first democratic presidential poll only to quickly alienate many who held mass rallies demanding his resignation.

“We need someone who speaks in a determined and strong way. The Egyptian people are frightened by this and respect those who are like this,” said Milad Yusef, a 29-year-old lawyer waiting to vote in Cairo.

Yusef said he had voted for Sabbahi in the 2012 election that Mursi won, but that he would now back Sisi.

“We need someone strong, a military man,” he said.

Sisi has said “true democracy” would take a couple of decades, and suggested he would not tolerate protests disrupting the economy.

He also pledged to eliminate the Brotherhood, which won every election following Mubarak’s overthrow after being banned for decades.

The Islamist movement is boycotting the election, along with the April 6 youth movement which spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt, and said Sunday it would reject the outcome.

Source: Agencies
26-05-2014 – 22:14 Last updated 26-05-2014

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Sisi’s campaign distributes energy-saving lightbulbs to the poor

An Egyptian man rides a bicycle past campaign posters of leftist presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabbahi (L) and of Egyptian ex-army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi (R) in the town of Dekernss near the Nile Delta City of Mansura some 120 km north of Cairo on May 15, 2014. (Photo: AFP-Khaled Desouki)
Published Monday, May 19, 2014
Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s campaign is pro- saving, and is distributing energy-saving lightbulbs to the poor. Some have interpreted this as a bribe, but the campaign is still forging ahead with the distribution under the pretext that it has not been informed of any decision by the Election Commission.
Cairo: The High Presidential Election Commission finally broke its silence regarding the legal violations by Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s campaign. It accused the campaign of violating the law by distributing 30,000 energy-saving lightbulbs. The commission considered this action an electoral bribe. The High Presidential Election Commission’s secretary general, Chancellor Abdel Aziz Salman, said the election law criminalizes distributing gifts to voters so as not to influence them, stressing that Sisi’s campaign violated the law. This was the first official notice issued by the commission against Sisi’s campaign since the start of the presidential race late last March.

Most of the large campaign billboards are decorated with Sisi’s pictures and signed by the Popular Campaign to support him, including one signed by former members of the dissolved National Democratic Party.

 

Judicial sources told Al-Akhbar that the commission does not want to take any legal action against any of the candidates at this point. It is content with issuing verbal warnings just like it did not take any action against the other presidential contender, Hamdeen Sabahi, when he presented the outlines of his electoral program two days before the official start of the campaigns.
The Youth Committee affiliated with Sisi’s campaign began distributing 30,000 energy-saving light bulbs at a cost of US$ 380,000 or 2.7 million Egyptian pounds based on the Egyptian market price. This amount is 10 percent more than what a candidate is allowed to spend during the campaign, which is set at 20 million Egyptian pounds according to the law. Chief advertising advisor, Tarek Nour, announced that Sisi’s campaign spent 12 million Egyptian pounds from the start of the campaign until five days ago.
Head of Sisi’s campaign Youth Committee, Tarek al-Kholy, said that the campaign was not officially informed of any decision by the High Presidential Election Commission, adding that “the commission could not possibly be influenced by what is published in the media.” Kholy, who did not deny the news that the campaign distributed lightbulbs, confirmed in an interview with Al-Akhbar that they will continue to distribute the energy-saving bulbs as long as they have not received official correspondence from the Election Commission. He stressed that all claims about “sanctions against the campaign” by the commission have no basis and are just rumors.
The opinion of the High Presidential Election Commission that distributing light bulbs amounts to bribes, which is a crime under the law, was confirmed by the former head of the press syndicate Makram Mohammed Ahmed in televised statements. He criticized Sisi’s campaign for this action despite the noble goal of providing citizens with these bulbs in an effort to conserve energy, of which there is a dire lack of in Egypt.
Sisi’s campaign continues its work on the ground. Campaign pictures in support of the former army chief can be seen everywhere on Egyptian streets. Campaign billboards for his opponent Sabahi, however, are nowhere to be seen on the streets of Cairo, except in very few cases. In those instances, there is a timid presence through the official campaign only, given the financial crises the supporting political parties are going through. Most of the large campaign billboards are decorated with Sisi’s pictures and signed by the Popular Campaign to support him, including one signed by former members of the dissolved National Democratic Party.
Political parties who declared their support for Sisi, like the National Movement party headed by Lieutenant General Ahmed Shafik, and the Free Egyptians party funded by the businessman Naguib Sawiris, have spent lavishly on advertising campaigns to showcase their support.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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Egypt: As elections near, Sisi without electoral program

Egyptians walk past a huge billboard showing a portrait of Egypt’s former army chief and leading presidential candidate Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on May 9, 2014 in Beni Sueif, some 120 kilometres south Cairo. (Photo: AFP-Mahmoud Khaled)

Published Saturday, May 10, 2014

The Egyptian presidential elections have entered a decisive phase as the Supreme Elections Committee officially declared May 9 as the last day to drop out from the race. While uncertainty dominated Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s campaign over his political program, which has not been officially announced, Hamdin Sabahi responded with an attack on Sisi regarding his relationship with the Muslim Brotherhood.

Cairo: The Supreme Elections Committee announced May 9 as the last day to drop out of the presidential elections scheduled for May 26 and 27. In the meantime, the competition intensified between candidates Field Marshal Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and Hamdin Sabahi after confirming their names will be on the ballots that will be printed within hours amid tight security.

Sisi’s campaign raised eyebrows yesterday when it deleted its electoral program from its official website. There was talk by some of the people in charge of the campaign that Sisi “will not present an electoral program with a timetable for implementing specific promises. He will instead stick to the general topics that he discusses at different events during the campaign.”

He criticized his opponent harshly, saying that while he opposed Mursi’s regime and considered it illegitimate, Sisi as defense minister was saluting Mursi as the commander of the armed forces.

The head of the information office of Sisi’s campaign, Ahmed Kamel, explained to Al-Akhbar yesterday: “I did not say the general will not present an electoral program and I don’t know if there will be a program that will be presented to [Egyptian] citizens during the campaign. This is not my specialty, there are other people in the campaign that you can talk to.Al-Akhbartried to contact the campaign coordinator, Ambassador Karem Mahmoud, but he did not answer his phone.

Sisi’s campaign was criticized for statements made by his team that at the present moment he does not have an electoral program, even though his campaign started a week ago. Whereas his opponent, Sabahi, presented a comprehensive program that can actually be implemented and he has already started campaigning in several provinces.

Until now, Sisi’s campaign team has not posted on its official social media pages any program or big projects that Sisi intends to implement after being elected. All they did was post excerpts from his interviews and video segments from his meetings with various movements that began since Mursi was deposed.

Sisi’s campaign focused in the past two days on the popular campaigns in the streets of several provinces in support of his candidacy that were organized by the Congress Party and the National Progressive Unionist Party as well as My Homeland Egypt Party headed by former Interior Minister Ahmed Gamal al-Din. In addition, Amr Moussa is currently on a tour of the United States as part of a diplomatic campaign to rally support for Sisi’s candidacy. The president of Egypt’s student union, Mohammed Badran, will also go on a tour of Gulf countries to mobilize Egyptians living in there to vote for Sisi. The election period for Egyptians living abroad starts May 15 and goes on for four days.

Support for Hamdin Sabahi increased yesterday after a TV interview in which he answered tough questions about his life, his campaign finances and his electoral program. He criticized his opponent harshly, saying that while he opposed Mursi’s regime and considered it illegitimate, Sisi as defense minister was saluting Mursi as the commander of the armed forces.

Sabahi responded to accusations that he was allied with the Muslim Brotherhood in the 2011 parliamentary elections in an interview that succeeded in changing the opinion of some youth who had opposed him and had called for boycotting the election. The presidential candidate said that he rejected an offer from Mursi after he became president to become vice president at a time when Sisi agreed to become defense minister under the rule of the Muslim Brotherhood.

This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.

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Campaigning opens in Egypt’s presidential race

Egyptian leftist leader and presidential candidate Hamdeen Sabahi (C) is greeted by supporters during a press conference to unveil his program on April 30, 2014 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP – Khalen Desouki)
Published Saturday, May 3, 2014
Updated 1:09 pm: Campaigning opens Saturday in Egypt for a May election likely to be won by the ex-army chief who deposed the elected president, after deadly bombings underscored tensions ahead of the vote.
The May 26-27 presidential poll, meant to restore elected rule following the July overthrow of Islamist Mohammed Mursi, is widely expected to place former army chief Abdel Fattah al-Sisi in power.
His only rival, Hamdeen Sabahi, came third in the 2012 election which Mursi won, and faces a groundswell of support for Sisi since the ouster of the divisive Islamist leader.
Sabahi says he represents the ideals of the 2011 uprising that overthrew veteran strongman Hosni Mubarak.
“The policies that were present under Mubarak are the same policies present now” under the military-installed regime, Sabahi told a campaign rally in the southern city of Assiut.
“Our goal is to gain the people’s trust to change the policies of corruption and tyranny and poverty,” he said in remarks broadcast live on television.
Sisi, reviled by Mursi’s Islamist supporters, has vowed to stamp out a surge in militant attacks such as the two bombings on Friday that killed a policeman in the capital and a soldier in the Sinai Peninsula.
At least 1,400 people, mostly Islamists, have been killed in street clashes, including hundreds on August 14 alone, while thousands have been jailed and placed on trials.
The crackdown has extended to target secular activist groups that supported Mursi’s overthrow but have since turned on the army-installed military as it tightens the clamps on dissent.
Last week, a court banned the April 6 movement, which spearheaded the revolt against Mubarak. Its leader Ahmed Maher is already in prison for participating in an unlicensed protest last year.
Another court that day sentenced to death 683 people, including the Brotherhood’s supreme guide Mohamed Badie, for deadly riots in August.
Sisi has not yet unveiled his election program, with campaign officials saying he wanted to wait until campaigning begins. The campaigning period ends on May 23.
He is scheduled to give his first interview in months on Monday to two Egyptian television anchors, their broadcasters announced in a statement.
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Egyptian media muzzled ahead of presidential elections

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Egyptian media muzzled ahead of presidential elections

Egyptian leftist leader Hamdeen Sabbahi is surrounded by journalists as he arrives to submit the documents required to run in next month’s presidential election to the High Presidential Elections Committee on April 19, 2014 in Cairo. (Photo: AFP-Mohammed al-Shahed)
Cairo– MBC Egypt decided to temporarily pull satirist Bassem Youssef off the air, as part of its voluntary commitment to campaign silence before the Egyptian presidential elections.
In a statement, the Saudi-owned channel said that Al-Bernamag, Youssef’s show, will take an extended one month break, on top of a two week hiatus that Youssef had already announced.
The show is expected to come back on May 30, following the presidential elections scheduled on the 26 and 27. Interestingly, only the first round of the elections will take place on these dates, but what about the other rounds where the comedian could apparently sway voters’ political orientation?
It appears that MBC is quite aware of the situation in Egypt. In fact, on the day it announced Youssef’s mandatory break, Hamdeen Sabahi officially submitted his candidacy to the forthcoming presidential elections.
Today, it became clear that Sabahi and former Defense Minister Abdul-Fattah al-Sisi are the only two candidates running for president. Others either withdrew their candidacies or were deemed ineligible.
Contrary to the hotly contested 2012 elections, which featured 13 rivals from across the political spectrum, this time only two candidates are facing off. Hence, naturally there will be no need for a second round.

According to MBC Egypt, Youssef’s show was temporarily suspended in order not to disturb the presidential race, as if the public’s political orientations would actually matter when it comes to the election results. In fact, the Saudi-owned channel is acting as if it is a part of the decision-making process in Egypt. Although Egyptian law stipulates that campaign silence should start only 24 hours before the elections, MBC chose to silence Youssef for over 40 days: from April 19 until May 30.

Recently, censorship in Egypt reached a new low following the unprecedented government decision to suspend the screening of the new film,Halawet al-Rouh, starring Lebanese pop star Haifa Wehbe, though it had already been approved by Egypt’s censorship board.
Egyptian authorities also closed down Feloul Channel and arrested its owner, controversial belly dancer Sama al-Masri, pending investigations into allegations of her operating the satellite channel without a license. The arrest came only one day after she slammed a well-known politician.
Meanwhile, the new anti-protest law continues to curtail freedoms. Originally passed to curb the Muslim Brotherhood’s protests, it is now being used to hunt down activists. In fact, since the Muslim Brotherhood was declared a terrorist organization in November, its members are now facing terrorism charges, making the protest law irrelevant in their cases.
Today, prominent activists who participated in the Egyptian revolution in January 2011 are either in prison or paying hefty fines.
Egypt’s current future doesn’t look promising and the coming elections seem like a step backward toward more repressive policies. Also, an economic crisis is looming with price hikes and the reduction of governmental subsidies. Even presidential hopeful himself, Abdul-Fatah al-Sisi, publicly warned that “tougher days” are coming, especially for the economy and national security.
In public and leaked statements, Sisi expressed his belief in “market reforms,” which calls for eliminating what he calls “state burdens,” such as subsidies and social welfare programs. Though such steps normally lead to protests, oppressive laws and the intimidation of journalists may prevent people from venting their anger.
Unfortunately, in the coming “tougher days,” decisions like giving Bassem Youssef a mandatory break appear like temporary steps with no futuristic vision. The channel’s real concerns about Al-Bernamag’s shall be tested after the new president takes office. Meanwhile, suspending the show during the elections is nothing more than a tactic meant to promote the idea that real elections are actually taking place.
This article is an edited translation from the Arabic Edition.
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