35. Critical issues in the discussions in Washington. An organized American campaign to spoil Mubarak’s visit
Date of source:
June 21, 1999
President Mubarak starts a "critical" visit to the United States next Saturday. The mutual relations between the two countries have priority in the agenda of the president. There are a number of reasons that have helped in raising the degree of tension in the Egyptian-American relations. On the top of the list comes the claims about the persecution of Christians in Egypt. Then comes the cooperation between Egyptian universities and the American University [in Cairo], strengthening the role of the People’s Assembly in the political field, and the role of the organizations and the non-governmental institutions.
32. Boutros Ghali in Washington: Mubarak has succeeded in containing fundamentalism... Persecution of Copts is baseless.
Date of source:
June 18, 1999
Dr. Boutros Ghali, secretary-general of a francophone organization [and former secretary-general of the UN], affirmed that President Hosni Mubarak has succeeded in containing fundamentalism and achieved [political and social] stability. In a radio statement in Washington, Ghali said: "Persecution of Copts in Egypt has no basis of truth."
Lam‘i Mutay‘i, honorary member of Islamic Charity Association
A cheap and senseless intervention in Egyptian internal affairs is currently being launched through a number of platforms: big American newspapers, false advertisements campaigning against Egypt through allegations of persecution of Copts, circulation in the US Congress of reports and statements alleging persecution of Copts, and press statements protesting against enforcement of the recent Foreign Funding of Private Organizations Law. It is seen merely as a campaign engineered by the American Zionist lobby which controls the American media.
The Freedom House shows much concern about what is happening in Egypt, China and Vietnam, not paying the least attention to Israel’s practices. Also other groups are mentioned in the article. The conclusion of the author is that there are many slanders, some people are really making money out of this.
Claims made in the western press about the rape of Christian girls in Egypt, and forcing them to become Muslims with the allegation that this takes place with the blessing of the police stirs and angry response from the authorities and Christians.
Is President Clinton capable of achieving what he demanded yesterday? He gave a severe warning to President Milosevic, saying the latter should comply with all NATO conditions or he would lose Kosovo. In short, the allied forces will occupy, if not the entire country, then at least the trouble spots.
I ask Muslims, where are you? How long will you succumb, submit, be passive? Can’t you do something! Clinton threatens and warns. Why must you submit? This shocks me for patience is not enough. We all knew beforehand that the NATO war would lead to nothing. Meanwhile, you Muslims continue to look to right and left, in confusion.
Cypriots are obsessed by centuries-old animosities and who remain loyal to religious and ethnic lines drawn as far back as the Middle Ages, just like the peoples of the Balkans. The apparent obsession with religion as the ultimate decider of who is friend, and who foe.
It places Cyprus on a par with those radical Islamist zealots throughout the world who are apt to detect the hand of "neo-crusaders" in every conflict in which Muslims are involved.
The article outlines some of the events that happened when an Egyptian delegation to the United States met with an American delegation there to discuss some of the claims made by Coptic groups there concerning persecution of Copts in Egypt.
Since he narrowly escaped an assassination attempt by the Israeli intelligence service, the Mossad, in September 1997, the Amman-based chief of Hamas’ political bureau, Khalid Misha’al, has been living under tight security.
Misha’al knows all too well that he is still likely to be targeted by the Israelis.
"We know that this is an unbalanced war [against Israel], but resistance will continue. The only way to stop resistance is to end occupation, and this is a natural right. Nobody can prevent a people from fighting occupation, and even if they kill some of Hamas’ leaders, new ones will emerge. We [Palestinians] have been struggling since the 1920s, and that is the way it has been. No one has been able to end our resistance."
The article deals with what went wrong in reporting about the issue of el-Koshh. Many Egyptians, and definitely the Egyptian authorities, would like nothing more then to forget the issue of el-Koshh but will it be forgotten?