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Judaism: How Dare the US Not Give Egypt Money?

Most of the Egyptian editorials on the US decision relate to it as American effrontery and an attempt to interfere in Egypt?s internal affairs. As the al-Akhbar newspaper put it, ?the Egyptian people reject the flagrant American interference in their country's affairs? they rebuff all kinds of pressure brought to bear on the Judiciary, even if exercised by a friendly and major country such
Published: Sunday, August 25, 2002 11:34 PM


The recent US decision to withhold additional foreign aid to Egypt has, naturally, aroused a defiant reaction among members of the Egyptian press. The US, which was ?disregarding all international traditions governing relations between friends and allies?? according to the al-Akhbar newspaper, based its decision on the continuing imprisonment of an Egyptian national who is also an American citizen, Saad e-Din Ibrahaim, on charges of embezzling funds, tainting Egypt's image and receiving foreign funds from the European Union without permission. Ibrahim, a professor and director of an Egyptian center on social development, was arrested shortly after his organization reported that parliamentary elections in Egypt were rigged.

Most of the Egyptian editorials on the US decision relate to it as American effrontery and an attempt to interfere in Egypt?s internal affairs. As the al-Akhbar newspaper put it, ?the Egyptian people reject the flagrant American interference in their country's affairs? they rebuff all kinds of pressure brought to bear on the Judiciary, even if exercised by a friendly and major country such as the US.? The major Egyptian daily, al-Ahram, asked rhetorically, ?Can anyone imagine a country with a history so deep-rooted and with a culture so well-established as that of Egypt yield to pressure?? Al-Akhbar further reported, ?Foreign Minister Ahmad Maher came out to stress the point that Egypt will never abandon its principled positions. Nor will Egypt ever accept assistance from the US that involves humiliation??

The motivation for the American decision was also explored in the Egyptian press. The al-Akhbar editorial held that ?it appears that the US does not espouse equality in relations. Washington neither wants friends nor allies. What it wants rather are agents and agents it will never get in Egypt.? However, a columnist in the important Egyptian newspaper says that he cannot understand ?how a case involving a dual nationality holder could raise such a commotion or harm relations between Egypt and the US, unless ulterior motives exist which can neither be revealed nor justified.? But the columnist, Ahmad al-Gendi, has a definite idea of the ?ulterior motives.? According to al-Gendi, the affair is part and parcel of the ?anti-Egypt campaign launched by the American media, now completely under the control of the Zionists, and supported by Administration hawks, the likes of Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice?? This Zionist media conspiracy, according to the al-Akhbar columnist, ?advocates democracy while in truth it seeks to establish a dictatorship, to help them cast the entire world into one single mould, the American mould. Otherwise, the gates of hell will turn loose on rogue countries which refuse to comply.?

The al-Ahram daily, apparently sensitive to the temerity of a foreign state feeling entitled to aid from the US, wrote, in its editorial, ?While true that the US offers a great amount of assistance to Egypt, it is also true that Egypt provides support for the US. The terms on the basis of which American economic and other assistance is given paves the way for US companies and firms to make profits, and for American exports to redouble. Egypt is one of few of countries in which the US secures a trade surplus which far exceeds the amount of assistance offered it.?

Al-Ahram al-Messa?I took another tack in its editorial. The newspaper attacked the US human rights record: ?Most surprising in Washington's policies is how it uses human rights to intimidate other countries while, according to official reports, violations to human rights are found in plenty within the US itself.? The paper cites ?a recent Human Rights Watch report?? The report, according to al-Ahram al-Messa?I, ?asserts that numerous violations have been committed during the investigations following the 11 September events?? The editorial concludes, ?Here is the US for you? we have only this to say: He who lives in a glass house shouldn?t throw stones!?