Thursday, 2 November 2017

Real Egypt: two kinds of people

I wish those cooperating with terrorism adding more fuel to its god-damned mechanism can come back to their senses. Such cooperation I mean is that which is sought by some capitalists and some of those considered as belonging to the elite educated and intellectual bunch of people, as they keep cursing and turning their back feeling ungrateful towards glorious days in the history of our country, such days full of struggle to achieve independence, development, liberation and social equality; days written in history by the martyrs’ blood of fighters and resisting people of our army, police and other civilian citizens, since the most important target of terrorism is to hit the whole nation in the heart by uprooting our belonging and destroying our identity, so that generations with no national identity and no cultural or civilization roots can be born; generations void of the noble humane and patriotic morals that once resided in the nation’s conscience and were the motive behind its vibrant thirst for freedom.

And so, the nation’s modern time witnessed, as an example, the Cairo revolutions I and II against the French Campaign, then 1805 revolution that toppled the unjust Ottoman ruler and imposed another one whom people chose and dictated their conditions to, then 1881 revolution… 1919 revolution… 1935 popular uprising… then 1952 revolution… reaching to the two big revolutions of January 25th, 2011 and June 30th, 2013. I can confirm that no other people have such live spirit. For this reason, some people – including me – will not get bored or tired of devoting all possible efforts to revive the nation’s soul and bring its greatest cultural and civilization aspects to life once again. That’s why I am writing those articles about real Egypt; the resisting Egypt; Egypt with its resisting people fighting occupation and aggression; those who resisted and participated alongside the armed forces and police in standing against such aggression.

Egypt has witnessed, just like all human societies, different kinds of peoples with different cultural and social backgrounds. Some of them preferred submitting and surrendering to the invader adopting certain logic common in other cultures saying: “if you can’t prevent rape, then enjoy it”. However, some other kinds chose resistance, resilience and sacrificing everything, even life itself, and enjoying that!

The 1967 defeat was one of the sorting criteria used in distinguishing between those two kinds of people who clearly revealed themselves. As the kind who enjoyed all achievements and greatness of pre-June 1967 era turned their back to the Nasserist experience declaring they were betrayed. As a result, they denied the whole Nasserist experience and condemned all which and who belonged to it.

On the other side, there was another kind of people who did not enjoy these achievements and greatness and who had only simple legitimate privileges; however, they decided to remain loyal to their belief and to stick to it; they decided to resist and keep on resisting, as they realized that the country is the saving ark carrying all of us and that there is a huge difference between being humans and being mice, since the latter are the first to jump off the ship if it caught fire or was sinking, for their stay in the stores and kitchen became threatened. As to humans, the country is not a sailing ship to jump off it, but a land, heritage, ancestors, civilization, culture, belonging, existence and all that may represent value to humans.

This is exactly the difference between a model like Mr. Amr Moussa who enjoyed working and gained benefits amid the national Nasserist experience until 1967, but no sooner did the defeat take place, than he took a decision to deny the whole Nasserist experience and deny belonging to it. He, however, continued working in his prestigious job in the foreign ministry until he became a minister, and between another model represented in those resisting people in Suez and other Canal cities and others who remained loyal to their beliefs no matter how tough this was; those who devoted their efforts and sacrificed their lives to combat and resist aggression and achieve victory over it. Long before them, Abdallah al-Nadim; a man belonging to the same model and who refused to surrender to the 1881 defeat, sought refuge in real Egypt and went asking the protection of its people. Such man was a unique example for the art of resistance and behavior of resisting people.

There are few still alive of the heroes of Suez – the city I took as a model to write about in the anniversary of the victory. Of them are Ahmed Otaifi, Abdel-Moniem Qenawi, Mahmoud Badr and Mahmoud Taha.

In such regard, I would like to talk about the Arab Sinai group established after the defeat and fostered by the Egyptian military intelligence and which included some of the noblest sons of our beloved Egypt from Sinai, Suez and other governorates in frontline with the enemy. The colleague and friend Mr. Muhammed ash-Shafie; the prestigious writer, once wrote a book about the heroic works of Arab Sinai group taking Muhammed Taha; a notable figure of resistance, as a study case in his book. Also, my late friend Mr. Hamed Hasab wrote a book about Suez called “Suez, a tale of a city”. In addition, the resistance hero and member of Sinai group Ahmed Otaifi wrote a booklet about the biography of a fighting civilian.

Despite all this, I believe the story of Arab Sinai group and the unique civilian patriotic action were not duly appreciated, whether regarding resisting people from Suez or their colleagues from Sinai whom some of them are close friends to me. I also know the price they paid like Sheikh Hassan bin Ali bin Hassan Khalaf al-Soweriki.

Due to this limited space, I will not be able to write all that fulfills the greatness of such amazing fighting patriotic work of resistance that revealed the greatest cultural and civilization traits of the Egyptian people. However, such limited space may allow me to call upon the patriotic leader; President Abdel-Fattah as-Sisi, to give his orders to pay attention to Suez, conserve its important historic monuments, establish a national museum for Suez to be an important cultural spot containing all that may relate to the struggle of Egyptians of Suez city in resisting the occupation and preventing the enemy from taking Suez as a weak point to practice pressure over the national will and decision in 1973.

Along with conserving the monuments and establishing the museum, we have to honor those who are still alive of resistance heroes and honor those who left our world, whether martyred or died.

All Glory to our martyrs throughout all times until now… and all glory to our country.

Translated to English by: Dalia Elnaggar

This article was published in Al Ahram newspaper on November 2, 2017.

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