Egyptian activist's planned lecture in Israel sparks criticism
Al-Masry Al-Youm Sun, 23/12/2012 - 14:25
Arab student movements at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem condemned
Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil, who is due to give a lecture at the
university on Sunday.
Groups representing Arab students demanded that all students boycott the
lecture, entitled "Political Changes in Egypt and its Relationship with
The movements said that Nabil exploits the "honorable name of the Egyptian
revolution” in his visit to “explain his positions and justify his
despicable remarks against Palestinians, and our prisoners in particular.
"We firmly believe that brave women and men of the revolution condemn this
disgraceful act, and only feel hatred toward him," a statement released by
the student groups said.
Nabil plans to give another lecture before the conference of Jewish students
on 31 December, and one more at Tel Aviv University on 2 January. He will
also visit Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
The Harry S. Truman Institute for Peace at Hebrew University described Nabil
as a "hero from Tahrir Square," praising him for being the Egyptian voice
that speaks most openly about peace with Israel.
In December 2011, a military court sentenced Nabil to two years in prison
and a fine of LE200 for insulting the Armed Forces, publishing false news
and compromising public security in his blog posts. He was released in
January 2012 as per a decree by the previously-ruling Supreme Council of the
Armed Forces, which included 2,000 other civilians held by the military.
Yara Saadi, a member of a Palestinian feminist student group at the
university, told Al-Masry Al-Youm in a phone interview, "We will go to the
lecture on Sunday to state our position in front of him and in front of
everyone, and then we will withdraw."
"We consider Nabil a part of the normalization and bargaining that supports
the theft and colonization of land, supports the suppression and
displacement of the Palestinian people and ignores their rights," Saadi
added. "His shameful opinions do not convince anyone who has basic
information about the Arab-Zionist struggle.”
Egyptian activist Lobna Darwish said in a tweet: "The Maikel Nabil and
Israel love affair is simply pathetic, shows how 30+ years of normalization
didn't work, Israel has to cerebrate 1 ally."
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm