>> 05 December 2010
- I was born in 1 October 1985, in Asyut, one of the main cities in Upper Egypt. I lived in Asyut until I moved to Cairo in 2009. But since May 2012, I’m living in Germany. I have a brother and a sister.
- My family are Coptic Orthodox Christians. They raised me as a religious Christian. I was extremely religious in my teenage. But in 2007, after lots of readings and researches, I became an atheist.
- I had my school in the Catholic Franciscan school, then my high school at the protestant Al-Salam (Peace) school. In 2009, I got my Bachelor in Veterinary medicine from Asyut University. In Autumn 2010, I started one year diploma of law in Cairo University, but I was detained two weeks before the exams, and I never finished it. Now, I’m studying my Master in Public Policy in Willy Brandt School of Erfurt University, Germany.
- I consider myself a secular Liberal. I support free market economy. I started my politic activism in late 2005. Since that time, I’ve joined several liberal parties and movements. In 9 April 2009, I started “No to Compulsory Military Service Movement” as the first Antimilitarist Peace movement in Egypt. In Oct 2010, I became the first Conscientious Objector in Egypt after refusing to serve in the obligatory military service. My movement is still active in Egypt against the obligatory military service, and internationally promoting peace and reconciliation in middle east.
- I was detained five times in Egypt. The first was in 19 Feb 2009, when I was distributing pamphlets in Asyut University against secret services authority in public universities. Then in 13 June 2010 with my brother Mark, while protesting in downtown Cairo against the brutality of Egyptian Police. The third was in 12 November 2010, after I refused to serve in the Egyptian army because of my pacifist beliefs. Then in 4 Feb 2011, while participating in the revolution. I was tortured and sexually harassed at that time. Finally in 28 March 2011, because of my writings criticizing the army. I was military tried, sentenced to 3 years in prison. But after 10 months (302 days) in prison, 130 days of hunger strike, and a huge international campaign, I was released in 24 January 2012.
- I started blogging since 2006. Since then, I wrote over 300 articles. My blog is available in Arabic and English. It used to have a Hebrew section in the past. I write sometimes for some newspapers like the Foreign Policy Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.
- I gave over a hundred speeches in Egypt, Israel, USA, and Europe, in topics related to Democracy, Peace, and Human Rights.
- I was nominated for Reporters Without Borders Netizen Prize 2012, and the Noble Peace Prize 2012. I also received The First Freedom Award in 2011 from The International Federation of Liberal Youth (IFLRY).
- You can find a list of my English articles here.
Some of my Pictures