Biography

>> 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.

- 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.

- You can contact me through my Twitter account, or my Facebook page.


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12 comments:

Anonymous,  12/04/2011 17:18  

مع اني عرفتك من نبأ اعتقالك و سجنك (الذي قد يطول الى ثلاث سنوات) لكن قد تقرا هذا في يوم من الايام. قرات مقالتك التي تتحدث فيها عن اسباب احترامك او حبك لاسرائيل , و انا معك في الكثير مما قلته لكن ... كل ما قلته هو تعامل الحكومات الاسرائيلية مع مواطنيها و ليس مع الفلسطينيين اصحاب الارض .. هذه مسالة , المسالة الثانية حضرتك تدعو الى الغاء الخدمة العسكرية الالزامية في مصر و تمدح اسرائيل و معجب بها في نفس الوقت مع ان الخدمة العسكرية في اسرائيل الزامية على الكل اناث و ذكور مع بقاء عدد كبير جدا (الاغلبية) ضمن قوات الاحتياط اي ان اسرائيل دولة عسكرية بالكامل و هذا سبب قوي لقوتها العسكرية , فالمفروض ان تدعو الى عسكرة مصر و الدول العربية بدلا من دعوتك لالغاء الخدمة العسكرية الالزامية على الذكور فقط .

Anonymous,  12/04/2011 20:52  

انت لاتخفي حبك لإسرائيل هذه الدولة العنصرية الدموية ثم تقول انك ليبرالي. هذه تكتة

Anonymous,  06/10/2011 09:59  

اقول لك انك تعانى من بعض الامراض النفسية خصوصا عقدة الاضطهاد و عقد النقص حيث انك حظيت فى طفولتك بعدم اهتمام من المحيطين بك و خصوصا من الاناث و لم تستطع ان تقيم علاقات طبيعية معهم فى فترة مراهقتك فلجائت الى كل ما انت فية الان لتعوض عن النقص فى داخلك من خلال لفت الانظار لك و ان تجعل من نفسك محط اهتمام اخيرا اقول لك انك زوبعة فى فنجان

Anonymous,  02/01/2012 11:01  

don't lose hope.

Anonymous,  23/01/2012 09:43  

Alhamdulillah I read that you are free now? Hope it is true. Hope you are getting well. May God bless you. Best wishes and salams from Germany... Sarah

Anonymous,  23/01/2012 09:45  

ok now I see that you are an atheist, so pls don't be upset about my best wishes. I wish you then the best regardless where it may come from (nature, a higher being or just a belief in yourself). :)

Andrew Lyall 30/01/2012 18:25  

Great news that you are now free! I was/am so glad to hear it. You are a brave and noble example and a witness to freedom of speech and conscience. How lucky Egypt is to have young people like you, who are prepared to suffer for the rights of others.

Anonymous,  07/04/2012 14:59  

You are a very brave young man. I cannot tell you how much I admire you. I wish you success. I hope your great country will become the tolerant, liberal society you and other courageous Egyptians are striving for.

Anonymous,  19/04/2012 23:09  

You are amazing! Thank you! Your story has brought a tear to my eye!

Anonymous,  25/04/2012 22:06  

I am from Germany. You are not alone Maikel!

Anthony 01/10/2012 01:17  

Bravo on your bravery sir. I just across this piece: http://blogs.timesofisrael.com/egypts-christians-facing-the-fate-of-egyptian-jews/. Seeing as how you are an atheist, with a strong libertarian bent, it makes me appreciate your work all the more. What a breath of fresh air from the mind-boggling double standards held by liberals (and many libertarians) in America, which never ceases to rail against all organized religion...except Islam, of course. The inexplicable, knee-jerk disdain for Christianity, it goes without saying, is not exactly conducive to open and honest debate, to say the least. So, again, hats off to your courage for independent thinking Maikel. Keep doin' what you do.

Anonymous,  25/12/2012 16:12  

hafdal a2olak kosomak le7ad ma amot :D 3ashan enta fe3lan kosomak :D

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