>> 30 January 2013
"Bloodsuckers," "monkeys," and pigs" -- that's how Egyptian Dictator Mohammed Morsy refers to Jews. Just two weeks ago, Morsi offended a group of USA Senators, by claiming that Jews control the international media. Morsi also belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, the group whose leader Mohammed Badie was ranked by The Simon Weisenhall Centre (SWC) as the "biggest anti-Semite" in our planet.
But the German Chancellor Angela Merkel decided to surprise us all, just a few days after saying that "Germany has an everlasting responsibility for the crimes committed by the Nazis", by inviting the Egyptian Neo-Nazi leader to visit Berlin as her guest today, 30 Jan, the same date Hitler took power in 1933. This visit is an insult to Germany's struggle against racism, homophobia and nationalism over the past sixty years.
It's worth noting that Chancellor Merkel, who belongs to the Christian Democratic Party (CDU), will be hosting a dictator whose government persecutes Christians on a regular basis. In Egyptian Prisons, there are now at least 4 Christians (Ayman Youseef Mansour, Gamal Abdou Masoud, Makarem Diab Said, and Bishoy El-Beheri) who have been jailed -- for up to six years -- simply for expressing their Christian Beliefs. This is not even to mention the sectarian propaganda released by the Muslim Brotherhood and the Egyptian Presidency against Christians, which reached its peak last September during the crisis over the film Innocence of Muslims (and which resulted in the destruction of the German Embassy in Sudan) . This campaign of religious intolerance continues today. This week, Morsy's Muslim Brotherhood accused Egypt's Christians of leading criminal groups that were responsible for the killings of more than 50 people during the past week's anti-government demonstrations.
We democratic activists in Egypt are extremely worried about any Military cooperation between Germany and Egypt. Germany has always been one of the largest exporters of weapons to Egypt (right behind the United States). Such worries are particularly pronounced at a moment when the Egyptian police and Army regularly use western -supplied weapons to crush nonviolent protests that call for freedom and democracy. I don't believe that German citizens accept the notion that they can only support their own economy by selling weapons to dictatorships like Egypt and Saudi Arabia, which stand against the rights of their citizens to live in freedom and equality.
Mr. Morsi speaks a lot about respecting court decisions and the rule of law, but at the same time he is protecting a huge number of criminals who are responsible for the death of more than 1200 civilians (over 70 of them were killed after Morsi took power), the wounding of tens of thousands of protestors since the revolution started. Not a single police or military officer has been punished for these crimes. By contrast, the chief of the Military intelligence "Abdel-Fattah El-Siessy" who tortured me on 4 Feb 2011, received a promotion from Morsi, who recently appointed him as Minister of Defense. My official complains have been ignored by all legal institutions in Egypt.
Chancellor Merkel, relations between countries presuppose a certain common ground of shared values. Diplomatic relations should not justify support for dictatorships. Otherwise you should also invite and host both Iran's Ahmadinejad and Sudan's Bashir. I'm sure they are both eager to have better relations with Germany (and to buy more German weapons).
As you know, Chancellor Merkel, your compatriots in East Germany took to the streets against communism and dictatorship in 1953, but their protests were crushed by a government that enjoyed the support of many powerful countries. Please don't help the rising Egyptian dictatorship to crush freedom with Germany's help.
This article was published in The Foriegn Policy