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February 11, 2011  RSS feed
World News

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Of revolution in Egypt

JTA news service

n For a first-hand account of an American Jewish student studying in Cairo who was caught up in the early days of the protest, go to www.jewishpresstampa.com

Gas pipeline explosion was terror related, probe finds

JERUSALEM — An explosion in an Egyptian natural gas line in the Sinai Peninsula, which cut off supplies to Israel, was the result of terrorism, according to an Egyptian investigation.

Egyptian Judge Abdel Nasser el-Tayeb, the chief investigator of the Feb. 5 explosion, said that four masked gunmen set off explosives in the gas terminal by remote control after restraining the guards, according to testimony by the guards, the Associated Press reported.

The head of Egypt’s natural gas company had said the explosion was caused by a gas leak. Gas supply also was cut off to Jordan, according to reports. It took about a week for the pipeline to be repaired and for the flow of gas to be restored to Israel. About half of Israel’s electricity comes from natural gas from Egyptian and Israeli sources. Egypt began pumping gas to Israel in 2008 as part of a 15-year contract. Prior to six years ago, all of Israel’s electricity was generated by imported coal and oil, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Muslim Brotherhood website: Egypt protests not Islamist

WASHINGTON — The Muslim Brotherhood’s English website rejected claims that the Egyptian protests are aimed at creating an Islamic state.

“The current uprising in Egypt is a revolution of the Egyptian people and is by no means linked to any Islamic tendencies, despite allegations, nor can it be described as Islamic,” said a statement on Ikhwanweb, which calls itself “The Muslim Brotherhood’s Official English website.” “The revolution is peaceful and calls solely for reform and a democratic civil state initiated by the youth through the social networking service Facebook and is far removed from any Islamist groups.”

The statement also criticized Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, for likening the protests to Iran’s Islamic Revolution in 1979.

In a separate statement, another Muslim Brotherhood leader said that a new government would end Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.

Some Israeli and pro-Israel leaders have expressed misgivings about the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in the protests because of its rejection of Israel’s right to exist and its affiliation with Hamas. Other pro-Israel voices have suggested that the Muslim Brotherhood’s influence is limited and have welcomed the overall push for democracy.


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