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In a piece for Egypt Today, AWR reseacher Yosra El Gendi explains the need for dialogue to solve the disagreements between a number of Egyptian NGOs and the Egyptian government. These disagreements began in mid-2014 when an advertisement in Al-Ahram stated that all NGOs in Egypt must register according to law 84/2002.
President ‘Abd al- Fattāh al- Sīsī has assured that preparations are underway to carry out the parliamentary elections. He assured of the importance of the coming parliament and the wide powers that it shall have according to the constitution. He called upon everyone to take part and asserted the importance of choosing the members of parliament carefully.
Dr. Yūnus Makhyūn, head of the Nūr Party, stated that the hatred of the Egyptian people to the Muslim Brotherhood has been reflected on Hamas. He assured that as the Egyptian hatred to the Muslim Brotherhood increases, their hatred to Hamas will increase. He added that the issue in Palestine is not about Hamas, but rather, it’s the issue of a people being exterminated (Walīd Sarhān, al- Wafd, Aug. 8, p. 2)
The rank and file of the Muslim Brotherhood is allegedly on a state of high alert a few days before commemorating the dispersal of the Rāb’ah and Nahdah sit in. It called upon a number of the leaders of the group to confront those who get in the way of their rallies no matter what. Dr. Muhammad al- Sughayār, former leader in the Ministry of Endowments has issued a fatwa, he stated that these who attack you must have their necks beaten and you must make them examples for those who follow. He added that you must scare the enemies of God and your enemies (Ahmad ‘Uways, al- Shurūq, Aug. 12, p. 5).
Minister of Endowments Dr. Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah has called upon the Ministry of Interior to arrest Muhammad Nasr, who is publicly known as the preacher of Tahrir, accusing him of contempt of religion (Lū‘aī ‘Alī et al, al-Yawm al- Sābi’, August 11, p. 5)
President ‘Abd al-Fattāh al-Sīsī stressed during a meeting with a group of media professionals that it is important to say the truth and to present it honestly. He discussed internal and international issues and assured that the homeland is facing many challenges. The president alerted that the region is in a state of a prolonged and huge danger. He further assured that the parliamentary elections will take place on time and that he shall not join any political party (Nūr Zū al-Faqqār, al- Yawm al- Sābi’, August 10, p. 1).
Dr. Muhammad Mukhtār Jum’ah, Minister of Endowments has stated that it is Egypt’s fate to face extremism from two sides. The first side is that of religious extremism and the other is profanity and recklessness. He added that the main battle of the Azhar scholars is to face the manipulation of religion and using it in politics (Usāmah ‘Abd al- Maqsūd, al- Shurūq, Aug. 9, p. 5)
After returning of his medical trip abroad, Pope Tawadros visited Grand Imām Dr. Ahmad al-Tayyib Shaykh of the Azhar to congratulate him and all Muslims on the occasion of Īd al- Fitr. Pope Tawadros stated that Egypt stands high beyond any conspiracy and added that all states are in “Gods hands” (Diā Abu al- Safā, al- Akhbār, Aug. 7, p. 2)
A number of Copts have started a campaign against Rose-al-Yūsuf Weekly Magazine, after it published an article entitled, “The Poor Copts Will Have Paradise; Massaging Pope Tawadros in Vienna.” This was considered by activists to be an insult to the Church and Pope Tawadros. The activists started a campaign calling for the boycott of Rose al- Yūsuf. Fr. Bolus Halīm the spokesman of the Coptic Orthodox Church has expressed his dismay at the title while editor- in- chief of Rose –al –Yūsuf Ibrāhīm Khalīl denied that there is a campaign to boycott Rose- al- Yūsuf (Author not mentioned, al- Aqbāt al-Yawm, Aug. 6)
Grand imām Shaykh Ahmad al-Tayyib, Shaykh of al- Azhar, has denounced what is happening in Iraq by having different militias killing innocent people, bomb mosques and committing crimes. He added that the Iraqi people need to urgently unite to stop the Iraqi bloodshed. This was stated during his meeting of the Iraqi muftī, Shaykh Rāfi’ al- Rifā’i (author not mentioned, al- Dustūr, Aug 14, p. 3).
Human Rights Watch stated that the dispersal of Rāb'ah sit in was one of "systematic and widespread" killing of least 1,150 protesters, by the security forces, amounting probably to the level of crimes against humanity. It was considered by the Egyptian Center for Human Rights surprising and distorting to human rights work. It stated that the organization ignored the terrorist crimes of the Muslim Brotherhood, and indulged in political issues at the expense of revealing the facts. It added that HRW adopted certain points of view which are not neutral and are contrary to reality (Hudá Rashwān, al- Watan, Aug. 13, p. 4)