Muslim Brotherhood ‘Crucifies’ Opponents, Attacks Secular Media

August 16, 2012 9:58 am 44 comments

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi (right) during a swearing in of cabinet members. Photo: LA Times.

Last week in Egypt, when Muslim Brotherhood supporters terrorized the secular media, several Arabic websites—including Arab News, Al Khabar News, Dostor Watany, and Egypt Now—reported that people were being “crucified.” The relevant excerpt follows in translation:

A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others. Likewise, Muslim Brotherhood supporters locked the doors of the media production facilities of 6-October [a major media region in Cairo], where they proceeded to attack several popular journalists.

That there were attacks and violence—both in front of Egypt’s presidential palace and at major media facilities, is well-documented. An August 9 report by El Balad, a widely read Egyptian website, gives the details:

Last Wednesday, August 8, “thousands of the Muslim Brotherhood’s supporters” attacked 6-October’s media facilities, beat Khaled Salah—chief editor of the privately-owned and secular Youm 7 newspaper—prevented Yusif al-Hassani, an On TV broadcaster, from entering the building, and generally “terrorized the employees.”

El Balad adds that the supporters of Tawfik Okasha, another vocal critic of President Morsi—the one who widely disseminated the graphic video of a Muslim apostate being slaughtered to cries of “Allahu Akbar”—gathered around the presidential palace, only to be surrounded by Brotherhood supporters, who “attacked them with sticks, knives, and Molotov cocktails, crucifying some of them on trees, leading to the deaths of two and the wounding of dozens.”

Far from condemning these terrorists, Al Azhar, Egypt’s most authoritative Islamic institution, has just issued a fatwa calling for more violence and oppression, saying that “fighting participants in anti-Muslim Brotherhood demonstrations planned for 24 August is a religious obligation.”

Most of the aforementioned Arabic sites point out that these attacks are part of the Muslim Brotherhood’s campaign to intimidate and thus censor Egypt’s secular media from exposing the group’s Islamist agenda, which Youm 7, On TV, and Okasha do daily. [Note: the latter's channel was recently shut down, despite Morsi's previous reassurances that "no station or media will be shut down in my era."]

These threats are not new; back in April, an organization called the “Jihad Group to Cleanse the Country” threatened these media with “painful and severe punishments.” Apparently now that Morsi has become master of Egypt, threats are becoming reality, just as promises are being broken.

And the threats are taking their toll. Sky News, which was first to report about the crucifixions, has taken down its original article (though the URL still appears in the address box with the Arabic words “protesters-crucified-in front of-egypt’s-presidential-palace”).

While one may argue that Sky News removed the article because it was found false, one can equally argue that it censored itself for fear that it would be next in the terror campaign against the media.

In reality, there is little reason to doubt this crucifixion story. Militant Muslims crucifying their opponents is a regular feature of the Islamic world—recent cases coming from the Ivory Coast, where two Christian brothers were crucified, similarly by supporters of a Muslim president who ousted a Christian; Indonesia, where Islamic separatists crucified a fellow Muslim for being a military informant; and in Iraq, where Muslim militants crucified Christian children.

Moreover, those alleged to have been crucified in Egypt certainly fit the Koran’s description of who deserves to be crucified. According to Allah, “The punishment of those who wage war against Allah and His messenger and strive to make mischief in the land is only this: that they should be murdered or crucified or their hands and their feet should be cut off…” (Koran 5:33).

“Making mischief in the land” is precisely what the secular media is being accused of, by constantly exposing the Muslim Brotherhood and its Islamist agenda. Even the Jihad Group to Cleanse the Country, which threatens to “liquidate” many secular media, accuses them of “creating chaos to implement the American and Zionist agenda.”

Finally, it is telling that only a few months ago, and for the first time in Egypt’s modern history, an Egyptian MP proposed to institutionalize Sharia’s most draconian punishments—including crucifixion.

In short, under the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, the bottle has been uncorked and the Islamic Genie set loose. Expect much worse to come.

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center and an Associate Fellow at the Middle East Forum.


  • You do no favors for the victims of horrors where ever they may occur by making up stories. The truth is that the disgusting cruelty is bad enough without adding fictional accounts that make the real stories seem to be lies as well. There have been no reported cases of crucifixion in contemporary Egypt, despite other forms of violence and killing. At the presidential palace, there were no/no crucifixions. What the video shows is how the Muslim Brotherhood militia beat and tortured not just demonstrators but ordinary citizens walking in the vicinity, demanding that they confess to being paid to demonstrate. Some were later released by the police, others were subjected to more torture. Opposition activists and targetting and often tortured to death. Egypt has a serious human rights community and works with the international one. Every case is carefully documented including the details of the type of torture and cause of death. As for the Salafi dreams of barbarism, the same Egyptians that today are grinding the work of the MB government to a halt would certainly do the same to the hated Salafis, only quicker. Even the police now are complaining about the infiltration of the MB and are on strike. Things are bad, but if you want to help, DON’T make up stuff. It takes away the credibility of the people who are trying to stop all this.

  • What kind of f**ked up religion would call for the crucifiction, or cutting off of hands and feet, for any reason? Yeah, I’m talking about Islam, the Muslims, the towel-heads, whatever. Their religion, culture, and countries are all sh*t, and one day we’re going to go toe to toe with these a$$holes in WWIII. Idiot Christians and Muslims this war will be Armageddon, after which their messiah, Jesus or Muhammed, depending on the war’s outcome, of course, will rule for 1,000 years. What BS, from all sides, that we’ve allowed these cults to overtake our reason for so many centuries. It’s past time to bury them along with all other religions.

  • Donny J. Ticknor

    I speak this in great sadness. Christians are being attacked by Satan’s children daily. Evil spirits have entered the bodies of those that seek to attack real Holy Spirit filled Christians. Praise be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty for He will have the Last Word in all matters, for all generations of all time will be subject to either His Judgement or His mercy – woe onto those that create war against the Lords Children therefore repent before it is too late. Once you die you will not have the opportunity to repent, so change your life to Holiness today before it is too late. Bless you to those that praise the Most High Living God creator of the Heavens and the Universe and His Son Lord Jesus Christ Almighty – King of Kings and Lord of Lords – whom sits at His Right Hand of God on the throne in Heaven.

  • “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.” – Acts 17:11 KJV

    This is just an example of a biblical mindset reccomended in the scripture.

    I have initially accepted the crucifixtion story and have found no actual evidence to verify it. There are no pictures or video anywhere to be found. In line with sound reasoning and biblical advice, I therefore reject this story in its entirety until evidence surfaces to change my decision.

    You should do the same.

    P.S. The guy (engineer),who supposedly lives two miles from the site could have posted video or pictures to support his statement, but he did not, his testimony is as suspicious as all the rest.

  • You want pictures? Check out There’s a picture for you!

  • Islam is not a religion. It is a cult. Any cult that promotes Sharia (already being done in our U.S) and honor killings (already carried out here in the States) and beheadings (also already done by Muslims and has been documented by pictures – think Daniel Pearl) is capable of such horrendous violence and has proven itself to be. Therefor, I do not put crucifixion outside of the box of this most evil belief which is Islam.

    • I speak this in great sadness. Christians are being attacked by Satan’s children daily. Evil spirits have entered the bodies of those that seek to attack real Holy Spirit filled Christians. Praise be the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ Almighty for He will have the Last Word in all matters, for all generations of all time will be subject to either His Judgement or His mercy – woe onto those that create war against the Lords Children therefore repent before it is too late. Once you die you will not have the opportunity to repent, so change your live to Holiness today before it is too late. Bless you to those that praise the Most High Living God creator of the Heavens and the Universe and His Son Lord Jesus Christ Almighty – King of Kings and Lord of Lords – whom sits at His Right Hand of God on the throne in Heaven.

      Message from Donny J. Ticknor – blessings

    • Pierre Montagne

      It is still to soon to say this did not happen.
      In carryng out the instructions of the Koran it makes perfect sense that it would happen.
      Several months ago an MP in Cairo called for re-instatment of Crucifiction…(hint, hint).
      The question is asked “where are the pictures”?
      If the purpose of the Cricifiction is to kill those who denigrate Islam – by circulating pictures of the truth would not pictuere takers be crucified? Would not crucifiction be used to imntimidate and even silence reporters?

      As with the Nazis the west is once again in denial that things like this could happen.
      Johnathan Kay said it didnt happen. He says ther is no photographic evidence – Jonathan Kay has NO EVIDENCE THAT IS DID NOT HAPPEN – other than to say that those who say it happend are not to be beleived.
      Is Johnathan Kay prepared to resign when proven wrong?

      • No evidence that something didn’t happen so therefore it did? What in the world kind of disjointed logic is that. I have no evidence that there aren’t little green men on mars so they must be there.

  • Jeremiah Davis

    This 100% did not happen. This article is complete bull shit and is only concerned about spreading a right-wing Jewish/American agenda. This article actually threatens the state of Egypt and Coptic Christians. I hope I never have the privilege of stumbling on to this newspaper, as this article is clearly false. Look it up on any other internationally recognized newspaper. and the ACLJ is going around spreading this propaganda as a “Middle East News Source”. Crazy.

    • If you read the 2nd paragraph that starts with, “That there were attacks and violence,” and click on “attacks and violence,” it will bring you to an Arab news site that has the same story on its cover. One can read it via Google translator, what ever translator you web browser has, or if you know Arabic. This would probably clear up any uncertainty, as its coming from the region.

      • Jeremiah Davis

        Are you unaware that you can have faulty media outlets within the country as well? Media in so many countries are not trustworthy. We also have our media that ignites fear, sensationalizes, and plainly gets the story wrong. The only thing many of us trust hear in Egypt is actual evidence, whether through testimonials, videos, anything! It is clear that many of you “readers” expect these events to happen in an Islamic country. To me its plain racism.. you compare these events with Nazism in Germany? and many of you made comments completely unsurprised with Islam and acting as if this is a fulfillment of a prophecy in the Quran. I am an Egyptian Christian and I think this is disgraceful how uninformed you all are about Islam, Christianity in Egypt, and Egypt itself.

        • You seem convinced this story is a fraud. Are you willing to share the objective evidence you have, the evidence which has lead you to this conclusion?

  • Luigi Rosolin

    If this is real is certainly a confirmation of the persecution that Christian’s and Jews are facing in many country,the Muslim know well what is the cross!
    We can only expose them, and keeping asking God for help as persecution will continue, especially by the radical brotherhood who are controlling the mind of many.
    The only way is to contrast them by all possible way, media and others form of communication are the most effective.They doctrine of hate forward others who are not thinking like them must be change.

  • Name(Required)

    “While I despise Islam, I simply don’t this.”

    Why do you despise Islam?

    Is Islam invading your country and killing your children?
    Is Islam spreading a false belief about God entirely based on money and consumerism?

    Or is Islam warning that there is a judgement day and all will be made to make account?

    Or is Islam saying live in peace, do good works and be kind for judgement rests with the beholder?

    Count the drops of blood on your hands then cast your eyes on your enemies, is it a lie? is it a delusion? is it propaganda? NO its the truth they are innocent it is YOU who are the Oppressor. Economically, Militarily and Culturally.

    The Spirit, God and Guiding force behind America is the Devil himself – LUCIFER.

    Bad news for you, that guy you love and worship is going to eat EACH AND EVERY ONE OF YOUR SOULS before HIS TIME COMES.

    • you really are partisan. your opinion though elequent, proves you are a pathetic loser.

    • Clinton Riddle

      Don’t you dare lump me in with Satan. In fact, what you think you know about the common people in this country couldn’t be further from the truth.

      You make the same mistake that others make in assuming all Muslims are terrorists. And yet, you’re trying to make the point that Muslims are innocent, completely. We ALL share in the atrocities committed in either the name of God OR Allah if we don’t speak out against them or don’t live peacefully with one another.

      Your idea that Muslims are innocent of shedding the blood of blameless men, women and children is laughable, just like it would be laughable for me to say that Christians haven’t done the same. Open your eyes.

      • Name a single recent christian that caused atrocities of any kind, there aren’t any I assure you. Oh there were the crusades hundreds of years ago sure which were really the kingdoms of the earth using christianity for personal gain, but even if we were to put all of that on christianity despite it massively contradicting what the bible actually teaches then well it’s been hundreds of years of no atrocities at all.

        I know the right wing hating liberal media in the west has tried to pin some massacres on christianity despite the fact that a tiny bit of research would reveal that they were definitely not christians!

        So again I say which christians have shed innocent blood?

        • The name Timothy McVeigh ring a bell? Or for that matter, the entire U.S. military in Iraq. Plenty of atrocities there.

          It’s well known and documented that a majority of the military brass are zealous Christian crusaders. Remember the one General being quoted after Iraq had been invaded? “I knew we would prevail because I knew my God was greater than theirs…”

    • I agree Steve…what I say to him is this…

      Islam IS invading our countries yes, by stealth…and it is killing our children by raping them.
      Islam is spreading a false God ideal yes.

      Islam doesnt accept the truth of the redeeming blood of Jesus who saves through faith, and it tries to get to heaven by good works..when this is contrary to the gospel message..The bible tells us that “Good works is like filthy rags” to God..and the just shall live by faith, not of good works “Unless any man should boast”.

      Satan is behind Islam, even your prophet thought this and his sister tried to tell him he had misunderstood.

      Islam is the end time false ministry…beware, all who folow it are doomed.

      • Could not agree with you more. In fact, Islam has it’s roots in Baal worship, where they sacrificed babies to their god. And anyone who tells you that Islam is a peaceful religion is either wilfully lying or deceived. Ever heard of Taqiyyah? Taqiyyah, in Islam, is generally known as “lying for the faith”. Exactly what the Muslim Brotherhood has done and is doing.

    • Islam says that Muslims need to keep to themselves. Jews and Christians are pigs and not even human. If they are allowed to live in the land a jizyah tax must be paid. I know some Muslims who don’t follow the Koran very closely. They associate and live interspersed with the community. These are the moderate Muslims who seem to want what America offers. The Muslims you need to watch are the ones who want to associate/live by/work with only Muslims. Over 35,000. verses from the Koran, Hadiths or Sunnahs provoke violence. All you need to do is look at Countries that are Islamic and you can see Islam does not let you live in peace unless you do and say exactly what the Imam tells you to; no questions asked. Allah is Satan and just as the bible is the inspired word of God, the Koran is inspired by Satan himself. Jesus died (for Muslims too) so if you believe and repent, you go to heaven. Allah says you’ll never know if you get to heaven unless you die as a martyr trying to kill Jews, Christians and Infidels. Thousands of Muslims kill and are killed because of this! Real great “religion of peace”.

  • It does seem unbelievable, but so did the idea of female journalists being stripped naked and sexually violated in Tahrir Square (such as Lara Logan). Then you find out such things DID happen, and you think about Germans having the same reaction of disbelief after Krystallnacht. The real question is, what will Egyptians do about atrocities when they occur (and more are on the way)?

  • I live 2 miles from the presidential palace in Heliopolis and go past it regularly. It didn’t happen! Seems like many people these days, including Mr. Ibrahim, have an agenda that regularly clouds or totally distorts the truth. While ostensibly writing to support the minority Egyptian Christians, they do much more harm to them by this type of reporting.

    • You know, I’ve seen every news piece and there’s this same skeptical comment…. are you sure YOU are not trying to throw and smoke screen at us??? You trying to cloud the truth? The truth is: Muslims are violent murderers…

    • I get reports from an underground paper from Egypt asking for prayer. It cites the number of Coptic Christians whose daughters are being kidnapped and raped. Their homes are being burnt and destroyed and this new government not only does nothing to stop or catch the perpetrators; their Clerics praise and command them to keep going! I have sources who live in Egypt and they have basically become silent. I’m told it is far to dangerous to talk anymore, and they are Muslims! So yes, I know that at least some of the stories of public rape are true.

  • Utter rubbish. If you believe this tripe then you are deeply mis-led.

    • If you at going to make an assertion, please qualify it with SOMETHING Otherwise, you come off as a lying jackass.

  • Nothing about Islam surprises me any more. The violence, hatred and insanity knows no bounds. Islam must not be allowed to take root in the west or we will face the same barbarities here.

  • Truth is confirmed by evidence. Pictures would help. The same goes for Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea.

  • While I despise Islam, I simply don’t this.

    Where are the pictures and film?

    It is impossible there wouldn’t be mobile uploads from such an event. They appear daily from Syria, as they did from Libya

  • the Religion of Peace never disappoints. Here’s pedo mo laying this one out for his followers:

    The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom; Save those who repent before ye overpower them. For know that Allah is Forgiving, Merciful. (5:33-34)

  • “The Algemeiner
    Labeled the fastest growing Jewish newspaper in America, the NEW Algemeiner serves as a valiant media voice addressing the most compelling issues of our time, with vision, integrity and moral clarity.”

    Why do so many of these doubting posters hate Jews?

  • i am concerned that I have not seen any reports of this in the mainstream egyptian papers. Is it true?

  • “While one may argue that Sky News removed the article because it was found false, one can equally argue that it censored itself for fear that it would be next in the terror campaign against the media.

    In reality, there is little reason to doubt this crucifixion story. ”

    All of which tells me you’ve got jackshit nothing as far as this story is concerned.

  • So in other words we should believe that the Muslim Brotherhood *crucified innocent people in front of the Presidential Palace* in Egypt because it *feels true*?

    So truthiness prevails. Should we believe therefore that Paul Ryan fed his daughter to the bore worms also, because it *feels true*????

    Don’t lie about the MB. Let the truth tell the truth about MB. If you lie about them now people might not believe the truth later. And it will be YOUR fault.

  • Pics or it didn’t happen.

    • If there were pictures, people would say there was no proof that it took place in Egypt.
      I wouldn’t put it past the MB.

      • mjazzguitar:

        Nonetheless, there are no pictures. In a land full of cellphones, with internet and airplanes coming and going every day.

        We have seen sharia law practiced to awful effect: stoning, and so forth. But there was documentation for that, pictures. Where is the photo for this crucifixion? It’s got to take hours, and in a public place, in front of the palace. Just because people will do some awful things does not prove that they will do every awful thing.

    • There are pictures. Check this out

  • Islam ” The Religion of Peace “, showing how really peaceful they are.

  • Yeah, Obama got that Arab Spring thing right, Egypt now controlled by people who murder people that disagree with them.

    Maybe another Nobel Peace Prize is in order, eh?

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