Saturday, November 18th | 29 Heshvan 5778

Close

Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

Subscribe
October 1, 2014 11:05 am

Egyptian Anti-Semitic Activist Loses Sakharov Prize Nomination

avatar by Ben Cohen

Email a copy of "Egyptian Anti-Semitic Activist Loses Sakharov Prize Nomination" to a friend
Alaa Abdel Fattah, the Egyptian anti-Semitic activist whose nomination for the Sakharov Prize has been withdrawn. Photo: Twitter

Alaa Abdel Fattah, the Egyptian anti-Semitic activist whose nomination for the Sakharov Prize has been withdrawn. Photo: Twitter.

A coalition of left-wing parties in the European parliament has withdrawn its nomination of an anti-Semitic Egyptian activist for the prestigious Sakharov Prize, awarded annually in honor of the late Soviet dissident, Andrei Sakharov.

Alaa Abdel Fattah, a secularist blogger and online advocate who played a prominent role in the demonstrations that brought an end to the rule of President Hosni Mubarak in 2011, had been nominated for the prize by the GUE/NGL, a bloc which brings together green and socialist parties from across Europe.

Announcing the withdrawal of the nomination, GUE/NGL Group President Gabi Zimmer claimed to have been unaware of Abdel Fattah’s lengthy record of anti-Semitic statements, including a tweet in which he called for the murder of “a critical number of Israelis.”

“We cannot and will not tolerate such behaviour. This call goes against all our principles as well as the criteria for nomination for the Sakharov Prize,” Zimmer said. “Our group has always favored debate and political confrontation between peoples, including the Israeli people. It is in this context that our group has decided to withdraw its proposal.”

Related coverage

October 1, 2017 8:23 pm
7

Catalonia Independence Activist: Jewish Community Split Over Secession Vote

The Jewish community in Catalonia is “heavily split” on the question of possible independence for the region of northeast Spain,...

An editorial in the Wall Street Journal described Abdel Fattah as a “dissident for hate.” Calling for his nomination to be withdrawn, the editorial drew attention to Abdel Fattah’s anti-Semitic outbursts on Twitter over the last five years.

In 2009, Abdel Fattah declared: “One should only debate human beings. Zionists and other imperialists are not human beings.” The following year, he tweeted: “Dear zionists please don’t ever talk to me, I’m a violent person who advocated the killing of all zionists including civilians.” In other tweets, he praised Abu Daoud, the Palestinian terrorist who masterminded the massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and lauded the 1981 assassination of Egyptian President Anwar el Sadat, shortly after he signed a historic peace treaty with Israel.

Samuel Tadros, author of Reflections on the Revolution in Egypt and a Senior Fellow at the Washington, DC-based Hudson Institute’s Center for Religious Freedom, welcomed the withdrawal of Abdel Fattah’s nomination. “Alaa Abdel Fattah has been unjustifiably arrested by successive Egyptian regimes – while we should stand firm in defense of his human rights, that should not blind us to the values that he represents,” Tadros told The Algemeiner. “Alaa is no hero. Awarding him the Sakharov prize is an insult to the memory of a genuine hero and the values Sakharov stood for.”

Past winners of the Sakharov Prize include Aung San Suu Kyi, the leading Burmese dissident, Kofi Annan, the former Secretary-General of the United Nations, and Hu Jia, the Chinese democracy activist. In 2013, the prize was won by Mala Yousafazi, the leading advocate for the rights of women and girls in Pakistan.

Andrei Sakharov, for whom the prize is named, died in 1989. A respected Soviet nuclear physicist and human rights activist, Sakharov was married to Yelena Bonner, a leading Jewish dissident. In 1970, Sakharov and Bonner campaigned with the prominent Soviet Jewish refusnik, Natan Sharansky – now the head of the Jewish Agency – for the release of a group of Soviet Jews who attempted to escape to Israel in a hijacked plane.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Question:
    Who is/are to thank/blame for what was (in 1948) seemingly the creation of the ‘newest state’, the incorrigibly Semetic Theistic – State of Israel?

    Answer:
    The British Trades Union Congress (TUC). Was in 1948 and remains an ungovernable, unassailable morass of incorrigibly Atheistic and vehemently ant-nationalist Socialists. Who, In the final analysis, engineered the relinquishment of Britannia’s colonial claim to Palestine and thus, in the course of discarding what they saw as ‘colonial trash’, it was they who ‘seemingly’ paved the way for and seemingly approved of the creation of the State of Israel.

    I contend
    Socialists view Moses’ Israel, and His worldwide Semite diaspora, as the hindmost of Nazi Holocaust victims – never the foremost. Consequently Socialists are moved more by the loss of fellow Socialists sent to Nazi death camps. The suffering of Semite victims at the hands of the Nazis is always acknowledged by Socialists – but only as them having constituted the hindmost of Holocaust victims – never the foremost. It pains me that anyone, however remotely or irrefutably he/she could be voluntarily or involuntarily caste as being of Semitic origin, would seek to assimilate themselves with Socialists especially with my own UK countrymen who identify themselves as being Socialists.

    (Note)
    The TUC sat at the helm of a “one man-one million votes mechanism, which was used to control and manipulate the UK Parliamentary Labour Party at annual Labour Party conferences. The one man one vote mechanism, which empowered ordinary delegates, was seldom used to vote on important issues, unless horse-trading went down beforehand. Thus in 1948, all that ordinary delegates could then have hoped to do, was give an impression they could bash or support the Parliamentary Labour Party, when in reality, the TUC block votes almost invariably dictated the outcome of conference voting over main issues.

  • Empress Trudy

    Expect him to start screaming about the Infinite Global Jewish Cabal now

Algemeiner.com