‘Egyptians are being lied to on Israel’

 Emad el Dafrawi (photo: Melanie Lidman)

 Following the efforts of Maikel Nabil Saad, another brave pacifist in Egypt is trying to improve ties with Israel.  The Jerusalem Post reports: (with thanks: Lily)


One small group of activists, however, is
not ignoring the Israel issue. No to Compulsory Military Service is a pacifist
group started by Maikel Nabil Sanaad in 2009 aimed at encouraging Egyptians to
exercise their right to refuse to serve while promoting the value of

Emad el Dafrawi is one of the central activists in the No to
Compulsory Military Service and an avowed pacifist.

For el Dafrawi,
pacifism means advocating for peace with all countries – including

“If there was no conflict and no wars between Egypt and Israel, I
believe that we would have been closer to democracy,” el Dafrawi said in
downtown Cairo, days after the second anniversary of the January 25

“This is an issue that they always use to try to distract
people’s attention from the internal issues or real issues that affect

El Dafrawi, 25, grew up in a Muslim home and was apolitical as a
teenager. But when he studied mass communications at university, he started
reading international news as a way to improve his English and check the bias of
the state media.

“[Egyptians] are not really aware of how much, with the
Israel issue, they’re really manipulated and they’re really lied to,” said el

“Normal Egyptians don’t hate Jews or Israelis. And if they do it
is because of propaganda of the media, because they were taught that
Israel…shouldn’t exist.”

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