Parralels to the 190s in Cairo - Comment - Israel News | Haaretz Daily Newspaper
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    • 20.11.11 | 12:09 (IST)

    In the 1990s in Cairo, members of the Jama'a al-.Islamiyya (militant Islamic group, partly affiliated with al-Qaéda) also banned dancing in suburbs of Cairo which were 'de-facto' under their control. The Mubarak government did not react although they threatened people and owner of wedding halls. The group had to goal to overthrow the Egyptian government and establish a sharia-based state. Here in Israel it seems the ultra-orthodox dont want to overthrow the state but undermine it and then introduce de-facto religious law in the public sphere. What is striking is that in both cases the state does not protect its citizens from their threats, hoping if it gives them some power over the 'streets' they will be satisfied and 'keep calm'.

    from the article: Protest against exclusion of women from Jerusalem's public spaces brings dance to the street
    First published 00:56 20.11.11 | Last updated 00:56 20.11.11
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