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American stabbed in Cairo identified as academic Chris Stone

Chris Stone, stabbed in neck near US Embassy in Cairo on Thursday, appears to have been targeted for being American; AUC says the Arabic specialist is expected to make a full recovery

Ahram Online, Friday 10 May 2013
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Chris Stone(centre)stabbed on Thursday in Cairo (Photo courtsey of the American Research Centre in Egypt)

A man stabbed in the neck near the US Embassy in Cairo on Thursday has been identified as Chris Stone, an American academic.

Stone is associate professor of Arabic and head of the Arabic Programme at City University in New York and has been on sabbatical to conduct research into the late Egyptian musician El-Sheikh Emam.

He was recently appointed by the American University in Cairo (AUC) to head the U.S.-based Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA).

Lebanese political science professor Asaad Abu Khalil described Stone via Facebook as a “model academic and a man who has dealt with Arabs and their causes with extreme respect, sensitivity, and support.”

Stone is a strong supporter of the Palestinian cause and writes frequently against Zionism, Khalil added.

On Thursday, Al-Ahram Arabic news website said the suspected attacker had been referred by Cairo’s security chief to the general prosecution for investigation.

According to Al-Ahram, Stone told prosecutors the attack took place while he was on his way to the US Embassy to finish some paperwork for his wife.

A young man enquired about his nationality and stabbed him in the neck after he said he was American.

The American University issued a statement on Friday saying Professor Stone is expected to make a full recovery and should be released from the hospital within several days.


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11-05-2013 01:00pm
An Act of an Egyptian Criminal Should not be Politicised
Chris is a very good man who was at the wrong place at the wrong time with a wrong egyptian. His assailant was comprehended and will serve justice. Chris will also have a right to forgive his attacker. Those who jump to say our tourist indeustries are jeoperdised are very misguided indeed. Indeed do all Americans love Egptians ? The answer is clearly NO.. Do all Egyptians hate Americans ? The answer is NO.. incidents like this happens all the time around the glope. The most important is that authorities should devote resources and more officers to protect us Egyptians and our all our guests. Nothing will stop the public to be mindful and help to protect our guests. I think this is what we have done in the past and would increase from now on.!! Egypt big smile !!
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10-05-2013 04:51pm
The American left thinks their anti-Zionism will protect them,
but it won't.
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11-05-2013 03:50pm
In a fair fight
In a fair fight we wouldn't need ideology to protect us, we'd just stop feeding you. Where do you think all the money to keep Egypt alive comes from? "The very people you stab"
10-05-2013 07:44pm
How did the attackers know if a man is anti-Zionism or not?
Anything may happen even if a person is very good and kind, of high moral. The point may be a loose security on the Egyptian side, I'd say. We shouldn't take the words of criminals so seriously. They may make any excuse. Anyway, even if the security has become less tight, still I believed that the security professionals can respond to such incidents properly. I was wrong.

10-05-2013 04:41pm
Speedy recovery Chris!
Oh Oh, this is a shame, speedy recover to Chris, this is the way Egyptians treat foreigners who come here to help them with their education, and it does wonders for obtaining Aid and tourism.....words can not express my feelings on this attack!
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10-05-2013 02:38pm
you call it traditional hospitality
The minister of tourism must have nightmares, street lynching, stabbing of foreigners , highjackings and so on...Do you really want to be tourist attractive ? Azerbaijan is a great friendly country, visit Bakou !
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10-05-2013 07:36pm
Of course,
the minister of tourism has nightmares. Especially how to accommodate millions of Irianian tourists arriving in the very near future.

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