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Egyptian man who stabbed Stone in Cairo: I hate America
Mahmoud Badr says he stabbed Chris Stone outside US Embassy in Cairo because he hates the United States
Ahram Online, Friday 10 May 2013
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US embassy in Cairo (Photo: guardian.co.uk)

The man who stabbed an American in Cairo on Thursday says he was motivated by a hatred of the United States.

Mahmoud Badr, 30, who holds a bachelor's degree in commerce, was arrested on Thursday after stabbing American academic Chris Stone in the neck outside the US embassy in Cairo.

Badr told interrogators that he took his mother's knife, travelled to Cairo by train from Kafr El-Sheikh, and went to the US embassy in search of an American citizen to kill, Al-Ahram Arabic news website reported on Friday.

Badr attempted to enter the embassy by pretending to be seeking a visa.

Stone, an associate professor of Arabic and head of the Arabic Programme at City University in New York, was going to the embassy to finish some paperwork for his wife.

Badr told interrogators that he asked Stone his nationality then stabbed him in the neck when he said he was American.

He said his motive was anger against the United States.

Prosecutors have ordered Badr's detention pending investigations into charges of attempted murder.

According to Al-Ahram Arabic new website, the knife was successfully removed from Stone’s neck during an operation.

Chris Stone was recently appointed head of the US-based Center for Arabic Study Abroad (CASA) by the American University in Cairo (AUC).

He has been praised for his pro-Palestine views and his interest in Arab culture.



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Nile El Wardani, PhD
14-05-2013 09:33am
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Criminal US Foreign Policies Breed Criminality and Hatred
To Egyptians, Americans and the World, First I want to send Chis Stone and his family my very best wishes. Secondly, I want to tell Mahmoud Badr that your action was absolutely despicable. You chose to hurt an American man (Chris Stone) who is one of Egypt's best friends. Chris and other Americans like him deeply care about Egypt and the Middle East. It is people like Chris that have bothered to learn Arabic (not easy) and to advocate and care about what is happening in Egypt and the ME. Thirdly, many Americans are just as angry at the US Government and US Foreign Policies that have so damaged Egypt and the ME for decades. We are against the US Government on these awful policies and we are trying our best to educate other Americans and especially our government that US policies that have totally undermined and hijacked the AMAZING EGYPTIAN REVOLUTION are wrong, short-sighted and criminal. Fourth, Americans need to know that most Egyptians see the US as a counter-revolutionary force. Egyptians are rightfully angry at the US Government for undermining their grass-roots revolution. The American Government must not continue to speak of democracy and undermine democracy at the same. The people see right through it. They are wise, even those who are illiterate. American criminal foreign policies lead to hatred and more criminality. Fifth, as an American and an Egyptian I can only hope and work towards better American foreign policies that are just, honest, and truly uphold ethical standards (they currently do NOT) and most importantly they must support the Egyptian people and not another American puppet regime. Finally, I am saddened by this incident and want to tell the world that this is not at all representative of Egypt nor Egyptians. As a woman, I still feel safer in Egypt than most places in the world and certainly safer than Los Angeles (my home in the US). May God Bless Egypt and May God give the American Government some wisdom to change the criminal foreign policy paradigm and begin really supporting the people of Egypt rather than propping up another puppet regime that will do the bidding for "American interests" rather than the interests of the Egyptian people to live in peace, prosperity and honor.
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Bill
12-05-2013 10:52am
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Take the good with the bad
The incident near the US Embassy was not as isolated as folks want to assume - there is a hatred rising from the depths that is a long time in developing (since at least the invasion of Iraq for many). Until we can acknowledge that hatred, and admit that such actions occur all too frequently in America also, as well as every society, we are only fooling ourselves by slipping into the trap of hatred and envy. Still, an attack of this nature occurring in Egypt is stunning because we all got used to this wonderful country being safer at midnight than is Chicago, New York or Los Angeles at any time. Post-revolution security in Cairo is abominable. Many Egyptians are getting purses snatched or robbed or are otherwise victimized. The Stone stabbing is not unique, sadly, but, those who support freedom and the emerging democracy must learn to take the good with the bad. Inshaalla,tomorrow will be better for Egyptians than today. That tomorrow, though, may be a long time in coming. I, for one, am deeply saddened by what I observe ongoing. Stone's attack was publicized, but events along the Red Sea Coast recently in Ain Sokhna and Suez have gone hidden from us all.
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Mrme
11-05-2013 08:21pm
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Crazy guy, dont blame the Egyptian society!
C´mon people. Such incident´s happens anywhere. I crazy guy with a crazy motive. Assaults with racial motives happens all the time all over the world. This has nothing to do with the current political situation in Egypt. Hope Chris recovers!
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Roslyn
11-05-2013 02:49pm
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Sorry Sam Enslow!
Please I want to comment on Sam Enslow's comment, as an American who has lived in Egypt for many years, supported the revolution and help numerous poor Egyptian citizens, he has every right to express his outrage at an unwarranted attack on a fellow countryman. For all those who gave him a 'thumbs down' how would you feel, if the situation was reversed, if an American attacked an Egyptian in America because he hated Egypt?? And in addition to this, the US does help Egypt with Aid and many projects, read who Chris Stone was and what he does for Egypt, how does he feel today, and how do the Americans feel today? Why should they continue to support a developing democracy if, in return they are hated. For me the number of thumbs down for Sam's comment shows total ignorance, Sam was expressing the truth through the eyes of the west, sometimes, all of us become furious with our government's policies but, we do not go around stabbing citizens, sorry Sam on behalf of all of those who do understand your outrage!
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Al-Misry
11-05-2013 01:29pm
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Do All Americans like Egyptians ?
Firstly those who shout America should stop milititary assistance to us Egyptians we say to them Egyptians survived thousands of years while America is much much younger nation. What it's got to do with an action of a criminal to the whole nation ? Americans use to oppress their Muslim minorities and hold them with collective punishment as soon as a terror act happens. How can you compare our nation to Afghanistan and Somalia ? This behaviour by the Americans cannot be exported abroad. In the congress as much as the media an individuals always refer to our AID !!! you can take back your military aid and have a political divorce and see if we miss you ! Chris is a true American who happened to be the wrong place and the wrong time. I will not be surprised if Chris does not forgive his assailant who happens to be an Egyptian nutter. The police cannot always be there to prevent crimes. However in the unfortunate situations of it happens Egyptians police will deal with it very swiftly. Egypt is secure for all nationals seeking tourism investment education health art culture and sport.
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Tejpal
11-05-2013 01:00pm
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I hate America
Amazing feat of hatred, traveling intently to kill.
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Tom
12-05-2013 10:57am
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Do you have such hatred?If so, throw it into the see.it won't help you.
Yes, I was shocked to imagine he took train from Kafr El-Sheikh to Ramsis Station in Cairo, and from the station to US Embassy in Garden City, How long did it take? All the way all this thought was killing any Americans? He was just obsessed. I wondered whether this guy tried to kill an American if he led a happy life with his family, friends, and good colleagues of his workplaces? Do you think he has true good friends who showed any light and hope in his life? It is his responsibility to take care of his thought, but also how the community around him helped him...? If the government hasn't function well yet, family, friends, community including to the mosque near his place hopefully should support each other. I asked myself if I could realize change of my neighbors and friends in order to offer appropriate support in appropriate timing? I'm ashamed of myself. I difficult times, we tend to be more selfish and narrower sight.
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I am
11-05-2013 11:35am
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Truth
Patriotism is an illness : whatever the place you're from Earth we will be living all together on the same place so let's learn we come from Earth. I wish we stop being greedy cause this is an illness too. In fact I wish humanity starts to heal herself and creates jobs about taking care of itself and nature.
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Firefly
12-05-2013 10:46pm
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KumBaya
I tell you what, lets all sing a verse of KumBaYa. Ready now?
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Adam Klein
11-05-2013 09:55am
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A crime, not foreign policy
It is a terrible irony that Christopher Stone would be the victim in this attack. His work has illuminated the Arab world for many Americans and his educational pursuits in Cairo were promising. Anyone who asserts this attack is somehow "the new Egypt" or an indication of anything but a desperate criminal act, misses the fact that Cairo is a massive city with a multiplicity of views and a modicum of anti-foreigner violence, and it's quite welcoming at most times to Americans. This incident will not result in the US pulling aid out from Egypt, not will it have any effect on policy decisions. It was a hate crime, perpetrated by one man, very likely desperate and misguided. Just as the Sarnaev brothers don't represent Chechens, one crazed criminal doesn't suggest the character of Egypt, or US/ Egypt relations. I hope tourists will continue to visit Cairo, a wonderful, warm city with great diversity. Staying in the US won't keep Americans any safer. And I hope Professor Stone will recover soon.
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mohammed
10-05-2013 10:58pm
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word of truth concerning stone
I know Dr Stoon. He loves Arabs and Muslims to the full. He helped me while I was in US more than othe rMuslim who did even look at me. He made Futour in Ramadan specially for me he invited for that, even he is not a muslim. He is against Israil and he gights Islamphobia. We pray for him and his family we are bloodly sorry stone for what happend to you !
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Roslyn
10-05-2013 08:15pm
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Make an example of this criminal
Ok so if you hate a country, you have the right to murder or attack it's citizens? Is this the new Egyptian way of expressing their 'disapproval' for the policies of various international governments......? This man should be made an example of by bringing him to trial quickly and giving him the ultimate punishment to express our 'hatred' of racism resulting in brutal attacks or fatalities. Sure this will send a very negative impression of Egypt to any foreigner or tourist.
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Tom
11-05-2013 06:39am
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Don't over generalize...
As a foreigner living in Cairo, I can say, unfortunately, such incident may happen to anyone to any time. Crime rate became so high. I'm sure ordinary Egyptian people feel awful and see this disgusting and "haraam" when they hear the news. Unfortunately, the current situation does't show any hope especially to the poor and the weak. If the attacker were really poor and weak, he had had no energy to do that. But being 30 years old with bachelor degree, seeing no hope in the future, it might have been too easy for him to regard him as victim and attack anything. The psychological atmosphere is not good here. Sometime I am surprised to see people trying to leading an ordinary life here even in such continuous depressing situations.
Sam Enslow
10-05-2013 09:08pm
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Orders of Importance
A review of the papers give some idea of what is important to this government and people. Worry about someone insulting the president. No problem if you attempt to kill and American or Copt There is an old saying, "The greatest evil happens when the good do nothing.".

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