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Blogger Nabil brands military martyrs 'killers' on 1973 war anniversary

Anti-military Egyptian activist Maikel Nabil says soldiers killed in wars should not be commemorated in controversial tweet on anniversary of 6 October War with Israel

Ahram Online, Saturday 6 Oct 2012
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Egyptian blogger Maikel Nabil
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Egyptian blogger and staunch military critic Maikel Nabil said those who died during Egypt's 1973 war with Israel were not martyrs and should not be celebrated, in a controversial tweet on the 39th anniversary of the historic event, Saturday.

"The soldier who dies in war is not a martyr," Nabil said on the micro-blogging website, "he is just a potential killer who is out to put down people he does not know. No commemoration for killers."

On 6 October 1973, the Egyptian army defeated its Israeli counterpart, an achievement which later instigated the liberation of the Sinai ‎Peninsula that had been occupied by Israel for six years.

Every year, Egyptians ‎commemorate the day, which is considered to be an  important historic victory.

Nabil is renowned for his criticism of the Egyptian military and positive stance on Israel.

He was arrested in March 2011 and jailed for 10 months on charges of insulting the armed forces after writing a blog post entitled “The army and the people were never one hand,” one month after the military junta assumed power.

Nabil, who strongly opposed the interim military rule, was initially handed a sentence of three years in prison, which was reduced to two years following a retrial.

He went on hunger strike in August 2011, consuming only juice and milk. This escalated on 18 December when he refused all forms of nourishment before ending his strike on 31 December.

Nabil was freed just ahead of the January 25 Revolution’s first anniversary after former field marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi absolved him.

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snake
07-10-2012 12:37pm
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really stupid
I understand that some people are just against war and destruction but what he said is really and immature!!
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Max
07-10-2012 12:07am
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I disagree with him this time
I support his freedom of speech, but I disagree with him this time, military who died during Egypt's 1973 war with Israel were martyrs as they were fighting for their land!!!Sinai ‎Peninsula IS an Egyptian land and Israel occupied because it was actually a desert and if it wasn't for Egyptian victory in 1973 war, Israel would've still keep the land and claim it was theirs like they do with Palestine. So his point is invalid!
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NewEgypt123
06-10-2012 06:37pm
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Disgraceful Comments
This guy is a disgrace to Egypt for making such claims. If Egyptian soldiers didn't die to protect the nation, many civilians would have had to die. Egypt would be like a Palestine if it weren't for these brave soldiers who died protecting the nation. This guy has no heart, dignity, or even a drop of patriotism in his blood. For example, this guy went on a "hunger strike", but consumed milk and juice. In my book that isn't a hunger strike, but a publicity stunt. There is a difference between criticizing the military for its rule after the revolution and its conduct in a war with another nation. If it weren't for the military's loyalty to the people during the revolution, there would be no revolution. There would only be a situation like Syria, where thousands of civilians would be dead and the nation destroyed. This guy doesn't know what he is talking about.
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ronald
08-10-2012 12:01am
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beyond nationalism towards factfinding
If Egypt didn't in the first place opposed the UN decision to split Palestine and invade Gaza, it would have been left alone and never been in war with Israel. The Egyptians brought this war completely upon them and cannot blame anybody else. This saying I wouldn't call the soldiers martyrs, but would honour them as fallen soldiers for there country.
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