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Tourism coalition denounces Salafist threat to demolish pyramids
Egyptian tourism coalition threatens to sue President Morsi over 'lack of response' to Salafist leader's statement they would destroy Pyramids and Sphinx as they did Buddha statues in Afghanistan
Dalia Farouk, Monday 12 Nov 2012
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Egypt's Coalition to Support Tourism (CST) said it will file a case against top Egyptian officials for inaction in response to statements by a Salafist sheikh who called for the demolition of the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx.

In a television interview on Saturday night, radical Salafist scholar Morgan El-Gohary called for the destruction of Egypt's monuments as they "were once worshipped and could be worshipped again."

El-Gohary, a Salafist Jihadist leader in Egypt, fought with the Taliban movement in Afghanistan in the 1990s.

During the television programme, aired on privately owned Dream TV2 channel, El-Gohary recounted proudly how he participated in the blowing up of the Buddha statue in Afghanistan in 2001 with the Taliban.

"We will demolish the pyramids and the Sphinx like we did with Buddha," El-Gohary said.

For his part, Ihab El-Badry, head of the Coalition to Support Tourism, told Ahram Online that the official response to El-Gohary's statements was not "decisive."

"We will wait until tomorrow for an official response, but afterwards we will sue President Morsi, the Prime Minister and the ministers of tourism and monuments," El-Badry explained.

He added that such statements have a devastating effect on Egypt's already struggling tourism industry.

"International media picked up these statements up and this will negatively affect tourism and the Egyptian economy in general," El-Badry added.

The United Kingdom's Independent is one such newspaper that picked up the story.

The fate of Egypt's tourism sector, which depends mainly on beaches and Egypt's antiquities, was hotly debated as Islamists ascended to power.

Officials from both the Muslim Brotherhood as well as the government, however, gave assurances that such forms of tourism would not be affected by the new administration.



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Sharif Shehata
13-11-2012 08:40pm
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Egypt first before anyone
All the world study our History and Mr Morgan EL-Gohary wants to destroy it. You are so lucky man,do you know why. Let me tell you why. Most of Taliban movement in Afghanistan are gone and All your's friends are dead and others are in jail. 1- Osman B.L is dead. 2- Abu Hamza is jailed in UK and he is recent extradition to the US. Abu Hamza his son Imran Mostafa jailed for 11years for robbery. Abu Qutar has been court and he will going to Jail. I don't to tell you about his daughter too. So now you see how much you are so lucky and free. If you are thinking that you are a perfect Human being and Godly. First judge your self, your family and after that judge other. Egypt and Egyptians have enough struggling from people like you. So my advice to you is go and live in your own cave and stop trying to cause trouble where is none and stop acting like an idiot.
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Jim Hensel
13-11-2012 04:04pm
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It will happen
I do not think that El-Gohary or his follower's are seeking permission. They will do this at a time of their choosing. This is one of the consequences of having the brotherhood in charge. How do they tap down those who agree with so many of their ideas. Who is to say that they do not believe the same thing? Time will tell but I bet on at least their partial destruction.
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Niome
13-11-2012 02:25pm
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Jail these radicals
This is so radical and ignorant, why do we have people like the salifst on the street again? Remind me? Their place is in jail till their radical thinking change that is if they change. These people should be jailed right away. Enough with this stupidity, they have no clue what democracy and free speech means. Bunch of born radicals raised by radical Sheiks who have nothing better to do toward their country. I wouldn't call these Egyptians, I would them terrorists and terrorists should be exterminated.
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sam
13-11-2012 12:57pm
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Islamic Extremism
Islamic extremism in the form of salafism and Wahabism is the biggest threat to world peace.Destroy these extremism instead of the pyramids
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Sharif Shehata
13-11-2012 02:35am
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Muslims without Islam
All the world study our history. Salafist leader wants to destroy our pyramids and sphinx. The oldest generation built the country and this generation wants to destroy the country. So Mr, if you have organizational development for Egypt and Egyptians to be better without tourism just tell us. Egypt and Egyptians have enough struggling for living. Hello Mr, What kind of mobile phone do you use, oh I forget you have iPod. My advice to you go live in own cave. God bless
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Argument
13-11-2012 01:34am
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pyramids and sphinx
To respond to extremist ideas it might be best not to simply dismiss them but argue on the premise that idolatry is wrong - which it is. For example, it seems the pyramids were not built to be worshipped as idols but probably as tomb protectors. Re the Sphinx - maybe it was worshipped as the embodiment of the ancient Egyptian sun god. However, it would surely be extremely unlikely that people would start worshipping it in the current era, and all those ancient monuments should obviously be preserved for posterity. If any people did start worshipping any of them again, however unlikely, a much better and just as effective solution would be restricted access. Those ancient structures inform us about a primitive religion which preceded advanced religions, and so can be appreciated as educative re the history of religion as well as being architectural masterpieces constructed under ancient Egyptian rulers, forbears of Egyptians of today. Obviously, it would be terribly wrong to
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Tried before
12-11-2012 11:06pm
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In Qur'an
Salafist should read the Qur'an and know that God protects the Pyramids and the Sphinx and even the bodies of Pharohs kingdom to show people they were infact true people who called themselves Gods just like he tells in the Qur'an. God wants to show people of today how he destroyed Pharohs and he won't let Salafists destory that because even bombs couldn't demolited the Pyramids.
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Taz
12-11-2012 10:48pm
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By proclaiming that publicly....
he should have been arrested at the spot and thrown in prison for a very long time. This should be treated as a national security issue. What is the punishment for traitors again?. He even should be punished 10 times more then a traitors because even countries that we may regard as enemies or adversaries whether Israel or Iran, it will never cross their mind to do something so heinous
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expat
12-11-2012 06:23pm
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a miracle
seems,some people have saved their brains after the revolution...not much,but somme here arround good to know
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