For those not following the news in Canada, Tarek Loubani and John (not Dick) Greyson are two Canadian citizens recently arrested in Egypt. Loubani is an emergency room physician and Greyson is a filmmaker. A few weeks ago both arrived in Egypt with the intention of going on to 'Aza. Their intention was for Greyson to film a documentary featuring Loubani working in an 'Aza hospital helping out the locals. After arriving in Egypt they encountered one of the regular anti-government riots and were arrested by the military when they swept through to end that particular protest. Since that time they were held in an Egyptian jail under conditions that could generously described as unsavoury. From the government to celebrities, the hopes for their well-being and the demands for their release were unrelenting. Today the news is announcing that they've been released. And all I can say is...
Gosh, couldn't the Egyptians keep them a little longer?
In case you think that sounds cold, well it's meant to. Let me give you a little background on Loubani and Greyson. Loubani is a so-called Palestinian who had made frequent trips to 'Aza and been involved in anti-Israel protests. Greyson, on the other hand, can't seem to find enough anti-Israel causes to get involved in. One report I read stated that the point of the documentary they were going to 'Aza to film was to "expose" how the Israeli "occupation" was negatively impacting the health of ordinary folks in the Strip.
The arrest in Egypt must have come as quite a surprise to them. For one thing, they're "activists" and think that they are immune to the vicious whims of international demagogues. For another they were on their way to 'Aza to film a documentary that would demonize Israel. Egypt, recall, is a major international source for Jew hating literature. Whether the government is Islamist or martial, bashing Israel is a common feature to keep the mobs there happy. Sure they thought that having a common enemy would accord them red carpet treatment?
One can indeed imagine them screaming "But we also hate the Zionists!" as they were being dragged off to incarceration.
So unlikely my fellow citizens I didn't look at the them and think that two of my fellow Canadians were in a dangerous situation. Quite the opposite, in fact. I was quite happy that two Jew haters who masquerade as human rights activists (human rights for all except Jews) were getting their comeuppance. I just wonder why it couldn't be for a little longer.