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Current issue | Issue 1431, (21 - 27 February 2019)
Saturday,25 May, 2019
Issue 1431, (21 - 27 February 2019)

Ahram Weekly

The war continues

The fall of 15 military personnel during an attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai

The fall of 15 military personnel during an attack on a security checkpoint in North Sinai cast light anew on the genuine threat that terrorism poses to Egypt and the world.

Mohamed Amin noted that the wheel of life did not stop in Egypt. The president did not cut short his visit to Munich nor did sadness spread everywhere in Egypt in spite of the death of 15 martyrs in Arish.

That does not mean that we have become cruel or without feelings or that the killing of martyrs has become a routine piece of news.  

“We merely do not want terrorism to control us, push us backward or impede us,” Amin wrote in his regular column in the daily Al-Masry Al-Youm. “They want us to be preoccupied with sadness and funerals. They want to embarrass the president in international forums. But we do not want to bow to their ill motives.”

The editorial of the official daily Al-Ahram said war against terrorism continues. Thus, President Abdel-Fattah Al-Sisi delivered clear and frank messages in his speech before this week’s Munich conference.

He focused, the edit added, on two highly important issues: confronting black terrorism that is presenting a genuine danger to world peace and stability and the peace process in the Middle East. 

“While Egypt is highlighting that terrorism is still a threat, it saw another cowardly attack that killed military personnel during a raid on a security checkpoint in North Sinai. But definitely, terrorists will never achieve their goals, and they will eventually fail. Egypt will never be defeated by traitors, cowards or the enemies of the country,” the edit said.

Heba Abdel-Aziz focuses on the role of women in terrorist and extremist organisations. 

The danger of the presence of women in these organisations, Abdel-Aziz wrote, is not only in the fact that it encourages men to join, but also that it adopts that extremist way of thinking. 

The writer noticed that although terrorism as a phenomenon has recently captured the attention of academicians and research centres, the relationship of women with these organisations and how they join is still a riddle because there are not enough studies on the issue, especially in the Arab world where getting close to these organisations and talking to female members in them is impossible.

However, the writer cited a study done by a Tunisian university professor and a journalist as a very important reference to understanding the issue.

“The study is a genuine attempt to shed light on an issue that has never been studied: the presence of women in extremist organisations. Perhaps pairing academic methodology with the journalistic approach produced a very rich outcome,” Abdel-Aziz wrote in the daily Al-Watan.

The martyrs of terrorism in North Sinai

By Doaa Al-Adl, Al-Masry Al-Youm

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