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Khalid Abdel Nasser

Posted in Media Watch with tags , , on September 14, 2008 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Khalid Abdel Nasser خالد عبد الناصر, eldest son of Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, accused in 1988 of being part of a secret leftist organization, Egypt Revolution, a Nasserist group that violently opposed the 1979 peace treaty between Egypt and Israel. The Egyptian state sought the death penalty in a case which accused Nasser’s son of trying to overthrow the government and involvement in assassinations of Israeli diplomats (Mossad) and bombings. The case eventually became a test of strength between the judiciary and the executive when judges threw out much of the case, accusing police and prosecutors of collusion in torturing the defendants.

Egypt Puts Nasser Kin and 17 Others on Trial

By ALAN COWELL, SPECIAL TO THE NEW YORK TIMES Published: November 2, 1988

LEAD: To the chanting of anti-Israeli slogans, 20 Egyptians, including members of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s family, went on trial here today on charges of assassinating Israeli diplomats, wounding others and attacking United States Embassy officials.

To the chanting of anti-Israeli slogans, 20 Egyptians, including members of the late President Gamal Abdel Nasser’s family, went on trial here today on charges of assassinating Israeli diplomats, wounding others and attacking United States Embassy officials.

The hearings started without the presence of Khaled Abdel Nasser, one of Nasser’s sons, who is in exile in Yugoslavia and who is accused of helping finance the group, called Egypt’s Revolution. A cousin of President Nasser, Gamal Shawki Abdel Nasser, accused of belonging to the group, is also believed to be in exile.

State prosecutors accuse the organization of seeking both the overthrow of the Cairo Government and the destruction of Egypt’s peace with Israel. The prosecutors have demanded the death sentence for 11 of the accused, including Khaled Nasser, and lesser penalties for nine others, including Gamal Shawki Abdel Nasser.

The indictment of the son of a national hero and emblem of Arab nationalism has stirred deep passions among opposition groups.

Critics of the Government have questioned why such a figure should be treated as a criminal for purported involvement in attacks on Israelis when Israeli soldiers are killing Palestinians in a 10-month uprising.

The indictment has also renewed opposition criticism of the 1979 treaty that made Egypt the only Arab country to have made peace with Israel.

The hearings started with the accused leader of Egypt’s Revolution, Mahmoud Nureddin Soliman, holding an impromptu discussion from a steel cage in the courtroom.

The 17 defendants – both Nasser family members and a third person were absent – were held in steel cages, one of them containing only Ahmed Nureddin, an accused conspirator said to have denounced the others to the American Embassy in 1987.

Mahmoud Nureddin Soliman, a 47-year-old former intelligence officer and diplomat, reaffirmed the group’s opposition to the peace accord.

He said the group had acted only against agents of the American Central Intelligence Agency and Israel’s secret service, Mossad, and denied the charges against Nasser’s son.

They are accused of attacking and slightly wounding two American Embassy staff members, Dennis Williams and John Hucke, in May 1987 and of killing two Israelis, Albert Atraghji in August 1985 and Etti Tal-or in March 1986. They are also accused of wounding a third Israeli, Zvi Kadar, in 1984.

The trial was adjourned until Wednesday.

Correction: November 3, 1988, Thursday, Late City Final Edition

A headline in some editions yesterday about a trial arising from attacks on Israeli and American diplomats in Egypt misstated the number of defendants. In addition to two relatives of former President Gamal Abdel Nasser, 18 people are charged.

Khalid Abdel Nasser

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Brief Biography of Gamal Abdel Nasser

Posted in Original Research with tags , on September 14, 2008 by The 800 Pound Gorilla

Gamal Abdel Nasser جمال عبد الناصر‎ Gamāl ‘Abd an-Nāṣir; – (January 15, 1918 – September 28, 1970) The pioneer of Arabic socialism and the leader of their struggle in one of the most critical periods in their history. Talking about his childhood Nasser says “I am proud to belong to this small village of Beni Mur. And I am more proud to be a member of a poor family from that village. I am saying these words for history that Nasser was born in a poor family and I promise that he will live and die a poor man.”
born in the poor Alexandrian suburb of Bacos, the son of (Suni Muslim from a poor family) Abdel Nasser Hussein, a postal worker from the El-Saeed الصعيد town of Beni Mur near the city of Asyut in Upper (southern) Egypt. Nasser’s mother, (Suni Muslim from a middle class family) Fahima Hamad, Nasser’s parents decided to send him to better school in Cairo. Nasser’s father remarried (Suni Muslim wife) and had seven more children. After finishing three years in Beni Mur’s (Suni) Qur’anic school, Nasser, also attended the Ras-al-Tin, Nahaseen and an al-Nahda secondary schools in Alexandria. In March 1937, Nasser was admitted to the Egyptian Military Academy. To some he was a hero to others he was a tyrant but he was a lovable incorruptible misinformed dictator that loved his country and destroyed all its political moments.

Nasser was married to (Shi’a Muslim) Tahia Kazem-Boghdadi (born 1920), s the daughter of a modest clerk of Iranian origin. The story goes that when cadet-officer Nasser asked for her hand in marriage in 1944, her father, Kazem-Boghdadi, sought the blessing of his sometime benefactor Abdelhamid Kazrouni Bey, the then-honorary head of Egypt’s small Persian community which naturally incuded Tahia’s Persian relations the Ismail Alis and the Hassan Mustafa Iranis all of them in the carpet trade with shops on Opera Square and in the Khan Khalili bazaar. They had five children (three sons and two daughters): Khalid, Abdel Hakeem, Abdel Hameed, Hoda and Mona.

Late in the 19th century several Persians settled in Egypt. From among those families: Abdelgawad Asfahani, Agami, Amir-Agha, Ismail Ali, Kazem-Boghdadi, Kazrooni, Khorassani, Khozan, Mirza Abdelgawad Mishki, Shirazi, Tabrizi, Tehrani, Yazdi, Zadeh, Shukrallah Kazem, Mustafa Irani (d. 1 January 1935)… Most were directly or indirectly involved in the indigo, carpet and dye trade. While most were of Shi’a faith with their own tikia and assembly hall located on Azhar Street, certain Irani individuals converted to Baha’ism such as Mirza Hassan Khorassani, Mirza Ali Mohammed Shirazi, (Agha) Ali Reza Asfahani. [“Mirza” is a title introduced by the Moghol Emperors who ruled India]

His first military post was in the town of Mankabad, near his native Beni Mur. According to Sadat, “the first whisperings of military unhappiness with the state and the willingness the monarchy of King Farouk began.

In 1939, Nasser volunteered to serve in Sudan (which was united with Egypt at the time) where they arrived before World War II. During the war, Nasser and Anwar Sadat, another friend and political ally, established contact with agents of the Axis powers, particularly several Italians, and planned a coup to coincide with an Italian offensive that would expel the British forces from Egypt. The plan, however, was never executed. During the war, Nasser also began forming a group of other young military officers with strong Egyptian nationalist feelings who supported some form of revolution.

As Egypt remained officially neutral until long after the Axis defeat at the Battle of El Alamein, the Egyptian military did not participate in the war. Nasser’s first experience on the battlefield was in Palestine during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, when Egyptian forces secured the area known as the Falluja Pocket. After the war, Nasser gained a post as an instructor at the Royal Military Academy in Cairo.For the next several years, he worked to organize his group of other reform minded officers and recruit new members. After 1949, this group adopted the name “Free Officers”,and “talked of… freedom and the restoration of their country’s dignity” very possibly influenced by other sources too (Zionist/Jewish).

Aswan Dam

Built to provide electricity for heavy industry and reduce the risk of flooding along the Nile River, the dam provided electric power to Egypt’s then growing economy, and was essential in modernizing rural Egypt through the introduction of electricity. The dam also spared Egypt from many floods that plagued the countries through which the Nile flowed.

Jewish and/or Foreign ownership

Land reform which was the cornerstone of President Nasser’s social program proposed two basic steps to improve the lot of the Egyptian peasant:
1. dramatic reduction of agricultural rents
2. expropriation of all landed property-holdings above 200 feddâns (1 feddân = 1.038 acres)

By the end of 1955, of the total of 567,000 feddâns subject to sequestration, 415,000 feddâns had been expropriated by the government. However, only a part of this land has been distributed among the small landholders, and the government held most of the expropriated land. By the end of the year 1955, 261,000 feddâns had been reallocated from the government reserve. In addition, 92,000 feddâns had been sold by large to small landowners just prior to the requisition. The government was attempting to organize the beneficiaries of this plan in cooperatives and also to continue the maintenance of the existing irrigation and drainage systems. The land reform of the revolutionary government had undoubtedly benefited the Egyptian peasantry. An Egyptian government source estimated that the new farmers had doubled their incomes, and that setting a limit on rents has reduced the total amount of land rent by $196,000,000.”.

Between 1955 and 1957, the Egyptian government under Nasser nationalized all Jewish and foreign-owned banks and insurance companies as well as a string of Jewish and foreign-owned manufacturing companies and forced all Jewish and foreign agencies and representations to move to Egyptian ownership. The Jews, many of whom held foreign passports and were lumped by the nationalists with the other non-Egyptian owners of most of Egypt’s business and industry, were one of the targets of this change. At this point many wealthy Jews began to leave.

By 1967 about 5,000 Jews were left in Egypt. The Six Day War spelled the virtual end of the community. During the war, 400 men between the ages of 18 and 50 were interned as a potential fifth column. About 150 were released after several weeks, mostly holders of foreign passports, but the remainder were held for three and one-half years. Ironically, they were held in a camp for political internees, which included members of the fanatical Moslem Brotherhood, apparently leading to better understanding between the two groups, according to Cairo Jews. The internees were finally released upon agreement to leave the country immediately. Seventeen refused to emigrate, preferring prison, and were finally let go. (For some inexplicable reason, when recently questioned by a group of Jewish journalists about the internment incident, Egyptian Information Minister Kamal Abul Magd denied that it had ever happened, and asked one journalist to bring him specific details. Several other Egyptian officials spoke openly of the affair to me, some defending it as necessary for security reasons, others feeling it was a mistake.)

Gamal Abdel-Nasser most probably has had the most assassination attempts on a president in world history according to Sami Sharaf, second-in-command after the former President. He was the number one man; Nasser depended on him more than anyone else. In fact, Nasser had handpicked Sharaf.

After a defeat in the 1967 Six-Day War against Israel, Nasser sought to resign from his position. However, widespread calls from the Egyptian people for Nasser to remain convinced him to remain in power. He consequently led Egypt through the War of Attrition in 1969-1970. Officially Nasser died of a heart attack only a few weeks after the war ended, on September 28, 1970. His funeral was the largest in history with an estimated 7 million people in attendance.

Nasser was killed by his Egyptian Jewish doctor Dr. Aly El-Atfy (physhical therapist) who was arrested shortly after Nasser’s Death and later released from jail following a visit from Began to Egypt. he bragged about this act in jail to Ahmed Foad Nigem and others
He also added that “they” don’t leave there men behind like the Russians.
The Death Of President Gamal Abdel Nasser.

this man took away land from his own uncle and passed it out to the poor his family was not well off after he died either. he was misled and got very paranoid in his last days. locked up every sort of group you could think of Muslims, Christians, Jews, Masons, Communists, and socialists. he knew what was going on. but did not possess the know-how nor the human resources to do something about it.

Brief Biography of Gamal Abdel Nasser