Aug 26 2013
EGYPT: Muslim Brotherhood waging ‘history jihad’ on ancient artifacts and manuscripts in an effort to wipe out all of Egypt’s pre-Islamic history
As the Muslim Brotherhood and its supporters continue waging jihad on Egypt, with support from the Obama Regime, their hate and disregard for their own non-Islamic heritage most recently gave vent to an attack on the Malawi National Museum in al-Minya in Upper Egypt.
Raymond Ibrahim While some ancient artifacts were stolen, others were intentionally damaged and defaced, demonstrating the intrinsic hostility to Egypt’s glorious past and its attempts to reclaim it by ridding itself of the Brotherhood and their allies.
Back in the summer of 2012, when Muhammad Morsi became president of Egypt, congratulatory calls to demolish the Great Pyramids—the ultimate in idol effrontery to Islamist sensibilities—began. The idea was, whereas earlier Islamic leaders did not have the necessary technology to destroy the pyramids, now that an Islamist has taken office in the modern era, which is capable of destroying the lofty monuments, he should do so and rid Egypt of the pagan aura that had long plagued it.
When I reported this, and documented the long paper-trail of Muslims, beginning with their prophet, destroying the antiquities of their non-Muslim ancestors, the apologists, including at Huffington Post and New York Times cried “hoax,” to lull the world back to sleep. It did not even seem to matter then that smaller pharonic antiquities were being targeted and destroyed.
RT As Egypt plunges deeper into the political turmoil, pro-Morsi looters take advantage of the situation – and the latest robbery of the Malawi Museum in the city of Minya, 300km from Cairo, has been the biggest of its kind in the Egyptians’ living memory.
Looters got away with more than 1,000 objects, including a prized 3,500-year-old limestone statue, ancient beaded jewelry, gold and bronze Greco-Roman coins, pottery and bronze-detailed sculptures of animals sacred to Thoth, one of the ancient Egyptian deities represented with the head of an ibis.
The building was initially vandalized last Wednesday, with looting and burning going on for almost a week now. Local teenagers burned and destroyed mummies and other objects of art which were too heavy for robbers to carry.
The museum’s ticket agent was killed as the theft took place, AP reported. There were no police or troops nearby to prevent thieves from helping themselves.
Archaeologist Monica Hanna, as well as a security official, threatened by sniper fire, managed to save about 40 artifacts, including five ancient Egyptian sarcophagi, two mummies and several dozen other items left behind in the street by the thieves.
“I told them that this is the property of the Egyptian people and you are destroying it,” the archaeologist related. “They were apparently upset with me because I am not veiled.”
Two statues were returned on Monday, according to the head of museums for the Antiquities Ministry, Ahmed Sharaf. The official also stressed that no charges would be pressed against those who will come forward with the looted objects. Moreover, a small reward will even be given for the returned artifacts.
Meanwhile, UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova has condemned recent attacks against museums and monuments in Egypt.
“Egypt’s exceptional cultural heritage is not only an inheritance of the past, reflecting its rich and diverse history, it is also a legacy for future generations and its destruction seriously weakens the foundations of Egyptian society,” Bokova stressed.
Of course this isn’t the first major looting to have happened on Egyptian soil since the 2011 uprising: during the 18-day revolution, looting took place all over the country. In particular, over 50 items were stolen from the Cairo museum. However, the head of museums Sharaf said that about half of the items were recovered at that time.
In December 2011, up to 200,000 rare books were destroyed by the blaze in the building of the Egyptian Scientific Institute in Cairo.