Egypt bans sale of alcohol, opens doors to Palestinian Arabs

Remember how the new Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood President Mohammed Morsi overrode the military and the courts and ordered the legislature (made up of mostly Islamists) to reconvene? Well over the weekend they got to work banning the sale of alcohol on all Muslim holidays as well as opening the doors of the country to Palestinian Arabs in Gaza or any area under the control of the Palestinian Authority. The latter effectively removed the land blockade on Gaza instituted by Mubarak after Hamas took control in 2007.

I’m sure Israel isn’t worried about this one bit. After all, Islam is the religion of peace!

CBN NEWS – The new Egyptian government under Islamist President Mohammed Morsi is already making some dramatic changes.

In one such decision over the weekend, the legislature voted to ban the sale of alcoholic beverages to Egyptians on all Muslim holidays, not just Ramadan.

In another decision, the government now allows Palestinian Arabs from the Gaza Strip or areas under Palestinian Authority control in Judea and Samaria — the West Bank — free entry into the country.

The move effectively breaks the land blockade of Gaza.

Under ousted President Hosni Mubarak, the Rafah border crossing between Egypt and Gaza was closed after Hamas wrested control of the Strip from P.A. security forces in June 2007.

For the first time since then, seven Palestinians entered Egypt from the Cairo International Airport on Monday without needing visas or security clearances.

Also worth noting further down in the article, many Coptic Christians were barred from voting in the presidential election that yielded Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood president:

During the presidential elections, other accusations surfaced against the Islamists. In a piece entitled Muslim Brotherhood ‘Democracy’: Slapping, Stabbing and Slaying for Sharia, investigative reporter Raymond Ibrahim wrote on July 9 that “whole segments of Coptic Christians were prevented from voting.”

Quoting Egypt’s national al Ahram newspaper, Ibrahim wrote “the Muslim Brotherhood blockaded entire streets, prevented Copts from voting at gunpoint, and threatened Christian families not to let their children go out and vote.”

Morsi dismissed Tantawi’s order to dissolve the parliament, ordering it to reconvene and promising new legislative elections within 60 days after drafting a new constitution, providing the wherewithal to incorporate Sharia.

The legislation against alcoholic beverages is one example.

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  • E. Lee Zimmerman

    Hmm. Well, I guess now that the Arab Spring is over, they’re doing what they can to guarantee that there will be no “Arab Spring Break.”

    • marketcomp

      Well Z, look at it another way at least the Palestinians have a home now and they can leave Israel alone

      • Orangeone

        Morsi said Day 1 Jereselum would be their capital.

  • M_J_S

    Good! Now the Arabs can get the hell out of Israel, the West Bank, etc.. Bye, Bye!

  • Yazz55

    I fear what may happen to those coptic christians in Egypt. With this islamist regime, it could be a lynch mob massacre.

    • Bucketheadbaptist

      Eesh. I really don’t like it when people use that “L” word when talking about Mobs…

    • Neither do I.

    • warpmine

      I would normally be appalled but the Coptics have been no friend to Israel in the past. They are now reaping their rewards.

      Live and learn.

    • Sober_Thinking

      You’re right, their faith will be tested all the way to martyrdom I’m afraid. Pray for them.

  • MaroonRepublic

    Ahhh, Arab Spring. The smell of freedom.

    I’m totally shocked of all this.

  • 911Infidel

    Ah, yes hope n change Muslim-style. So when are you 7th century miscreants going be blowing up the pyramids? Huh?

  • Orangeone

    Better question, will Mitt lead the forces to bomb them?

  • Joe


    I fear the Caliphate is beginning

    GREAT JOB – BARRY- Just as you wished for

    You can now be KING of the MUSLIMS!

    BUT – There is good news !!

    Now we may have a reason to NUKE them !

  • Pharmacognosist

    What a farce! Muslim, Islam, Muhammad HYPOCRITES! Alcohol? HATE! KILL! LIE! STEAL! WTF! Read history books, 100 year old books. You will see what the people thought of Muhammad. He had 9 wives. I can’t remember but one was either 9 years old or 12 years old. The population thought him a lunatic.

    • warpmine

      She was six when he took her as wife and nine when he raped her.

    • frieda723

      It’s true. The Jews living in predominantly Jewish Medina and Mecca laughed at him, so he burned down their cities and massacred them in revenge. In fact, that’s how he began to get a following, he promised treasure from attacking and looting “infidels”, so he began to acquire a following of creeps like himself.

  • Army_Pilot1967

    Egypt is sailing down the Nile River politically and there’s nothing the US can do to save it. I’m sure most of the people hate us anyway, so why bother. Maybe the Palestinians can live there, but they’ll still be plotting and planning on how to eliminate Israel.

  • Pharmacognosist

    Arab Spring is not over The people want FREEDOM not the Muslim Brotherhood. With iPhones, computers, etc. and education the people will fight for it like we did in the foundation of our country.. Over the world PEOPLE WANT FREEDOM and one day will get it. Look what a suicide bomber did in Syria. Eliminated several high profile scumbags. Look out China, North Korea. Venezuela, Saudi Arabia, etc. Even the USA.

  • I’m sure there’s more to it to this alcohol ban. You gotta stay sober if you want to get rid of not one country, but two!

    Arab Spring? Give me a break! More like Arab Ass! (and I’m not talking about the donkey)

  • Sober_Thinking

    God’s plan is manifestly set in motion. These animals have ushered in their own damnation.

  • JohnOfPhiladelphia

    This is freedom, Quran-style!

    Well done Mr Obama, the great liberator.

  • stage9

    This is why you shouldn’t disarm your the population and why it’s important who you vote into office. One incompetent idiot can dismantle the entire world

  • One man, one vote, one time. Egypt has seen its last election. The country is about to turn into Iran and Obama and Hillary Clinton are to blame for it. They had absolutely no backup plan when they decided to throw Mubarak under the bus. Now they’re going to have to live with the results. Worse, the Israelis are going to have to live with the results, not that Obama cares.

  • Constance

    It makes me wonder if this is really what all those young people in the streets were hoping for. Boots on their necks, religious zealots pulling the curtain of darkness down, the further destruction of women’s rights, and an opening of the door to Palestinian loons. Something tells me that the youth in Egypt are wondering what happened and quickly seeing their hopes fading. Old, religious leaders are in charge now. Do I feel sorry for them? Not really. I feel sorry for all those who will come after them. Their lives will be pure hell.

    • James1754

      They will get the same type of freedom that their fellow students, male and female, now have in Iran.