Monday, May 01, 2017

 

ALL 100 US SENATORS TO USELESS UN-END UNACCEPTABLE ANTI ISRAEL BIAS.

JEWISH KING JESUS IS COMING AT THE RAPTURE FOR US IN THE CLOUDS-DON'T MISS IT FOR THE WORLD.THE BIBLE TAKEN LITERALLY- WHEN THE PLAIN SENSE MAKES GOOD SENSE-SEEK NO OTHER SENSE-LEST YOU END UP IN NONSENSE.GET SAVED NOW- CALL ON JESUS TODAY.THE ONLY SAVIOR OF THE WHOLE EARTH - NO OTHER. 1 COR 15:23-JESUS THE FIRST FRUITS-CHRISTIANS RAPTURED TO JESUS-FIRST FRUITS OF THE SPIRIT-23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.ROMANS 8:23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.(THE PRE-TRIB RAPTURE)

LUKE 21:28-29
28 And when these things begin to come to pass,(ALL THE PROPHECY SIGNS FROM THE BIBLE) then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption (RAPTURE) draweth nigh.
29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree,(ISRAEL) and all the trees;(ALL INDEPENDENT COUNTRIES)
30 When they now shoot forth, ye see and know of your own selves that summer is now nigh at hand.(ISRAEL LITERALLY BECAME AND INDEPENDENT COUNTRY JUST BEFORE SUMMER IN MAY 14,1948.)

JOEL 2:3,30
3 A fire devoureth (ATOMIC BOMB) before them;(RUSSIAN-ARAB-MUSLIM ARMIES AGAINST ISRAEL) and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke.(ATOMIC BOMB AFFECT)

ZECHARIAH 14:12-13
12 And this shall be the plague wherewith the LORD will smite all the people that have fought against Jerusalem; Their flesh shall consume away while they stand upon their feet,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their eyes shall consume away in their holes,(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB) and their tongue shall consume away in their mouth.(DISOLVED FROM ATOMIC BOMB)(BECAUSE NUKES HAVE BEEN USED ON ISRAELS ENEMIES)(GOD PROTECTS ISRAEL AND ALWAYS WILL)
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that a great tumult from the LORD shall be among them; and they shall lay hold every one on the hand of his neighbour, and his hand shall rise up against the hand of his neighbour.(1/2-3 BILLION DIE IN WW3)(THIS IS AN ATOMIC BOMB EFFECT)

EZEKIEL 20:47
47 And say to the forest of the south, Hear the word of the LORD; Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will kindle a fire in thee, and it shall devour every green tree in thee, and every dry tree: the flaming flame shall not be quenched, and all faces from the south to the north shall be burned therein.

ZEPHANIAH 1:18
18 Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD'S wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land.

MALACHI 4:1
1 For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven;(FROM ATOMIC BOMBS) and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.

And here are the bounderies of the land that Israel will inherit either through war or peace or God in the future. God says its Israels land and only Israels land. They will have every inch God promised them of this land in the future.
Egypt east of the Nile River, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, The southern part of Turkey and the Western Half of Iraq west of the Euphrates. Gen 13:14-15, Psm 105:9,11, Gen 15:18, Exe 23:31, Num 34:1-12, Josh 1:4.ALL THIS LAND ISRAEL WILL DEFINATELY OWN IN THE FUTURE, ITS ISRAELS NOT ISHMAELS LAND.12 TRIBES INHERIT LAND IN THE FUTURE

All 100 US senators to UN: End ‘unacceptable’ anti-Israel bias-Letter to António Guterres, with unanimous Senate support, demands wide-ranging reforms of international body-By Times of Israel staff April 28, 2017, 11:40 am

All 100 US senators signed a letter to United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres Thursday demanding an end to the “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias in the international body.The strongly worded letter, authored by Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Christopher A. Coons (D-Del.) and released on Friday, was signed by every member of the US Senate.“Through words and actions, we urge you to ensure that Israel is treated neither better nor worse than any other UN member in good standing,” the letter said, describing the “continued targeting of Israel” in the world body as “unacceptable.”The letter urged several concrete steps to improve Israel’s treatment by the organization, singling out for criticism UNRWA, which deals with Palestinian refugees; the UN Human Rights Council for its singular focus on the Jewish state; and UNESCO, for denying Jewish ties to holy sites in Jerusalem.The senators called on the UN to eliminate or reform “a number of standing committees, which far too often serve no purpose other than to attack Israel and inspire the anti-Israel boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) movement.”While praising UNESCO for its important work on Holocaust education, the senators criticized the body for allowing its member states to “continue to advance measures that target Israel and deny the Jewish and Christian connections to Jerusalem.”The letter further stated that the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) “must pursue reforms or risk significant consequences.”Jerusalem considers UNRWA one of the most problematic UN bodies. Israeli officials accuse the organization of colluding with the Hamas terror organization in Gaza and of facilitating anti-Jewish incitement and even terrorism against Israeli civilians in its school textbooks. More than one-third of UNRWA’s budget comes from the US.And “most troubling” of all, the senators maintained, is the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which is “charged with shining a light on gross human rights violations.”The letter states that “the UNHRC — whose membership currently includes some of the world’s worst human rights violators — instead devotes time to unwarranted attacks against Israel.”The senators referred specifically to permanent agenda item VII which is devoted solely to lambasting Israel, “even as numerous other countries, including some represented on the Council, commit egregious human rights abuses against their citizens on a daily basis.”Although there is no direct threat of ending US funding, the letter notes that the US is the major contributor to international body.“As both the UN’s principal founding member and its largest contributor, the United States should insist on reform,” the letter said. “We are deeply committed to international leadership and to advancing respect for human rights. But continued targeting of Israel by the UN Human Rights Council and other UN entities is unacceptable.”The letter ended by saying that “the current situation must change. We urge you to engage member states in a comprehensive effort to directly confront and root out this bias.”The US Senate move was welcomed by Israel’s ambassador to the UN Danny Danon.“We thank our friends in the United States Senate for their unanimous and bipartisan support for Israel. Once again, America has stood strongly by Israel, and stood up for truth and justice. It is time to finally put an end to the UN’s biased approach towards Israel,” Danon said in a statement.Earlier this week, Guterres said the UN must rectify its bias against Israel at the United Nations.Speaking to delegates at the World Jewish Congress’s plenary assembly in New York, Guterres on Sunday vowed to stand up against anti-Israel bias at the world organization and said the Jewish state must be treated like any other member state. The UN chief said that as secretary-general, he would be “on the front lines in the fight against anti-Semitism,” which he warned was on the rise in Europe and America, and called “absolutely unacceptable.”He promised to “make sure that the United Nations is able to conduct all possible actions for anti-Semitism to be condemned, and if possible eradicated from the face of the earth.”US President Donald Trump has made defending the Jewish state a core tenet of his foreign policy. “I reject unfair and one-sided actions against Israel at the United Nations,” he said during his February 15 press conference with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Washington.US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley in March declared that “there’s a “new sheriff in town,” announcing that “the days of Israel-bashing are over.” If the organization’s member states continue obsessing about and demonizing the Jewish state, “we’re going to kick them every single time,” she pledged at the annual AIPAC conference.During a meeting at the State Department in March, Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman urged US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to consider quitting the Geneva-based UNHRC and to stop funding UNRWA.Earlier that month, US envoy to the Human Rights Council Erin Barclay, criticized the council for its outsized focus on Israel.“Regrettably, too many of the actions of this council do not support these universal principles. Indeed, they contradict them,” she said.“No other nation is the focus of an entire agenda item… The obsession with Israel… is the largest threat to this council’s credibility,” added Barclay, a career diplomat. “It limits the good we can accomplish by making a mockery of this council. The United States will oppose any effort to delegitimize or isolate Israel.”Raphael Ahren contributed to this report.

Nobody was really sure they had even captured the 'real thing'-50 years later, 3 soldiers reenact, remember their iconic Six-Day war photo-Picture of paratroopers Zion Karasenti, Haim Oshri, and Itzik Yifat has become defining image of Israel regaining Western Wall; they’re still friends and they still argue-By Times of Israel staff April 29, 2017, 10:57 am

The David Rubinger photograph of three paratroopers standing in silent awe in front of the recaptured Western Wall after the battle for Jerusalem in 1967 has become the defining image of one of the most significant moments in Israel’s history.With the 50th anniversary of the Six Day War approaching, Zion Karasenti, Haim Oshri, and Dr. Itizik Yifat returned to the Old City this week to remember the moment.Karasenti, Oshri, and Yifat described to Channel 2 News how they, as 20-something reserve duty soldiers, inadvertently became the symbol of a nation fulfilling a 2,000 year dream.“There were snipers everywhere, especially from overhead. They could have thrown a grenade on us and finished us,” Karasenti recalled of the battle for the Jerusalem holy site.Since none of them had ever been to the Western Wall, which had been under Jordanian rule since 1948, they admitted that, at first, nobody was really sure they had even captured the “real thing.”“Everyone talked about the Kotel [Western Wall] all the time, but we were new and we had never been there. That day was the first time any of us had ever been there,” Oshri said.At the time there was only a narrow corridor separating the Western Wall of the Temple Mount from the nearby houses and buildings of the Old City.“When they [our colleagues] raised the flag over the Western Wall, that was our sign,” Karasenti said.“After the 48 hours of battle, we were tired and sweaty, our uniforms were dusty and bloodied, but when we walked down the stairs and saw the stones of the Western Wall, a lot of the guys started crying.“It was an extraordinary thing, its hard to describe,” Karasenti said.It wasn’t until after the war was over that the three men realized the picture of them taken by legendary photographer Rubinger had become famous worldwide.“After the war, my neighbor who was a brand new immigrant from Poland, came running out to show me that my photo was in the Polish newspapers. I was shocked,” said Yifat.“We did become a symbol of our strength,” Yifat said.Karasenti said he too was surprised to see it on the front page of the Haaretz daily the following week.“I showed it to my girlfriend at the time, I couldn’t believe it, I told her ‘look, someone took our picture!'”To many, the 50th anniversary of Israel’s victory in the Six Day War — in which Israel captured the West Bank, Gaza Strip, Golan Heights and the Sinai Peninsula –is a bittersweet one. It represents half a century since the Old City and other historic Jewish sites returned to Jewish hands, but also half a century of Israeli military rule over the Palestinians.Asked about the dual nature of the jubilee, the men appear to be as divided as Israeli society.“There is something to be said for that [calling the image the start of the tragedy of the state of Israel] Yifat said. “I don’t believe that we should be ruling over another nation.”“How can you say that as an Israeli who fought for something after 2,000 years of longing?” Karasenti shot back. “We returned the heart of the Jewish people to this land.”Retorted Yifat: “What am I supposed to tell my grandchildren? That there will be war every year?”Despite their political differences, the three men, now in their 70s, say they have remained close friends over the years.As Karasenti, Oshri, and Yifat approached the wall to take a picture this week, a passerby stopped the three to thank them.“All of the people that are here right now are only here because of you,” this man said. “It’s you, and all of the other soldiers who fought then. This is all thanks to your courage and your faith. So again, thank you so much.”

Abbas meets with King Abdullah ahead of White House visit-Sit-down in Amman to coordinate positions comes a day after similar meeting between PA leader and Egypt’s president-By Tamar Pileggi April 30, 2017, 4:50 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas met with Jordan’s King Abdullah II on Sunday in Amman in order to coordinate positions ahead of Abbas’s meeting with US President Donald Trump at the White House this week.According to the Hebrew-language Ynet news site, Abbas and Abdullah agreed during the meeting that a two-state outcome is the “only solution” to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.They were also said to have discussed ways to reboot peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians.The meeting of the two leaders came less than 24 hours after Abbas held similar talks with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi in Cairo.Sissi issued a similar statement after that meeting, affirming his country’s commitment to the two-state solution and urging the US to “play an active role in efforts to resume negotiations.”During his visit to Washington on Wednesday, Abbas is set to hold a series of high-level meetings with Trump and other senior US administration officials in an effort to revive peace talks.Trump has made Middle East peacemaking a priority, meeting at the White House in February with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and earlier this month with Sissi and Abdullah.The US president is expected to make his first visit to Israel at the end of May.His peace envoy, Jason Greenblatt, has made two trips to the region since Trump assumed the presidency in January in an effort to jumpstart the long-dormant negotiations.Trump spoke to Abbas for the first time over the phone in March, when he invited him to the White House.After meeting with Greenblatt in Ramallah in March, Abbas said he believed a “historic” peace deal with Israel was possible with Trump in office.Greenblatt told Arab foreign ministers a week later that Trump was committed to reaching a deal between Israel and the Palestinians that would “reverberate” throughout the Middle East and the world.In an interview published last week by the Japanese news site Asahi Shimbun, Abbas expressed willingness to meet Netanyahu in Washington under the auspices of the Trump administration.“I am ready to meet the prime minister of Israel anytime in Washington under the patronage of President Trump,” he said.After Trump’s planned first visit to the region in late May, he will reportedly be followed by his Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Nikki Haley, US ambassador to the United Nations. The latter is reportedly set to come in June.

Pope repeats refugee ‘concentration camps’ remarks-Challenged over criticism of the comparison, Francis doubles down-By AP April 30, 2017, 12:52 am-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — Pope Francis repeated on Saturday that some migrant holding centers in Europe amount to “concentration camps,” even after Jewish groups urged him to stop using the loaded term.A German reporter asked Francis if he had made a linguistic slip when he first made the remarks last week, adding that they had been met with shock in Germany. Speaking en route home from Egypt, Francis appeared to not appreciate the controversy, saying that there are some refugee holding centers where migrants are penned in and prevented from leaving.He said: “There are refugee camps that are true concentration camps.”The American Jewish Committee sharply criticized the remarks and urged Francis to use a different choice of words.In a statement last week, AJC said that while the conditions in some migrant centers might be difficult “The Nazis and their allies erected and used concentration camps for slave labor and the extermination of millions of people during World War II. There is no comparison to the magnitude of that tragedy.”

Battling anti-Semitic image, Le Pen quietly visits Holocaust memorial-Presidential candidate lays wreath at Marseille plaque to victims rounded up by Nazis, days after allegations her deputy denied genocide-By Times of Israel staff and Agencies April 30, 2017, 2:53 pm

French far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen placed a wreath on a Marseille monument to French victims of the Holocaust Sunday morning, weeks after she drew sharp criticism by claiming that France had no responsibility for the fate of its Jewish citizens deported to Nazi Germany.The low-key wreath-laying took place without the media present at a memorial to 30 Jewish women and children who were rounded up by the Gestapo in 1943, to mark France’s Memorial Day for Victims of Deportation.She was accompanied by a local politician. A picture of the wreath-laying was tweeted by a campaign worker.Her rival, centrist Emmanuel Macron of the En Marche movement, is due to visit a Holocaust memorial near Paris later Sunday.À Marseille, @MLP_officiel et @Stephane_Ravier déposent une gerbe pour la journée nationale du souvenir des victimes de la déportation pic.twitter.com/IjOo5D8xwg— Kévin Pfeffer 🇫🇷 (@K_Pfeffer) April 30, 2017-Le Pen has worked to purge the hard-right National Front (FN) party of its anti-Semitic old guard, including her father Jean-Marie Le Pen, but has been bedeviled by statements casting doubts over the efforts, including her own claim that France wasn’t responsible for aiding Germany in deporting citizens to their deaths.The populist candidate said April 10 that France was not responsible for the roundup of Jews during World War II. She said she “considers that France and the Republic were in London” during the war, with Gen. Charles de Gaulle who oversaw the Resistance.Last week, allegations emerged that the man chosen to lead the party while she focuses on the presidential campaign, Jean-Francois Jalkh, had questioned the Holocaust and the use of gas chambers to kill millions of Jews.Le Pen — who once called Nazi death camps the “height of barbary” — firmly denied that anyone in the party leadership would cast doubt on the extermination of six million Jews and others, some deported from France.“Let things be very clear. I abhor these theories,” she said in an interview on BFM-TV.“There is no one in the leadership of the National Front who defends this kind of thesis,” she said.Jalkh firmly denies French media reports that he questioned whether Zyklon B poison gas was used in death camps. Lawyer David Dassa-Le Deist said he was filing a defamation suit against Le Monde newspaper, which identified his client as a negationist, someone who denies the Holocaust.However another party stalwart, Steeve Briois, mayor of Le Pen’s northern bastion, Henin-Beaumont, was named to replace Jalkh as temporary party chief while Le Pen campaigns in the critical final stretch ahead of the May 7 vote.Even without the cloud of anti-Semitism casting its shadow anew on the party, Le Pen, who took over the National Front in 2011, faces claims of racism for evoking fears that Muslims want to conquer France.French emotions around France’s history of collaborating with the Nazis remain complex seven decades after the war’s end. The country has never undergone a national atonement. In 1995, President Jacques Chirac boldly declared that the collaborationist Vichy regime — which helped in the deportation of 75,000 French Jews — was the French state. However, many still view the actions of Vichy as a historical anomaly. Some still salute its leader, Philippe Petain, a hero of World War I.

Latest: Memorial day ceremonies begin in Jerusalem-On Memorial Day, Israelis pay tribute to 23,544 fallen-By Tamar Pileggi April 30, 2017, 2:37 pm-THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

19:26-Coalition strikes kill 45 Iraqi civilians last month, Pentagon says-The Pentagon says investigations conducted during the month of March reveal that coalition airstrikes killed 45 civilians, mostly in and around the city of Mosul.In a statement, the Pentagon says in each incident “all feasible precautions were taken,” but the strikes still resulted in “unintentional” loss of civilian life.The Pentagon acknowledges at least 362 civilians have been killed by coalition strikes in Iraq and Syria since the start of the air campaign against the Islamic State group in 2014. Activists and monitoring groups put the number much higher, saying coalition strikes have killed more than 3,000 civilians in Iraq and Syria since then, according to Airwars.The US launched a campaign of airstrikes against IS in August of 2014 after it overran Mosul and swaths of Iraq’s north and west.— AP-19:14-Persian satellite TV channel owner ‘shot dead’ in Istanbul-The owner of a leading Persian-language satellite entertainment channel-based outside of Iran was shot dead by unknown individuals in Istanbul in an unexplained assassination, Turkish media reports say.Said Karimian, the owner of the GEM TV Group and a British citizen of Iranian origin, was gunned down late Saturday along with a Kuwaiti business partner in the upscale Maslak district of Istanbul, the Hurriyet newspaper says.Initial reports on Saturday had said two Iranians had been killed, without giving the identities.#Iran hand suspected behind killing of #gemtv Company CEO in #Istanbul https://t.co/HZdLJxEesy pic.twitter.com/iiELNvFHwX— Al Arabiya English (@AlArabiya_Eng) April 30, 2017-In a statement on its Facebook page, GEM TV confirms that Karimian had died, but without making clear the circumstances of the death.“With great sorrow and regret we announce the death of Said Karimian,” it says, describing him as a “great man who with a pure and kind spirit spent his life with honesty and sincerity for dignity of Iran.”— AFP-19:12-Gaza officials say Hamas preparing to announce new chief-The new leadership of Palestinian terrorist group Hamas will be announced in the coming days, officials say, as it also prepares to unveil a new version of its charter.Ismail Haniya, until recently head of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, says the results of internal elections will be announced “in the coming days.”A high-ranking Hamas official tells AFP the new leadership will be announced before May 15.The official says Haniya is likely to be named the new head of the movement, replacing Khaled Mashaal who lives in Doha in exile and has completed the maximum two terms in office.— AFP-18:40-Supreme Court reduces jail sentence of bribe-taking ex-chief rabbi-The Supreme Court reduces the jail sentence of Israel’s former chief rabbi Yona Metzger from 10 years down to three and a half.Metzger earlier this year pleaded guilty to fraud, theft, conspiracy, breach of trust, money laundering, tax offenses and accepting bribes involving some NIS 10 million ($2.6 million) under a plea bargain reached with state prosecutors that recommended a three and a half year jail term.But in a rare move, a Jerusalem District court judge rejected the plea deal, handing down a harsher sentence of four and a half years in prison for the slew of bribery and corruption charges.Metzger appealed his sequencing to the Supreme Court, and justices agree to reduce the jail time back to the original three and a half years. The justices say their decision “does not detract from the harsh condemnation of the ugly acts for which he was convicted.”-18:22-PM reverses ban of bereaved father who heckled him-The decision to ban the father of a fallen IDF solider who lashed out at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a Memorial Day ceremony earlier today is reversed at the request of the prime minister.Shaul Chitayat interrupted Netanyahu moments into his speech at Jerusalem’s Mount Herzl national cemetery, shouting, “Apologize! I don’t forgive you.”As a result, Yad Labanim, an organization dedicated to supporting bereaved families, banned Chitayat from its official ceremonies this year citing the “difficult incident.”The organization later voted to reverse the ban after Netanyahu intervened and asked Yad Labanim to reconsider the decision.-17:41-Edelstein vows greater support for bereaved families-At the Memorial Day ceremony at the Yad Labanim building in Jerusalem, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein vows to offer greater support to bereaved families after an earlier incident saw a bereaved father banned form the official ceremony.“This year, we pledge to embrace you more than ever, and we pledge that you will remain above any dispute and outside of any argument,” Edelstein says.“Just as they [the soldiers] know how to live as one both on and off the battlefield, we too must live as one family, every single day even when it’s difficult.”Earlier, a bereaved father heckled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony opening a new remembrance hall for Israel’s fallen soldiers on Mount Herzl.Moments into his speech at the national cemetery, the prime minister was interrupted by Shaul Chitayat shouting, “Apologize! I don’t forgive you.”Chitayat was banned from attending the ceremony at Yad Labanim over his outburst.-17:24-PM says Jewish self-determination owed to sacrifice of fallen soliders-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tells bereaved families that the sacrifice of fallen Israeli servicemen and women enables the Jewish people to live freely in their own land.Speaking at opening Memorial Day ceremony at the Yad Labanim building in Jerusalem, Netanyahu also hails Israel as a “historic wonder.”“We are one people, and its is clear that if it weren’t for the sacrifices of our sons and daughters, we would not be a free people in our own land,” the prime minister says. “The State of Israel is a historic wonder.”-16:19-Memorial day ceremonies begin in Jerusalem-Ceremonies marking Israel’s Remembrance Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terrorism begins in Jerusalem at the building of Yad Labanim, an association of bereaved families.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat attend the ceremony that marks the beginning of a 48-hour period during which Israelis abruptly go from reflecting on national loss to celebrating their national independence.Later, a minute-long siren will blare, and Israelis will bow their heads in memory of the 23,544 members of the country’s security forces who died while in active service.-15:44-Egypt sentences radical preacher to death in absentia-An Egyptian court sentences a radical cleric to death in absentia on charges of establishing a “terror group” after the 2013 overthrow of an elected Islamist president.Wagdi Ghoneim, who currently lives in Turkey and is an outspoken supporter of ousted President Mohammed Morsi, dismisses the ruling, saying he has not been in Egypt since 2001.Egypt has waged a sweeping crackdown against Morsi’s now-outlawed Muslim Brotherhood group, jailing thousands and killing hundreds in street clashes in the months following his 2013 overthrow.Ghoneim supports the Brotherhood, but espouses to hard-line views that are dismissed by more moderate members of the group, such as a prohibition on celebrating Christmas with Christians. He sparked controversy on a visit to Tunisia in 2012 by saying that “seculars and liberals” are “apostates,” and describing female genital mutilation as an “aesthetic operation.”If he returns to Egypt, he would be retried on the same charges.— Agencies.



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