Hamas…Hamas…whatever are we going to do with you?
It’s rather telling when a beloved Egyptian celebrity and nationalist — not a “Zionist” nor a “neo-con” — clearly declares that Hamas, not Israel, is to blame. Another soon to be declared apostate?
“Egyptian film star: Hamas is to blame,” by Khaled Abu Toameh for the Jerusalem Post, January 4 (thanks to She-Child):
The Arab world’s most prominent comedian and movie star, Egyptian actor Adel Imam, has shocked many of his fans by expressing understanding for Israel’s military operation in the Gaza Strip.
Imam, a longtime outspoken critic of Islamic fundamentalism, lashed out at Egyptians who have been demonstrating against Israel’s war on Hamas. He said calls for general strikes in solidarity with the Palestinians “harmed our economy and benefited Israel alone.”
Imam was also quoted in the Egyptian press as strongly criticizing the leader of the country’s Muslim Brotherhood organization, Mahdi Akef, for having accused Egypt’s leadership of “collusion” with Israel.
The veteran 68-year-old movie star blamed Hamas for the violence, pointing out that the Egyptian leadership had warned the Islamist movement against an impending Israeli military operation.
“Hamas ignored our warnings and chose to lead an asymmetrical war,” Imam said, echoing earlier statements by Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit. “It’s preferable for Hamas to stop [the rocket attacks]. They should have known that Israel wasn’t going to receive the attacks with roses.”
Imam’s remarks have been condemned by many of his colleagues in Egypt who have come out in support of Hamas.[…]
Imam’s most recent film, Hassan and Morqos, also enraged extremists, prompting them to launch a campaign to boycott the actor. The movie is about a Muslim cleric and a Christian priest whose paths cross as they face threats from Muslim terrorists. Some of Imam’s critics accused him of using the film to promote “apostasy.”