CAIRO – The Hollywood biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings” has been banned in Egypt and Morocco over historical inaccuracies and “depicting Allah”, sparking controversy in the North African Muslim countries.
“This totally contradicts proven historical facts,” the Egyptian culture minister, Gaber Asfour, was quoted by Agence France Presse (AFP).
“It is a Zionist film.
“It gives a Zionist view of history and contains historical inaccuracies and that’s why we have decided to ban it.”
According to Asfour, the film that claims that “Moses and the Jews built the pyramids” is rife with mistakes.
The decision to ban the movie followed a meeting of a committee that comprises the head of the supreme council for culture, Mohammed Afifi, the head of the censorship committee and two history professors.
CAIRO – Concluding his three-day visit to Turkey, Pope Francis has confirmed that Islam is a religion of peace, rejecting rants targeting Muslims over acts committed by a minority group.
“The Qur’an is a book of peace. It is a prophetic book of peace,” Pope Francis said, The Washington Post reported on Monday, December 1.
During his visit to Turkey, the Argentine Pope met President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu and the head of Turkey’s religious affairs directorate, Mehmet Gormez.
He also visited the Blue Mosque after a short tour of Aya Sofya, during which he offered prayers alongside the Turkish Mufti of Istanbul.
The Pope asserted that was wrong for anyone to react to terrorism by being “enraged” against Islam.
“You just can’t say that, just as you can’t say all Christians are fundamentalists,” he said.
Aid pledged at Cairo meet to rebuild enclave devastated by Israeli assault surpasses what Palestinians had asked for
Global donors have pledged a sum of $5.4bn in aid to reconstruct the Gaza Strip amid warnings that the battered Palestinian enclave remained a “tinderbox” following its summer war with Israel.
“The participants pledged approximately $5.4bn,” Norwegian foreign minister, Boerge Brende, said during the closing statement at the Cairo conference which Norway co-hosted.
GAZA CITY (Ma’an) — A Hamas spokesman on Sunday accused Israel of “stalling” in ongoing negotiations in Cairo to achieve a long-term truce in Gaza, stressing that “the ball is in the Israeli occupation’s court.”
Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said during a march in solidarity with Palestinian resistance in Rafah that the group’s “priority is to reach an agreement, but the occupiers must stop stalling.”
“We are discussing an agreement from a position of strength, not weakness,” he said, adding: “Either we have an agreement that meets our demands, or no agreement.”
BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — A nine-hour session of indirect negotiations between the Palestinian and Israeli delegations in Cairo on Monday ended with a partial draft agreement on easing the blockade on Gaza, sources close to the talks told Ma’an.
Negotiations for a lasting end to hostilities in the Gaza Strip are to resume at noon on Tuesday, the sources said.
As truce over the Gaza conflict appears to hold, Palestinians and Israelis prepare to enter Cairo talks amid conflicting demands on both sides
A fragile ceasefire in the Gaza Strip entered a second day Wednesday as Israeli and Palestinian delegations prepared for crunch talks in Cairo to try to extend the 72-hour truce.
The ceasefire, which came into effect Tuesday, has brought relief to both sides after one month of fighting killed 1,875 Palestinians and 67 people on the Israeli side.
Delegations are now ready for what are expected to be tough talks aimed at securing a permanent ceasefire after the three-day window closes.
Israel and the Palestinian factions, including Gaza’s Hamas movement, have accepted an Egyptian proposal to cease fire from 0500 GMT on August 5 for at least three days.
Egypt also invited Israel and the Palestinians to attend high-level talks in Cairo aimed at securing a longer-term deal to end a war that has killed over 1,800 Palestinians as well as dozens of Israeli soldiers.
Three similar agreements have collapsed since the violence began. Israel had resumed air strikes on Gaza after a patchy and limited seven-hour humanitarian truce ended on Monday, one attack killing two people and wounding 16, according to officials.
“We hope this will secure a permanent ceasefire and restore stability,” the Egyptian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
This body was only discovered in 1898, This is the dead body of Ramses II, the Egyptian Pharaoh in the era of Prophet Moses (Musa) (Peace Be Upon Him). Its age is approximately 3000 years old and it was found by the Red Sea and is now on display in the Royal Mummies Museum in Cairo.
But the Quran existed nearly 1400 years ago.
“Today we will preserve your body so you can be a sign for people who come after you. Surely many people are heedless of our signs.”
“This is a proclamation for the people, to be warned herewith, and to let them know that He is only one God, and for those who possess intelligence to take heed.”