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Rev Majed El Shafie

The Hilton Hotel in Taba where Rev. El Shafie stole a jet ski to escape to Israel

Mohammed El Baradei


Rev. Majed El Shafie: Opposes the West backing El-Baradei to replace Mubarak as Muslim Brotherhood will Come to Power on His Coat-Tails

By Rhonda Spivak , February 6, 2011

There aren’t too many people who, after being tortured and condemned to death in Egypt, have managed to escape to Israel by driving a jet-ski from Taba in the Sinai to Eilat. But Rev. Majed El Shafie, who has since obtained political asylum in Canada and now lives in Toronto did just that.

Rev. El-Shafie, who is the President and founder of One Free World International, El. Shafie Ministries (OFWI),is following the current upheaval in Egypt very closely. His organization, which monitors violations in Egypt and other Arab states against the Christian minority, has  24,000 people in Egypt who are updating him on the situation on the ground.

"Many of these people are volunteers who do this becasue they believe in the cause...But others are Egytians, including those in the army and the government who  take bribes..That is how we do it." 

According to El Shafie who was interviewed on Feb. 3 and Feb 9 by the  Winnipeg Jewish Review  “The Muslim Brotherhood has used the demonstrations in Egypt to advance its agenda.They are going street to street, door to door asking people to go out to demonstrate.. .They want a hand in the new government. They are being more aggressive, more active, are coming out in full power…”
El Shafie, 34, was born a Muslim in Cairo to a distinguished Muslim family of lawyers and judges. He was exposed at an early age to hatred toward the Christian minority in Egypt through a Christian friend. He decided to convert to Christianity, wrote a book about it and as a result became an outcast and a victim of oppression. 

He began a mission to bring the Christian community in Egypt all of the same legal rights as the Moslem community in Egypt. After beginning a ministry which built two churches, a bible school and medical clinic, he established a newspaper to request from the Egyptian government equal rights for the Christian community. The Egyptian government did not tolerate this and El Shafie was arrested in 1998 and taken to the torture section of the Abu Zaabel prison in Cairo.

 “I was jailed at Abo Zaabl jail and tortured for seven days and then put under house arrest for three months…After receiving the death penalty, I escaped from house arrest and hid with a Beduin family for two months in Sinai. Then I went to the Hilton hotel in Taba, [near the border with Israel] and I stole a jet-ski and landed in front of the Princess Hotel in Eilat in Israel…It was about a three minute ride on the jet-ski.” he said.

But when he got to Eilat,  Rev. El-Shafie was imprisoned again, this time by Israeli authorities because the Israeli government did not know what to do in his circumstance. Legally he could not stay in Israel, but if they sent him back to Egypt, he would be executed.

"I was in Israeli prison in Israel because under the peace treaty with Egypt, they couldn’t take me in,” he said.

When asked how long he was in Israeli prison he answered, “one year, three months, 15 days, 12 hours and 24 minutes.When you are in prison you count every minute.” 

Rev. El Shafie was eventually released through the assistance of the UN, Amnesty International and the International Christian Embassy in Jerusalem,
which managed to obtain political asylum for him in Canada, where he emigrated and became a citizen in 2006.
El Shafie, who founded OFWI in 2004, said he believes that Mubarak should leave now but he cautioned that the United States should NOT support Mohamed El-Baradei’s attempt to become the leader to replace Mubarak as the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt will “ride to power on his coat tails.”
He said “I am concerned that under current circumstances Mubarak’s abrupt departure will create a political vacuum which will be filled by Islamic extremists. The West appears to be embracing Mohamed El Baradei, a former head of the UN nuclear inspection agency, as a replacement for Mubarak. This is of serious concern as El Baradei, in addition to betraying heavy anti-Israel sentiment through his actions at the UN agency, is reportedly communicating with the Muslim Brotherhood, a banned Islamic extremist movement, in order to actively involve the Brotherhood in the future political landscape of Egypt."
Rev. El Shafie noted that Time Magazine quotes El Baradei as saying “The Muslim Brotherhood has nothing to do with the Iranian movement, has nothing to do with extremism as we have seen it in Afghanistan and other places.” According to Time, El Baradei intends to include the Muslim Brotherhood, “an integral part of Egyptian society,” in the political process and has called the Brotherhood “a conservative group that favors secular democracy and human rights” [emphasis added].  El Baradei also told Fareed Zakaria the following: “I have been reaching out to them (the Moslem Brotherhood) We need to include them.”  Many Western news outlets have adopted the claim that the Muslim Brotherhood is a conservative, non-violent movement.

 Rev. El Shafie counters:

Nothing could be further from the truth. While it officially renounces violence, the Muslim Brotherhood is the ideological parent of terrorist movements such as Hamas and Al-Qaida. Members and supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood are behind daily forced conversion attempts, violent attacks, and torture against Egyptian Christians. The Brotherhood cooperates with Hamas in Gaza and leaders are determined to launch war against Israel. This is a very serious matter and we cannot, under any circumstances, allow the Muslim Brotherhood to increase its influence in Egypt. To do so would be to condemn the Egyptian people, from Christians and other religious minorities to moderate and secular Muslims, to a regime of oppression and religious tyranny that will make Mubarak’s repressive regime seem like a beacon of freedom.”

On January 30th, a week after demonstrations began,  not far from Cairo members of two Christian families were killed in a brutal attack by Islamicists. "They "took advantage of the fact that with all th eongoing chaos there were no police around  and killed 11 people". El Shafie says "This was not widely reported in the  mainstream media" , noting it was only reported in Fox News and  Arutz Sheva Israel National News.

El-Shafi believes that if the Muslim Brotherhood rose to power they “will say at the outset that they respect the treaty with Israel,

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