Egypt Crucifixions, No Fiction

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Originally published by the Investigative Project on Terrorism.

I recently wrote an article based on Arabic reports that Muslim Brotherhood supporters had crucified Morsi’s opponents.  Because it was picked up by several websites and disseminated far and wide, as usual, Islam’s apologists and others claimed “hoax.”

Readers sent me a couple of these articles which, upon further investigation, seem to be based on a National Post article titled “Egypt’s ‘crucifixion’ hoax becomes an instant Internet myth” by one Jonathan Kay.  He characterizes the crucifixion account as “a story worth dissecting—not because it’s true (it isn’t), but because it is a textbook example of how the Internet, once thought to be the perfect medium of truth-seeking, has been co-opted by culture warriors as a weapon to fire up the naïve masses with lies and urban legends.”

Alternatively, dissecting Kay’s claims is useful as it is a textbook example of how the Western mindset tries to rationalize away whatever does not fit its intellectual boundaries.

First, after mentioning the several websites that carried or quoted my article, Kay wondered how none of the “sources supply the original Sky reporting that purportedly outlines the facts.”  Then, he offers the following sentence as its own paragraph, apparently as something of an eye-opening revelation:

“That’s because there is no Sky report on the subject.”

Actually, this big “aha” moment was made earlier and by someone else—me, in my original article.  After posting the names of several Arabic websites that carried the same verbatim quote from Sky News, I pointed out that Sky removed its original report.  I did not have to make this point, or mention Sky News at all, since other reports—including El Balad, a much higher trafficked Arabic website which I also quoted—independently mentions the crucifixions in original language and further adds that two people died. And that report, as of now, is still up.

Kay then quotes a Sky News official who supposedly told him that the crucifixion claim

began on social media. It started getting pick-up from there and eventually reached us [Sky News].  Our reporters came across reports of the alleged crucifixions and a story very briefly appeared on the Sky News Arabia website.  The story—which was taken down within minutes—was based on third-party reports and I am not aware that any of our reporters said or confirmed anything along the lines of what is quoted in the article… none of our correspondents confirmed this issue or commented on it.

Several points here:

First, Sky News admits to having published a story about crucifixions. Likewise, though it admits to taking it down, it never states that the crucifixion accounts are a “hoax” or even false.  It simply offers no comment.  This is not proof that the story is a hoax.

As for the claim that the report was “taken down within minutes,” in fact, someone forwarded me the Sky News link almost two days before I actually clicked it, and the article was still up and written exactly like a report.  Investigative reporter Patrick Poole sent me a clear snapshot of the webpage before it was removed, which is before me.

The title, “Protesters Crucified in Front of Presidential Palace in Egypt,” is followed by the following standard reporting information: “Thursday, August 9, 3:19 am Abu Dhabi time; 11:19 pm Greenwich; Samir Umar [reporter], Cairo, Sky News Arabic,” followed by the portion I originally translated: “A Sky News Arabic correspondent in Cairo confirmed that protestors belonging to the Muslim Brotherhood crucified those opposing Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi naked on trees in front of the presidential palace while abusing others.”

Moreover, the photo of the page shows 286 face book likes: one doubts that a report on a modestly trafficked website would reach that number if it was only up for mere minutes.

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  • Rifleman

    This is who the democrat party supports.

  • John M

    Here is video evidence. (GRAPHIC). http://beforeitsnews.com/middle-east/2012/08/shoc
    Please help ensure the world sees the truth by sharing.

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      Yes, but this is from an incident in Yemen and not in Cairo.

  • Western Spirit

    The present day Roman torture of crucifixion, practiced by Islam, is indicative of how history repeats itself and goes round and round.

    Man has traditionally been in slavery and now history is repeating itself once again as America slips back into the slime and burdens of the past because America has lost its moral fiber and vision.

    • Joe Ordinary

      Sounds like we're due for a Dark Age.

  • Mark L

    Excellent rebuttal by Mr. Ibrahim! I have been following his many writings and it's clear his Islamist enemies and their Western tools have decided the best way to counter him is to try to dismiss him as a hoax-pusher, simply because they cannot respond to the truths he presents. May you continue shining the Light on Islam, Raymond.

  • Stuart Parsons

    For such is the nature of Islam !!!!

  • Coptic John

    The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said to the olive tree, Reign over us. But the olive tree said to them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? And the trees said to the fig tree, Come, and reign over us. But the fig tree said to them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said the trees to the vine, Come, and reign over us. And the vine said to them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees? Then said all the trees to the bramble, Come, and reign over us. And the bramble said to the trees, If in truth you anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon. Judges 9:8-15

    ***That what the the US administration and Muslims fanatics (the trees) did when they let MB (the bramble) to reign over Egypt … (To be continued)

  • Coptic John

    Then Jotham said " If you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Jerubbaal and with his house this day, then rejoice you in Abimelech, and let him also rejoice in you: But if not, let fire come out from Abimelech, and devour the men of Shechem, and the house of Millo; and let fire come out from the men of Shechem, and from the house of Millo, and devour Abimelech. Judges 9:19-20

    *** So let me rephrase these verses and say it with Jotham to the US administration " if you then have dealt truly and sincerely with Copts, then rejoice in MB. and let them also rejoice in you: but if not, let fire come out from MB and devour the US administration, and let fire come from the US administration and devour MB "

  • Jose

    Thank God for Mr. Ibrahim. Keep on in this mission. God bless you for your work.

  • Newspaniard

    The muslim brotherhood will say anything, do anything, threaten anyone. bribe anyone to prevent the truth about their terrible death cult being exposed.

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    Thank you Mr Ibrahim for enlightening us.

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  • Brian Edwards

    The Koran says: "The recompense of those who war against God and his Apostle [Mohammad], and go about to commit disorders on the earth, shall be that they shall be slain or crucified, or have their alternate hands and feet cut off, or be banished the land: This their disgrace in this world, and the next a great torment shall be theirs." (Sura 5:37; Rodwell translation & verse numbering).