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Keep your head down, you’re not Egyptian

A post about a post. Susu of the Inanities blog has written a great post about the perceptions of those she terms “halfie” Egyptians ie. one Egyptian parent and the other non-Egyptian. She also throws dual-national Egyptians in the mix, what with the rules recently set out by the Constitutional Declaration which stipulates rather forcefully that a metaphorical restraining order has been mandatorily set against both types if they were to ever contemplate a career in politics. Of course, the implications go beyond that. The post is rather comprehensive so I’ll just add two things:

1- Halfies and dual-national Egyptians were out in force during the revolution. They were not the reason for its success, but the vast majority of them were staunch supporters and did do some good, twiddling their thumbs for tweeting purposes etc. Though I know of a few who got stuck in with the best of them and have the scars to prove it.

2- The stench of disloyalty now permeates around halfies and dual nationals by law. The law now insinuates that they are not to be trusted. All of them. That is obviously absurd and I don’t even need to get into why it is, the love many of them have for Egypt often borders on the obsessive (over-compensating perhaps).

And as Susu pointed out, being a pure-blood is no indication of loyalty. You are a traitor when you harm this country and its people, ergo traitors ruled this country for the past three decades, if not more.

A third thing I’ve just decided to add: This skewed perception of what is foreign doesn’t square with the compulsion to claim anyone who’s made it in “foreign lands” as our own with even the most tenuous of links. I do that too. This is better explained here.

And a fourth: No one is permitted to cast aspersions on whether I’m a real Egyptian or not. Nor on Susu or anyone else for any reason. It becomes dehumanizing, and makes it easier to perpetrate acts of violence against, the modus operandi of the anti-foreigner brigade the world over. There are a lot of Egyptians and they all look and speak differently. Egypt isn’t as homogenous as many think it is.

Even if you harm this country you’re still Egyptian, however you’re also a pile of dung.

Read the Inanities post here.

Disclaimer: I am a dual-national Egyptian, or in State TV parlance a treacherous and filthy agent who hates Egypt and wants to destroy it from within for the benefit of Israel/Hamas/Hezbollah/Iran/Qatar/Snoop Dogg who are all working together with the sole aim of bringing this great country down. So yes it’s personal.

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  1. April 3, 2011 at 10:38 am | #1

    Dear Mr. Hussein

    This post is amazing. Of course, I am not even half Egyptian. I am just an African with some American blood. On the topic of “foreignness” as a tactic for political isolation, I strongly recommend you read Mahmoud Mamdani who has written some excellent books on the subject, including “When Victims Become Killers.” This precise tactic was used in both Uganda under Idi Amin, and in Rwanda to justify genocide against the Tutsis. Of course, we can think of some other examples . . .

    Yours, Warigia

  2. AmiraM
    April 15, 2011 at 5:07 pm | #2

    I’m a halfie..Proud to be it…and you are right. I have always been border obsessed with Egypt. I mean, I have a foreign passport and I actually moved back here to Egypt after college. My only answer to people when they asked why I moved back was this. “It’s home..I love Egypt.”
    Glad people are aware of the potential damage of ‘labeling’ and playing this game about pures or nots…

  3. June 9, 2011 at 6:26 pm | #3

    We already had an exchange about this on twitter recently. It is ridiculous the amount of Xenophobia from Egyptians against Egyptians. But I very much see this as a product of authoritarian rule turning everyone that is “not us” into the boogey man.

    It is shameful – but I hope one day we can espouse the tolerance that claim to have for different races/religions/etc. I truly believe that we have that hidden somewhere, but it’s been battered by years of authoritarian rule.

  1. April 3, 2011 at 8:07 am | #1

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