Governments have spoken out, protests have taken place, social media is aflame. But by and large the condemnation is only words, not actions — at least so far. Even those countries that normalized relations with Israel last year — the United Arab Emirates , Bahrain , Sudan and Morocco — have all openly criticized Israeli policies and called for support of the Palestinians and the defense of Jerusalem. The escalation of violence has put a great strain on those governments, which had argued that their closer relationship with Israel would help restrain Israeli actions aimed at the Palestinians in both the West Bank and Gaza. The Egyptian government, which regards Hamas, the militant Islamist group that controls Gaza, as a branch of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood and a danger to the region, is nonetheless wary of public sentiment. A sermon on Friday at Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo, one of the most influential in the Arab world, was unusually critical of the cowardice of Arab leaders in defending Jerusalem, a sermon that is bound to have been approved by the government, said Ofir Winter, a specialist in Egypt and the Arab world at the Institute for National Security Studies at Tel Aviv University.
Egyptian Women and the Fight for the Right to Work
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Almost no one works in an Egyptian clothing factory because she wants to. The teen-age girls are saving for their dowries, and they will quit when they have enough money. Some of the older women are divorced and have children to support. The married ones usually need money badly enough that their husbands have reluctantly allowed them to work.
Arab Spring: How the uprisings still echo, 10 years on
Natasha was the first of our daughters to get bitten by a rodent. It probably happened while she was sleeping, but she was too small to communicate anything. Aish for bread, maya for water.
A single moment in Cairo 10 years ago made me think: "Wait, this is more than just another protest. Mohamed ElBaradei, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to stop the spread of nuclear weapons, had emerged as critic of the regime. When he went to a mosque that Friday, everyone there expected trouble, even though Mr ElBaradei himself always urged peaceful protest. Hundreds of riot police were ready.