Ahmed Harara, Blind Hero of Egypt’s Revolution


“I prefer to live blind but with my head held high.” says Ahmed.

 

Egyptian activist Ahmed Harara (C), twice blinded during protests, is escorted by friends along a street leading to Tahrir Square in Cairo on November 26, 2011. Photo courtesy: AFP

CAIRO, November 28, 2011 (AFP) – Ahmed Harara lost one eye in the revolt that toppled Hosni Mubarak, only to lose the other during protests to oust the military rulers who took power after the fall of the veteran strongman.

Photos of Harara’s chiselled face — a patch on each eye — were quickly circulated on social networking sites, galvanising opinion against security forces’ brutal methods to quell the mass protests that left 42 people dead.

In spite of himself, Harara has become the latest hero of Egypt’s revolution.

“I don’t want to be a symbol. The real symbol is Tahrir Square and the protesters there,” said the 31-year-old dentist.

Surrounded by friends, an emotional Harara carved a path through the thick crowd of Tahrir Square — the symbolic heart of rallies that ousted Mubarak — which he can no longer see.

Everywhere he goes, he is applauded, congratulated, cheered, kissed. Behind him, a banner reads “We are all your eyes, Ahmed Harara.”

On January 25, Harara joined hundreds of thousands of Egyptians calling for political and economic reforms in efforts to end Mubarak’s 30-year-rule.

Three days later, during fierce clashes between protesters and security forces, a police shot claimed his eye.

“I was hit by birdshot in the head, the neck and the right eye. Shrapnel damaged my retina,” Harara said.

He was also hit in the chest, causing internal bleeding which plunged him into a three-day coma.

“I was treated at the Cairo International Eye hospital. Then I stayed home for two months,” he said.

But even after losing his eye — and his job — Harara insisted on joining protesters 10 months later, this time in a bid to bring down the military council that took over when Mubarak was chased from power in February.

On November 19, when the latest round of clashes erupted between protesters and police, Harara headed into Mohammed Mahmud, the flashpoint street leading from Tahrir to the heavily fortified interior ministry.

This time, a rubber bullet took out his second eye.

Harara is by no means the only one to suffer eye injuries during the protest.

Officer in video shooting protesters in eye “Wanted” by Egypt activists, reward offered

 

Egypt’s Tahrir Square protesters have put a 5000 Egyptian pound reward for anyone who leads them to the police officer who was featured in a video shooting protesters in the eye.

The officer, identified as Mahmoud Sobhy al-Shenawy, 24, a 2009 graduate from the police academy, was featured in a shocking video that was circulated by online activists and in it he aims a rifle and shoots at protesters, only feet away, hitting one in the eye and then being applauded by the surrounding soldiers.

“You did great Basha, you nailed his eye,” said a soldier in the video.

We are all “the hero Ahmed Harara”

Ahmed Harara warmly received in Tahrir square

Having lost an eye in both revolutionary waves, Harara has become “a living martyr” of the revolution that led to the elections that begin on Monday, says his friend, artist Mohamed al-Jbeili.

“I did much less than others during this revolution,” insisted Harara.

“They are all heroes, the protesters in Suez, Mansura, Assiut, Damietta… they all want the ouster of the military,” he said.

Pages in his honour were set up on Facebook: “We are all the hero Ahmed Harara” and “Let’s rename Mohammed Mahmud to Ahmed Harara Street.”

Harara says he has no regrets about joining the protests.

“I prefer to live blind but with my head held high.”

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8 thoughts on “Ahmed Harara, Blind Hero of Egypt’s Revolution

  1. Al-Shenawy must be a damn good marksman! I understand that most police trained in baton rounds firing are lucky to hit a man in the torso, much less in the eye! It may have been he who blinded Harara, but of course we can’t be sure. I tend to believe that “what goes around, comes around,” or, as the Christian Bible has it, “As you sow, so shall you reap.” I’ve seen it happen many, many times. Al-Shenawy will get his, eventually. Maybe he’ll get it in the eyes, too.

    In fact, all of this police and military repression and oppression will ultimately result in death for the perpetrators. The longer it goes on, the worse and more merciless the people’s reprisals will be. They will all be hunted down and executed, or torn limb from limb. There are far, far more of us than than there are of them, and when we finally realize that, they will be as good as dead.

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  2. Matt 26:52 Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword.

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  3. Ahmad Harara is an amazing human being. May he blessed in whatever he does. I hope they hang all the ones that shot his eyes one by one as an example!

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  4. Kenzo Brazeale, not taking up the sword is a beautiful sentiment, and it’s very true. Those that take the sword DO wind up perishing by it. Unfortunately, the American republic was born in blood, and, as Thomas Jefferson said, it must occasionally be maintained and/or reestablished by the shedding of blood: “The tree of liberty must be frequently watered with the blood of patriots and tyrants,” he said. This is also true of people in all countries ruled by tyranny. Tyrants never give up power willingly. They must be forced to do so by the people. Thus, though taking up the sword often, even usually, results in the death of those that do so, it is sometimes necessary. We in the United States are now faced with a situation in which our own government has become an iron tyranny that oppresses and kills its own people, and is oppressing and killing people in other countries in enormous numbers. To prevent yet more people worldwide from being murdered by our criminal government, to hopefully forestall a world war our government is apparently about to start, a war that would kill most of humanity, and to prevent our own deaths at our governments’ hands, we are coming to the realization that WE HAVE TO DO SOMETHING, and I can tell you, what we do won’t be in conformity with the teachings of Christ!

    When our forefathers revolted against British tyranny, they faced the armed might of the world’s only superpower at that time. The entire world thought they were insane to take on such overwhelming military force, and believed they would be easily defeated. Instead, they fought on, and eventually won, even though many of them were killed, and others lost everything they had, including their families and homes. One of those, a patriot who was wealthy before the Revolution, lost everything he had, several large homes, and even his entire family. When he was asked if he would do it again, he said, “Yes, absolutely!” He, and the other American patriots who fought in the war, had come to the conclusion that it was better to die, or to lose everything one had in the struggle for freedom, that it was to submit to slavery.

    Today the people of the entire world face this situation. Tyranny is descending on everyone, all over the world, and it is a tyranny so complete and terrible, that all the tyrannies of the past pale in comparison. Because of the technology and resources available to modern tyrants, even the THOUGHTS of people will be available to them. In other words, humanity faces annihilation of everything human inside them. If we allow the total victory of this tyranny, humanity as we know it will become extinct. So, we must fight. Our own lives, and the lives of all our descendants depend on it.

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  5. When Jesus made that statement He was speaking of murder, not self- defense. And, I do not consider protecting ones self against savages as being an act of murder. That said…I do, however, agree with your statements about deadly, US activity, especially in the middle east and particularly in compliance with Zionist aims and Zionist policy.

    In 1948, when the Zionist state was born, the US had no enemies to speak of in the area. Even Jews and Arabs got along in friendly terms, even babysitting each others children. However, when the Communist/Zionist took hold changes occurred and now the world hates both of us.

    Unfortunately, with the terrible weapons we face today, as you say, we are all in a state of possible destruction. Does this mean we stop defending ourselves and fighting for our rights? Should we just give up and surrender to the evils of this world?? Do we really have any choice in the matter? Are we destined to self-destruct. Now we have Israel threatening Iran with war and China and Russia saber rattling over the whole matter of the USA and NATO, influenced by Zionist cowards ganging up on yet another Arab country. “The Samson Option”: Israel’s Nuclear Arsenal and American Foreign Policy is a 1991 book by Seymour Hersh. It details the history of Israel’s nuclear weapons program and its effects on Israel. I highly recommend reading it.

    “We Jews, we are the destroyers and will remain the destroyers. Nothing you can do will meet our demands and needs. We will forever destroy because we want a world of our own.” (You Gentiles, by Jewish Author Maurice Samuels, p. 155).

    “We will have a world government whether you like it or not. The only question is whether that government will be achieved by conquest or consent.” (Jewish Banker Paul Warburg, February 17, 1950, as he testified before the U.S. Senate).

    “We will establish ourselves in Palestine whether you like it or not…You can hasten our arrival or you can equally retard it. It is however better for you to help us so as to avoid our constructive powers being turned into a destructive power which will overthrow the world.” (Chaim Weizmann, Published in “Judische Rundschau,” No. 4, 1920)

    “Whoever is in power in Downing Street, whether Conservative, Radicals, Coalitionist, or Pseudo- Bolshevik, the international Jews rule the roost. Here is the mystery of the ‘Hidden Hand’ of which there has been no intelligent explanation.” (Leo Maxse, writing in the August issue of the “National Review” 1919)

    “Whoever sheds the blood of man, by man shall his blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made man. (Genesis 9:6)

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  6. Thank you, Kenzo, for your response. I shake my head in sorrow when I think of the tragic history of Palestine, and, in general, the history of the entire Middle East. Christians, Muslims and Jews lived together in Palestine peacefully for centuries, even after the Christian Crusades. Christians conveniently forget the fact that the crusaders raped, pillaged and killed other Christians and Jews during the Crusades, as well as Muslims. I continue to think that the Crusades resulted from the split between the Eastern and Western Churches in 1054, when the Pope and the Metropolitan of Constantinople condemned each other to Hell (declared each other “Anathema”). A mere forty years later, Pope Urban unleashed the robber barons of Europe on the Middle East, and the Eastern Church had become fair game, resulting, ultimately, in the crusaders’ sack of Constantinople in 1204.

    I also think that the split between the Eastern and Western Churches, and the Crusades, only happened because of Jewish infiltration of the Church. The Jews infiltrated Christianity from the very beginning. I don’t think that Christianity would have even become the state religion of the Roman Empire under the Roman Emperor Constantine if Jews hadn’t infiltrated the Church and sought to use it to control the minds of humanity, using the power of the Roman state to enforce its will. The LAST thing Jesus would have wanted was for his followers to form an alliance with “Caesar.” Such a thing contradicted everything he taught.

    Some of my ancestors were French Jews who were forced to convert to Catholicism centuries ago. I think that was the best thing that could have happened to them! I think, as I’ve said in another post on this site, that the terms “Zionists,” “Globalists,” “global elite,” “Illuminati,” and others, are all red herrings designed to distract from the fact that the Jews themselves are behind what is happening today all over the world, as they have always been. All one has to do is look at the the Torah and the Talmud. Which both teach that all other people in the world are inferior to the Jews, who alone are human beings! That’s why they think they are the “Chosen,” because they are the only people! The rest of humanity is referred to as “dust,” “insects,” “cattle,” “animals,” and other pejorative terms. In your last quote, the “man” referred to is believed, by Jews, to refer only to Jews! Judaism is a Satanic religion that teaches Jews to despoil all other peoples of their wealth and property. Their “Moshiach” (Messiah) will not descend to Earth, they think, until the Jews possess the entire world and kill all other peoples! What is happening today is the fruition of their Satanic plans, aided, of course, by Satan himself! Christians also conveniently forget that, according to the Christian New Testament, Jesus called those who had gained control of ancient Israel, the Pharisees and Sadducees, disciples of Satan. The Pharisees, the ancestors of modern rabbis and the authors of the Talmud, liked to tell Jesus, when he upbraided them for their hypocrisy and deviousness, “We have Abraham for our father.” Jesus retorted, “Your father is the Devil, and it is his lusts that you fulfill.”

    Muslims and Christians are natural allies. After all, the Jews consider us both to be “animals!” It is the Jews who have driven us to war against each other, as they always have, for our mutual destruction and their profit!

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    • First, we agree on many points of history. Secondly, I deplore the satanic cult known as the “Catholic Church” or Church of Rome. Constantine (the REAL fist Pope) combined paganism from Babylon with certain Christian teachings in order to make this brew of religious poison a little easier to swallow. Many, including myself, refer to this cult as “The Whore Of Babylon”, The Scarlet Woman Of Revelation, etc. In no way does the Catholic Church promote “Christianity. In the Roman Church the Bible takes a back seat to the anti-bible CATECHISM There are rivers of blood flowing at the feet of Romanists. Notice how Catholics celebrate “Christ Crucified” and not “Christ risen” Also notice the use of the sun god and the parading of the double cross as well as the upside down cross. In the occult the symbol of the double cross has certain meanings.

      Hitler signed a concordance with the vatican to return the papal states at any and all costs, and hired the most vicious Jesuit demons to carry out the terror and torture of their master Satan. They proceeded to indulge in indescribable crimes of torture and butchery. Read the History of the “Ustahi”. And this quote: “I am now as before a Catholic and will always remain so.”Adolf Hitler, to General Gerhard Engel, 1941

      Jesuits threatened to murder Abe Lincoln. Read “Lincoln’s Defense of Charles Chiniquy”. They caused countless deaths at the James town settlement, especially with poisons.

      Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction

      The following is the Jesuit Extreme Oath of Induction given to high ranking Jesuits only. This oath is taken from the book Subterranean Rome by Carlos Didier, translated from the French and published in New York in 1843.

      “When a Jesuit of the minor rank is to be elevated to command, he is conducted into the Chapel of the Convent of the Order, where there are only three others present, the principal or Superior standing in front of the altar. On either side stands a monk, one of whom holds a banner of yellow and white, which are the Papal colors, and the other a black banner with a dagger and red cross above a skull and crossbones, with the word INRI, and below them the words IUSTUM, NECAR, REGES, IMPIOUS. The meaning of which is: It is just to exterminate or annihilate impious or heretical Kings, Governments, or Rulers. Upon the floor is a red cross at which the postulant or candidate kneels. The Superior hands him a small black crucifix, which he takes in his left hand and presses to his heart, and the Superior at the same time presents to him a dagger, which he grasps by the blade and holds the point against his heart, the Superior still holding it by the hilt, and thus addresses the postulant:”

      Superior:

      My son, heretofore you have been taught to act the dissembler: among Roman Catholics to be a Roman Catholic, and to be a spy even among your own brethren; to believe no man, to trust no man. Among the Reformers, to be a reformer; among the Huguenots, to be a Huguenot; among the Calvinists, to be a Calvinist; among other Protestants, generally to be a Protestant, and obtaining their confidence, to seek even to preach from their pulpits, and to denounce with all the vehemence in your nature our Holy Religion and the Pope; and even to descend so low as to become a Jew among Jews, that you might be enabled to gather together all information for the benefit of your Order as a faithful soldier of the Pope.

      You have been taught to insidiously plant the seeds of jealousy and hatred between communities, provinces, states that were at peace, and incite them to deeds of blood, involving them in war with each other, and to create revolutions and civil wars in countries that were independent and prosperous, cultivating the arts and the sciences and enjoying the blessings of peace. To take sides with the combatants and to act secretly with your brother Jesuit, who might be engaged on the other side, but openly opposed to that with which you might be connected, only that the Church might be the gainer in the end, in the conditions fixed in the treaties for peace and that the end justifies the means.

      You have been taught your duty as a spy, to gather all statistics, facts and information in your power from every source; to ingratiate yourself into the confidence of the family circle of Protestants and heretics of every class and character, as well as that of the merchant, the banker, the lawyer, among the schools and universities, in parliaments and legislatures, and the judiciaries and councils of state, and to be all things to all men, for the Pope’s sake, whose servants we are unto death.

      You have received all your instructions heretofore as a novice, a neophyte, and have served as co-adjurer, confessor and priest, but you have not yet been invested with all that is necessary to command in the Army of Loyola in the service of the Pope. You must serve the proper time as the instrument and executioner as directed by your superiors; for none can command here who has not consecrated his labors with the blood of the heretic; for “without the shedding of blood no man can be saved.” Therefore, to fit yourself for your work and make your own salvation sure, you will, in addition to your former oath of obedience to your order and allegiance to the Pope, repeat after me—

      The Extreme Oath of the Jesuits:

      “1, _ now, in the presence of Almighty God, the Blessed Virgin Mary, the blessed Michael the Archangel, the blessed St. John the Baptist, the holy Apostles St. Peter and St. Paul and all the saints and sacred hosts of heaven, and to you, my ghostly father, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, founded by St. Ignatius Loyola in the Pontificate of Paul the Third, and continued to the present, do by the womb of the virgin, the matrix of God, and the rod of Jesus Christ, declare and swear, that his holiness the Pope is Christ’s Vice-regent and is the true and only head of the Catholic or Universal Church throughout the earth; and that by virtue of the keys of binding and loosing, given to his Holiness by my Savior, Jesus Christ, he hath power to depose heretical kings, princes, states, commonwealths and governments, all being illegal without his sacred confirmation and that they may safely be destroyed. Therefore, to the utmost of my power I shall and will defend this doctrine of his Holiness’ right and custom against all usurpers of the heretical or Protestant authority whatever, especially the Lutheran of Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and the now pretended authority and churches of England and Scotland, and branches of the same now established in Ireland and on the Continent of America and elsewhere; and all adherents in regard that they be usurped and heretical, opposing the sacred Mother Church of Rome. I do now renounce and disown any allegiance as due to any heretical king, prince or state named Protestants or Liberals, or obedience to any of the laws, magistrates or officers.

      I do further declare that the doctrine of the churches of England and Scotland, of the Calvinists, Huguenots and others of the name Protestants or Liberals to be damnable and they themselves damned who will not forsake the same.

      I do further declare, that I will help, assist, and advise all or any of his Holiness’ agents in any place wherever I shall be, in Switzerland, Germany, Holland, Denmark, Sweden, Norway, England, Ireland or America, or in any other Kingdom or territory I shall come to, and do my uttermost to extirpate the heretical Protestants or Liberals’ doctrines and to destroy all their pretended powers, regal or otherwise.

      I do further promise and declare, that notwithstanding I am dispensed with, to assume my religion heretical, for the propaganda of the Mother Church’s interest, to keep secret and private all her agents’ counsels from time to time, as they may entrust me and not to divulge, directly or indirectly, by word, writing or circumstance whatever; but to execute all that shall be proposed, given in charge or discovered unto me, by you, my ghostly father, or any of this sacred covenant.

      I do further promise and declare, that I will have no opinion or will of my own, or any mental reservation whatever, even as a corpse or cadaver (perinde ac cadaver), but will unhesitatingly obey each and every command that I may receive from my superiors in the Militia of the Pope and of Jesus Christ.

      That I may go to any part of the world withersoever I may be sent, to the frozen regions of the North, the burning sands of the desert of Africa, or the jungles of India, to the centers of civilization of Europe, or to the wild haunts of the barbarous savages of America, without murmuring or repining, and will be submissive in all things whatsoever communicated to me.

      I furthermore promise and declare that I will, when opportunity present, make and wage relentless war, secretly or openly, against all heretics, Protestants and Liberals, as I am directed to do, to extirpate and exterminate them from the face of the whole earth; and that I will spare neither age, sex or condition; and that I will hang, waste, boil, flay, strangle and bury alive these infamous heretics, rip up the stomachs and wombs of their women and crush their infants’ heads against the walls, in order to annihilate forever their execrable race. That when the same cannot be done openly, I will secretly use the poisoned cup, the strangulating cord, the steel of the poniard or the leaden bullet, regardless of the honor, rank, dignity, or authority of the person or persons, whatever may be their condition in life, either public or private, as I at any time may be directed so to do by any agent of the Pope or Superior of the Brotherhood of the Holy Faith, of the Society of Jesus.

      In confirmation of which, I hereby dedicate my life, my soul and all my corporal powers, and with this dagger which I now receive, I will subscribe my name written in my own blood, in testimony thereof; and should I prove false or weaken in my determination, may my brethren and fellow soldiers of the Militia of the Pope cut off my hands and my feet, and my throat from ear to ear, my belly opened and sulphur burned therein, with all the punishment that can be inflicted upon me on earth and my soul be tortured by demons in an eternal hell forever!

      All of which, I, _, do swear by the Blessed Trinity and blessed Sacraments, which I am now to receive, to perform and on my part to keep inviolable; and do call all the heavenly and glorious host of heaven to witness the blessed Sacrament of the Eucharist, and witness the same further with my name written and with the point of this dagger dipped in my own blood and sealed in the face of this holy covenant.”

      (He receives the wafer from the Superior and writes his name with the point of his dagger dipped in his own blood taken from over his heart.)

      Superior:

      “You will now rise to your feet and I will instruct you in the Catechism necessary to make yourself known to any member of the Society of Jesus belonging to this rank.

      In the first place, you, as a Brother Jesuit, will with another mutually make the ordinary sign of the cross as any ordinary Roman Catholic would; then one cross his wrists, the palms of his hands open, and the other in answer crosses his feet, one above the other; the first points with forefinger of the right hand to the center of the palm of the left, the other with the forefinger of the left hand points to the center of the palm of the right; the first then with his right hand makes a circle around his head, touching it; the other then with the forefinger of his left hand touches the left side of his body just below his heart; the first then with his right hand draws it across the throat of the other, and the latter then with a dagger down the stomach and abdomen of the first. The first then says Iustum; and the other answers Necar; the first Reges. The other answers Impious.” (The meaning of which has already been explained.) “The first will then present a small piece of paper folded in a peculiar manner, four times, which the other will cut longitudinally and on opening the name Jesu will be found written upon the head and arms of a cross three times. You will then give and receive with him the following questions and answers:

      Question —From whither do you come? Answer — The Holy faith.

      Q. —Whom do you serve?

      A. —The Holy Father at Rome, the Pope, and the Roman Catholic Church Universal throughout the world.

      Q. —Who commands you?

      A. —The Successor of St. Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus or the Soldiers of Jesus Christ.

      Q. —Who received you? A. —A venerable man in white hair.

      Q. —How?

      A. —With a naked dagger, I kneeling upon the cross beneath the banners of the Pope and of our sacred order.

      Q. —Did you take an oath?

      A. —I did, to destroy heretics and their governments and rulers, and to spare neither age, sex nor condition. To be as a corpse without any opinion or will of my own, but to implicitly obey my Superiors in all things without hesitation of murmuring.

      Q. —Will you do that? A. —I will.

      Q. —How do you travel? A. —In the bark of Peter the fisherman.

      Q. —Whither do you travel? A. —To the four quarters of the globe. Q. —For what purpose?

      A. —To obey the orders of my general and Superiors and execute the will of the Pope and faithfully fulfill the conditions of my oaths.

      Q. —Go ye, then, into all the world and take possession of all lands in the name of the Pope. He who will not accept him as the Vicar of Jesus and his Vice-regent on earth, let him be accursed and exterminated.”

      The Jesuit Oath of Induction is also recorded in the Congressional Record of the U.S. (House Bill 1523, Contested election case of Eugene C. Bonniwell, against Thos. S. Butler, Feb. 15, 1913, pp. 3215-3216).

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