Sunday, October 23, 2011

Egyptian paper features map labeling area Palestine - no mention of Israel‏

Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 23 October 2011

The 18 October edition of Al-Masry Al-Youm includes and article on
developing Sinai (see article below) that features a map of Sinai along
with the Gaza Strip, Israel and the West Bank.

The entire area of the Gaza Strip, Israel and the West Bank is labeled
"Palestine" and there are no lines delineating between the areas. The
word "Israel" does not appear on the map. The map identifies Jerusalem and
Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Aqaba and Taba are listed. Eilat is not.

[With thanks to Michael Widlanski for translating the map.] According to the newspaper's website:
Al-Masry Al-Youm for Journalism and Publication is an independent Egyptian
media organization established in 2003. Its board is headed by Kamel Tawfiq
Diab and includes a number of prominent Egyptian businessmen.
The organization issues Al-Masry Al-Youm daily newspaper, Egypt's foremost
Arabic-language independent daily. The first issue of the paper hit the
market on 7 June, 2004 and its editor-in-chief is Magdy El Galad.
The organization also runs and which include an extensive multimedia section and
an English Edition.
The editorial policy of Al-Masry Al-Youm publications is independent and
balanced journalism within the framework of the highest professional
standards incorporating the latest developments of the media world to our

Ministerial committee to prepare law on developing Sinai
Mansour Kamel Al-Masry Al-Youm Tue, 18/10/2011 - 18:24

The Sinai Development Committee (SDC) has set out its new strategy for the
development of the Sinai peninsula.

At a meeting on Tuesday under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Essam
Sharaf, the committee decided to form a sub-committee from different
ministries and competent bodies to complete a draft law for the development
of the region. The sub-committee will also be tasked with establishing a
body to supervise the implementation of the development plan.

The sub-committee is to complete its task in a month’s time.

Cabinet spokesman Mohamed Hegazy explained that the SCD has agreed to meet
the wishes of the region's population to be offered government employment,
confirming that the ministries of manpower, irrigation, tourism, civil
aviation, electricity and justice have already allocated a percentage of
their job vacancies to Sinai residents.

Also, the Ministry of Military Production has prepared a technical training
program for 3000 of young people from Sinai.

For his part, Interior Minister Mansour Essawy said that no Sinai residents
are being held as political prisoners. He said that the ministry is
reviewing 285 cases of Sinai Bedouins who were convicted in absentia, and is
considering the release of those who have already served half their

The meeting also resulted in the decision to reallocate the land intended
for the Dahab airport, using it instead for development projects that will
benefit the local population.

It also decided to open a branch of the Suez Canal University in Sinai.

Translated from the Arabic Edition

IMRA - Independent Media Review and Analysis

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