Tags: Little | Egypt | cheer | coup

Egyptian-Americans Cheer Morsi's Ouster

Thursday, 04 Jul 2013 07:39 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
Members of New York's Egyptian community descended on the coffee shops, delis and Hookah bars of "Little Egypt" on Wednesday to celebrate the overthrowing of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi after one year in office.

Some people gathered on the sidewalks of the neighborhood in Astoria, Queens, but most congregated inside the public places and their homes, eyes glued to Arabic-language news programs and TV images of demonstrators in Cairo's Tahrir Square.

"We gave him a chance for one year and he didn't do anything," said Abdilmoniem Mohamed, 55, a Bronx resident who was at the Arab Community Center in Astoria watching coverage of the events.

Mohamed, who moved to New York in 1979, said he had considered the toppling of former president Hosni Mubarak in 2011 the happiest day of his life, until Wednesday, and would now be comfortable allowing his girls, both in their 20s, to visit Egypt.

As word spread up and down the streets of Little Egypt, friends and neighbors greeted each other with effusive congratulations. Egyptian flags were displayed on sidewalks and in store fronts. Outside one cafe, a group of men sang "lift your head high, you're an Egyptian."

Egypt has been in turmoil since Mubarak's fall, arousing concern among allies in the West and in Israel, with which Egypt has a 1979 peace treaty.

On Wednesday, hundreds of thousands of anti-Morsi protesters in Tahrir Square erupted into cheers, set off fireworks and waved flags after Egypt's top army commander announced the suspension of the Islamist-tinged constitution.

The reaction was more subdued in Little Egypt, where the fall of the first freely elected president for the Arab world's most populous country, raised some concerns for the safety of friends and family in Egypt and for military rule.

"I'm not happy. I'm not sad. I'm confused," said Ehab Mohamed, owner of Zaitoun, a small store a couple of doors from the community center, who added, "He came in the legal way. They should have made a new election."

Ehab Mohamed said he had voted for Morsi, but was not pleased with his presidency. He also said he did not trust the armed forces to not try to assert a more permanent position.

Heba Khalifa, 35, a medical interpreter who lives in Queens, said she believed Morsi supporters were mostly "in hiding" in the neighborhood. "Believe me they are around, but today they are playing the victim," she said.

Khalifa said she was optimistic about Egypt's future and saw Morsi's ouster as a "curve" in the road to democracy. "Is this the last curve? No. There are more curves ahead," she said.

Her husband, Amr Khalifa, said he was of two minds: "The Egyptian in me is elated," he said, while the intellectual was "aware of the complexities" of the military takeover.

Amr Khalifa said he also was deeply concerned about the safety of his family, most of whom live in Cairo and Alexandria. "Whether the Islamists strike tonight, tomorrow, next week, believe you me, it will happen," he said.

© 2014 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Obama's Immigration Speech Gets Most Viewers on Univision

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 20:00 PM

As the lead-in to the Latin Grammys, President Barack Obama's speech announcing his sweeping immigration reforms reached . . .

Jimmy Carter Lashes Back at 'Warmonger' McCain

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 19:35 PM

Former president Jimmy Carter considers it a compliment that Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain thinks Barack Obama is  . . .

Obama to Ferguson: 'Keep Protests Peaceful'

Friday, 21 Nov 2014 19:23 PM

President Barack Obama says his message to Ferguson, Missouri, as it awaits a grand jury's decision in this summer's fat . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved