Greyson and Loubani are hardcore anti-Israel activists who were delayed in Egypt en route to Gaza, which is controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood-linked terror group Hamas. Greyson's purpose evidently was to make a propaganda film featuring his friend Loubani.
Relations between Egypt and Gaza are extremely strained as the Hamas-controlled territory has been the source of terror attacks against Egyptians in recent weeks. In response, Egypt has mostly sealed off Gaza and demolished most of the smuggling tunnels out of the territory that led to the Sinai desert.
The pair were arrested during a Muslim Brotherhood "Day of Rage" demonstration and Egyptian authorities allege the Canadian duo were in a Mosque that was a staging point for anti-government violence.
Along with Loubani, York University film professor Greyson, whose work is fixated on homoerotic themes, issued an emotive statement today which reads less like a record of fact than a melodramatic depiction of a sado-masochistic fantasy:
|from John Greyson`s|
"The Making of Monsters"
"That's when we were: arrested, searched, caged, questioned, interrogated, videotaped with a 'Syrian terrorist', slapped, beaten, ridiculed, hot-boxed, refused phone calls, stripped, shaved bald, accused of being foreign mercenaries. Was it our Canadian passports, or the footage of Tarek performing CPR, or our ice cream wrappers that set them off? They screamed 'Canadian' as they kicked and hit us. John had a precisely etched bootprint bruise on his back for a week."
The coup that removed Muslim Brotherhood President Morsi from Egypt had widespread support among the Egyptian population. After his democratic election, Morsi proceeded to subvert democracy by awarding himself dictatorial powers that exceeded those held by Hosni Mubarak.
It seems to have eluded the pair of anti-Israel fanatics that Egyptians might not be as enamored as they with a group who simply shared their goal of eliminating the Jewish state. Egyptians may despise Israel, but it poses no danger to them while also serving as a useful scapegoat. Whereas the Muslim Brotherhood represents an immediate threat to all Egyptians who don't want to live under the boot heel of Sharia Law.
Greyson and Loubani are currently on a fruit juice diet they are depicting as a "hunger strike," and mounting pressure from Canadian authorities may result in Egypt releasing them.
When that does happen, get ready for a sickeningly sanctimonious road show from a pair of self-declared martyrs that will make most forms of torture look mild by comparison.