Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Asmaa Al-Beltagi : Icon of resistance to Egypt’s military junta


By Latheef Farook

Look at the innocent face of this Egyptian Muslim girl.  Her name is Asma Beltaji.  She is seventeen years old.  She was the beloved daughter of Dr Mohamed Beltaji, one of the first   elected leaders in the first free and fair elections which brought Mohamed Morsi to power.   
Would anyone in his proper sense kill Asma Beltaji who, like all other girls’ of her age, dreamt of a happy and peaceful life?
However Egypt’s fascist army junta installed in power by America, Europe, and Israel and financed by gullible tribal Bedouin racist rulers of Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Kuwait, slaughtered Asma Beltaji.
On August 14 Asma was shot in the chest and back when Egyptian forces violently dispersed a six-week-old sit-in by anti-coup protesters in Rabaa al-Adawiya Square in eastern Cairo.
Asma is one of the more than 3000 people massacred by Al Sisi’s armed forces in a ruthless crackdown unheard of in Egyptian history.
One of the last things Asmaa said was: "Persist, victory will come soon. Do not leave the revolution to the army." This was Asma Al-Beltaji's commandment the moment she was murdered, sources close to her said.
Her father Dr Mohamed Beltaji was unable to attend to Asma’s funeral as he was arrested by the military junta in a sweeping crackdown arresting the cream of the Muslim Brotherhood to ensure that that MB is crushed for years to come and Israel remains the most powerful entity in the region.
However Dr Mohamed Beltaji’s  letter to his daughter after she was slaughtered speaks volume for his  faith and dignity. Here is the translation of Dr Mohamed Beltaji’s letter, to his martyred daughter.
My beloved daughter and dignified teacher Asma al-Beltaji; I do not say goodbye to you; I say tomorrow we shall meet again.
beltaji1You have lived with your head held high, rebellious against tyranny and shackles and loving freedom. You have lived as a silent seeker of new horizons to rebuild this nation to assume its place among civilizations.
You never occupied yourself with what preoccupies those of your age. Even though traditional studies failed to fulfil your aspirations and interest; you have always been the first in your class.
I have not had enough of your precious company in this short life, especially that my time did not allow me to enjoy your companionship. The last time we sat together at Rabaa Al Adawiya square you asked me "even when you are with us you are busy" and I told you "it seems that this life will not be enough to enjoy each other's company so I pray to God that we enjoy our companionship in paradise."
Two nights before you were murdered I saw you in my dream in a white wedding dress and you were an icon of beauty. When you lay next to me I asked you "Is it your wedding night?" You answered, "It is in the noon not the evening". When they told me you were murdered on Wednesday afternoon I understood what you meant and I knew God had accepted your soul as a martyr. You strengthened my belief that we are on the truth and our enemy is on falsehood.
It caused me severe pain not to be at your last farewell and see you for the last time; not to kiss your forehead; and not be honored to lead your funeral prayer. I swear to God, my darling I was not afraid for my life or from an unjust prison, but I wanted to carry the message you scarified your soul for; to complete the revolution, to win and achieve its objectives.
Your soul has been elevated with your head held high resisting the tyrants. The treacherous bullets have hit you in the chest. What spectacularly determined and pure soul. I am confident that you were honest to God and He has chosen you among us to honour you with sacrifice.
Finally, my beloved daughter and dignified teacher:
I do not say goodbye, but I say farewell. We shall meet soon with our beloved Prophet and his companions in Heaven where our wish to enjoy each other's company and our loved ones' company will come true.    
 When the letter was read out during a live broadcast, Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan got very emotional   and started crying stating that  “  I saw my own children in his words”.
He said he saw a note hung on his door from his daughter saying "Spend just one night with us." He said he did not have any time though as he was rushing."When Beltaji wrote this letter to his daughter, I saw my own children in his words," he said.
However Saudi ruler Abdullah who fully supported the army provided five billion dollar and   asked people to support the military junta stated that the demonstrators were terrorists. The irony is that this very same Abdulla is the Custodian of Holy Mosques in Makka and Madina.   
Explaining what happened in detail columnist Yassir al Zaatara wrote on Sunday August 25   under the headline” Asma Al-Beltagi: the child who is an icon oferdog Rabaa Al-Adawiyyah. She added that;   
'The struggle for justice has been long and is rooted in self-sacrifice, and in the conscience of the Egyptian people'
Asma   was a child in the legal sense of the word. At just 17 years old, she was mature for her age in terms of outlook and actions; she was the only girl in her family. This child was shot and killed by Egyptian armed forces on "Black Wednesday".
Coup leaders knew that her father, Mohamed Al-Beltagi, was the most important figure in Tahrir Square during the January 25 Revolution, while the Muslim Brotherhood's youth were the guardians of the square who ran everything.   His daughter Asma was a passenger on the Freedom Flotilla which tried to break Israel's siege of Gaza in 2010; nine Turkish citizens were killed by Israeli commandos who attacked the ships. She was in Tahrir Square as part of the revolution, and she went to Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square to defend it.
Asmaa Al-Beltagi was killed by a sniper's bullets while on her way to help people who had been wounded. Her courage in the face of adversity and the dignity of her father as he announced her murder have led to Asmaa becoming an icon of Rabaa Al-Adawiyya. In what she stood for and what she did, as well as the kind-hearted way in which she went about her tasks, she represents all of the martyrs killed in the square and others like it around Egypt. They include academics, professionals and activists, some of whom were murdered in cold blood while it was alleged "they tried to escape from a prison van".
The struggle for justice has been long and is rooted in self-sacrifice, and in the conscience of the Egyptian people. The Islamist movement is known for its moral character and integrity.  There is a big difference between pursuing what is good and not quite achieving it, and going after falsehood and succeeding. That is why the coup leaders were planning to hijack the revolution from the moment that Mohamed Morsi won the election. It is a conspiracy that includes foreigners as well as Egyptians, but it will not succeed because the movement is backed by a legion of men and women who believe in its aims and objectives.
Rabaa Al-Adawiyya Square has become an icon of the revolution, and Asmaa Al-Beltagi has become an icon of Rabaa Al-Adawiyya. The four-fingered symbol of the square is going viral on social networks as the struggle for dignity and justice goes on. The blood of the martyrs like Asma inspired the nation and now inspires the world. Peace was their aim and peace they shall have.   
Egyptian armed forces committed mass murder against these protestors to please their American and Zionist masters.