UPDATE: Palestinian terrorists throw grenades at Israeli vehicles along Highway 6o overnight. 5 Palestinians arrested in Judea and Samaria.
Your humble servant wonders if you have ever heard of Dabaa, or more precisely El-Dabaa. Dabaa is located on the Egyptian Mediterranean Coast 184 miles west of Cairo.
It’s a surreal place only accessible only by a dangerous winding road or by boat if you are willing to risk the swirling currents and high waves. And once there, all you have to deal with is a 16 km long, 2 meter high concrete wall that you can’t get to anyway because of the barbed wire and 7 meter high military control towers.
On the other hand, if you could get inside, you could stay at one of the deluxe chalets built back in the 1980s and 90s that stand empty behind the wall.
These days there’s not much around Dabaa except for Bedouins tending their sheep. Tending their sheep and fighting against the Egyptian Army that guards Dabaa: clashes this past week left 41 people injured, 29 of whom were Egyptian soldiers.
What are the Bedouins upset about?
For almost 25 years, the Bedouins have been demanding compensation for their land which was confiscated for the building of Egypt’s first nuclear power plant. The land was walled off, radioactive elements were stored on the site, and chalets were built for the few experts who ever came.
Nevertheless, the Egyptian government announced this week that the plant is again under construction and that it is proceeding with accepting bids for actually completing the plant.
One small bit of news. Egypt’s Al-Ahram newspaper reported that unknown terrorists did manage to breach Dabaa’s security yesterday and steal a large quantity of radioactive material from the Dabaa plant.
With all the talk about Iran going nuclear and Libyan weapons being transported out of the country to terrorists all over the Middle East, it is amazing how Dabaa has flown under the world radar.
And, if the thought of a radical Egyptian Islamist government getting its hands on a nuclear power plant is not bad enough, now we have the reality of other radical Islamists in control of radioactive material–and it doesn’t take a nuclear scientist to imagine what their plans for this material are.
THIS DAY IN ISRAELI HISTORY
On January 19, 2010, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh–a founder of Islamist Hamas’ Izz ad-Din military wing–was assassinated in a hotel room in Dubai. Wanted for the kidnapping and murder of Israeli soldiers and citizens, Mabhouh was also involved in purchasing arms for Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The government of Dubai identified 26 suspects whom those in Dubai identified as Israelis–all of whom were immediately placed on Interpol’s most wanted list. At present, only 1 of the supposed assassins has been arrested (he was subsequently released by the Germans)–the other 25 remain wanted.