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Vittorio Arrigoni v Maikel Nabil Sanad

You will have heard the distressing news that Maikel Nabil Sanad, an Egyptian blogger and conscientious objector, has been imprisoned by the Egyptian government:

“I am a pacifist, I am against bearing arms and participating in military and paramilitary organizations. Recruitment goes against my conscience. I don’t want to act against my conscience, whatever the price. I also am not willing to be a pawn on the chessboard of an arms race, struggles and bloodbaths in the region. I don’t want to point a weapon at a young Israeli, recruited into obligatory service, defending his state’s right to exist. I think obligatory service is a form of slavery and I have worked for years for my freedom.”

He adds:

“I have lived all my life under risk and I’m used to it,” he claims. “They are already saying in the Egyptian media that I’m a spy.”

That is the authentic voice of a peace activist.

The late Vittorio Arrigoni, mis-described by the Guardian as a “peace activist”, had this to say about the imprisoned Sanad, on the very day of his own abduction:

What a revolting thing to say.