Egypt’s State Information Service (SIS) has since Thursday night been unofficially sending out a file in six languages including Italian that shows photos of and translates 12 tweets by the imprisoned activist Alaa Abdel Fattah that they claim make him an “instigator of violence, killings, and terrorism”.
The activist is engaging in a highly publicised hunger strike.
“Who is Alaa Abd El Fattah?” is the title of the PDF that publishes and translates tweets that call for ISIS-style public beheadings and membership in armed groups and terrorist cells, as well as for targeted executions and torture even of women.
There is also an apologia for the killing of Anwar Sadat, the Egyptian president known for a peace deal with Israel.
Years later, the tweets – which date back to the period between the “two Egyptian revolutions” of 2011 and 2013 – are difficult to put into context, but the originals are included in photos in the file sent out to members of the media.
In one tweet in September 2011, after the fall of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak’s government, Alaa wrote that, were it not for the cases of arson targeting police stations, “would members of the interior ministry have learned the lesson?”.
According to the file, he added that the setting on fire of police stations was a “peaceful disciplinary measure, compared with cutting off the heads of all policemen in public”.