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US student accused of spying has no regrets

By   Greg Bluestein / Associated Press    January 8, 2012, 4:47 pm
      

ATLANTA: As a trilingual ex-Israeli soldier, Ilan Grapel was an adventurous law school student in Georgia. He took an internship in Egypt last summer to offer legal help to asylum seekers, and he heard stories of people being held captive by secret police. He never thought he would have a similar experience.

The 28-year-old Emory University law student spent more than four months in an Egyptian jail after he was accused of being a spy from Israel, which has long had cool relations with Egypt. He was released in late October as part of a swap that freed 25 Egyptians in Israel, and is returning to Atlanta to finish his legal education.

"I was handcuffed, blindfolded and taken into custody," he said, noting others he interviewed during his internship had it worse. "They were tortured," he said.

Grapel was born in the US and moved to Israel as a young man. He holds citizenship in both countries and studied Arabic in Cairo. He also speaks Hebrew and English. He did his compulsory military service in Israel during its 2006 war with Lebanese Hezbollah guerrillas and was wounded in the fighting.

He returned to the US to study, graduating from Johns Hopkins University and landing impressive internships in both Israel and the US

When he went to Egypt, he made no secret of his background, entering the country under his real name. The second year law student was in a school-sponsored internship to help asylum seekers from Sudan and Iraq who were fleeing mistreatment.

He took part in pro-democracy protests, and Egyptian authorities said he was spotted carrying a protest sign at a rally in June. Grapel told them he wasn't a spy, just a student who worked in his spare time to "dispel myths of Israelis as the embodiment of evil."

"I wasn't on an independent mission to convert the Arab nation," he said.

He was at a hostel June 12 when about two dozen Egyptian security officers burst in. They brought him to a cramped cell with a bed, a chair and a window with bars. For two weeks, he was interrogated daily. He said he didn't know what Egyptians considered to be his crime.

After the inquiries, he was held in near isolation for the next four months while US and Israeli officials negotiated his release. He wasn't physically tortured, but the solitary confinement was excruciating.

"The uncertainty was terrible. I was looking at life sentences, and I didn't know how plausible it was," Grapel said. "There was no one there to reassure me."

He read books his family and international officials helped get him, but Egyptian authorities wouldn't allow any law school materials. He wound up reading everything from an MCAT study course to a yoga guide.

His captivity was another strain in the tense relationship between Israel and Egypt. After President Hosni Mubarak's fall, Egypt's new military leaders vowed to uphold the 1979 peace treaty but they have taken a tougher stance on Israel and grown closer to its enemy, the Hamas militant group.

After he was released in late October as part of the prisoner swap, he spent a few weeks with family in New York before returning to Atlanta. Looking back, he said, he doesn't have any regrets.

"It is illogical to regret working in Egypt because I was there for justified reasons," he said. "One would never ask me to regret joining the army knowing in retrospect that I would be injured."

He's now considering a career in academia or science and may write a book about his experience. He won't be returning to Egypt anytime soon, but he does have an offering for the rank-and-file Egyptian guards who kept him captive: His forgiveness.

"They were not responsible for signing the arrest warrants," he said. "They grew up in a brainwashed society. It's hard to blame someone for being brainwashed."

http://www.thedailynewsegypt.com/people/us-student-accused-of-spying-has-no-regrets.html

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"They were not responsible for signing the arrest warrants," he said. "They grew up in a brainwashed society. It's hard to blame someone for being brainwashed."


Said the brainwashed zionist.
Ya Ali, molla Ali (as)

"There is no wealth like knowledge, no poverty like ignorance" - Imam Ali (as)

"''melate ma neshan dade'ast ke be hadaf haye khod momen, va dar rahe on, ta nesar'e jaan eestade'ast.. chenin melati, az america va az hiiich ghodrati nemitars'ad, va be yaari'e khoda neshan khahad daad ke pirooz az on' e hagh, va momenan be hagh ast!"

- Rahbar'e moazzam'e Enghlab'e Islami Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei

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Said the brainwashed zionist.
And this polarization is exactly why I really dislike both Israelis and Palestinians.

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And this polarization is exactly why I really dislike both Israelis and Palestinians.

So you dislike Palestinians for struggling against occupation?

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And this polarization is exactly why I really dislike both Israelis and Palestinians.

By polarization you must mean the people who are on the side of justice/truth and the others who are lying to occupy.

Are you trying to imply that zionists are not brainwashed? Its ironic because he himself was brainwashed enough to join the zionist warmongering army, then he has the audacity to call others brainwashed.  OH PLEASE! He was born in the US and is probably ethnically/genetically in no way, shape, or form, from that region, yet because of the "right of return" law by the zionists, was given an israeli citizen ship and decided to join the zionist army. This is the EPITOME of brainwashed!

He thought just because he is "jewish" he has a right to the indeginous populations land in palestine!! THIS IS BRAINWASHED! He is not from that land, yet he think's he is because of the brainwashing that they do in jewish schools, jewish synygogues ran by zionists!

Come on now !!

People like you, who think you need to be neutral regarding this conflict, are actually not neutral, but biased, when the evidence is clear. One group came and took over the indigenous populations lands, through zionist ideology. This brainwashing done by this ideology is the reason so many jews in america, who have nothing to do with that land, pack up and go to occupied palestine, to join the army.

This is not brainwashing? WHAT IS!?!?
Last Edit: January 08, 2012, 10:49:18 PM by YMJ

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Just wanted to show how these Zionists operate!


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Great.And he was in Israeli military??Fighting in anther country(Lebanon)which suffers heavy from Israeli bombs.It is OK to go to go to another peoples country to kill innocent women and children but when you get busted it is called injustice.Pay attention how every word is manipulated>went to Lebanon to fight Hezbollah guerrilla>Once again this is great post Catsoo.

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If you want to see biased reporting here is a short clip on a similar event from CNN.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/01/09/nr-verjee-iran-american-sentenced-death.cnn?iref=videosearch

Notice the wording used, the facial expressions and hand gestures. They are not even trying to hide it any longer. Their is no doubt in their minds that Iran is the evil power.
Last Edit: January 09, 2012, 06:37:47 PM by rouz

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Rouz by the way did you notice how your reputation is decreasing.There is some negative force pointed against You!Here is one plus point.Now you are again on the positive side of the force.

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Rouz by the way did you notice how your reputation is decreasing.There is some negative force pointed against You!Here is one plus point.Now you are again on the positive side of the force.


LOL was! lol hahaha.. i have nothing to do with this.. i swear...


If you want to see biased reporting here is a short clip on a similar event from CNN.

http://edition.cnn.com/video/#/video/bestoftv/2012/01/09/nr-verjee-iran-american-sentenced-death.cnn?iref=videosearch

Notice the wording used, the facial expressions and hand gestures. They are not even trying to hide it any longer. Their is no doubt in their minds that Iran is the evil power.


CNN is a JOKE. They have become the new FOX news in the amount of bias they spew.

Notice 0:40 they say "his family says, he is absolutely not guilty of bla bla bla" then there is a picture of him posing with American military personnel in the background. Then again in 1:02, with a happy smile, posing with the same troops who are killing, maiming women and children in the middle east. I mean, this is not the reason he is guilty, but its just ironic and the irony is tragically comedic.

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Rouz by the way did you notice how your reputation is decreasing.There is some negative force pointed against You!Here is one plus point.Now you are again on the positive side of the force.

I know, the forum Jews are at it again!

Edit:on  -10 now.
Last Edit: January 09, 2012, 11:27:44 PM by rouz

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I know, the forum Jews are at it again!

Edit:on  -10 now.
+1 for u bro! ;)
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+1 for u bro! ;)

Thanks Mo! I'm planning on starting a fund-raising thread to increase my rep points. If we all work together on this it will get above 0! :)

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Thanks Mo! I'm planning on starting a fund-raising thread to increase my rep points. If we all work together on this it will get above 0! :)
you already are! :D

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Thanks Mo! I'm planning on starting a fund-raising thread to increase my rep points. If we all work together on this it will get above 0! :)

Your at two rep points now... wohoo.. lol i'll contribute sooner or later :P

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Thanks Mo! I'm planning on starting a fund-raising thread to increase my rep points. If we all work together on this it will get above 0! :)

Maybe then Pasdar will make you admin..
Here you go +1
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one from me rouz :)

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WoW.I started a revolution. :omg: .And I lost two points.It is looking that there are some forum Jews.And now they are after me.

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Thanks Iranthebest, Berislac and Nooni... up-votes for all of you.  :salute:

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