Thanks Lil Joe for this analysis that provides some much
needed clarity vis-a-vis this proletarian struggle in Egypt.
The capitalists and their various media are attempting
to scare - the working class in the US at least - with the
specter of the 'Muslim Brotherhood takin' over' bogeyman,
but thanks to this powerful internet technology, they are unable.
This is indeed, all around the Mediterranean region, proletarian struggle!


Sunday Febuary 6, 2011

Egypt: Inter-faith proletarian solidarity:

Proletarian tolerance is just as much a principle of proletarian internationalist solidarity as is opposition
to racism, sexism, homophobia, religious bigotry, fascism, anti-semitism and Islamophobic demogogy.
While it is not a requirement of proletarian communist activity to be an atheist or so-called
'dialectical materialist' to defend the lives and promote the interests of workers, it is a
requirement to defend and promote tolerance.
It is not any accident that the racism, anti-semitism and religious bigotry are being used by
politicians and ideologists as red herrings of ideological demogogy in the bourgeois reactionary
politics: say, for instance the American exceptionalist ideology of imperialism, the anti-semitism
of the bourgeois fascist politicians and ideologists and the reactionary nationalist "Islamists".

These reactionary ideologies masked as race, religion and nationalism are ad hominem ideologies that
are ideological red herrings that divert workers from their common class enemy, from their capitalist
enemies in the class struggle, to instead focus attention on differences of race, creed and
nationality among workers, as though workers were each others enemy rather than having a common
class enemy based on appropriation of their proletarian labour power and thus the exploitation
by the capitalist classes of proletarian labour.

Religious bigotry, nationalism, sexism, racism, homophobia and Islamophobia are ideological red herrings
presented by bourgeois politicians and ideologists based in capitalist interests in that it
sow seeds of division among workers. Thus, these ideologies are characteristic of the capitalist
government of the United States, Israel and Iran, and the bourgeois nationalism of Al Quada,
which is led by a cadre of millionaire Saudis.

Nor is it an accident that in the advanced industrial economies of Tunisia, Egypt and Turkey, based
primarily on proletarian labour, and where therefore the proletariat constitutes the majority of the
population in the urban centers, the cities, that it is in these essentially working class uprisings
that working class Christians, Communists and Muslims are in solidarity in opposition to not only the
State, but as is shown in the articles and photos that follow are in inter-faith solidarity against reactionary
religious bigotry.

Lil Joe

Date: 2011/02/05

Christians Protect Muslims During Prayers in Egypt

A recently filed online update posted a photo of men alleged to be Christians and they have locked arms
and ringed the praying Muslims to protect them from the charging horde.

Christians Protect Muslims During Prayers in Egypt(Ahlul Bayt News Agency) - A recently filed online
update posted a photo of men alleged to be Christians and they have locked arms and ringed the praying
Muslims to protect them from the charging horde.

Depicted in this photo, an image from an anonymous source on the ground in Egypt is a team of Egyptian
Christians forming a massive human shield to protect their Muslim countrymen as they prayed during the
violent protests on Friday.

Hundreds of thousands of people have gathered at the square, the focal point of protests in Egypt, for
what they have termed the "Day of Departure" for the man who has been the country's leader for the
last 30 years.

No matter what the people believe, in the face of violence and under pressure religions walk arm in arm
to protect each other from enemies.

History of proximity of religions in Egypt is not a short one and this is not going to be the last unique
scene of the unity of Muslims and Christians.

Images of solidarity as Christians join hands to protect Muslims as they pray during Cairo protests
By Daily Mail Reporter
Last updated at 5:46 PM on 3rd February 2011

Striking photos of unity have emerged from the chaos in Egypt as Christian protesters stood together to
protect Muslims as they prayed.

A group of Christians joined hands and faced out surrounding hundreds of Muslims protesters left
vulnerable as they knelt in prayer.

The photos were taken in Cairo by Nevin Zaki.

Christians faced outward and joined hands in a circle to protect a Muslim group of protesters as they
prayed in Egypt

Christians faced outward and joined hands in a circle to protect a Muslim group of protesters as they
prayed in Egypt

She shared the images over Twitter, writing, 'Bear in mind that this pic was taken a month after z
Alexandria bombing where many Christians died in vain. Yet we all stood by each other.'

The suicide bombing, shortly after the New Year's Day, killed 23 Coptic Christians, who make up 10 percent
of Egypt's 80 million person population.

Muslim radicals have been blamed. One Colorado resident posted an email online that he received from his mother, who is Cairo visiting her
daughter, the poster's sister.

She described a scene like those captured in the photos.

Just last month Islamic radicals were blamed for a suicide bombing attack on Christians that killed 23
in Alexandria

Just last month Islamic radicals were blamed for a suicide bombing attack on Christians that killed 23
in Alexandria

'I am hoping to turn out an impressionist painting of the scene of Tahrir Square with tens of thousands
of protesters in it in front of a huge government building at night. The largest protestant church in
Egypt, Kassar Debara, is hidden behind it.

'Some Muslims have been guarding Coptic churches while Christians pray, and on Friday, Christians were
guarding the mosques while Muslims prayed.'

Proletarian tolerance is as much a principle of working class solidarity as is proletarian
internationalism and opposition to sexism, racism, religious bigotry and nationalism.

Proletarians and Communists

In what relation do the Communists stand to the proletarians as a whole? The Communists do not form a
separate party opposed to the other working-class parties. They have no interests separate and apart
from those of the proletariat as a whole. They do not set up any sectarian principles of their own, by
which to shape and mould the proletarian movement.

The Communists are distinguished from the other working-class parties by this only: 1. In the national
struggles of the proletarians of the different countries, they point out and bring to the front the
common interests of the entire proletariat, independently of all nationality. 2. In the various stages
of development which the struggle of the working class against the bourgeoisie has to pass
through, they always and everywhere represent the interests of the movement as a whole.

The International Workingmen's Association 1864
General Rules, October 1864

Written: between October 21 and 27, 1864;
First published: in The Bee-Hive Newspaper, November 12, 1864, and in the pamphelt Address and Provisional
Rules of the Working Men's International Association ..., London, November 1864.


That the emancipation of the working classes must be conquered by the working classes themselves, that
the struggle for the emancipation of the working classes means not a struggle for class privileges and
monopolies, but for equal rights and duties, and the abolition of all class rule;

That the economical subjection of the man of labor to the monopolizer of the means of labor that is,
the source of life lies at the bottom of servitude in all its forms, of all social misery, mental
degradation, and political dependence;

That the economical emancipation of the working classes is therefore the great end to which every
political movement ought to be subordinate as a means;

That all efforts aiming at the great end hitherto failed from the want of solidarity between the manifold
divisions of labor in each country, and from the absence of a fraternal bond of union between
the working classes of different countries;

That the emancipation of labor is neither a local nor a national, but a social problem, embracing all
countries in which modern society exists, and depending for its solution on the concurrence,
practical and theoretical, of the most advanced countries;

That the present revival of the working classes in the most industrious countries of Europe, while it
raises a new hope, gives solemn warning against a relapse into the old errors, and calls for the
immediate combination of the still disconnected movements;

For these reasons

The International Working Men's Association has been founded.

It declares:

That all societies and individuals adhering to it will acknowledge truth, justice, and morality as
the basis of their conduct toward each other and toward all men, without regard to color, creed, or

That it acknowledges no rights without duties, no duties without rights;

And, in this spirit, the following Rules have been drawn up.

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