Norman Finkelstein, acclaimed American political science professor and expert on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, described his excitement - and hope - as Egyptians took to the street earlier this year.
“We kept asking ourselves ‘will they come again [to Tahrir]. Will they come again?’ or would they weary and accept the crumbs from the masters’ table,” Finkelstein said during the Al Quds Club organized lecture at Bassily Hall last week.
“It was a really exhilarating moment when in fact the Egyptian people refused the crumbs and demanded a whole loaf of bread,” he said.
While the January 25 Revolution ushered in a new hope for liberty and democratic reforms, many in Egypt believe that recent sectarian clashes between Copts and Muslims may derail the achievements since the fall of the former regime.
Sectarian clashes have in recent years been far and in between but since December 31, when a bomb at the Al-Qiddissine Church, located in Alexandria’s Sidi Bechr district, killed at least 21 people and left dozens injured, violence has been on the rise.