Egypt to Tourists: Don’t Come Here

On November 17th, 1997, the Al-Gama’a al-Islamiyya terrorist group massacred 62 men, women, and children–4 of them Egyptians and the rest foreign tourists–at the famous Deir el-Bahari ruins in the culturally rich city of Luxor, one of the most important archaeological sites in the world.

This week, Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi named Al-Gama’a member Adel Asaad al-Khayyat as the new governor of Luxor.

The group allegedly renounced terror in 1997. Before the attack on Luxor.

They renounced it again in 2003, and are now part of the grand rainbow coalition of insane radical Muslims being swept to power thanks to American military and financial aid.

Oh, and one more thing: Al-Gama’a still hates tourists, even if they claim they don’t want to kill them very much right now. The group is comprised of Salifists, Wahhabi-like Islamic rigorists who disdain Egypt’s ancient culture. The Gama’a website includes a fatwa forbidding the construction of tourism resources because “tourist villages have aspects that anger Allah, including alcohol, gambling and other forbidden things, building these hotels and villages is considered aiding their owners in sin and aggression, and is not permitted.”

Just the people you want in charge of one of humanity’s greatest historical treasures.


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  • Manny

    Urrgh. Why anyone would vacation in an Islamic country is beyond me. Worrying that your throat might be slit any second is not my idea of a vacation.

  • Katrina Fernandez

    Muslims ruin everything.

  • RoamingChile

    Egypt minister quits over new Luxor governor, reports Al-Jazeera.

  • Gigi

    The picture is photoshopped according to this blog: Check your sources before you post something!

  • Thomas L. McDonald

    Yes, I’ve seen both versions of the picture: one tinted very red, one not. My understanding was that it was the water used to wash away the blood, and it was indeed somewhat red at the scene. In any event, it’s an illustration, not a report.

    My source checking it just fine. Your combox manner, however, could use a little work.