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April 27, 2012 0

As Algeria Approaches Elections, Citizens are Warned of Zionist Interference

“Alge­ri­ans must vote because it is about Algeria’s sta­bil­ity, and it is about pre­serv­ing our coun­try from any for­eign inter­fer­ence,” a promi­nent Alger­ian cleric said in an inter­view with Reuters on April 25, adding that Zion­ists are among the con­spir­ers that seek to med­dle in domes­tic Arab affairs.

In case that wasn’t clear enough, Sheikh Chemsed­dine Bouroubi added in his widely cir­cu­lated fatwa, or reli­gious decree, that those who do not vote in May 10 elec­tions will suf­fer divine retribution.

The North African nation-state has largely baf­fled Mid­dle East experts for suc­cess­fully rid­ing out the waves of pop­u­lar revolt that have become the sym­bol of the Arab Spring. Although the thir­teen year author­i­tar­ian rule of Pres­i­dent Abde­laziz Boute­flika did encounter a flash of pop­u­lar protest as rev­o­lu­tion swept across neigh­bor­ing Tunisia, Libya, and Egypt, Boute­flika responded by offi­cially lift­ing the nation’s 19-year-old state of emer­gency and promises for grad­ual reforms.

Decrees demo­niz­ing Israel and Zion­ism, such as the one made by Sheikh Bouroubi, have his­tor­i­cally been used by author­i­tar­ian Arab states as the pre­ferred method of deflect­ing pop­u­lar dis­con­tent away from them­selves and onto the Jew­ish state.

In his fatwa, Bour­bouri tried to jus­tify his com­ments that Zion­ists intend to foment rev­o­lu­tion in Alge­ria by point­ing out that a Jew­ish French-Algerian played a role in per­suad­ing Pres­i­dent Sarkozy to help over­throw Muam­mar Qaddafi in Libya. “Lis­ten to what the Zion­ist Bernard-Henri Levy is say­ing: ‘Alge­ria is about to expe­ri­ence an Arab Spring very soon’… What he means by ‘Arab Spring’ is a rep­e­ti­tion of the Libyan sce­nario: blood, killings, destruction.”

Alge­ria emerged from a bloody and pro­longed civil war between the Islamic Sal­va­tion Front (FIS) and the cen­tral gov­ern­ment only when Pres­i­dent Boute­flika assumed power.

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