The Arabist

The Arabist

By Issandr El Amrani and friends.

Mega-Shia conspiracy

It's been reported today that a group of Egyptians, Israeli Arabs, Palestinians, and Lebanese have arrested in Egypt for belonging to a smuggling ring to Gaza, while Israel alleges they could be a threat to Israeli vacationers in Sinai. So this story involves Hamas, Hizbullah, Iran vs. Israel and Egypt, as well as attempts to spread Shiism in Egypt.

Needless to say, I am skeptical.

Report: Egypt arrests 7 Israeli Arabs for spying for Hamas, Hezbollah

Egypt arrests over 40 suspected smugglers to Gaza

Israel says tourists in Sinai are attack targets

Pro-Hezbollah Group Arrested In Egypt

Update: Here's Reuters' story: Egypt holds men on suspicion of aiding Hamas-lawyer