Hints of clouds behind the silver linings: The Cairo mob that attacked CBS News correspondent Lara Logan last Friday was yelling “Jew! Jew!” the New York Post reports , citing CBS sources.
”60 Minutes” correspondent Lara Logan was repeatedly sexually assaulted by thugs yelling, “Jew! Jew!” as she covered the chaotic fall of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in Cairo’s main square Friday, CBS and sources said yesterday.
Nor was it just the mob, the Post says.
…the day before, Logan had told Esquire.com that Egyptian soldiers hassling her and her crew had accused them of “being Israeli spies.” Logan is not Jewish.
Also, the Jerusalem Post reports today that one of the democracy groups negotiating with the military, the April 6 Youth Movement, is demanding that gas shipments to Israel be halted.
All of which suggests that t’s a good idea to be optimistic about the outcome of the Egyptian revolution and not lose one’s sense of humanity, but it’s way too early to be confident. Egypt isn’t Iran, but it has its own quirks.
Jonathan Jeremy “J.J.” Goldberg is editor-at-large of the Forward, where he served as editor in chief for seven years (2000-2007).