Bearded Salafist to Tunisian Students: ‘You’re dancing while Israelis kill?’

Tunisian Salafis try to convince students from filming themselves doing popular western dance, while in Egypt, some 400 youngsters dance outside Muslim Brotherhood’s headquarters, chanting ‘Leave! Leave!’

Roi Kais, agencies

 

Egyptian protesters gathered at the headquarters of the country’s most powerful Islamic group and did the Harlem Shake while chanting “Leave! Leave!” to Egypt’s Islamist President Mohamed Morsi.

Egyptians do the 'Harlem Shake'About 400 young men, some in funny costumes and others bare-chested, rallied in Cairo in front of the main office of Morsi‘s group, The Muslim Brotherhood.

The dance brought a rare moment of light-hearted expression of dissidence amid Egypt’s political turmoil that has left dozens dead and hundreds injured in recent months.

As the protesters did the Harlem Shake, a dance to a song with the same name, the Islamist group shut down its office and turned off the lights.

Videos featuring entire offices dancing to the Harlem Shake by the musician, Baauer, have been piling up on YouTube.

On Saturday Egyptian police said they arrested four students who filmed themselves publicly dancing the Harlem Shake in their underwear.

The four pharmaceutical students shocked residents of a middle class Cairo neighborhood when they removed most of their clothes and videotaped themselves performing the pelvis-thrusting dance, a police official said.


Egyptians do the ‘Harlem Shake’

The craze also reached Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring began. A group of university students in the capital Tunis did the Harlem Shake on Wednesday, but extremist Salafis tried to stop them.

When a dozen ultra-conservative Muslim youths, some of them women in veils, showed up at the Bourguiba Language Institute in Tunis’s El Khadra neighborhood, a Salafist bastion, students shouted “Get out, get out!”

One of the Salafists shouted: “Our brothers in Palestine are being killed by Israelis, and you are dancing.” He said he wanted to explain what behavior Islam considers as “haram” (prohibited) and “halal” (permitted).

That drew the ire of one youth, wearing the mask of a deformed face featured in the American horror film “Scream.”

“Mind your own business and keep your lessons of morality for others,” he shouted. “No guy like you is going to stop us from doing what we want!”

Another Salafist, bearded and wearing military gear, was found to be carrying a petrol bomb, but was surrounded by teachers who prevented him from using it.

The incident degenerated into fisticuffs before the Salafists retreated.

Masters student and organizer Fidaa Jebali later showed an AFP correspondent a red welt on her cheek.

“One of the veiled girls called me an apostate before slapping me,” said Jebali from behind huge rose-colored spectacles. “It’s not normal to have to suffer this in 2013.”

Once the scuffle ended, the students were able to film themselves doing the Harlem Shake.

On Monday, Education Minister Abdellatif Abid said a probe had been ordered into the staging two days earlier of a Harlem Shake by students in a Tunis suburb.

He said there could be expulsions of students or sacking of educational staff who were behind the staging of the dance.

 

AP, AFP contributed to the report.

View original Ynet publication at: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4351007,00.html

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