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US citizen killed in Egypt identified as Jewish student

by Speranza ( 14 Comments › )
Filed under Egypt, Headlines, Islamists, Middle East, Muslim Brotherhood at June 29th, 2013 - 4:53 pm

Once again, these naive students do not realize that Egypt and the Islamic Middle East is not the same as Europe and America.

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – An American college student stabbed to death during a protest in Egypt was in the country teaching English to children and improving his Arabic, according to a Facebook post on Saturday that appeared to be from his family.

According to the The Kenyon Collegian, the student newspaper, Pochter was active in Hillel, the campus’s center for Jewish life, and lived at the group’s on-campus house.

Andrew Pochter, 21, from Chevy Chase, Maryland, died after being stabbed in the chest in the coastal city of Alexandria, where anti-government protesters stormed an office of the ruling Muslim Brotherhood.

It was not clear what Pochter was doing at the protest, but Egyptian officials said he was carrying a small camera.

A statement on a Facebook page entitled “R.I.P Andrew Driscoll Pochter”, which appeared to have been posted by his family, said Pochter had travelled to Alexandria for the summer to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve his Arabic.

The page had also been posted on by colleagues of Pochter at the US educational non-profit organization where he was working.

The family statement read: “He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding.” Pochter was looking forward to beginning his junior year at Ohio’s Kenyon College and had planned to study abroad in Jordan next spring, according to the statement. He had also spent time in Morocco.

“Andrew was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned,” it said.

A statement from Kenyon College said Pochter was interning in Alexandria with AMIDEAST, an American non-profit organization that runs education and development programs in the Middle East and North America.

A State Department spokeswoman confirmed that Andrew Pochter was killed on Friday in Alexandria.

“We extend our deepest condolences to his family and friends,” Marie Harf said. Harf said the US embassy in Cairo and the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs were providing “appropriate consular assistance.” The Muslim Brotherhood said eight of its offices had been attacked on Friday, including the one in Alexandria. Officials said more than 70 people had been injured in the clashes in the city, adding to growing tension ahead of mass rallies on Sunday aimed at unseating President Mohamed Morsi.

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14 Responses to “US citizen killed in Egypt identified as Jewish student”
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  1. 1 | June 29, 2013 8:02 pm

    And I’ll bet his whole family are Demo☭rats….


  2. 2 | June 29, 2013 9:40 pm

    Evolution in action.


  3. randian
    3 | June 30, 2013 4:52 am

    He was probably killed because he was Jewish.


  4. buzzsawmonkey
    4 | June 30, 2013 8:10 am

    Dollars to donuts he was a Reform Jew who was deeply concerned with “social justice.”

    Better than even money he was sympathetic to the “Gaza flotilla” and the BDS movement.


  5. Speranza
    5 | June 30, 2013 8:15 am

    randian wrote:

    He was probably killed because he was Jewish.

    I don’t think the mob asked if he was Jewish but since he was a Westerner they knew he was not a Muslim, and that’s all that matters.


  6. Speranza
    6 | June 30, 2013 8:16 am

    buzzsawmonkey wrote:

    Dollars to donuts he was a Reform Jew who was deeply concerned with “social justice.”
    Better than even money he was sympathetic to the “Gaza flotilla” and the BDS movement.

    I agree on all points. He studied Arabic and visited a lot of Norht African nations. Probably was very anti Israel.


  7. 7 | June 30, 2013 8:44 am

    @ Speranza:

    St. Pancake’s counterpart, perhaps….


  8. Speranza
    8 | June 30, 2013 10:23 am

    Macker wrote:

    @ Speranza:
    St. Pancake’s counterpart, perhaps….

    Yeah I was thinking of him politically being the same as Rachel Corrie.


  9. EBL
    9 | June 30, 2013 11:39 am

    @ randian: Maybe. Most Jews have enough sense not to advertise they are Jewish in Egypt. But he may have been especially reckless.

    He is not nearly as offensive as St. Pancake. But he certainly put himself in harms way.


  10. Speranza
    10 | June 30, 2013 1:01 pm

    He is not nearly as offensive as St. Pancake. But he certainly put himself in harms way.

    Any Westerner/non Muslim should stay the hell out of Egypt.


  11. 11 | June 30, 2013 9:06 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Any Westerner/non Muslim should stay the hell out of Egypt.

    Especially when there are protests in progress. . .

    Pochtel probably was advertising himself as “one of the good Jews!”. Maybe the eight year olds bought it but to their dads, he was just another Zionist agent.

    Tragic.


  12. Speranza
    12 | June 30, 2013 9:19 pm

    Zimriel wrote:

    Pochtel probably was advertising himself as “one of the good Jews!”. Maybe the eight year olds bought it but to their dads, he was just another Zionist agent.

    A good chance you are right. To the Muslims the only good Jew is …. well you know the rest.


  13. huckfunn
    13 | June 30, 2013 9:30 pm

    Speranza wrote:

    Any Westerner/non Muslim should stay the hell out of Egypt.

    Tourism, manufacturing and construction (foreign capital) took a nosedive when the islamists took over and they can kiss that part of their economy goodbye.


  14. Speranza
    14 | June 30, 2013 9:56 pm

    huckfunn wrote:

    Tourism, manufacturing and construction (foreign capital) took a nosedive when the islamists took over and they can kiss that part of their economy goodbye.

    Even when there was a friendly Egyptian government I was told by people who visited Cairo that it was a filthy city and therefore you had to stay at the 5 star hotels.


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