The other day we reported that poor Medea Benjamin (born Susan Benjamin) was detained in Cairo airport and held overnight in a cell before she was deported to Turkey. She sends us an email today describing her terrible (yet, somehow delicious) treatment;
Just the other day I hopped on a plane to Egypt, eager to join the international delegation of 100 women headed to Gaza for International Women’s Day. Little did I know I would be stopped at the Cairo airport, detained, held overnight in a cell, then in the morning brutally assaulted by Egyptian authorities. They threw me to the ground, stomped on my back, handcuffed me so tightly they dislocated my shoulder, and then deported me to Turkey.
Now the Egyptian authorities are blocking most of the remaining delegates from entering Egypt and traveling to Gaza. It has been frustrating and disappointing for us, but we cannot forget that almost two million Palestinians remained trapped in Gaza while the Egyptian Rafah border remains closed or tightly controlled.
What happened to me was traumatizing, but is minor compared to what Egyptian activists are going through, including women. Thousands of peaceful Egyptian demonstrators have been killed or jailed by the Military Junta since the July 2013 military coup.
See, some Egyptian official got to do what the rest of us would like to do to her. And he got paid to do it. Other reports are that she was dragged through the airport to her flight by her arm across the floor like luggage without the casters. I’m sorry there are no pictures of that spectacle. Of course, we know why she was mistreated by the police; she thought that the Egyptians were restrained by law from treating her like that.
See, that’s what happens when you want to engage in unlawful activities – you get treated like a criminal. I’m sure she misses her Muslim Brotherhood buddies.