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October 4, 2014

What’s in a name? Sisi and al-Sisi

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A man named Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [aka el-Sisi] is now the President of Egypt; this has caused the rise of anit-Semitism in Egypt, according to this news article:

The photo below accompanies the article:

Poster in Egypt where anti-Semitism is on the rist

Poster in Egypt where anti-Semitism is on the rise

I don’t know how the name al-Sisi, or el-Sisi, is pronounced, but the name Sisi, which is a German nickname for a girl named Elisabeth, is pronounced “See-see.” I had a German ancestor named Elizabeth, whose nickname was pronounced Sissy.  I always thought that this was short for Sister; I didn’t know why she would be called “Sister.”

A famous woman in history is Empress Elizabeth, the wife of Franz Joseph of Austria. A famous movie was made about her several years ago.

You can read about her on Wikipedia at

A famous movie about Sisi, starring Romy Schneider, was made in 1955.  That’s how I learned how to pronounce the name.

Elizabeth was crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867

Elizabeth was crowned Queen of Hungary in 1867

This quote is from the news article about al-Sisi:

While Egypt’s government has adopted a more moderate pro-Western attitude since the rise of current President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, experts say that the storefront sign is a prime example of how anti-Semitism still flourishes in Egypt.

The sign is “obviously intended to bring to mind the gas chambers,” explained Samuel Tadros, an Egypt expert and research fellow at the Hudson Institute.

“No one uses the word ‘burn’ cockroaches, at least not in Egypt,” Tadros said. “We would say: ‘kill’, or ‘exterminate’, but ‘burn’?”

“The whole thing is meant to remind you of the Holocaust,” he said. “That this is posted by a shop owner as a way of promoting his product, tells you all you need to know about how soaked Egypt is in anti Semitism.”

In the time since al-Sisi was elected, some Egyptians have used anti-Semitism as a way to delegitimize his government.

“Sisi is Jewish and Egypt is now under Zionist occupation,” wrote one newspaper in 2013, according to an article on the topic penned recently by Tadros.

You can read about el-Sisi on Wikipedia at

The president of Egypt

President of Egypt, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi