21.07.2011 19.Tammus, 5771
In new Egypt, old conspiracies live on
Ministers, media can’t shake off habit of blaming Israel, US for country's woes; conspiratorial thinking "deeply ingrained"
When a European laboratory announced two weeks ago that an infected shipment of Egyptian fenugreek seeds was the source of an E. coli epidemic that killed 48 Germans and a Swede, the Egyptian agriculture minister didn’t apologize, nor did he call for an investigation into the matter.
The problem had nothing to do with Egypt, the minister, Ayman Abu-Hadid, told Egyptian press.
"Israel is waging a commercial war against Egyptian exports," he explained, and with that the case was closed….