The Luxor Massacre refers to the killing of 62 people, mostly tourists, that took place on 17 November 1997, at Deir el-Bahri, an archaeological site and major tourist attraction located across the River Nile from Luxor in Egypt.Now the leader of Egypt's Islamic-oriented Labor Party, Madgy Ahmed Hussein, is saying that he has discovered some secret information leaked by an unknown Egyptian official that the people behind the massacre were not Islamist. Oh, no. They were, of course, Israelis!
In the mid-morning attack, terrorists from the Islamic Group and Jihad Talaat al-Fath ("Holy War of the Vanguard of the Conquest") massacred 62 people at the attraction. The six assailants were armed with automatic firearms and knives, and disguised as members of the security forces. They descended on the Temple of Hatshepsut at around 08:45. With the tourists trapped inside the temple, the killing went on systematically for 45 minutes, during which many bodies, especially of women, were mutilated with machetes. A note praising Islam was found inside one disemboweled body. The dead included a five-year-old British child and four Japanese couples on their honeymoons.
The attackers then hijacked a bus, but ran into a checkpoint of armed Egyptian tourist police and military forces. One of the terrorists was wounded in the shootout and the rest fled into the hills where their bodies were found in a cave, apparently having committed suicide together.
According to Hussein, who is running for president of Egypt, Israel was upset at Egypt's refusal to participate in the 1997 Doha economic conference, which it tied to progress in the Oslo process and somehow thought that its boycotting the conference would hurt Israel. Israel's anger at Egypt was behind the decision to massacre dozens of Egyptian tourists.
The ability to think clearly is an impediment to coming up with these sorts of theories.
He made these claims at a Labor party conference in Luxor Friday night.