"The visit to Israel by Egyptian blogger and political activist Maikel Nabil Sanad has drawn reactions ranging from a cool reception to outright condemnation at home. Sanad, 27, took part Sunday in an event in his honor at the Hebrew University's Harry S. Truman Research Institute for the Advancement of Peace, organized by the Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch. Honoring Sanad is a "cynical exploitation of the revolution," said a veteran Egyptian journalist who took part in the anti-government protests in 2011. "There were tens of thousands in Cairo's Tahrir Square who wrote every day against the regime, and some were jailed or killed," he told Haaretz. "Not every Egyptian blogger who comes to Israel can be turned into a Tahrir Square hero. This is cynical exploitation of the revolution and a ridiculous Israeli attempt to present such a person as a hero. As far as I'm concerned, [Sanad] can stay there." The journalist said Sanad enjoyed sympathy among liberal circles in Egypt because of his arrest during the Mubarak period as well as by the Supreme Military Council, after he criticized the military establishment. Petitions were circulated to free Sanad while he was on a hunger strike in jail." Yesterday, Egyptian bloggers and writers explained that people supported his case (initially) only because he was arrested for his criticisms of the Egyptian military, and not for any other reason. If an Arab monkey visits Israel, Hebrew University would award him/her an honorary doctorate--I have no doubt.