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By Ted Cruz
Israel saves its enemies; Hamas endangers its friends
Topic - Asaad El Beik
The uprising last year that toppled President Hosni Mubarak left the Sinai with almost no government authority, so Salafist clerics with their strict and puritanical interpretation of Islam have moved into the vacuum.
"We are fulfilling a community need which the government, at the moment, isn't capable of fulfilling," said Sheik Asaad el Beik, the Salafist judge who officially opened his Shariah court in November. "There has been no police or judiciary presence since the revolution. If anything, we are filling this gap."
Sheik Beik said the public resorted to his court because it is faster and more efficient than government courts, which could take years and cost thousands of dollars to resolve a case as simple as a divorce or a car accident.