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Egypt political figures, forces voice outrage over Israeli aggression in Gaza

Following latest Israeli assault on besieged Gaza Strip, Egyptian political parties and groups call for severing all ties with 'Zionist entity'

Ahram Online, Thursday 15 Nov 2012
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Palestinian mourners carry body of Hamas' top military commander Ahmed al-Jaabari, killed in an Israeli strike on Wednesday, during his funeral in Gaza City, Thursday (Photo: AP)
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Egyptian political forces and public figures reacted angrily to Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip Wednesday, which killed top Hamas commander Ahmed Al-Jaabari and 13 others.

Egypt's Salafist Nour Party stated in a press release that it would support the Palestinians of Gaza "financially, and with the necessary manpower," until all Palestinian rights were obtained. The party also offered its condolences to the Palestinian people for the deaths of Al-Jaabari and others.

The Muslim Brotherhood, from which Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi hails, called for mass protests Thursday and Friday in response to the Israeli assault. It stated that Israel's "criminal aggression" posed a "serious threat" to stability in the region.

Saad El-Katatni, head of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), declared via Twitter on Wednesday that the Israeli attack on Gaza meant that "Israel had not yet realised that Egypt had changed and that the Egyptian people who revolted against injustice would not accept the aggression against Gaza."     

FJP Vice-Chairman Essam El-Erian, however, was criticised when he commented via Twitter: "How can it be that our eastern borders are witnessing the start of a war and we don't have a functioning parliament?" Some saw El-Erian's comment as politically opportunist and disrespectful to those killed in Gaza.

Abdel-Moneim Aboul-Fotouh, former presidential candidate and head of the Strong Egypt Party, for his part, described recent events in Gaza as "a brutal escalation of the Zionists' insistence on assaulting the Palestinian people."

He added that resistance against illegal occupation was "a right guaranteed by international conventions," stressing that it was a "moral duty" to support the Palestinian resistance against Israeli aggression occupation.

Liberal figures and parties echoed this condemnation, emphasising Israel's breaches of international human rights conventions.

The Constitution Party, founded by reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, on Wednesday condemned the "barbaric attacks carried out by Israel, which blatantly breach the international conventions and humanitarian law to which it is a signatory."

"Following the 25 January Revolution, the Egyptian state cannot act in the same way that it used to in the past," the party added. It went on to praise the Egyptian government's decision to recall Egypt's ambassador to Israel, Atef Mohamed Salam, but stressed the need to set "a clear policy" on such attacks with the aim of preventing them from happening in the future.

ElBaradei stated on Thursday afternoon that, in the absence of a true balance of power between the Arabs and Israel – with the Arabs divided and the Palestinian  body politic fragmented – the massacres of innocent people would continue unless a robust plan was pursued aimed at resolving the conflict. 

Former foreign minister and Arab League chief Amr Moussa called on the league to take "all necessary measures" in dealing with the Israeli aggression. Commenting on Twitter, Moussa also commended the government's decision to recall Egypt's ambassador to Israel. 

Prominent political analyst and former MP Amr Hamzawy gave his assessment of the timing of Israel's aggression. "Israeli presidential contenders are set to offer Palestinian blood as a prize on the altar of electoral politics," Hamzawy said, referring to upcoming Israeli general elections.

Hamzawy also commended Egypt's decision to recall its ambassador, adding it was Egypt's responsibility to protect the Palestinian people from the aggression of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Nasserist leader of the Egyptian Popular Current, Hamdeen Sabbahi, who adopted a strong anti-Israel platform during the 2012 presidential elections, asserted: "Glory to the Palestinian resistance and victory to Gaza!"

The National Front for Justice and Democracy, meanwhile, an umbrella group of leftist activists, rejected the Muslim Brotherhood's official reaction to the Israeli assaults, accusing the group of "exploiting Palestinian bloodshed for its own domestic political interests." It called on Egypt's presidency to adopt a clear policy vis-a-vis Israeli aggression.

The Revolutionary Socialists movement, for its part, called for all forms of political and economic normalisation with the Zionist entity to be severed. "When will the time come to cut all ties with the enemy if not now?" the movement asked in a statement.

The group further asserted that the Camp David Accords between Egypt and Israel should be terminated; that Egypt should reassume full sovereignty over the entire Sinai Peninsula; and that the Rafah border crossing linking Egypt and the Gaza Strip be opened on a permanent basis.

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mumby
15-11-2012 07:49pm
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Time to act properly
Israel Is the real criminal country not hamas.Israel commited killing,assulting,occupaying.Reality ground is evident on that.To Counter Israel threat is establishing guerrilla war and even longtime war because Israel is too strong.Egypt and Arab countries don't enggage in full scale war with Israel because they are too strong and supported by strong nations.Just assist Palestnian secretly with weaponary technologies and do like counter US in Iraq and Afghanistan.By years Israel economy will much suffer,could be worse than US got.
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Mona
15-11-2012 07:19pm
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TH
Verry easy for you to lecture you have a Country to "grow up".
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TH
15-11-2012 09:21pm
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Mona
Mona, believe me, I understand what Palestinians are going through. This is why I advise you not to wait for external help. Mobilize as a people and get leaders that will agree on a vision and work towards it. A two state solution with the maximum benefits that can be negotiated. Start that process and bring international media, CNN, BBC etc etc to show them what current atrocities the Israelis are committing through their restrictive practices. let the world be on your side and put Israel in a corner. Otherwise, continuing the status quo and hoping that Israel will disappear is futile and offers no hope for your people.
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TH
15-11-2012 05:27pm
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Palestinians, Wake Up
Any grown up knows that no one will do for you what you should do yourself ! Palestinians need to decide what they want to be when they grow up. Hamas has no plan except to subjugate their people. There is no vision or plan ( unfortunately, much like the MB in Egypt). Instead of firing rockets with minimal effect on Israel and that lead to massive tragedy on its people, they need to renounce violence, bring world support to bear, and show Israel as the true non believers in Peace that they are. You need to use the media to showcase the atrocities of the Israelise against your people so that world opinion changes. That is the only way Palestinians will change their future. All the Arabs can condemn Israel all you want, nothing will change. Palestinians have to change and take their future in their hands and get real leaders to lead, instead of these imbecils of Hamas and Al Fatah that continue to fight each other instead of uniting and working for a better future for their people. Egy
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ali
15-11-2012 04:44pm
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Only talk, no action.
Egyptian parties, their leaders and others are condemning Israelis brutal killings in Gaza. Thats all they can do? No better or effective way to stop or atleast decrease this massive onslaught on nutritionally deprived, weak Gazans? NO. They cannot do anything as long as the govt is dependent on American aid and loans from USA dominated world financial bodies. Financial revolution is yet to take place. And Morsi cant do anything about it since the army (a majority of whose loyalties are still with the USA and the west)is waiting for an oppurtunity to pounce on the democratically elected government. And they have an ACE up their sleeve in the supreme constitutional court.
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Gilberto Remo
15-11-2012 05:10pm
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Only talk no action
I cannot immagine an educated person would write such comment. What did you expect Egypt to do \?
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