Egyptian MPs call for severing ties with Israel following its 'barbaric' attacks on Palestinians

Gamal Essam El-Din , Tuesday 11 Apr 2023

A number of Egyptian MPs have called for breaking diplomatic ties with Israel following its “barbaric” attacks on Palestinians worshippers in Jerusalem and deadly airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.

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An Israeli soldier takes aim during a protest by Palestinians in the village of Beita, south of Nablus in the occupied West Bank, on April 10, 2023. AP


Atef El-Meghawry, the parliamentary spokesperson of the leftist Tagamoa party, called on the Egyptian government to sever ties with Israel, expel its ambassador and shut down its embassy in Cairo.

"This should be the response to the Israeli police's barbaric practices and violence against worshippers at Al-Aqsa Mosque and the deadly airstrikes against the Palestinians in Gaza Strip," said El-Meghawry, who also called for cancelling Egypt's 1979 peace treaty with Israel.

On Wednesday, Israeli riot police broke into the prayer hall of Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa mosque beating the worshippers with clubs, firing rubber bullets, teargas canisters and sound grenades.

"There should be no peace between Egypt and Israel as long as the Zionist regime continues to violate humanitarian and religious values and escalate its aggression against the Palestinians," said El-Meghawry. He also expressed support for Jordan's decision to expel Israel's ambassador.

​"We support the Jordanian position and I call for severing all ties with the Zionists in condemnation of their attacks on worshippers," said El-Meghawry.

The MP also criticised the United States and international human rights organisations for adopting "double standards" and refraining from denouncing Israel’s aggressive and arrogant policies.

Independent MP Mohamed El-Sammoudy also called for Egypt to cut of its relations with Israel following their attacks on Al-Aqsa Mosque and their “rejection of any moves to achieve peace and establish two states living in peace side by side."

"Arab states need to take a stronger reaction against the barbaric Zionists. Mere statements of condemnation are not enough," said El-Samoudy.

Speaker of Parliament Hanafy El-Gebaly began Tuesday's session by condemning the Israelis, stating that "the repeated Israeli violations of the holy sites, including the recent storming of Al-Aqsa Mosque are highly provocative to all Egyptians and fuel violence which undermine all efforts exerted by Egypt and other regional partners to secure peace." 

Egypt's parliament, he said, "strongly condemns this blatant aggression on human values and the flagrant violation by Israeli police and its raids on Al-Aqsa Mosque and worshippers."

Yossri El-Moghazi, chairman of parliament's Arab Affairs Committee, also called for a "decisive action" against Israeli violations.

He argued that "the Israelis have malicious intentions against the Palestinians” and plan further incursions that will “shed more blood and undermine all efforts to achieve peace in the region."

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