Egyptians demand opening borders to fight Israel
|Sunday, August 13,2006 00:00|
Massive demonstrations broke out in almost all of Egyptian cities in protest of Israel’s ongoing onslaught against Palestine and Lebanon, which killed dozens of innocent civilians and inflicted sever damage on the infrastructure in both countries.
According to Ikhwanweb, the website of the banned but tolerated influential Islamist organization, Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s Muslims organised huge demonstrations in Cairo and Dakahlia, requesting opening the country’s borders to allow them fight Israel and save their Palestinian and Lebanese brethren.
Demonstrators also criticized the Arab leaders’ passive attitude towards the persistent Israeli aggression in Palestine and Lebanon, demanding the severing of all relations with the "Zionist enemy" and expelling the Israeli ambassador in Cairo.
Dr. Abdul Monem Abul Fotouh, member of the MB Executive Bureau criticised the international community for focusing the attention on the three Israeli soldiers who’ve been kidnapped by resistance movements in Palestine and Lebanon, while remaining silent over the 10000 Palestinian prisoners held without charges in Israeli jails.
He described the Arab regimes’ position as "shameful".
"This is one example where the Arab governments have shown their loss of touch with their own people," he said.
•“Peace in Middle East Killed”
In the wake of the recent Israeli offensives in Palestine and Lebanon, an emergency meeting of the Arab League yesterday discussed the deteriorating situation in the Middle East. Member countries’ foreign ministers called on the United Nations Security Council to immediately intervene.
Arab League Secretary General Amr Musa said, “The peace process in the Middle East was killed. All mechanisms, including the Middle East Quartet (Russia, U.S., UN and EU) have canceled the peace process.”
The Arab League also promised “unconditional support” to Lebanon.
Lebanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Fevzi Salluh presented a draft resolution condemning the Israeli aggression, supporting Lebanon’s resistance against the Israeli occupation, and demanding Israel to release all Lebanese detainees.
But Saudi Foreign Minister al-Faisal accused the Lebanese resistance movement Hezbollah of behaving “inappropriate and irresponsible,” adding that “those attitudes might take the region to the old times.”
Egypt, Jordan, Kuwait, Iraq, Palestine, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain delegates supported al-Faisal. Only Syrian representative Walid Muallim criticized him.