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Why I didn’t make it to Gaza for International Women’s Day

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When I boarded the plane to Cairo, Egypt, to make sure everything was in place for the women’s delegation headed to Gaza, I had no reason to think I’d end up in a jail cell at the Cairo airport and then violently deported. The trip was in response to a call from women in Gaza

Notes from the cells

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Nine women are sitting in the backroom of the Egyptian border control waiting the twelve hours before we will be deported. We had come to Cairo to join a delegation of 100 women from around the world invited to meet the women in Gaza in solidarity on International Women’s Day. Each of us was snatched

The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The Syrian talks went nowhere. As expected. Everyone knew they were show and tell. In Geneva, there was no breakthrough but there were accusations and yelling galore. Along with the fear of

On the 3rd anniversary of the democratic uprising, is there hope for Egypt?

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The latest news from Egypt continues to depress.  Three years after masses of brave demonstrators filled Tahrir Square, the new military government continues to arrest thousands of innocent people — with the apparent support of a majority of Egyptians.  The security forces have also libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the

Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

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Reading the news of Hassan Hassan’s murder, the Palestinian actor and comedian, in Syria’s Yarmouk refugee camp, was like a bombshell. Hassan and his wife were arrested by Al-Assad forces three months ago; his wife and son were released two days later. However, he was detained until his family was informed to issue a death

Israeli officials frown at U.S. slap on Egypt military’s wrist

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U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended–and Israel is none too pleased. The move, in response to the military’s brutal crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, comes after months of deliberations between Obama administration officials over what the U.S. reaction should

Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt

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The furor over the recent chemical weapons attack in Syria has overshadowed disturbing events to the south, as Egypt’s generals wage a quiet war of attrition against the Hamas leadership in Gaza. Hamas has found itself increasingly isolated, politically and geographically, since the Egyptian army ousted the country’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, in

Israel and its Middle East allies have embraced the three state solution

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. One State advocates are having a field day.  They deserve it.  After standing in the Two State shadow for decades, the mainstream media is running opinion pieces on the need for Israel/Palestine

Canadians held in Egypt go on hunger strike to protest detention

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Two Canadian citizens who were imprisoned by Egyptian security forces last month have now launched a hunger strike to protest their detention. The detention of John Greyson, a filmmaker and prominent supporter of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement, and Palestinian-Canadian doctor Tarek Loubani has been repeatedly extended for 15-day periods in the weeks

Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. The One State/Two State debate has ignited again with Ian Lustick’s, “Two State Illusion” in the Sunday New York Times.  Ilan Pappe has also weighed in on the subject in his essay,

Canadian filmmaker and doctor remain imprisoned in Egypt

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Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani (left) and filmmaker John Greyson (right). Photo via Change.org. Two Canadian citizens remain locked up in Egyptian jail, and it remains unclear when they will be released. Filmmaker John Greyson and Canadian-Palestinian doctor Tarek Loubani were taken into custody by Egyptian police last week after they arrived in the country with

Egypt closes Rafah crossing to Gaza indefinitely

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Gaza Witnesses: Israeli navy fires at Gaza fishing boats GAZA CITY (Ma‘an) 20 Aug — Israel’s navy opened fire at Palestinian fishermen off the northern coast of Gaza on Tuesday, witnesses said. Israeli ships fired several shells at the boats, who were fishing near Gaza City, causing material damage. No injuries were reported. On Monday,

Israel and AIPAC keep up efforts to save aid for Egyptian military

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Israel and AIPAC want to continue U.S. military aid to Egypt. Above, a picture from a joint Egypt-U.S. military exercise in 2005. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Wikimedia Commons Israel is working hard to save Western aid to Egypt. The Israeli government’s lobbying, buttressed by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), comes as reports emerge about the Obama

President Obama’s secret plan for Egypt

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. So I was wrong. President Obama does have a plan to cut off American aid to Egypt. Possibly. That is, if things keep going the way they’re going. Whatever that means in

Why is the Egyptian regime demonizing Palestinians?

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Palestinians know that if Cairo sneezes then Palestine, especially Gaza, is first to get the flu. Indeed, Gaza often serves as a tool of regime policy, as was the case during the Mubarak years and during the short-lived government led by the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, and is still the case with the

Mubarak is released while the Obama administration second guesses its second guess

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This is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. So we have come full circle. Ousted President Mubarak is now a free man. Sort of. Here’s how the New York Times announced it: The judicial authorities in Egypt have ordered the

Ground control to former President Morsi

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. Is Egypt cooling off or heating up?  More US envoys are visiting Egypt to help negotiate a way out of the coup-less mess.  Good luck! Among the envoys are Paul Burns

John Kerry’s democratic coup in Egypt

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This post is part of Marc H. Ellis’s “Exile and the Prophetic” feature for Mondoweiss. To read the entire series visit the archive page. There he said it, Secretary of States John Kerry, commenting on the Egyptian coup: “The military was asked to intervene by millions and millions of people. The military did not take