Category Archives: Egypt

Former Israeli general: failed peace talks won’t lead to doom

Amos Yadlin is very comfortable with Israel’s regional situation. In a conversation with New York Times journalist Ethan Bronner, the former Israeli general predicted that the peace talks with the Palestinians would fail. “The chance of Kerry succeeding is like my chance to win the lottery if I didn’t buy a ticket,” he said, but dismissed predictions of doom if that came to pass, suggesting that Israel can cope with pressure and that the country should unilaterally withdraw to the line drawn by the West Bank separation barrier. Yadlin was also sanguine about the Arab Spring’s impact on Israel, saying that Arab countries are focused internally and that Egypt’s military regime is preferable to the Muslim Brotherhood.

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‘The clash of civilizations’ theory is absolutely and completely dead

The theory of the ‘clash of civilizations,’ promulgated by the late Samuel Huntington (above) and once widely taken seriously, has been destroyed by events of the past few years in The Middle East

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, Middle East, syria | 107 Comments

U.S. intel analysts doubt Israeli claim that captured weapons were headed to Gaza

Remember the massive Israeli photo ops earlier this month during the grand unveiling of “advanced” weapons bound for “terrorist organizations” in Gaza? Well, Reuters is reporting some US analysts don’t think it was headed to Gaza.

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, US Policy in the Middle East | 58 Comments

Detained, Deported, but not Deterred: Report from CodePink’s Int’l Women’s Day delegation to Gaza

The youngest American in CODEPINK’s International Women’s Day Delegation bound for Gaza recounts her 22 hours detained in the Egyptian airport.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 9 Comments

Journalist David Sheen delivers blistering indictment on Israel’s racist war on African migrants

The Israeli journalist David Sheen has brought the reality of Israel’s war on African migrants to American audiences over the past three weeks. The details he presents are downright devastating, documenting how a state founded to protect refugees has become a state systematically targeting refugees for indefinite imprisonment and deportation. As Sheen notes, at the root of these policies is the driving ethos in Israel of maintaining Jewish supremacy in the face of so-called demographic threats, whether they be Palestinian or African.

Posted in Activism, American Jewish Community, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Politics | Tagged | 55 Comments

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

Medea Benjamin shares her harrowing story of being detained in Egypt while on her way to mark International Women’s Day in Gaza.

Posted in Activism, Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine | 50 Comments

Notes from the cells

Nine women wait in a holding cell at the Cairo airport awaiting their deportation, after they tried to join a women’s delegation to Gaza. What do we have in common? writes Felice Gelman, above left. An interest in calling attention to the terrible plight the women of Gaza face particularly in the face of the tightening siege. The UN has cautioned an humanitarian disaster is imminent. And Israel, Egypt and the US all have their reasons for blockading the strip.

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The US charade in Egypt, Syria and Palestine

The charade is empowering – for the powerful. The charade is a disaster – for the suffering.

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

The gloom today about the prospects for genuine democracy in Egypt may be premature, explains a distinguished scholar. Yes, 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 libeled the Muslim Brotherhood as “terrorist,” despite no evidence, outlawed the organization and killed at least hundreds of its members. But doomsayers should look at European history.

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Are the Palestinians the losers of the Arab Spring?

Abdalhadi Alijla argues the Arab Spring has been counterproductive towards the Palestinian cause.

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

U.S. officials have announced that a chunk of the $1.3 billion in annual aid delivered to the Egyptian military will be suspended. In response, Israeli officials have cried foul, and say that they are worried about the impact the move will have on the peace treaty with Egypt. But a close look at the announcement reveals that Israel has little reason to worry.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 21 Comments

Gaza: Crushed between Israel and Egypt

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. And, as ever, Israel is far from an innocent bystander. Above, an empty tunnel connecting Egypt and Gaza.

Posted in Egypt, Gaza, Israel/Palestine, Occupation | 113 Comments

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

With the window on the Two State solution already closed, the Three State solution seems absurd. After the laughter subsides, though, take a look at the geopolitics in the evolving Middle East.

Posted in Egypt, Iran, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, Occupation, One state/Two states, syria, Turkey | 42 Comments

Canadians held in Egypt go on hunger strike to protest detention

Two Canadian citizens who were imprisoned by Egyptian security forces last month have now launched a hunger strike to protest their detention.

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Ilan Pappe weighs in on One State

Containment allows Israel to keep everything it has taken in Jerusalem and the West Bank – with more to come — Marc Ellis, at Mondo

Posted in American Jewish Community, Arab Spring, Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Israeli Government, Middle East, Occupation, One state/Two states, syria, US Policy in the Middle East | 27 Comments

Canadian filmmaker and doctor remain imprisoned in Egypt

Canadian citizens John Greyson and Tarek Loubhani remain locked up in Egyptian jail, and it remains unclear when they will be released. The pair had planned to go to Gaza via Egypt to work on an academic and medical project in partnership with al Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and Greyson had planned to conduct research in Gaza for a film project. The two were taken into custody by Egyptian police last week. Supporters of the two men are working hard to get them released.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine | 4 Comments

Egyptians rally in DC for General Sisi, rattling off conspiracy theories recycled from Islamophobes

Several hundred Egyptians and Egyptian-Americans hit the streets of Washington DC yesterday to show their support for General Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi and the regime that overthrew the elected President Mohamed Morsi in a military coup on July 3. The rally took on a festive atmosphere, with demonstrators hailing Sisi as their hero, and chanting against the “terrorist” Muslim Brotherhood and the man simultaneously funding them and receiving their millions: Barack Obama. The protesters also claimed that the Muslim Brotherhood was behind Anthony Weiner’s sexting scandal.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East | Tagged | 46 Comments

Egypt closes Rafah crossing to Gaza indefinitely

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, … Continue reading

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Foreign citizenship is dream ticket for Gaza residents as Egypt squeezes harder in wake of coup

European and foreign citizenship has become a dream for the people of Gaza, who are suffering while traveling from or arriving to the Gaza-Egypt border. Foreign citizenship has become all the more coveted in the wake of Egyptian restrictions at the Rafah border, which have intensified in recent days.

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

Israel and AIPAC are working hard to save Western aid to Egypt. The lobbying comes as reports emerge about the Obama administration potentially cutting off some aid to the Egyptian armed forces. But any suspension of aid this year would be largely symbolic: the vast majority of the $1.3 billion in annual military aid has already been disbursed. The real question is whether the full package of U.S. military aid will be disbursed next year.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East, US Policy in the Middle East | Tagged | 49 Comments

President Obama’s secret plan for Egypt

Can President Obama’s secret aid plan and Europe’s constructive engagement trump the will of alliance between Israel and Middle Easter dictators? Stay tuned – with little hope.

Posted in Arab Spring, Egypt, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 75 Comments

Why is the Egyptian regime demonizing Palestinians?


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 current regime since July 2013. Once again, the Palestinians have become the target of the Egyptian authorities’ security complex: They are the weakest link in the Arab chain and have no strong government to represent them.

Posted in Egypt, Israel/Palestine, Middle East | Tagged | 56 Comments

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

When we get to the last person standing the challenge is to survive. In a war of survival every ethical code is suspended – on all sides. Right now Egypt’s situation is worse than civil war where sides are clearly delineated. On the streets no one knows which side the other is on. Chaos is the result.

Posted in Egypt, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics | 30 Comments

Ground control to former President Morsi

The intrigue grows in Egypt. And the clock is ticking. The squares are still full. Muslim Brotherhood officials remain in jail or on the run. The 15 day charging period for former President Morsi is coming to an end. This raises another issue about formers. What to do with ex-Presidents who have been ousted by military coups?

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John Kerry’s democratic coup in Egypt

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 over, to the best of our judgment – so far.” Where did Kerry make his pronouncement? In another “democratic” country run by the military with the help of US aid – Pakistan.

Posted in Egypt, US Policy in the Middle East, US Politics, War on Terror | 9 Comments