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Egypt: Open the Gates of Gaza!

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Unconfirmed reports suggest possible developments at the Rafah Gaza gates. STRATFOR has issued a 'Red Alert' in which they relay unconfirmed reports that:

"The Egyptian police are no longer patrolling the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. Hamas armed men are entering into Egypt and are closely collaborating with the MB (Muslim Brotherhood)..."

Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood:

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110129-red-alert-hamas-and-muslim-bro...

Let it be!


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Gaza-Egypt Border Sealed Indefinitely

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=355471

"Egyptian authorities have closed the crossing with the Gaza Strip indefinitely as its army deploys in the northern Sinai, a Ma'an correspondent said Sunday.."


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Israel and Egypt (US Too) Coordinating Sinai Moves

http://bikyamasr.com/wordpress/?p=25050

"As far as I know, yesterday and the day before (Fri + Sat), Israel agreed to authorize the Egyptian military to bring more people into the Sinai,' Israeli Brigadier General Tzvika Foghel said in an interview on Sunday. These exceptional Egyptian military personnel have now deployed all along the border, from Gaza to Eilat, with some stationed near the Egyptian Sinai port of El-Arish, he indicated. 'We have the same interests,' Foghel said.

Meanwhile, in the past couple of days, there has been confusing and contradictory reports about what is going on now in the Sinai. Israel's Debka said...that members of the Izzehm al-Qasam brigades crossed from the Gaza Strip into the Sinai Peninsula overnight, (Sat to Sun) and battled Egyptian Interior Ministry special forces in Rafah and in El Arish...."


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Otherwise Occupied - by Amira Hass

http://www.zcommunications.org/otherwise-occupied-it-all-depends-on-the-...

"Expecting to see the residents of Gaza and Ramallah rise up in a show of solidarity with the Egyptians and Tunisians? Don't count on it. 'We instigated 2 intifadas and look what came of them - the situation only got worse,' he told me..."


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Israel called on the United States and a number of European countries over the weekend to curb their criticism of President Hosni Mubarak to preserve stability in the region.

Jerusalem seeks to convince its allies that it is in the West's interest to maintain the stability of the Egyptian regime. The diplomatic measures came after statements in Western capitals implying that the United States and European Union supported Mubarak's ouster.

Israel urges world to curb criticism of Egypt's Mubarak
Although the crusader states are concerned about developments in Araby, no Salah-al-din, around whom the uprisings can focus, is appearing.

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Whose watching the bankers?  Remember the Shah?  Flew out of Iran with gold toliets.  How about Marcos in the Phillipines?  Who needs over 1000 pairs of shoes?  Mubarak and his ruling class could be using this time to pilfer the banks and plunder the wealth of Egypt.  Then they'll flee to the welcoming arms of the Sauds.


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Israel Sends SOS to World Leaders to 'Save' Mubarak

http://www.middleeastmonitor.org.uk/news/middle-east/2003-israel-sends-s...

"Political sources in Israel highlight the importance of Egypt's stability for the Zionist state, suggesting that any 'fundamental' change in the Cairo regime would lead to an 'upheaval in the notion of Israeli security'."

Police Ban Egypt Solidarity Rally in Ramallah

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=355771

"There were orders that no event related to Tunisia or Egypt was allowed at this time, the organizer said.."


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Crunch time! When it counts...

Who really supports freedom, justice and democracy
vs
Who claims they support freedom, justice and democracy but really don't.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak

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Hosni Mubarak, Egypt's president, has sworn in a new cabinet in a bid to quell days of mass uprising against him and the government.

Three former senior officers are included in the line-up, suggesting a strong security presence in the new government.

Mahmoud Wagdi, a retired police general, was appointed the country's new interior minister, replacing Habib el-Adli, who was criticised for brutality inflicted on protesters.

Wagdi was previously head of Cairo criminal investigations department and also a former head of prisons.

Protesters had demanded Habib al-Adli, the former interior minister, be sacked after police used force on protesters including beatings, tear gas and firing rubber bullets.


Ahmed Abul Gheit, the foreign minister, retained his job, as did General Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, the defence minister, state television reported.

A deputy prime minister, finance minister and trade minister, were also appointed in the ceremony on Monday.

The Egyptian Military:

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The Egyptian army has said it would not use force against citizens staging protests to force President Hosni Mubarak to step down In a statement on Monday it said "freedom of expression" was guaranteed to all citizens using peaceful means.

It was the first such explicit confirmation by the army that it would not fire at demonstrators who have taken to the streets of Egypt and comes a day before before Tuesday's "march of millions" to mark the seventh day of the protests as anti-government sentiment reaches a fever pitch.

"The presence of the army in the streets is for your sake and to ensure your safety and wellbeing. The armed forces will not resort to use of force against our great people," the army statement said.

"Your armed forces, who are aware of the legitimacy of your demands and are keen to assume their responsibility in protecting the nation and the citizens, affirms that freedom of expression through peaceful means is guaranteed to everybody."

It urged people not resort to acts of sabotage that violate security and destroy public and private property. It warned that it would not allow outlaws and to loot, attack and "terrorise citizens".

Protesters have called for a massive demonstration and a rolling general strike on Tuesday.

The so-called April 6 Movement said it plans to have more than one million people on the streets of the capital Cairo.

US President Barack Obama

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U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday called for an orderly transition in Egypt to a government that reflects the aspirations of the Egyptian people. The president spoke by telephone with world and Middle East leaders about the situation in Egypt.

President Obama reiterated the focus he has placed on opposing violence, calling for restraint and supporting universal rights, including the right to peaceful assembly, association and speech.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

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Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem that Israel was following the developments with "concern and vigilance, in the hope that peace, stability and security will be maintained."

He noted that the uprising in Egypt is not being led by radical Islam, but added, "In a state of chaos, an organized Islamist element can take over countries. It happened in Iran."

Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper:

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Canada wants to see a transition toward greater democracy and freedom in Egypt, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Monday.

But Harper stopped short of calling for the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in the face of continuing protests over his three decades of rule.

"We want to see a transition towards basic values of freedom, democracy, human rights and justice," Harper told the House of Commons on Monday. "We want to make sure the transition does not tend towards violence, instability and extremism."



My 2 cents:

Egyptians and all people have a fundamental human right to choose their leader by a free and fair process which reflects accurately the will of the people. Elections are one way to achieve this.

Also everyone has a fundamental human right to peaceful assembly/protest and free speech.


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Galloway's Real Deal on these 'Uprisings' (vid)

http://www.presstv.ir/Program/162870.html

 


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If the military is focused on Cairo and major cities, then Rafah and the tunnels aren't as closely watched.  I would be surprised if Gaza militants weren't trying to take advantage of the chaos in Egypt.

 

Quote:  Meanwhile, in an unusual move and with Israel's agreement, Egypt moved some 800 soldiers into Sinai in order to deal with the Bedouin unrest in the peninsula. The deployment of the troops in the Sinai is an infringement of the peace agreement signed between the two countries in 1979, which requires the area to be demilitarized.

The Egyptians asked to move two battalions into the area of Sharm el-Sheikh in southern Sinai, out of concern that the upheaval there may spiral out of control. Egypt has moved troops into the area with Israel's acquiescence on a number of occasions in the past five years, mostly to secure the border area with the Gaza Strip and counter the smuggling of weapons to Hamas. There are concerns that Hamas may use the unrest in Egypt to infiltrate terrorists into Sinai for attacks on Israel through the peninsula. \

http://www.haaretz.com/print-edition/news/pm-warns-islamists-could-take-...

 

 


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People in Egypt can now tweet without the Internet = pass the word along, anyway you can to notify every Egyptian on the streets.

Anyone can tweet by simply leaving a voicemail on one of these international phone numbers (+16504194196 or +390662207294 or +97316199855) and the service will instantly tweet the message using the hashtag #egypt. No Internet connection is required. People can listen to the messages by dialing the same phone numbers or going to twitter.com/speak2tweet.

 

 


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earth_as_one wrote:

The Egyptians asked to move two battalions into the area of Sharm el-Sheikh in southern Sinai, out of concern that the upheaval there may spiral out of control. 

 

Mubarak has been in hiding in Sharm el-Sheikh since day two or three of the uprising.  He probably wants the battalions in Sharm el-Sheikh to protect him. Maybe one of them will pull an Indira Ghandi on him. 


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NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:
Red Alert: Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood:

http://www.stratfor.com/analysis/20110129-red-alert-hamas-and-muslim-bro...

Let it be!

It seems that the old Gladio Gang and Muslim Brotherhood are old friends:

historycommons.org wrote:
In 1954, Egyptian President Gamal Abddul Nasser’s nationalist policies in Egypt come to be viewed as completely unacceptable by Britain and the US. MI6 and the CIA jointly hatch plans for his assassination. According to Miles Copeland, a CIA operative based in Egypt, the opposition to Nasser is driven by the commercial community—the oil companies and the banks. At the same time, the Muslim Brotherhood’s resentment of Nasser’s secular government also comes to a head. In one incident, Islamist militants attack pro-Nasser students at Cairo University. Following an attempt on his own life by the Brotherhood, Nasser responds immediately by outlawing the group, which he denounces as a tool of Britain. The following years see a long and complex struggle pitting Nasser against the Muslim Brotherhood, the US, and Britain. The CIA funnels support to the Muslim Brotherhood because of “the Brotherhood’s commendable capability to overthrow Nasser.” [Baer, 2003, pp. 99; Dreyfuss, 2005, pp. 101-108]

Although, today we have the situation where Russia supports the Palestinians and Hamas. So, where is this all going? Does the Brotherhood represent a threat to US interests/meddling in Egypt? Perhaps not.


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Gazans Hope Egyptian Upheaval May Unlock Border

http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/middle-east/gazans-hope-egyptia...

"there is widespread optimism that an upheaval in Egypt could lead to better days in Gaza. The Hamas government is unwilling to open the gates without Egyptian permission and it remains unclear who is manning the Egyptian side of the border. They hope people in Egypt will look after the Gaza Strip. 'Old women used to say, if you see clouds in the sky of Egypt, rain is expected in Gaza. The good news is coming...'"


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NoDifferencePartyPooper wrote:

Gazans Hope Egyptian Upheaval May Unlock Border

http://www.thenational.ae/news/worldwide/middle-east/gazans-hope-egyptia...

"there is widespread optimism that an upheaval in Egypt could lead to better days in Gaza. The Hamas government is unwilling to open the gates without Egyptian permission and it remains unclear who is manning the Egyptian side of the border. They hope people in Egypt will look after the Gaza Strip. 'Old women used to say, if you see clouds in the sky of Egypt, rain is expected in Gaza. The good news is coming...'"

 

Any change Egypt has to be an improvement for Gaza and Palestinians in general.  A free Egypt will be far less deaf to the screams of millions of people next door as they are bombed and starved than the current puppet dictatorship.  If a free Egypt cuts America's strings and charts an independent course, American taxpayers might save billions in bribe money they currently pay each year to aid the Egyptian dictator.


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Here is an excellent analysis on Rabble:

Falling Arab Dictatorships and Israeli Government Panic

 


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Heard this song before.

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak will say in a speech Tuesday that he will not run in the September election, according to Al Arabiya television.

The report comes after thousands gathered in Cairo's Tahrir Square on Tuesday for a peaceful "march of a million people," demanding for an eighth straight day that Mubarak end his authoritarian rule and step down.

Egypt's last parliamentary elections were Nov. 28, 2010, with opposition candidates and parties claiming voting fraud and intimidation was widespread. The next presidential election is scheduled for September 2011.



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/01/mubarak-speech-.html#ixzz1CjsYj4LJ


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I doubt anything short of a resignation and handing power over to a unity government will satisfy the protesters.  If Mubarak stays in power, Egypt will continue to be a shamocracy.


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Revolution Spreads to Egypt's Deprived Sinai

http://www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=54309

"A Bedouin youth casually spreads out a piece of cloth before a police headquarters in Sheikh Zwayyed town in Sinai, the vast desert to the east of Cairo across the Suez. 'I will leave when Mubarak leaves', he says.."

Israel's Fears Over Egyptian Uprising A Very Good Sign..

http://www.activistpost.com/2011/02/egyptian-uprising-must-address-us.html

"If the Arab people succeed in ousting the despotic, treasonous rulers of the Middle East - who oppress their own people while serving the neo-colonial, imperial, and/or geo-political interests of the West, including tolerating and facilitating Israel's crimes in Palestine - then they may finally be able to live as free and self-determining peoples and eventually to help to bring the same reality to the Palestinians.."


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Mubarak's announcement seems to have had the desired effect. Some protestors think it is adequate while others do not. That helps to hive off the former and diminish the size of the protestors. I've seen this tactic used in contract negotitions many a time.

ETA:

The Egyptian military is calling on anti-government demonstrators to clear the streets and go home, saying their message has been heard.

President Hosni Mubarak, who has ruled the country for nearly 30 years, said Tuesday he would not run in the presidential election scheduled for September.

"Your message has arrived, your demands became known ... you are capable of bringing normal life to Egypt," military spokesman Ismail Etman said Wednesday



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/02/egypt-mubarak-military.html#ixzz1Cnt9tVTX


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Here's the pessimistic view on what happens next - http://mideast.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2011/02/02/game_over_the_chance_for_democracy_in_egypt_is_lost

 

Sadly, it's kind of convincing.


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Quote:

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak's son will not attempt to succeed his father in elections later this year in deference to anti-government protesters, according to a report on state television.

Vice-President Omar Suleiman on Thursday announced the intentions of Gamal Mubarak, who had long been expected to succeed his father, something widely opposed by Egyptians



Read more: http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2011/02/03/egypt-clashes-mubarak.html#ixzz1Cv74SxAW


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The Foreign Policy article is convincing. If so, the impacts on Gaza will not be positive either.


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Rights Group: PA Banning Freedom of Expression

http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=356945

"A Palestinian rights group on Thursday warned of deteriorating freedom of expression in the West Bank as the PA banned 'unlicensed assembly' in response to rallies in solidarity with Egyptians. In a statement, the Palestinian Commission for Human Rights condemned the PA's closure of the demonstrations.."

No wonder Canada funds these collaborators


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One would hope that the concept of "Israel" would already be seen as obsolete.  And that Jews and Arabs can live together again as they had in peace for centuries without conflict.


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US Savage Imperialism Part 3  -  by Noam Chomsky

http://www.zcommunications.org/u-s-savage-imperialism-part-3-by-noam-cho...

"Q: Can you talk about Egypt's role in supporting the siege of Gaza and also about the steel wall it's building..?"


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Rallies Throughout Palestine in Solidarity With Egypt/Tunis Uprisings - by Mazin Qumsiyeh

http://uprootedpalestinians.blogspot.com/2011/02/rallies-throughout-pale...

"Demonstrations last week in support of the Egyptian people were suppressed by the Hamas-ruled authority in Gaza and by the Fatah - ruled authority in the West Bank (both in violation of Palestinian law that guarantee freedom of assembly and expression).


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The Tunisian, Egyptian, Jordanian, and other risings are a reawakening of Arab nationalism, the viral force that dictatorships like Mubarak's are paid billions yearly to suppress. Like all nationalisms, the Arab variety demands that there be a collective response to the hurts and insults committed against the Arab Nation, and the attainment of a justice that is worthy of the people. Arab nationalism is anathema to U.S. imperialism, and cannot long coexist with an aggressive, racist and expansionist Zionism whose very presence in the region represents humiliation and defeat and an absence of justice.

Arab nationalism is more dangerous to imperial hegemony than Islamist politics - which is why the Americans and Israelis encouraged the rise of Islamism as a counterweight to Arab nationalism and secular left movements. Arab nationalism requires no imams or other intermediaries or experts to justify collective action in service of the people. The path to mass mobilization can be direct and democratic, as evidenced by the spread of the Pan-Arab conflagration from the spark in Tunisia only weeks ago.

Glen Ford


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'Egypt Revolution Also Against Israel'

http://www.presstv.com/detail/164174.html

"Former Arab League chief Clovis Maksoud says the Egyptian revolution against President Hosni Mubarak's regime is also an uprising against Israel. He further pointed out that this rebellion is also against Egypt's peace treaty with Israel. 'Part of this revolution is going to project a new foreign policy whereby Egypt will free its historical role and be a deterrent function against the Israeli's expansion, aggression and racism,' he went on to say."

'Israel Wants Suleiman to Lead Egypt'

http://www.presstv.com/detail/164165.html

"Israel favors Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman to be President Hosni Mubarak's successor, US diplomatic cables revealed by British media say. Suleiman kept daily contact with Tel Aviv through a secret 'hotline' the cables said.."


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This revolution has more to do with the price of food, tyranny and the level of disparity between the wealthy connected and the impoverished unconnected.  Not everything happening in the Arab world has to do with Israel. 


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earth_as_one wrote:

This revolution has more to do with the price of food, tyranny and the level of disparity between the wealthy connected and the impoverished unconnected.  Not everything happening in the Arab world has to do with Israel. 

True, but Israel is about to find the local neighbourhood considerably less friendly once their puppet Mubarek is gone.


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