The relationship between Egypt and Hamas reached a new nadir yesterday with a court decision to ban the movement’s activity in Egypt and seize its offices and assets. This is one step before declaring Hamas a terrorist organization, which is how the Muslim Brotherhood is designated.
…the ruling is a significant statement that undermines the movement’s legitimacy in Egypt, and reflects the Egyptian public’s mindset since the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood’s regime, whose leadership is accused of conspiring with Hamas against the state. Blocking Hamas’ access to Egypt is considered a legitimate response, and part of the military’s struggle against terrorism in Sinai, despite the perception that Hamas is now the primary resistance force against Israel.
It’s no wonder that Hamas spokesmen yesterday accused the court and the Egyptian government of defending Israel’s interests and cooperating with Israel against “the interests of the Palestinian people.”
No less important is the closure Egypt has imposed on the Gaza Strip, which includes a very partial opening of the Rafah crossing (only three days every two weeks) and the refusal to allow Egyptian solidarity missions into the Strip. Egypt is thus complementing the Israeli blockade on Gaza, which, together with the destruction of the smuggling tunnels that served to transfer goods and cash into the Strip, is putting the Hamas regime on the brink of bankruptcy.
Benjamin was detained and deported because the Egyptian government viewed her as a supporter of a terrorist movement, or, as Benjamin put it: “It was like I was a terrorist.” A terrorist who claimed to be roughed up, despite being permitted to keep her backpack and cell phone on her in the holding cell so she could live-tweet about the rotten dinner.
Too bad she didn’t tweet the terrorist remark. Then the American media might have been forced to mentioned it and possibly address why she was detained in the first place: not because she is a woman, or an anti-war activist, or a so-called champion of human rights, or even an American, but because she’s an outspoken supporter of a terrorist organization.
Finally, someone is telling it like it is. No wonder the MSM doesn’t want to report it.