Is revolution coming to Egypt?

The most disgusting and discouraging apect of the latest Israeli bout of genocide is not that the Israelis murder and maim again: that is what they do, and it is what they have to do to keep their colonizing effort alive – zionism is like islamism: it needs eternal wars and enemies to keep it going. It is not even the usual empty blabbering of Arab state leaders – an ’emergency’ meeting of the Arab League next friday? Wow, the Israelis must be trembling in their warboots! The Arabs are going to come together and talk! Shudder and fear! Even Nasrallah is just speeching and threatening and not doing anything, even while Israeli planes are flying mock raids over southern Lebanon…. A big demonstration in Dahiyyeh is planned today, but will hardly change anything either…
No, the most disgusting aspect of this entire warcrime is the corrupt senile pharaoh of Egypt actually fighting on the side of Israel. The Egyptians have not only been blocking the Arab League meeting planned for yesterday, they are actively preventing wounded Gazans from escaping to their country, keeping the Rafah border crossing closed, and even refuse to let three Qatari planes’ worth of aid goods into Gaza. Nasser must be turning in his grave…

By the way, Juan Cole on Informed comment gives a handy list of the actual death figures of the last eight years of Israeli occupation: ‘Israel blames Hamas for primitive homemade rocket attacks on the nearby Israeli city of Sederot. In 2001-2008, these rockets killed about 15 Israelis and injured 433, and they have damaged property. In the same period, Gazan mortar attacks on Israel have killed 8 Israelis. Since the Second Intifada broke out in 2000, Israelis have killed nearly 5000 Palestinians, nearly a thousand of them minors. Since fall of 2007, Israel has kept the 1.5 million Gazans under a blockade, interdicting food, fuel and medical supplies to one degree or another. Wreaking collective punishment on civilian populations such as hospital patients denied needed electricity is a crime of war. The Israelis on Saturday killed 5% of all the Palestinians they have killed since the beginning of 2001! 230 people were slaughtered in a day, over 70 of them innocent civilians. In contrast, from the ceasefire Hamas announced in June, 2008 until Saturday, no Israelis had been killed by Hamas. The infliction of this sort of death toll is known in the law of war as a disproportionate response, and it is a war crime.’


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