Egyptian March to Rafah, in Support of Palestinian
Right of Return
May 14, 2011
Haniyah lauds Tahrir Square rally
[ 13/05/2011 - 09:59 PM ]
The Palestinian Prime Minister of the Gaza government, Ismail Haniyah
lauded the participant in the rally that took place Friday in the
Egyptian capital Cairo in support of the Palestinian cause.
Haniyah sent a message to the participants in the rally praising the
Egyptian people and their revolution and expressed appreciation for
Egyptian protests in support of Palestinian rights stressing that
resistance will not be abandoned and rights will not be conceded.
He also told the protesters, who called on Palestinians never to give
up armed resistance, that his movement will not recognise the “Zionist
The Egyptian protesters called on Palestinian resistance not to give
up arms until complete liberation. They also chanted “down with Israel”
and “To Jerusalem we are going, martyrs in our millions”. They called
for the release of Palestinian prisoners in Egyptian jails.
Haniyah stressed the importance of ending political detention in the
West Bank to achieve firm unity on the ground.
Haniyah said in a statement after the Friday prayer in Gaza in the
company of the Secretary General of the Egyptian Labour Party and
presidential candidate Majdi Hussain: “We are following up the file of
political prisoners the release of whom we consider to be essential for
the reconciliation to succeed.”
Citing Security Concerns, Egypt Demands
Cancellation Of “The Return March”
Friday May 13, 2011 10:18 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC & Agencies
The Ministry of Interior in Egypt demanded organizers of the Return
March to cancel their May 15 “The Return Procession” to Gaza, due to
what it called the “current delicate security situation in the country”.
The Ministry issued a statement calling on all parties that planned
the procession in Cairo and in Gaza, to cancel their activity “in order
to avoid potential dangers and security issues that could take place due
to the current situation in Egypt”.
The procession is planned to
be held on May 15, the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day that marks the occupation
of historic Palestinian and the creation on Israel; the protesters will
be marching in support to the Palestinian Refugees’ Right of Return, the
Palestinian cause, and the release of Palestinian political prisoners.
The Egyptian Ministry of Interior said that it supports the
Palestinian people and their cause, and supports the Palestinian
legitimate struggle towards liberation and independence.
15th procession was called for by several social and political parties
calling for a massive nonviolent march starting from the Al-Tahrir
Square in Cairo, and several areas in Egypt, heading towards the border
with the Gaza Strip.
The organizers of the protests said that
this act aims at affirming the Right of Return to all Palestinian
refugees, and calls on Egypt to permanently open the Rafah Border
Ahmad Al-Zeer, spokesperson of the preparation
committee for the Return Procession stated that the march is nonviolent
in nature, and has no other aims rather than ensuring the implementation
of the Right of Return that was granted to the Palestinian refugees
sixty-three years ago.
During a press conference at the Al-Manara
news Agency on Thursday, Al-Zeer said that May 15 “will be the beginning
of a long-term popular movement that will escalate and take different
forms and shapes until its ends it all cities and towns where the
refugees were displaced”.
He also denounced that silence of the
United Nations and different international human rights groups while the
Palestinian people continue to suffer under occupation and the refugees
continue to live is Diaspora.
Marking The Nakba Day On May 15, Egyptians Plan To March To
Friday May 13, 2011 05:09 by Saed Bannoura - IMEMC News
As the Palestinians prepare to mark the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day on
May 15, thousands of Egyptians are said to be preparing to march to the
Gaza Strip to challenge the illegal Israeli siege on the coastal
enclave. They intend to attempt to cross into the coastal region via the
Rafah Border Terminal, between Gaza and Egypt.
mark May 15 each year as the Nakba (Catastrophe) Day that marks Israel’s
creation in historic Palestine in 1948, when the Israeli forces
displaced more than 700.000 Palestinians, forcing them into different
Arab countries and into the West Bank.
During the Nakba, Israel
wiped out more than 500 Palestinian villages and towns, eventually
leading 4.7 million Palestinians to become refugees in different Arab
countries and in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.
Egyptian activists plan to protest the illegal Israeli siege on Gaza,
and to express their solidarity with the Palestinian people living under
Israeli occupation, and struggling to achieve liberation and
Israel passed several laws outlawing the marking
of the Nakba in the 1948 territories. The same day, May 15, is marked in
Israel as “Independence Day”.
Meanwhile, the Egyptian Ministry of
Interior demanded the organizers of the march to Gaza not to hold their
protest “due to the sensitive and delicate situation Egypt is currently
going through”, the Quds Press reported.
Furthermore, a number of
civil-society institutions and organization in Britain, known for their
support to human rights and the Palestinian cause, called on the Arab
and Muslim residents of Britain and their supporters to participate in
the massive protest in front of the British Parliament this Saturday,
May 14th, marking the 63rd anniversary of the Nakba.
rule of former Egyptian President, Hosni Mubarak, the Egyptian regime
collaborated with Israel in enforcing the illegal siege on Gaza by
closing the Rafah Terminal, the only gateway that in not controlled by
the Israeli forces.
Mubarak was removed from power in late
January this year following massive Egyptian protests demanding his
removal and real changes in the country.
Israel never recognized
the internationally guaranteed Right of Return of the Palestinian
refugees and all related United Nations and Security Council resolutions
regarding the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, especially United Nations
General Assembly Resolution #194 that was passed on December 11, 1948,
near the end of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War calling for the Right of
Return of the
Israel also never
recognized resolutions 242,181 and other resolutions calling for its
withdrawal from occupied Arab and Palestinian territories.
Israel occupied West Jerusalem in 1948 declaring it as its capital;
following the 1967-six-day war, Israel occupied East Jerusalem.
In 1980, the Israeli Knesset illegally passed the so-called “Jerusalem
Law” annexing East Jerusalem, and declaring Jerusalem “complete and
united” as the capital of Israel.
The United Nations then issued
Security Council Resolution number 478 declaring the Israeli “Jerusalem
Law” as “null and void” as it violates different related resolutions and
the International law. Israel never complied with any resolution.
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* For detailed information of the Nakba, reports, maps
and testimonies please refer to this link on Palestine Remembered
"The core issues of the Palestinian-Israeli are the collective
dispossession and ethnic cleansing (compulsory population transfer to
achieve political objectives) of the Palestinian people for the past six
decades. In our opinion, the conflict would have been at the same level
of intensity even if both parties had been Jewish, Muslims, or
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