A manhunt begins

The Egyptian authorities are freaking out over the idea that Palestinian Hamas Fighters might have infiltrated Cairo, and they have a good reason to be worried, with the arrest of 20 Palestinians carrying explosives at the borders, so they have started a man hunt all over Egypt:

Security services in Cairo, Giza and the border cities close to
Sinai have launched a wide campaign in the streets, hotels and
apartments in search for the Palestinians who succeeded in penetrating
the Rafah crossing to Sinai and the provinces.

Eyewitnesses
told al-Masry al-Youm that security forces are searching taxis and
trucks and are talking to passengers to identity them from their accent.

A
security source who requested anonymity said that security directorates
had instructions from the Ministry of Interior on Thursday to collect
the Palestinians from streets and hotels and detain them in preparation
for sending them back to Gaza. Also hotel and apartment landlords were
ordered to report to security if any Palestinian asked for housing

Following that, egyptian authorities arrested over 3000 Palestinians who were trying to reach Cairo and other cities all over Egypt, some of them even reaching Upper Egypt, which goes against the "we just want to trade and buy supplies story". What they were there for has not been announced, and is now open to speculation. 

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  1. ito
    January 29, 2008 at 8:52 am

    Do you think they wanted to see the site of the former Lighthouse of Alexandria?

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  2. satiricohen
    January 29, 2008 at 10:11 am

    I don’t get it – I thought Egypt and the Palestinians were “brothers” – is this any way to treat your own flesh and blood? So they come to visit – what’s the big deal?
    It’s not like it will kill you.

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  3. leo
    January 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm

    Why today? Just because of wall breach?

    Hamas was, is and will be in Egypt and in numbers they want to have. Do you think if they can smuggle goods they cannot smuggle people?

    People being hunted are just regular folks with money to spend. Tourists and merchants of a sort.

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  4. Markus
    January 29, 2008 at 2:28 pm

    the Zionists must be dancing in glee at all the idiots out there who propagate their lies, silly monkeys should be in the jungle eating bananas not sitting at a desk banging nonsense on a keyboard. thye same lies about hamas trying to smuggle weapons to jordan 2 years ago…why the hell would hamas want to do that? use ur damn brains and at least try to attach a reason to this crap

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  5. SandMonkey
    January 29, 2008 at 2:46 pm

    Well, hate to have to state the obvious, because I love to act like a brainless child in my posts, but in all likelihood 3,000 Palestinians trying to reach Gaza and Upper Egypt are simply trying to start a new life, as refugees (again), outside of Gaza. Gaza is one of the most densely populated areas of the world, where 87% of its residents in 2007 lived below the povery line. So obviously, it makes total sense that people would be trying to leave and live elsewhere.

    Of course, we could stick to my crazy conspiracy theories (which mirror the conspiracy theories of the left in terms of stupidity). Let’s stick to: thousands upon thousands of Gazans as well as countless bloggers conspired to INVADE Egypt, this was all premeditated. Also, Saddam is still alive, the Jews are responsible for 9/11, and Elvis and 2pac are vacationing in the Carribean.

    By the way, is anybody going to congratulate me for finally not cursing like a douchebag in one of my posts? I know, I think I’m cool and brilliant when I say thing like “fucken” and “motherfucker.”

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  6. EgyPeter
    January 29, 2008 at 4:40 pm

    LOL LOL!

    Surprise, surprise. Open borders with Hamasistan has brought Hamas fighters into Egypt….who woulda thunk it??

    I mean, I’m no rocket scientist…but I coulda told you this would have happened!

    Exactly what Egypt needs, right? Lol. Moronic policies lead to moronic results!

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  7. BUUUUURRRRNING HOT
    January 30, 2008 at 4:05 am

    thye same lies about hamas trying to smuggle weapons to jordan 2 years ago…why the hell would hamas want to do that?

    YOU ARE RAIT!!!!

    Hamas will definaitly smuggle weapons INTO GAZA not OUT OF GAZA to jordan or egipt. Since they need teh weapons to launch at teh j0000s.

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  8. Gila
    January 30, 2008 at 5:16 am

    “Do you think they wanted to see the site of the former Lighthouse of Alexandria?”

    I think the destination is the restored synagogue, in Cairo.

    Or perhaps Khan Hakhalili (coolest shuk ever!)

    Or the Museum.

    Or one of the many fine establishments where one can buy perfumes. I am not sure where these are, but all one has to do is stand there and at least 15 people, in mismatched, poorly-fitting suits, and all college professors, will run up and offer to lead you there.

    Gila

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  9. Gila
    January 30, 2008 at 5:26 am

    Oh, duuuhhh….I am such a doofus! They are coming for the CHOCOLATE! Cairo has great chocolate!

    So sorry–cannot believe I overlooked that and wasted everyone’s time with the market, the museum and the synagogue.

    My apologies.

    Gila

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  10. Markus
    January 30, 2008 at 5:36 am

    @ Sandmonkey
    you were talking about Hamas militants entering Egypt, and civilians wanting to find a safer place for themselves and their families. I am against the militants leaving Gaza, they have a damn Israel to fight. As for the refugees its the least Egypt can do for their neighbors, after all the back stabbing and treason over the years that lead to their demise, Egypt also has an obligation under international law to open its borders to those refugees, we are not talking about good manners towards your neighbor in distress here.

    @burning crap
    well, the funny thing about the jooos is that they think they know the Palestinians. they really dont. Im not a Joos hater, heck im not even Muslim, let me tell you something….Palestinians hate joos, i mean come on, you beat the shit out of us for decades, do u expect us to like u? and let me clear on one thing, any self respecting Palestinian would hate the Israelis….even us, Christian Palestinians, they would also need to smuggle weapons into Gaza..why not, who gave you the impression that its worng to attack israel? its no secret, may it burn in hell.

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  11. brooklynjon
    January 30, 2008 at 6:10 am

    Markus,

    If by accident of fate, you were born as a Jewish kid in Sderot, would you love the Palestinians? Just askin’.

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  12. Spanish Dancer
    January 30, 2008 at 6:31 pm

    “why not, who gave you the impression that its worng to attack israel? its no secret, may it burn in hell.”

    if you are a christian, you should know who.

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  13. Patrick
    January 30, 2008 at 10:32 pm

    brooklynjon, if by accident of fate you were born a Palestinian kid in Gaza or Ramallah, or better yet in Lydda or Jaffa circa 1948, would you love the Israelis? Didn’t think so…

    This is fucked up, I thought our forces were closing down access for Palestinians to the rest of Egypt. This is ridiculous that so many got away, absolutely fucked up. Who knows what they can do.

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  14. tedders
    January 30, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    “This is ridiculous that so many got away, absolutely fucked up. Who knows what they can do.”

    Have a reasonable immigration policy in the Arab states for peace loving Palestinians who want to be productive members of society. Why won’t Arab states accept Palis who want to escape the chaos? I think everyone knows the answer to that.

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  15. Twosret
    January 31, 2008 at 4:42 am

    I’m awaiting to hear all the terrorist stuff the Palestinians will do in Egypt keep me posted folks I will follow up on this thread for the next month or so.

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  16. Twosret
    January 31, 2008 at 4:45 am

    tedders,

    If another country invade the US and takes your land….you will not give it up and go to another country easily.

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  17. Twosret
    January 31, 2008 at 4:46 am

    oh and who said that there aren’t many successful peaceful Palestinians living all over the world and good citizens you never heard of those :)

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  18. karen
    January 31, 2008 at 6:05 am

    Here are some peaceful “refugees” ready to share their love with Israeli children in their uniquely Palestinian way! I guess they got lost on their way to Cairo!

    littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/

    Egypt Nabs Terror Cells in Sinai

    January 30, 08

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  19. habibi
    January 31, 2008 at 6:31 am

    “As for the refugees its the least Egypt can do for their neighbors, after all the back stabbing and treason over the years that lead to their demise, Egypt also has an obligation under international law to open its borders to those refugees, we are not talking about good manners towards your neighbor in distress here.”

    Egyptian backstabbing and treason lead to their demise? Add Egypt to the long list of those responsible for the situation Gazans find themselves in.
    Are Hamasforyourchildren obligated to obey international law? Why are all other countries incumbent and not Hamas led Gazans themselves? Blowing up Egypt’s border barrier and invading for a shopping spree aint following the letter of the law.

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  20. karen
    January 31, 2008 at 6:38 am

    Palestinians did not just have things done to them since 1948. They were active participants in how they ended up today. So were their “Arab” brothers who decided that war instead of compromise and sharing was the the way to go. A lot of good that did everyone! Life may be a bitch in Gaza, but it is the Palestinians and their leaders who made it that way. You can’t fight tooth and nail to kill Jews and not expect that they will do everything in their power to stay safe and alive; even if that means making life uncomfortable for those who want to kill you. And as for the stolen land mantra, give it a rest. The Jews bought land, won it in war and basically have a several thousand year old claim to it.

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  21. Markus
    January 31, 2008 at 2:18 pm

    at no point did I claim that the palis are saints…or politically smart or able for that matter, but they have to do what they need to do, and thats fight for their survival. Look peopel the least important think on our agenda is peace…screw peace..we want freedom, and I dont blame Jewish kids for hating Palis, Pali kids dont like Jewish kids in military uniforms stopping them from having a free life. Long before Hamas the Israeli army has made them refugees, so stop with the terrorism crap, the 09-11 complex will wear off and then no one will care if they are called terrorist anymore……call them what u want..the Palis will fight on it will never end, ur gonna have to kill them all off at the end, or vise versa it aint lookin good right now but its better to die in dignity than beg an egyptian …..goin out in a blaze of glory baby! yeah!

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  22. Xylo
    January 31, 2008 at 2:48 pm

    Karen

    basically have a several thousand year old claim to it.

    THis is nonsense. People have been moving around, driving out other people and being driven out, for thousands of years of human history. By your logic, anyone can have a claim to anything anywhere.

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  23. Twosret
    January 31, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    http://www.christianaid.org.uk/stoppoverty/conflict/facts/facts_figs.aspx

    The maths of occupation

    The figures tell the story: mounting poverty, mounting fatalities, and a shrinking percentage of land under Palestinian control. We do the maths on 40 years of occupation.

    A fatal conflict

    Between September 2000 and end of 2006:

    • 4,046 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and civilians
    • 701 Israeli civilians were killed by Palestinians
    • 316 Israeli forces personnel were killed by Palestinians
    • 811 Palestinian minors were killed by Israeli forces
    • 119 Israeli minors were killed by Palestinians.

    Poverty

    64 per cent of Palestinians live below the poverty line. In 1998 the figure was just 20 per cent.

    The majority of the Palestinian population now exist on less than £1.10 a day.

    78 per cent of Gazans are now without an income – partly because international sanctions against the Palestinian Authority has left it unable to pay teachers, nurses and other public sector workers.
    Separation barrier

    • On April 2006, the approved length of the final barrier was 703km long.
    • 247,800 Palestinians east of the barrier will be completely or partially surrounded, will require permits to live in their homes, and will only be able to leave their communities via a gate in the barrier.
    Settlements

    • Number of settlements in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: 129.
    • Number of settlers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories: 438,088.
    • Settlements west of the barrier: 48 with a total of 187,840 residents.
    • Settlements east of the barrier: 69, with a total of 57,330 residents.
    • Settlements in East Jerusalem: 12, with total of 192,918 residents.
    Lack of access to water

    Palestinian access to the occupied territories’ water supply is limited. Israel controls major Palestinian underground reserves such as the Mountain Aquifer, which runs along the border between the West Bank and Israel. It is the region’s largest, cleanest and most reliable water source and Israel currently earmarks 80 per cent of it for its own use. As a result, Palestinians in the West Bank suffer a permanent water crisis, making it impossible for them to meet their basic needs. Israel also prohibits Palestinians from drilling new wells or rehabilitating old ones.

    • Over 200 communities in the West Bank are not connected to a water network.
    • Israel has the highest per capita consumption of water in the region and uses far more than it produces.
    • Since 1967, Israel has met much of its water demands by drawing it from the Occupied Palestinian Territories.
    • Article 54 of Protocol I of the Geneva Conventions states: ‘It is prohibited to attack, destroy, remove or render useless objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population, such as foodstuffs, agricultural areas for the production of foodstuffs, crops, livestock, drinking water installations and supplies and irrigation work.’
    More than 80% of the water from the West Bank goes to Israel.
    • The Palestinians are allotted just 18% of the water that is extracted from their own land.
    • Israeli settlers living in the West Bank have un-metered access to water.
    • The Israeli settlers in the occupied territories benefit from more advanced pump technology and use as much as ten times more water per capita than Palestinians.
    Gaza and West Bank

    Total land mass of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank is about 6,200 square kilometres – roughly four times the size of Greater London.

    • Gaza is more densely populated than Greater London with some 5,500 people per sq km, compared with London’s 4,200 per sq km.
    • Palestinian Muslims make up about 90 per cent of the 3.9 million people living in the Occupied Territories (including East Jerusalem).
    • Approximately 3.9 million Palestinians live in the occupied territories.
    • Natural resources include arable land, natural gas and water aquifers.
    • The GDP of the occupied territories is $700 per capita per year. That’s the same as Afghanistan, and only slightly more than Sierra Leone, the world’s poorest country.
    Israel

    • About 6.35 million people live in Israel.
    • Israel’s GDP is US$26,200 per capita. That’s more than 20 times that of Palestinians living in the occupied territories.
    • About 6.1 million people live in Israel: 80.1% of Israel’s population is Jewish, 14.6% is Muslim and 2.1% is Christian and 3.2% other.
    • With a total land area of 20,770 sq km, Israel is about the same size as Wales.

    Sources: B’Tselem, 2007; UN OCHA, 2006; Negotiations Affairs Department, PLO, 2006; UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, January 2007; Israeli Central Bureau of Statistics; PA Central Bureau of Statistics; US AID and Palestinian Water Authority 2005; CIA World Factbook; UNRWA.

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  24. Twosret
    January 31, 2008 at 3:19 pm

    Markus,

    I wonder sometimes why zinonist Jews are associating themselves with an Egyptian blog and stays here day and night when there were many Egyptian terrorists especially 9/11 ?

    They believe that ALL Palestinians are terrorists but yet they are here for three years chatting their way up with many Egyptians.

    Aren’t they afraid for their lives? why should they trust SM can’t he be a spy that is appeasing them :)

    LOL

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  25. karen
    January 31, 2008 at 9:39 pm

    Xylo,

    And by your logic, the Palestinians should have no claim to Israel then :) They lost, get over it and move on, right?

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  26. brooklynjon
    January 31, 2008 at 11:35 pm

    Markus, Patrick,

    By accident of fate, my family was decimated by European Christians. A few members of my family survived, fortunately including my ancestors. I harbor no ill will towards Christians or Christianity, or to Europeans in general or Germans in particular. Japanese soldiers killed my cousins. I drive a Japanese car. My sister is married to a wonder Christian man. I adore him. So did my grandmother (of blessed memory) who lost most of her brothers and sisters and both of her parents to Christian violence and hate.

    If I were a Palestinian, I would want to make the best of the hand that I was dealt. I would move on. We cannot control the past, but we write the future.

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  27. brooklynjon
    January 31, 2008 at 11:39 pm

    And now anna will call me “sanctimonious” for saying that.

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  28. habibi
    February 2, 2008 at 12:41 am

    “I wonder sometimes why zinonist Jews are associating themselves with an Egyptian blog and stays here day and night when there were many Egyptian terrorists especially 9/11 ?”

    Twosret
    Many Egyptian terrorists especially 9/11?
    The ‘many’ was one.

    Maybe the Jooz come to an Arab blog to listen to a more critical commentary on PalestineTM.

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