They would never want to get into Egypt, they said. They would never give up staying in their land, they said. Every single last one of them would go back, they said. Right..
Eissa Sweillem entered Egypt
through the breached Gaza border — but not just to shop at stores. The
27-year-old unemployed Gaza man hopes to buy a fake Egyptian
identification card so he can get through security checkpoints and
across the desert to Cairo.
Egyptian officials say they have worked hard to keep Palestinians
bottled up near the border since hundreds of thousands poured across
after last week's breach. They are continuously stopped at checkpoints,
and most make it no farther than the first two towns: the divided city
of Rafah immediately at the border and El-Arish, about 40 miles away.
But some Palestinians, and perhaps also some weapons from Gaza, have made to other parts of Egypt, including Cairo.
Weapons? But they are only there to smell the sweet air of freedom. Why would they have weapons?
One state paper, Al-Ahram daily, quoted unnamed officials Wednesday as
saying Egyptian security forces had rounded up several armed
Palestinians across Egypt, foiling a number of terror attacks including
some planned against Israel.
Most Palestinians trying to get farther into Egypt insist they are
merely seeking work, or even just fun — any escape from Gaza. The
territory has been largely cut off from the outside world since Israel
and Egypt closed their borders following Hamas' violent takeover in June.
Sweillem and some friends, staying at the house of an Egyptian
Bedouin friend, want fake IDs so they can get to Cairo to find jobs. He
and his friend Abu Malek said they once worked as laborers in Israel
but have not been employed since Gaza's blockade.
Each was offering $50 for an ID card. But so far, their Bedouin
friend, haggling over the phone late at night, had found only one with
a picture that looked similar to another of Sweillem's friends.
There is one of them though, that I do sympathize with:
His cousin, a 22-year-old Gaza high school dropout who gave only his
first name, Muwaffaq, said the young men wanted to watch belly dancers
in Cairo night clubs and taste alcohol for the first time. Liquor is
not allowed in Hamas-controlled Gaza.
"I will not give up. I will keep on trying until I do it," Muwaffaq said.
Imagine. No Alcohol. The Horror!