MSM stands by false reports about Egypt ending visa restrictions for Palestinians


Maan News Agency | July 23, 2012

NEW YORK (Ma’an) — Egyptian officials announced Monday that Palestinians will no longer need visas to enter the country, ending part of a five-year blockade on the Gaza Strip, The Associated Press reported.

Gazans will now be able to leave the coastal enclave freely. The decision also applies to Palestinians in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Officials at Cairo’s airport said they have received instructions to allow Palestinians of all ages to enter Egypt without any procedural impediments.

Deportation rulings for Gazans in Egypt were also canceled, sources told AP.

Security sources told Ma’an that Egyptian authorities were worried about opening the Rafah crossing for Palestinians due to the unstable security situation in the Sinai peninsula.

A Palestinian border official at Rafah told Ma’an that the Egyptian side has not informed them of any new arrangements or regulations.

Ayyoub Abu Shaar told Ma’an that 800-1000 passengers leave Gaza via Rafah everyday. According to regulations, which he says are still in place, men aged between 18-40 require a visa to cross into Egypt.

No formal announcement was made by Egypt’s government.

In March, a spokesman for the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood said that opening the border with Gaza was a priority for the group.

“I want the crossing to open completely, so that whoever wants to travel from Gaza can come to Egypt,” said Mahmoud Ghozlan.

“We support opening the crossing for import and export.”

Ismail Haniyeh, the head of Hamas’s Gaza government said recently that he was confident Egypt’s new president Muhammad Mursi would shield the coastal enclave from Israeli attack and fully open its borders to end a trade blockade.

The Gazan Islamists long complained that his predecessor Hosni Mubarak, ousted from power last year in a popular revolt, sided not just with Israel, but also with their political rival — President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah movement.

Israel tightened a land and sea blockade on Gaza in 2007 after Hamas took control of the coastal strip, restricting the movement of goods and the 1.7 million residents out of the 360 square kilometer territory.

Reuters contributed to this report


Related Facts

AP Jerusalem bureau stands by false report of “forced conversions” in Gaza
July 23, 2012 | Electronic Intifada

Al Ahram reports:
Palestinians still need visa to enter Egypt: Airport source
July 23, 2012 | Read the article at Al Ahram

Egypt Independent also debunks the rumour:
Official denies that new policy grants Palestinians visa-free entry
July 23, 2012 | Read the article at Egypt Independent

Maan News Reports one day later:
Ambassador: Regulations for Palestinians’ entry to Egypt not changed
July 24, 2012 | Read the Article at Ma’an News


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Martyred By Israeli Occupation Attacks

انّا للہ و انّا الیه راجعون

May Allah Subhana wa Ta’ ala grant the Shuhada Jannatul Firdaus, and ease it for their families, loved ones and anyone around them. Allahumma Ameen ya Rabbil Alameen. ‘ Inna Lillahi wa ‘ Inna ‘ Ilayhi Raji’un, Allahu Akbar

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* The list of shuhada does not display, the numerous victims of the zionist occupation which are undocumented by media. Nor it displays the victims of the “silent onslaught” due to restrictions of movement, ability to go to hospitals for treatment or life saving surgery, due to lack of medication because of the blockades and so on. For example: The Slow Motion Genocide by the Siege on Gaza only, killed 600 patients since Gaza got under Israeli Siege.

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Neither does this list, display the avoidable mortality. A clear and statistical factual evidence, about the number of deaths due to indecent ruling by occupation forces. For even an occupier has obligations under International Laws, Geneva Convention and the Hague regulations, which it is neglecting. These circumstances, together with deliberate policies of the occupier to neglect and even deny every basic human right, severes avoidable mortality which is totally silenced by media or reporting organisations. While in the Holocaust, 1 on 6 Jewish people directly died of deliberate neglect, so if we believe the facts over 1 million due to avoidable mortality, neither should these same circumstances be ignores which are ongoing in Palestine. For this report displays a avoidable morality of at least 0,5 million Palestinians.

How many more dead corpses of Palestinians does the international community need to see in order to act? How many more cruelties and violations of Human Rights, Regulations and International Law will be needed to intervene so this ongoing warcrime is being stopped once and for all.





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