Over two thousand Muslims returning from their Pilgrimage to Mecca are being prevented from returning home to gaza… not by Israel, but by their ally Egypt.

Palestinians have been a ‘pawn in the game’ for years as far as the Arab world is concerned alowing the zionists to continue with their genocidal policies against them…. SHAMEFUL!

Hamas urges Egypt to open Gaza border to pilgrims
Fearing Israel will arrest wanted militants making their way through with Muslim pilgrims returning from Mecca, Hamas demands more than 2,000 stranded Palestinians be allowed to return to Gaza through Rafah crossing

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Hamas Islamists called on Egypt on Saturday to open its shuttered border crossing with the Gaza Strip to let more than 2,000 Palestinians return to their Gaza homes from the annual haj pilgrimage in Mecca.

Hamas, which controls Gaza, is demanding that Egypt reopen the Rafah crossing to allow the pilgrims to pass directly into the coastal territory rather than force them to pass through Israeli border posts first.

Hamas fears Israel will arrest wanted militants among the pilgrims.

Hamas officials estimated that 2,200 Gaza pilgrims were stranded on ships at an Egyptian port on the Red Sea.

Israel believes some of the militants may be carrying money for Hamas and other groups.

“We are aware of the Israeli and American pressures on Egypt, and we urge Egypt to reject these pressures and to allow the pilgrims a safe return through Rafah,” Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri told a news conference.

Hamas said a 62-year-old woman who fell ill died aboard one of the ships, which have been stranded for a second day.

Abu Zuhri said the Gaza pilgrims have rejected Egyptian demands that they agree to return through Israeli-controlled crossings.

Egyptian officials had no immediate comment.

Israel and the United States are pressing Egypt to do more to prevent the smuggling of guns, explosives and funds into the Gaza Strip.

Egypt has rejected Israeli complaints about the smuggling, accusing Israel of trying to distract attention from settlement.

In mid-December, Israel allowed hundreds of Palestinians from Gaza to cross Israeli territory on their way to the annual haj pilgrimage.

Earlier in the month, about 2,200 pilgrims heading for Mecca crossed from Gaza into Egypt through Rafah.

1 Comment

  1. Don Robertson, The American Philosopher said,

    December 30, 2007 at 03:08

    I understand a lot of people get really riled about the situation in the Middle East. Step back.

    A lot of people have gotten really riled for a long time about the situation in the Middle East, and the effect of this constant in a growing trend isn’t making things any better.

    Not too many people are capable enough to be able to step back and look for the long term trends. But I think I’ve found one.

    Stop getting so riled.

    Young males spend a good proportion of their time in a riled state. I know, I was once, regardless of my current ancient and decrepid state, a young male.

    But I no longer get riled so easily, if when I do get riled I have a stubborn streak that will be the death of me.

    Stepping back from and, to view the situation, I think getting either older or more decrepid cured me of one malady and likely gave me the other.

    I write philosophy. Sometimes it’s pretty mediocre philosophy. Sometimes it is pretty inspired. Sometimes it’s entirely incomprehensible, like life.

    To write philosophy well, one has to read history, but not for the history of things, God forbid!, but to gage the humanity aspect of what has been happening since historians started writing all their history down.

    It’s astonishing what we consider brutal today given what happened in the past.

    To really compare, we’d have to look at, well, what’s going on all over the Middle East and a good portion of the rest of the world too. That’s pretty primitively brutal regardless of the historic comparisons.

    I guess Americans killed Indians, but you’d be wrong to think anyone is proud of it. Right now, no one in America is proud of anything greater than their dog or their newborn baby.

    There are a lot of crazy people in the United States right now. When you cannot afford to live like the pig you’re used to living as, it tends to drive people crazy. Guns have never been more popular here in the U.S.

    And, everyone is better armed too.

    And, everyone certainly seems to be riled.

    I’m speaking here of the Middle East.

    I have two references for everyone here that are a must in trying to understand this Middle East thing.

    The first is Mark Twain’s Innocents Abroad, now available online at:

    If you haven’t read this work, you are as feeble and just as disgusting as a cockroach. And furthermore, you have absolutely no possble chance of understanding anything, let alone the Middle East, where the latter part of this book is set in 1870.

    My second reference is to a portrait of King Louis XIV of France, aka The Sun King, painted by Hyancinthe Rigaud.

    The painter, “Hyacinthe,” was a guy, FYI.

    The reason I reference this work of art is because it has dawned on me that this portrait most exactly exemplifies how each of us views our ability to comprehend the world around us.

    My wife said, “He looks like a puff to me.”

    Au Contraire!, Sweetheart!

    This painting is nine feet tall.

    This guy, Louis XIV, The Sun King, he was the real deal, and he represented a significant leap forward for all of Europe, if you do not know your history.

    Now, were you to walk into the room where this painting is hanging in the Louvre, you would NOT think to yourself, What a puff.

    You would immediately say to yourself, Well, would you just take a look at that guy!

    And that is exactly how we view our ability to comprehend the world. Very impressive!

    We most often run the risk of looking as foolish as Louis XIV, because few of us has any more sense about it that the King had.

    Face it, you’re not going to see kids anywhere on the planet walking around with baseball like collector cards of Louis XIV in their shirt pocket.

    But still, the King did leave us behind a fine work of art! GWB won’t do so well.

    Unfortunately, most of us… No.

    All of us spend most of the time either looking through the wrong end of the binoculars, or the right end when we don’t need binoculars to see what we’re looking at at all.

    Don Robertson, The American Philosopher

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