Israel-Palestine News Compiler

Israel is profiting from Egypt-Hezbollah quarrel

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Israel and Egypt, Opinion Pieces by beyondtheborder on April 12, 2009

Israel, which can regard the events with some satisfaction, is keeping a low profile. Hezbollah’s penetration into Egypt, now facing a close race for Mubarak’s successor, leaves no doubt as to Iran’s intentions. This may result in increased security coordination between Israel and Egypt against arms smuggling into the Strip, and will apparently also dictate Cairo’s continued cool stance toward Gaza.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077896.html

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Egypt: We thwarted $2 million transfer to Hamas

Egyptian security sources said Saturday that police have detained a man they say was transporting $2 million to northern Sinai to be smuggled into the Gaza Strip to Hamas. The man, Hassan Mohamed Hassouna, was detained in Cairo along with his driver and eight-year-old son around a week ago, the sources said. The child was returned to his family in north Sinai after spending three days in detention, they added.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077737.html

Concern at border delays of Irish humanitarian aid to Gaza

Galway Palestine Children’s Appeal has expressed concern about further border delays which have prevented four containers of Irish humanitarian aid from being delivered to the people of Gaza.

Irish embassy officials in Egypt have been trying to track the containers, following their detention in the Egyptian port of Alexandria along with aid consignments sent from Britain and France.

For full article, visit http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/0411/1224244447547.html

Hamas denies involvement in alleged Hizbullah plot

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“Egyptian security is part of Palestine’s security,” Barhoum said, adding that Hamas “does not have any information about the group that was seized by Egyptian security but through media outlets.”

Egypt is holding some 49 people in detention on suspicion of working for the Lebanese resistance movement Hizbullah, the country’s attorney general has confirmed.

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37027

Egypt proposes West Bank-Gaza Strip unity committee

Posted in Adminstration and Government, Egypt and Palestine, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

“This was a last-minute proposal, the details of which are unclear, waiting to be clarified during the coming round of talks that will be held at the end of April,” he added.

Al-Bardaweel expressed hope of reaching an agreement during the coming round of talks, and affirmed that “it will not be the last, in the event that there are unresolved issues, because Hamas as well as Fatah is determined to keep the doors open for Palestinian unity.”

For full article, visit http://www.maannews.net/en/index.php?opr=ShowDetails&ID=37031

Egypt arrests 15 for building rockets

Posted in Egypt and Palestine, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 11, 2009

Egyptian security forces on Friday announced that they had detained 15 people on Friday over accusations they helped make rockets destined to be smuggled into the Hamas-run Gaza Strip via border tunnels.

The sources said authorities had confiscated the outer shells of 60 rockets from a metal workshop in the Sinai town of Sheikh Zuwayed, near the closed Rafah border crossing with Gaza.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077710.html

Hezbollah admits Running Guns to Gaza; Denies Accusations of Wanting to Launch Attacks in Egypt

Posted in Lebanon and Israel, The Gaza Strip by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

This is the first time the militant group has acknowledged Shehab was a member, although media reports in November linked him to the group. “What he [Shehab] really did was a kind of logistic work to help Palestinian brothers in transporting men and equipment for the resistance inside Palestine,” Nasrallah said.

During a live television address, Nasrallah denied accusations that Hezbollah is trying to harm Egyptian security or is planning attacks on Egyptian targets, saying such claims “are meant to sully the image of Hezbollah among the Egyptian people.”

“I fully reject and deny all charges that Hezbollah was intending to launch an act of aggression in Egypt or at any part of the world,” Nasrallah said on al-Manar Television.

For full article, visit http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1077695.html

Nasrallah said the aim of these accusation is to “agitate the Egyptian people and to defame Hezbollah’s pure and bright image.

“Such accusations aim to only please the Americans and Israelis for the Egyptian regime has failed by all means,” he said, and declared it was a “duty for Hezbollah” to help the Palestinians.

For full article, visit http://yalibnan.com/site/archives/2009/04/nasrallah_admit.php

“If helping the Palestinians is a crime, I officially admit to my crime … and if it is an accusation, we are proud of it. Everybody knows that this is not the first time Hezbollah has  tried to furnish arms to the Palestinians,” he said.Rula Amin, Al Jazeera’s correspondent in Beirut, said” “Hezbollah has never denied that it supports the resistance in Gaza.

“It sees it as a duty for all Arab countries to support Hamas, Islamic Jihad and other groups in Gaza in order to resist Israeli occupation. For Hezbollah, it would not be a shameful thing to smuggle money and weapons to Gaza.”

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/04/200941019538502350.html

Israeli conductor’s Egypt visit causes stir

Posted in Israel and Egypt by beyondtheborder on April 10, 2009

The Argentinian-born conductor was due to give a concert in January, but it was cancelled due to Israel’s deadly 22-day military onslaught of Gaza that ended on January 18.

The concert, Barenboim’s first in Egypt, has ruffled feathers in intellectual circles, with music critic Amgad Mustafa describing the visit as “sneaky normalisation” with Israel.

But Egypt’s culture minister was quick to defend Barenboim’s visit.

“This conductor has attacked Israeli policies and there has even been a request to have him stripped of his citizenship,” Faruq Hosni told AFP.

For full article, visit http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20090406/wl_mideast_afp/entertainmentmideastconflictegyptmusic

Egyptian security arrests 40 persons accused of gathering support for Hezbollah and Hamas

Posted in Arrests and Detentions, Internal Palestinian Affairs by beyondtheborder on April 8, 2009

Egyptian sources reported that the Egyptian police arrested 40 Lebanese, Egyptian and Palestinian nationals, including Arab residents of Israel, accused of aiding Hezbollah and of gathering financial support for Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

For full article, visit http://www.imemc.org/article/59831

Montasser al-Zayat, the defendants’ lawyer, told Al Jazeera on Wednesday that he was notified of the arrests after receiving a phone call from the family of Hani Sami Shihab, one of the detainees, saying that he had been taken by security forces and that they were unaware of the charges.

“I began to follow up the case in which seven of the 1948-Arabs [Palestinian Israelis] were arrested. Then information followed [of] Egyptian young men on charges of supporting members of Hezbollah to deliver aid and funds to Hamas and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip,” al-Zayat said.

For full article, visit http://english.aljazeera.net/news/middleeast/2009/04/20094845946844472.html

Netanyahu invited to Egypt for official visit

Posted in Internal Israeli Affairs, Israel and Egypt, Israel and the International Community by beyondtheborder on April 6, 2009

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak invited Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday for an official visit to Egypt.

Mubarak extended the invitation during a phone call to Netanyahu, in which he congratulated the prime minister on the formation of his new government. The pair stressed the strong relations between the two countries and said they would continue, and even strengthen in the future.

Source: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1076879.html

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