British MP & terrorist-sympathizer, George Galloway, and his gang of international activists demanding to be allowed into Gaza to bring aid to Hamas terrorists have been blocked and roughed up by Egyptian police.
Eighty-six international activists and journalists have reportedly entered Gaza carrying aid, but the Egyptian government is continuing to block more than 1,200 other other activists with the Gaza Freedom March from crossing the border. Organizers said Egypts position has prevented more aid from entering Gaza. Meanwhile, in Cairo, plainclothes Egyptian police officers beat members of the Gaza Freedom March as they staged a demonstration to demand the right to enter Gaza. Protesters were reportedly beaten with blows to the head and forcefully kicked. Other activists were detained in hotels.
But that’s not all….Cairo has stepped up its siege measures against the Hamas-ruled Gaza. To cut off its smuggling routes through Sinai, Egypt is reinforcing the wall of iron plates embedded along the border of the southern Gaza Strip with a new pipe for flooding the smuggling tunnels with Mediterranean water. It is also building an electronic fence.
Egypt’s reckoning with the Palestinian extremist Hamas is even bitterer than Israel’s. This was the message Egyptian Intelligence minister Gen. Omar Suleiman carried to Jerusalem on Dec. 20 when he arrived to prepare the ground for the Mubarak-Netanyahu talks. “We’re finished with them,” he said in reference to the Palestinian extremists.
Mubarak’s demand for a Palestinian quid pro quo will be hard for the Israeli prime minister to resist without an open breach with Egyptian president, whom he has deliberately cultivated since taking office in March – especially when Egypt’s siege measures are a lot tougher than Israel ever ventured. Examples of Egypt’s measures are:
1. Iron Blind, made up of armored iron plates 18 meters long and 50 cm thick driven into the ground along the 14-km Philadelphi border dividing the Gaza Strip from Egyptian Sinai.
2. Along the same route, Egypt is building a giant underground pipe to carry water from the Mediterranean and flood the tunnels. The water will percolate to the deepest smuggling routes, down to 80 meters, which serve the terrorists as conduits for weapons deliveries. The pipeline’s branches will inundate broad areas on both sides of the border.
3. An electronic fence is going up on the Gaza-Sinai border, like the one Israel has set up along its border with the Gaza Strip. It will have two openings equipped with cameras and electronic eyes supplied by the US army.
4. Egyptian forces have made it impossible for the 250-truck convoy of medical aid organized by the British politician George Galloway to reach the Gaza Strip through Sinai. It is now stranded in the Jordanian capital.
Galloway’s plan was to use Jordanian ferries to carry the trucks from the Red Sea port of Aqaba to Sinai, disembark at Nuweiba and drive by road north to Gaza. But Cairo informed him Sunday, Dec. 27, that his convoy could access Sinai only through its northern port of El Arish and must do so by Jan. 4. To reach el Arish, the trucks would have to go all the way round from Jordan through Syria and Turkey and then find a ship sailing to El Arish, a maneuver that is undoable by Cairo’s deadline. (HA HA HA) DEBKA