We begin our tour of the newspapers published on Saturday with the Palestinian newspaper Al-Ayyam, which published an article by the Egyptian writer Hassan Abu Talib entitled “Egypt and Post-Armistice Anxiety” about a number of major questions that raise Egypt’s concern about what is happening in the Gaza Strip, and what these events could lead to. Bearing threats and challenges that require a decisive stance and diligent movements in more than one direction.
The writer says that Egyptian policy combines working to build a state of calm on the one hand, that is, stopping the killing machine completely, and then examining the issues and problems of the transitional phase in Gaza, which seems inevitable, as well as reviving the historical solution to the Palestinian issue according to the vision of the two states on the other hand.
Abu Talib stresses that there is a red line that cannot be conceded in Egyptian policy, which is preventing Palestinian exodus from Gaza to Egypt, or to other countries.
He says, “Despite the apparent compatibility between the new American position recently expressed by President Joe Biden, who rejects Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the principle of forced displacement, and calls for a commitment to the two-state solution, and for the rule of the Gaza Strip to be in the hands of the Palestinians themselves and the Authority, after its renewal – as he described it – and the position Al-Masry in general, it is very difficult to rely on these positions as final, as we have become very accustomed to the change in American and Western positions as long as Israel objects to them and knows how to thwart them from within the American itself.”
The writer believes that with the expectation of more attacks on the Gaza Strip, concern is increasing about the life difficulties that could occur in southern Gaza, which may push many Palestinians to search for a way that will bring them a different life that is less painful and less exposed to death and random killing. Hence, the dilemma of opening a crossing appears. Rafah represents both the problem and the solution. Israel wants Egypt to open the crossing for the Palestinians to leave the Gaza Strip in one direction with no hope of returning. At the same time, opening the crossing is necessary for humanitarian aid to enter the Palestinians.
The writer says, “The direct link between the Gaza Strip crisis and the sacred Egyptian national security, and the promotion of humanitarian meanings in the Egyptian movement in exchange for its loss among many international powers, embodies the Egyptian vision that the crisis is full of challenges and threats, and that the coming days will carry a lot of pressures, both apparent and hidden, and perhaps perceived.” To implicate Egypt in a new Palestinian Nakba, which will be difficult to pass, whatever the cost.”
The author concludes in his article that “the Palestinian exodus in the Egyptian vision is not rejected as a step to liquidate the Palestinian cause only, but rather as placing enormous burdens on the Egyptian state, and practically eliminating all of its bright history of supporting the Palestinian cause and the right to a state, sovereignty, and a decent life for the Palestinians, like any people.” Another one on this earth.”
We turn to an article published in the Palestinian newspaper Al-Quds by writer Tamara Haddad under the title “Return to fighting to achieve goals,” in which the writer focuses on the Israeli goals of resuming its war on Gaza and what the Palestinians must do in the face of those goals.
Haddad says that Israel resorted to the option of war because it was fundamentally unconvinced of the humanitarian truce policy, and that if it were not for the American, Egyptian and Qatari pressure, it would not have accepted it, as it would have rejected it completely.
It says that after the end of the receipt of civilian prisoners and the start of discussion on the issue of military prisoners, Israel began to disavow the truce so as not to pay a heavy price. The resumption of shooting came to put pressure on the Palestinian resistance to release the rest of the Israeli prisoners at the lowest price and with the least conditions.
The Palestinian writer believes that the second phase of the war on Gaza will be long because the targeted area is the south of the Gaza Strip, an area in which Israel needs time to carry out its missions, especially since it is densely populated and displaced from the areas of Gaza City and the north.
It is seen as an indication of Israel’s determination to complete its plans to displace the Palestinians, but in a voluntary manner, by opening international offices to remove people and empty the Gaza Strip of civilians.
The writer says that Israel had decided on its position on ending the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since the far-right government came to power, by changing the reality in the West Bank and Gaza Strip by ending the Palestinian issue and emptying the land of the people.
Haddad wonders: Will the Palestinian people accept the equation of change at the expense of their national and political rights? She answers, saying, “Of course not. In other words, no one, not even the international community, can continue to ignore giving the Palestinians their legitimate national, political, and humanitarian rights and ending the Israeli occupation. Does the international community expect the Palestinian side to remain submissive?”
The author concludes by saying that the clear truth is that the Palestinians will not accept a permanent occupation, and the factor of time will work in favor of restoring the Palestinian issue and internationalizing it, as happened after the “Al-Aqsa Flood” operation.
In the Israeli newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth, we monitor an article by the writer Ben Dror Yemini, the author of the book “Making Lies” about Western intellectuals in the United States who criticize Israel and support the Palestinian cause.
I opened the title, “The free world must realize that “thinkers” have betrayed the truth.” The writer says in his article that thinkers such as Professor Ian Lustick from the University of Pennsylvania, the well-known thinker Noam Chomsky, and Dr. Sarah Roy from Harvard University, betrayed the truth by talking about information. Misleading and far from the truth.
He cites examples of this, including what was stated in an article by Professor Lustick that he published after the Hamas attacks on October 7, in which he said that Gaza is in fact a prison, and the solution to that is to dismantle that prison, “and everyone knows how brutal the escaped prisoners are.” This justified what Hamas had done.
The writer believes that the more prestigious the university is, the greater the volume of deception and lies, and that the common denominator of these professors does not lie in delusional theories, but rather the common denominator is that they are isolated from the facts.
He adds that he did not hear a single one of these thinkers and professors tell his students that Hamas rejected any proposal to lift the siege on it, nor did he hear anyone criticize the fact that Hamas prefers to invest the money it receives in creating death rather than prosperity. But they are quick to publish every sound made by Itamar Ben Gvir or Bezalel Smotrich, the two Israeli ministers from the extreme right, to prove that Israel is a racist state.
He concludes by saying that there are thinkers whom he describes as honest and respectable in the United States, but he says that they are few and in a position of defense, and their voices are rarely heard, and that the other thinkers are the majority and they constitute the propaganda mouthpiece for Hamas and the “axis of evil,” as he puts it, and therefore he sees that they represent a problem for Israel. And for the free world.
We turn to the British newspaper The Guardian, which published an article by Palestinian writer Laith Hanbali, a health researcher working at Birzeit University in the West Bank.
Under the title, “The daily grinding violence in the West Bank is worse than ever before, so why is it not receiving attention?” Neighborhoods and livelihoods. There is another type, which is the violence that Palestinians have been exposed to since the 1948 Nakba, a violence that is ignored and rarely commented on.
The writer goes on to say that the violence in the West Bank seems to always be placed in another category, no matter how severe, but in recent weeks we have seen a remarkable escalation by Israel, and it seems that Israeli politicians have decided that they have the absolute right to do so, while eyes are fixed on the recent war in Gaza. .
But the writer says that if you look at the West Bank, you will see the actions of a tyrannical regime that imprisons Palestinians without charging them, tortures prisoners, and restricts freedoms in order to strengthen the settlers’ hegemony, as he puts it.
The writer believes that when the violence in Gaza stops and the Palestinians fall from the news spotlight, other daily and grinding violence will continue and perhaps escalate further, and the world will do what it has done for decades, which is to consciously return to ignoring the Israeli occupation and the siege.
“This is why we Palestinians are increasingly refocusing our efforts on resisting the main cause of violence, which is settler colonialism, as a means to liberate us all,” Hambali concludes.
We conclude our tour with the British newspaper The Times, which published an article by Charlie Parker about a report prepared by Policy Exchange, an educational charitable organization, about the impact of organizations calling for an end to the war in Gaza on school students.
The writer says at the beginning of his article that the report found that organizers of what are known as “school strikes for Palestine” are urging students to write speeches about “genocide,” and pointing out that Britain is a racist state.
The writer adds that thousands of children across the United Kingdom have left their lessons in recent weeks in order to participate in marches in downtowns demanding a ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
The writer says that The Times newspaper revealed a month ago that the one who supports this national movement and is coordinating its affairs is the “Stop the War Coalition,” which he describes as a controversial coalition accused of adopting values that oppose Western values.
The writer adds that the coalition supports “self-organized” groups of parents from at least 48 schools, and provides organizers for marches and guidance on the number of days a student can miss from school before being punished or counted as an unlawful absence.
The author quotes the report as saying that while students should be encouraged to be interested in politics, “there is no good reason for students to protest from Monday to Friday during recess.”
The author concludes by saying that the report adds that it is “clearly inappropriate” and contrary to government guidance for a teacher or school to actively invite students to participate in pro-Palestinian protests.
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