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Current issue | Issue 1224, (4 - 10 December 2014)
Saturday,18 August, 2018
Issue 1224, (4 - 10 December 2014)

Ahram Weekly


Al-Ahram Weekly

Solidarity with Palestine

HISHAM Badr, assistant foreign minister for multiparty affairs and international security, has reiterated Egypt’s support for the Palestinian people in their aspiration to establish a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital.

Badr reviewed Egyptian efforts to support the Palestinians, namely the effort to stop the Israeli aggression in Gaza and to reach a ceasefire this summer and the hosting of the international conference to rebuild Gaza on 12 October that managed to collect $5.4 billion to contribute to the rebuilding process.

The statement came in Badr’s address to the UN Egyptian Association on Saturday to mark International Day for Solidarity with Palestine and the 67th anniversary of UN General Assembly Resolution 181 that stipulated the division of Palestine.

In 1977, the UN General Assembly declared November 29 to be International Day for Solidarity with Palestine. Last year, the UN secretary-general added to this by declaring 2014 to be International Year for Solidarity with the Palestinian People.

Statements denounced

EGYPT’s foreign minister issued a statement on Tuesday denouncing Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s statements made in a press conference on 1 December.

“Egypt denounces the continuous lies reiterated by the Turkish president and questions his blatant interference in Egypt’s internal affairs and his ridicule of the will of the Egyptians, embodied in the popular revolution, and their election of a president in elections described as transparent by regional and international organisations,” the statement read.

Although the ministry has refrained on previous occasions from commenting on Erdogan’s statements, his repeated criticisms have made a response necessary.

Celebrating the day

THE EGYPTIAN Museum is to start three days of celebrations today, to mark International Day of People with Disabilities.

Mahmoud Al-Halwagi, director-general of the museum, said the celebration aimed to increase cultural awareness among children through organising workshops about ancient Egyptian civilisation.

Workshops for blind, deaf and mute children would be held, as well as tours of the museum. The museum will also welcome children free of charge today.

Terrorist label

THE CAIRO Urgent Matters Court labelled the Islamic State (IS) group a terrorist group on Sunday in response to a suit presented to the court demanding that it be so identified.

IS, which controls large swathes of Syria and Iraq, aims to form an Islamic caliphate. Although IS does not have a presence in Egypt, Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, another militant group operating in Sinai, has pledged it allegiance.

Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis has declared responsibility for a number of terrorist attacks, including an attack on 24 October which left 31 army personnel dead in North Sinai.

The government cannot declare a group to be terrorist without a court verdict. Last Wednesday, the cabinet approved a new anti-terrorism bill which defines a terrorist group to be any group that disrupts public order or threatens the safety, security or interests of society, or harms or frightens individuals or threatens their lives, freedoms, rights or security or harms national unity.

The bill gives the authorities the right to dissolve any group listed as terrorist and freeze its assets and arrest its members.

Egypt has declared a number of groups to be terrorist organisations over the past year, including Ansar Beit Al-Maqdis, the Muslim Brotherhood, from which ousted former president Mohamed Morsi hailed, and Agnad Misr, which has claimed responsibility for a number of terrorist acts, including a bombing near Cairo University, shootings of police officers, and two bombings against police targets in Giza.

The military has been combating a decade-long jihadist insurgency in Sinai, with attacks increasing over the past year. Hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed, while the army says it has killed and arrested hundreds of jihadists. Civilians have also been caught up in the violence.

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