Posts Tagged ‘Gaza Conflict’
Today I’ll start my blog about events that happened in our neighbouring country Egypt, especially as the first one concerns the Muslim relationship with Christians.
A short time after midnight, a car exploded in front of a Coptic Christian church as worshipers emerged from a New Year’s Mass in the Egyptian city of Alexandria killing at least 21 people,and wounding dozens more. The blast came from a car parked outside the church and of course there was no immediate claim of responsibility for it, although most people blamed the terrorist organisation al-Qaida.
There have also recently been threats to attack Christians in Iraq. Many Christians are now trying to leave Muslim countries.
And again something about Egypt. Another convoy of activists,who began their journey from India and traveled through Pakistan, Iran, Turkey and Syria before arriving in Lebanon last week, wanted to bring material to Gaza, but this time instead of making directly for this area in order not to come into contact with the Israeli navy blockade, they docked in Egyptian Al-Arish.
This was the first attempt to reach Gaza from Asia. Egyptian newspaper Al-Ahram reported that food, medical aid and toys (of which there is no shortage in Gaza) were allowed to remain aboard the convoy, while 10 generators donated by Iran were among cargo that was banned by the Egyptians. Officials issued permits allowing for the entry of 120 of the activists aboard the ship, while denying entry to 46 others from Iran and Jordan.
I know that the sexual harassment trial of our former president has made many headlines in the world, so I won’t go into details of his shameful behaviour, but I do want to mention Israel’s legal system, which makes no difference between people.
All, whether rich or poor, whether important or unimportant, are equal before the law. No matter how important you think you are, no matter how religious you pretend to be, no matter how many powerful friends you have, in Israel you will pay for your crimes. And that is a lesson that should be known by all.
And now for something different.Two Arab employees of the British Consulate General in Jerusalem have been charged with weapon trafficking in connection with an alleged Hammas plot to fire a missile into Jerusalem’s soccer stadium.
The Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) said that the consulate employees aided the the plotters of the attack in obtaining guns.
The plotters are two east Jerusalem Arabs, Musa Hamada from the Sur Baher neighborhood and his friend Bassem Omeri, an Israeli citizen from Beit Safafa.
Israeli authorities said that the investigation into these two employees is unrelated to the work they do at the consulate.
Good to know they were caught before they were able to carry out their nasty deed.
Shalom from Irene