Thursday, 31 December 2009

Batesh: Steel wall an Egyptian mistake

[ 31/12/2009 - 09:52 AM ]

GAZA, (PIC)-- Khaled Al-Batesh, one of the senior leaders of the Islamic Jihad Movement, has rejected Egypt's construction of an underground steel wall along its borders with Gaza Strip as a "racist wall".

He said in a statement on Wednesday that there was no justification whatsoever for the building of that wall, adding that it was a mistake on the part of the Egyptian leadership.

The Jihad leader charged that the wall was meant as an additional pressure tool on the Palestinians, who have been under siege in Gaza for three consecutive years.

The Palestinians have never posed threats to the Egyptian national security, Batesh said, demanding an immediate halt to the construction of that wall.

He said that Egypt should have rather eased the siege on Gaza rather than build that wall, and championed uniting Palestinian ranks and rallying behind resistance in a bid to confront this new crisis.

For his part, Dr. Ahmed Bahar, the first deputy speaker of the Palestinian legislative council's (PLC) speaker, asked Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak not to bow to Zio-American pressures and to stop building that wall.

He told a rally for medical teams on Wednesday at the PLC courtyard that Egypt should open the Rafah crossing at least for the patients.

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