Egypt's Anti-Hamas Stance Is unethical, illogical And Scandalous
30 January 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
The recent scandalous ruling by an
Egyptian court to classify Hamas's resistance wing, the Izziddin al Qassam
Brigades, as a "terrorist group" caricatures the pathetic state of affairs
engulfing Egypt since the bloody military coup against the democratically
elected President Muhammed Mursi took place in 2013.
Since then, everything in Egypt seems falling down. The economy is collapsing
as Egypt is living on handouts from oil-rich Arab states apprehensive about
possible challenges to their tribal entities by Sunni Islamic movements such
as the Muslim Brotherhood (BM). The Egyptian currency is down the train as
its exchange value continues its free fall, and the so-called justice system
is in shambles as unfaithful judges are used as virtual rubber stamps to
issue vindictive and draconian rulings against the regime's political
opponents, particularly the Islamists.
However, the most immediate peril facing Egypt today is the seemingly
relentless insurgency against the Sissi regime. Hundreds of mostly army
personnel have been killed. In the restive Sinai Peninsula, deadly attacks on
army installations and barracks now assume a daily frequency. A few days ago,
at least 30 soldiers were killed in an attack claimed by insurgents loyal to
the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant.
With frustration easily detected in the tone of his voice, Sissi has admitted
the uphill task of beating the insurgents. He blamed the MB but without
giving any credible evidence corroborating the accusation, made ad nauseam
since the bloody coup.
Indeed, the Egyptian regime, apart from the rhetorical and spasmodic media
propaganda against the MB, has failed to prove the Ikhwan's involvement in
the spiraling violence.
Indeed, the Ikhwan themselves have strongly and consistently condemned the
violence, including the latest attack in Sinai.
The increasingly conspicuous failure of the Sissi regime to quell the
insurgency has apparently made the regime embark on a series of irrational
decisions, including the demolition of thousands of houses on the Egyptian
side of Rafah for the purpose of creating a security zone. The wanton and
speedy demolitions, justified by the war-on-terror mantra, have generated a
lot of indignation among the mostly impoverished affected populace who
received a meager compensation for their homes and property.
The regime continued to give the impression that the insurgency originated
outside Egypt, especially in the Gaza Strip across the borders.
However, exhaustive interrogations and investigations are yet to validate the
regime's hypothesis about blaming Gaza's Palestinians.
A few months ago, a high-ranking delegation from Gaza met with Egyptian
security officials. According to Hamas's veteran leader Mahmoud Zahhar, the
Egyptians couldn't cite a single incident whereby Hamas's men were involved
in any security breach in Sinai.
"We asked them to give us information that would indict any of Hamas
individuals, and they told us they knew that Hamas was totally innocent of
any wrongdoing," Zahhar said on al-Jazeera Saturday, 31 January.
Deflecting the crisis
Hamas has absolutely no interest in upsetting Egypt, its only conduit to the
outside world. The Egyptian regime knows this fact very well.
Indeed, Hamas has taken meticulous measures to prevent infiltration into
Sinai from the Gaza Strip.
Yet, hostile measures against the Islamist group by the Egyptian regime and
its idiotic courts continued unabated.
This vindictive behavior on the part of the Egyptian regime shows that it is
only trying to export its internal problems, having failed in every
conceivable sphere. It also demonstrates that the murderous regime is seeking
a certificate of good conduct from Israel by displaying blatant hostility
against Israel's main Palestinian enemy.
The latest measure against one of the most glorious contemporary Islamic
movements should be viewed in this context. It is simply an expression of the
Egyptian regime's failure and frustration with regard to the insurgency.
The obscene lies accusing Hamas's armed wing of involvement with the anti-Sissi
insurgency underscores the moral and political bankruptcy of the Sissi junta.
But there is no iota of surprise here.
After all, we are talking about a regime that murdered thousands of Egyptian
protesters and then had the audacity to claim that the victims killed
We are talking about a regime that instructs its police thugs, also known as
Baltagiya, to rape women protesters as punishment and deterrence. And when
some of the women try to file a complaint against the police, the police
subject the women to the degrading measure known as "the virginity test."
Today, the Sissi regime has transformed Egypt from a great country with the
weight of 90 million people into an insignificant country with the weight of
The new king of Saudi Arabia, King Salman, has apparently reached this
We are hopeful that the new Saudi leadership will make it abundantly clear
for the Sissi junta that Egypt's problem is not with the Palestinians across
the borders but lies elsewhere.
But the hostility against Hamas does take Egypt into the sphere of ignominy.
This is because it puts the Sissi regime on equal footing with Israel, which
for long humiliated Egypt and murdered thousands of Egyptians.
Indeed, Hamas, which stood up alone to the Nazi-like Israeli war machine for
52 days while the strongest Arab army was watching passively from across the
border deserves respect and admiration, not defamation and condemnation.
But then we are living in an era in which traitors hold the reins. This
reminds us of Shawar, the infamous Fatemi ruler who collaborated with the
invading Crusaders against the famous Muslim general Salahuddin al-Ayyoubi.
Who says history doesn't repeat itself.
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran Palestinian journalist and political
commentator living in occupied Palestine