500 Azhar Ulamas Forbid Closing
Rafah Crossing Point
Around 500 Egyptian Ulamas (scholars) of the influential Al-Azhar have issued a
Fatwa (Islamic edict) forbidding the closure of the Rafah crossing point before
the besieged Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip.
added that denying supply of weapons to the Palestinian resistance to defend
themselves against the Israeli aggression and detonating tunnels used by the
Palestinians to bring food and basic supplies to the besieged Gazans are also
prohibited under Islamic law.
"It is absolutely prohibited to close the crossing points
that link the Palestinians with the world, especially the Rafah crossing point,
which is the only gate that links the Palestinians with their Muslim brothers…
this is a major sin in Islam", the Ulamas asserted, stressing that
supporting the Palestinian fighters with all they need is a religious duty.
Ulamas welcomed the Egyptian government decision rejecting the presence of
foreign observers on its soil to monitor the Gaza-Egypt borders, urging their
government to enhance that nationalist stand with another nationalist and
religious stand allowing full opening of the Rafah crossing point and supporting
the Palestinian people in defending themselves against the Israeli occupation.
Ulamas called on the Arab and Muslim Ummah to wake up, and to support their
Palestinian brothers till occupied Palestine is liberated from the Israeli
before military court:
Meanwhile, the Egyptian government decided to put Majdi Hussein, the
secretary-general of the Egyptian Labor party, on military trial for "illegally
infiltrating into Gaza Strip".
Hussein, who is
also a journalist, said he was blocked twice by the Egyptian authorities from
entering the Gaza Strip through the Rafah crossing point, prompting him to take
an alternative route to get into the Palestinian territories.
prosecutor in Al-Arish city said the decision to put Hussein (civilian) on
military trial came after three days of investigation with the Egyptian
politician who was arrested upon his arrival to the Egyptian side of the borders
with Gaza. The trial of Hussein is expected on Thursday.
The labor party
considered putting its top official on military trial as a grave violation of
human rights being a civilian individual, saying that Majdi's decision to get
into Gaza Strip was driven by "nationalist, Islamic, and popular
considerations", adding that Majdi's determination to enter the Strip reflects
the general feeling in the Egyptian street to lift the siege on Gaza and to open
the Rafah crossing point before the Palestinian people in Gaza.
Al-Jazeera team denied entry into Gaza:
In the same context, the Egyptian authorities denied two of Al-Jazeera
famous journalists Ahmed Mansour and Ghassan Bin Jiddo entry into the Gaza Strip
without explaining the reasons behind the denial. Egypt had granted entry into
Gaza Strip to foreign and European journalists.
In a telephone
call with the mother satellite channel, Mansour said that the Egyptian
authorities told them that they (he and bin Jiddo) are rejected, at a time it
granted many journalists of different nationalities the right to enter the
our identification documents to the Egyptian authorities and requested a
permission to enter the Gaza Strip as other journalists did, but they refused",
said that the Egyptian officials stopped answering their telephone calls, but he
stressed that Al-Jazeera team would remain at the borders till rational reasons
are given to justify the denial.