The fervor, support and sympathy by the Egyptian people for the Palestinian cause has gradually waned since the past one year. This has been the single unspeakable tragedy after the sacking of Mohamed Morsi in July 2013.
Humanitarians and political activists are finding it difficult, if not impossible, to convince the Egyptian public to participate in solidarity movements expressing their disapproval over the genocide and blatant human rights violations by Israeli forces in occupied Gaza and West Bank. Though Hamas is still popular among various segments of Egyptians, many more seem to be against them because of their connections with the Muslim Brotherhood. But the problem is, hatred for Hamas in Egypt has crossed all bounds in amazing proportions, resulting in an astonishing display of heartlessness. The hard-edged and nasty attitude is spearheaded by the Egyptian media including television presenters. The cruel rhetoric has been mind boggling, almost petrifying, that carries a striking resemblance with the sort of inhumanity rampant within hardcore rightist Israelis.
According to TV presenter Ahmad Moussa, Hamas and al-Qassam Brigades "are not our brothers, neither Muslims, they are the enemy...strike every place in Gaza, it is the right of our children." Commenting on the injured Gazans who desperately need to cross into Egypt for medical treatment, Moussa stated, "we don’t want anyone of them, those who are dying, let them die there." According to another Egyptian TV presenter, Amany al-Khayat, the war on Gaza is a "joke" where Hamas is purposely trying to masquerade as the "victim" to gain sympathy of the Egyptian government and its people for opening the Rafah border and smuggling weapons. This woman also reportedly expressed her desire for Israeli air force to bomb Hamas offices in Gaza. Azza Sami, a senior editor of Egypt's state-run newspaper, Al-Ahram (formerly the mouthpiece for Mubarak), tweeted: "Thank you Netanyahu and may God give us more people like you to destroy Hamas."
The Egyptian media's irrational abhorrence for Hamas has completely impaired its capacity to discern between the government of Gaza and its civilians. Recently, Egypt's Defense Minister, Sedki Sobhi, decided to send 500 tons of food and medical supply to the Gaza Strip over which Al-Bashayer newspaper commented that the Egyptians were poorer and more needy than the people of Gaza. Seldom do we find the concept of forgiveness so conspicuously absent within an institution or community. As expected, such media attitude is having a brutish impact on the minds of the Egyptian people, deadening their sentiments with a blind eye to the unprecedented suffering that prevails in Gaza, acknowledged discreetly even by the friends of Israel.
In July 2013, Sissi's approach was widely accepted after Mohamed Morsi's policies resulted in a thumping failure of which majority of the Egyptians strongly disapproved. Furthermore the subversive activities carried out by members of the Muslim Brotherhood following their ouster that caused several deaths of Egyptian civilians painted them in a very negative light. However, there can be other situations still more dire. All that's expected of Egypt's Al-Sissi is to be a willing mediator for the benefit of the Palestinian people, a move that carries no dangers nor risks to his government. But his complacency over the pain and suffering of his neighbors is inexplicable and inexcusable. Defenseless and incarcerated, the Gazans are facing one of the most horrific genocides at the hands of the Zio-fascists in the ongoing occupation of the region. Our emphasis in on the civilians of Gaza, not just Hamas. This isn't the moment to nurture political resentment and remain silent spectators while the blood of innocent civilians (mostly children) flow through alleys and roads with the stench of death all around. There is hardly a home or building in the major cities of Gaza that isn't damaged or splattered with blood. Whether to suit himself or to please his people, Al-Sissi has stretched his vengeance too far. The faintest concept of solidarity has been eradicated from his policies as well as his conscience. Even an uncooperative recluse like Jordan is reported to have transported thousands of injured Palestinians to its field hospitals for treatment but Egypt refuses to open the Rafah border.
While observers are speculating that the scenario seems arranged for Mahmoud Abbas to negotiate a settlement for Gaza via the Egyptians, the Middle-East Monitor opines that Abbas is no more a favorite of Cairo than Khaled Meshal. Believe it or not, the only Palestinian welcomed in Cairo is supposed to be the shrewd and disgraced Mohamed Dahlan who is purportedly bragging that he is the only savior of the Palestinian people and aims at booting out both Hamas and Abbas through negotiations with the Egyptian government. Come hell or high water, just about nothing chills out the frenzy of political ambition and the intrigues that go with it!
Still more amazing is the hysteria of nationalism and its potential for changing a sane society into a collection of thick-skinned sub-humans with unabashed admiration for exterminators.