Former Egyptian presidential candidate Dr Abdel Moneim Abul-Futouh has said that Arab leaders must not remain silent about what is happening in Gaza. However, he called on Arab countries not to simply release statements of condemnation and pointed out that it is their duty to do all that is necessary to return rights to the Palestinian people.
Dr Abul-Futouh rejected suggestions that the Palestinians should be re-settled in the Sinai. The Sinai Peninsula, he asserted, is Egyptian territory. “It is a duty on all Arabs to support the Palestinian people’s Right of Return to their land,” he insisted.
He praised the stance taken by the Egyptian president, Mohamed Morsi, to withdraw the Egyptian ambassador from Tel Aviv and confirmed his belief that the Egyptian Prime Minister’s visit to the Gaza Strip is an indication that Revolutionary Egypt has resumed its leadership of the Arab world.
Speaking after his arrival in the Gaza Strip on Friday morning, Dr Abul-Futouh demanded that the Gaza border be opened daily and permanently. He highlighted the fact that the border was situated between Egypt and Palestine and that it was not up to any other state to object to such a move.