The Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, has appealed to Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to intervene to end the arrest and torture of Palestinian "people of resistance" by Egypt's state security forces. Hamas is ready to start a dialogue with Cairo to reinforce the strategic relationship between the Egyptian and Palestinian peoples.
In an exclusive statement to Quds Press, Dr. Salah Al-Bardawil, a leader of Hamas, spoke about the anxiety and bewilderment among the people of Gaza due to this "campaign" by Egyptian security officers.
"There are serious concerns and anger among the Palestinians in Gaza about the news of the arrest and torture of Palestinians in Egypt," said Dr. Al-Bardawil. "This stems from the fact that the Palestinian people did not expect the Egyptian government to do such things." The Palestinians, he added, are used to a relationship with an Egypt which raised the slogan of 'what was taken by force can only be restored force' and supported resistance movements in Algeria and other Arab countries. According to Dr. Al-Bardawil, the detentions have an added dimension as they are taking place while the Palestinian Authority's security apparatus in Ramallah is also arresting and torturing members of the resistance and Palestinians being held by the Israelis are facing further abuses.
Al-Bardawil said that Hamas has appealed to the Egyptian President to intervene to stop this campaign: "We have asked President Hosni Mubarak to put an end to these state security abuses against the Palestinian people and to investigate the ongoing killing and torture. We do not want to damage the Palestinians' image of Egypt and are ready to open a strategic dialogue with the government to eliminate all doubts and rebuild trust."