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The tyrannical Arab League

Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit chairs the Arab Foreign Ministers 153rd annual meeting at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 4, 2020 [MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP via Getty Images]
Secretary-General of the Arab League Ahmed Aboul Gheit at the Arab League headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo on March 4, 2020 [MOHAMED EL-SHAHED/AFP/Getty Images]

Ahmed Aboul Gheit, secretary-general of the Arab League, found nothing else to occupy his time other than to declare his support and understanding of the coup carried out by Kais Saied in Tunisia, through which he obtained a seat in the club of Arab tyrants and dictators.

The man who runs the vast lavish building, overlooking Cairo's Tahrir Square, the same square that embraced the largest revolution of the Arab Spring, is able to forget anything but his revenge against the Arab Spring, which overthrew him and his president. It caused panic and anger among his friends in Israel. What is keeping him from saluting and supporting anyone dealing a blow to this sacrificial spring?

Just to remind everyone, this man once appeared on Al-Arabiya news channel, a few moments before the overthrow of Hosni Mubarak, on 11 February 2011, to ask the Egyptian armed forces to intervene to defend the authority, and if necessary, use lethal force against the demonstrators in Tahrir Square, whom he described as a group of daredevils who want to seize power.

It is natural, then, for Aboul Gheit to involve the Arab League in the Tunisian internal issue, as someone who supports tyranny against everything that represents the features of change and the Arab Spring. Meanwhile, he overlooks the French insolence directed by Emmanuel Macron against a member state of the Arab League, i.e. Algeria, who makes insulting statements to everyone who is an Arab when he declares that there was no Arab country called Algeria before the French colonisation of it.

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All neutral interpretations consider this matter a verbal and behavioural assault against the sovereignty of an Arab state and a disregard for the liberation revolution that was inspiring to all Arabs, the focus of their attention, and even the focus of their involvement by all possible means, until they achieved victory and the colonisers left the country. However, this matter is not among Ahmed Aboul Gheit's priorities and his interests and does not fall within the scope of the Arab League's charter, which has become affiliated, financially and intellectually, with the club of Arab tyranny. It acts according to the will of the alliance of those killing the Arab nations' revolutions and moves in the directions determined by those supporting the coups, since they are the funders and distribute the end-of-service benefits.

When the candidacy of Aboul Gheit as secretary-general of the Arab League was announced without any competition or discussion, I wondered: What does the acceptance of Ahmed Aboul Gheit, a friend of Israel and one of the extremists in their hatred of the Arab Spring, as secretary-general mean? At the time, I said there are only two possibilities: first, that member states consider the Arab League to be nothing more than a deaf building located in Cairo's Tahrir Square that does no harm or good, or second, they are satisfied, content, or submissive, to the visions that Aboul Gheit represents regarding the relationship between the Arabs and Israel, or they have no other option given the line of normalisation open to Israel that he embodies and the hostility towards the Palestinian resistance. Therefore, no one dared to put forward another candidate.

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After the passing of the first five-year term from 2016 to 2021, the official Arab system appointed Aboul Gheit for a second term, without anyone marking the occasion and Arab citizens did not feel it. This confirms that there is no one more suitable to head the Arab League at this stage. This is the stage where the path of normalisation is merging with the path of coups and counter-revolutions, to flow together in one path.

On the other hand, every day that passes reveals that the sponsors of tyranny and the enemies of the Arab people's revolutions could not have succeeded in inflicting all these losses on the Arab Spring had there been no Israeli support handling the matters of planning and implementation. Meanwhile, the dictators running the Arab League handled the funding and spending.

In this situation, it is no wonder Ahmed Aboul Gheit was revived.

This article first appeared in Arabic in Al-Araby Al-Jadeed on 22 October 2021

The views expressed in this article belong to the author and do not necessarily reflect the editorial policy of Middle East Monitor.

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