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Palestinian media quiet on Egypt protests
Published Tuesday 01/02/2011 (updated) 11/02/2011 10:02
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By Nasser Lahham

Silence prevailed, from the Palestinian Authority, the government in Gaza, the factions and the people; all kept a safe distance from the Egyptian hot potato for fear that coming out on the wrong side would impact their future.

As with Lebanon and Tunis, the shadow of former President Yasser Arafat's strong support of Saddam Hussein when he invaded Kuwait still hangs long over Palestinian foreign policy. For Arafat's support in the 1990s, Palestinians were expelled from the gulf states, had properties seized and accounts frozen. For a people who helped build the gulf, support of the wrong regime saw a second home become unwelcoming.

The Palestinian press looked like a joke. Wafa News Agency had not a word about Egypt, as if nothing were happening. Palestine TV broadcast comedies as other stations aired footage of thousands in Cairo streets. Young Palestinians in the blogosphere and on social networking sites took notice.

Jerusalem-based newspaper Al-Hayah Al-Jadidah's coverage of Egypt seemed to say "We swear to God we have nothing to do with what is going on in Egypt."

While Al-Ayyam ran the front page with a large photo of Egyptian protests and a brief story saying "Egypt witnesses a state of chaos."

But while official silence has become the norm, Palestinians are watching events closely. In every home, in every coffee house and in every shop, those stations covering the events in Egypt play ceaselessly.
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1 ) Joe Fattal / USA
01/02/2011 15:08
Palestinians future ought to be good if Israel is smart enough to use the situation and work seriously on a peace agreement with Palestinians. Stop building settlements, lift the blockade in Gaza ,Egypt will definitely change course now or after the election and wont be as moderate as Mubarak regime was. Israel need to start making friends with the Palestinians, and Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the Golan Heights to Syria. Than they wont need to worry about Egypt if the devil take over.

2 ) Georg / Germany
01/02/2011 15:11
Sorry, but solidarity-demonstrations in nucleus were surpressed by the Palestinian police and services as we could learn from maan-website. So was any expression of solidarity with the Tunesian people. Its not only fear to be on the wrong side. It might also be the fear of those in power to have an uprising right in front of their own noses.

3 ) BIG MIKE / ANTI ZIONIST
01/02/2011 15:36
Hopefully Egypt will be the ice breaker to the BIG REVOLUTION to overthrow all US/zionist supported dictators in the middle east and pave the way for toppling the US/zionist LIE calling itself the"Israel"of God. Rev 13 says this little power(BEAST) created in the earth (middle east) by the greater power (out of the sea of nations) UN, is an abomination same in Daniel 7:24-25, THE LITTLE HORN of zionism that plucked up 3 of the 10 countries between the rivers, in 1967 and speaks Blasphemies.

4 ) hussam / Palestine
01/02/2011 20:14
now we can see crystal clear how mubaraks brutal and treacherous regime has provided a cover for Israeli war crimes and zionist relentless expansiom into Palestine. dictatorships are the cause of our disunity. gaddahfi, bashar, hamad, abdullah ur all next.
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