Egyptian Bar to Sue Israel

Egyptian Bar Association begins collecting material to sue Israel in the International Court of Justice regarding the Gaza-bound flotilla.

Hillel Fendel, | updated: 16:00

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The Egyptian Bar Association has begun collecting material as grounds to sue Israel in the International Court of Justice in the Hague regarding the Gaza-bound flotilla.

Association Chairman Attorney Hamdi Alifa told reporters in Cairo over the weekend that his office has begun reviewing the material “against those involved in the crime carried out against the ship that carried aid to the residents of Gaza.”

He did not mention the closed border crossing between Egypt and Gaza, which was only opened a few days ago when the world began pressuring Israel to lift its blockade. Nor did he mention that the ship was carrying not only aid, but also several dozen Turkish terrorist activists armed with knives, iron bars, slingshots, metal balls, Molotov cocktails and other weapons.

The Egyptian lawyers said they plan to file “giant lawsuits” against the Israelis who perpetrate “crimes against the Palestinian nation [sic], especially the blockade against the Gaza Strip.”

Egypt’s cold peace with Israel has endured since 1982, but could be re-considered as to whether it continues to be cost-effective. Columnist Caroline Glick writes that responsibility for this might lie with U.S. President Barack Obama: “By seeking to appease Iran and Syria for their aggressive behavior, and by courting an ever more radical Turkish regime, Obama has humiliated Egypt and Jordan that signed peace treaties with Israel. In so doing, he has convinced the Arabs that the only way to retain and expand their power is by attacking Israel.”

Syria, too, has used the flotilla as a battering ram against Israel. Syrian dictator Bashar Al-Assad met with the four Syrians who took part in the anti-Israel flotilla and praised them for their deeds and courage. The four responded that Assad’s praise had strengthened their determination to take part in similar activities in the future “and to return to Palestine until the blockade on Gaza is lifted.”