Middle East & Africa
By Zvi November
get a passport to travel abroad without her husband’s permission.Previously, a woman had to get her husband’s permission to travel.Like Syria, Egypt for the past thirty years has been functioning under a state of emergency. One of the demonstrators’ demands (according to news reports) is that the government abolishes the state of emergency.The Egyptian political system is multi-party. But only parties approved by the government (i.e. Mubarak’s ruling party) can contest seats in parliamentary elections. The Moslem Brotherhood, which everyone agrees is the most powerful opposition force in the country, is banned from participation because there is a law that forbids political parties based on religious precepts. However, parliament has “independent” members who identify with the Brotherhood (Ichwan in
Arabic).Until recently presidential elections in Egypt (and in Syria as well) were really plebiscites because voters could say “yes” or “no” to the one single candidate. Then, five years ago, under American pressure, the system was changed to allow for competing contenders.As in most Arab countries, vigorously criticizing the government is unlawful. Opposition politicians are often imprisoned or go into exile.After Israel expelled its Jews from Gaza (8/2005), it abandoned the border with Egypt. Then in 2007, Hamas fought Fatah and gained control over Gaza. Hamas, which is a Palestinian Moslem Brotherhood, stands in opposition to Mubarak’s regime.Consequently, Egypt closed the border crossing. But (it is claimed) there are a hundred tunnels
under the border through which merchandize, guns, ammunition, terrorists and much more flow into and out of Gaza.If Mubarak falls and new Egyptian leaders sympathetic to Hamas take over the government, then the border crossing into Gaza will surely be opened to facilitate a massive flow of missiles to further threaten Israel. The Iranians will be elated!
"The Jordan Is Palestine" Conference
Temple Mount Violence
"Israel in Reality" by Zvi November
Reflections on History
Random Thoughts on From Afar
Reflections on the Elections
Palestinian Enmity Today
Short and to the Point
Gaza Mini-War Observations
Jew Hating Conference
The Israeli Left's Distorted Mindset
Impressions of Poland
Enemy Agenda & Israel's Ruling Intelligensia
Thinking in the Box
Israel in Reality by Zvi November
Truth and Consequences
A Country within a Country
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Ariel Conference for Law and Mass Media
George Orwell is Alive and Well in Israel
Different Perspective Regarding Current Crisis ...
Anatomy of a "Peace Process"
Different View on Current Crisis in US-Israel ...
Zvi November, who grew up in New York, served as a Peace Corps's teacher in rural Philippines. He also taught at Hong Kong Int'l School. He earned his diploma from Univ. of Edinburgh, his MA from Syracuse Univ, both in anthropology. Now he is an activist in Israel's Media Watch and other civic bodies.
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