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Jewish human rights group welcomes democratic upsurge in Egypt

February 3, 2011

Independent Jewish Voices Canada views the ongoing uprising of the Egyptian people against the dictatorial regime of President Hosni Mubarak as a positive development for Egypt and the rest of the Middle East.

“Our hearts are with the Egyptian people,” said IJV spokesperson Sid Shniad. “They are confronting a brutal, long-entrenched regime. Their cause is just and we support them.”

Shniad said that while it is up to the Egyptians to decide on what new form of government and who will play roles in it, “It is our hope that democratic elements in Egypt will prevail.” He also expressed the hope that a new Egyptian government would play a more constructive role in a just resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

“Egypt under Mubarak has been a ‘good ally’ of Israel, but this has been at the expense of the Palestinians,” Shniad said, citing as an example Egypt’s decision to close its border with Gaza during Israel’s Operation Cast Lead attack on the civilian population of Gaza in 2008-09, a closure that remained in place for the ensuing two years. “This added to the already devastating impact of Israel’s invasion and greatly increased the suffering of the Palestinians in Gaza,” he explained.

With the overthrow of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia and the current suprising in Egypt, Shniad said, “Clearly the winds of change are blowing in the Middle East. The only question now is how extensive and how lasting that change will be.”

Independent Jewish Voices – Canada is a national organization that promotes a just resolution to the conflict in Israel/Palestine through the application of international law and respect for the human rights of all parties. IJV has chapters in Halifax, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Saskatoon and Vancouver.

For more information contact:
Sid Shniad
Phone: 604-591-3099

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