President El-Sisi Witnesses “Long Live Egypt: A People’s Response in Solidarity with Palestine” Event
Thursday، 23 November 2023 - 12:00 AM
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi arrived on Thursday 23/11/2023 at Cairo International Stadium to witness an event featuring Egypt's solidarity with the Palestinian people, under the title: “Long Live Egypt: A People’s Response in Solidarity with Palestine”.
President Abdel Fattah El Sisi posed for a photo op with participants in the event.
The event started with screening a documentary about Sinai and the achievements achieved therein, and colourful balloons bearing the image of President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi were launched.
A film entitled “A Letter to Mr. President” was screened during the event featuring Egypt's solidarity with the Palestinian people. The film displayed a letter of gratitude submitted by a group of Egyptian citizens to President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi, in which they thanked and praised the president’s efforts, and summarized the achievements he presented to Egypt in all fields during the past period despite all the challenges he faced.
The Palestinian media figure Dana Abu Shamsia said that she came to Egypt with a message from al Quds city and its residents who were prevented by Israeli occupation from entering al Aqsa Mosque to allow Israeli settlers to to perform their Talmudic prayers. It also increased its restrictions and closures on the Palestinians, thinking that it would pass on a word that its ministers had previously said: “The old die and the young forget.” Emphasizing that the Palestinians have grown up and have never forgotten.
For his part, Palestinian director Mohamed El-Massry, resident of the Gaza Strip, hailed Egyptian leadership and people’s persistent to enter aid to the Gaza strip as well as provide health care to injured Palestinians in Egypt. He said that Israel is trying to displace the Palestinians from their land, stressing that they will never leave their land.
Following the speech of Director Mohamed El Masry, a documentary film was screened on the life of a simple Palestinian family that has been shelled by an Israeli airstrike and its suffering inside Gaza Strip, the suffering to which Palestinian families are exposed in the Gaza Strip, and the killing of children in the Strip.
The film explained that since October 7 until now, the Israeli occupation has committed more than 1,100 massacres against Palestinian families in Gaza.
Then, a singing segment by the child Muhammad Osama with the song “I Was Here” was presented, and the famous artist Ali Al-Hajjar presented a song entitled “Victory is Certain.”
At the outset of his speech, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi called for observing a minute of silence to mourn the martyrs of fellow Palestinians.
In his speech at “Long Live Egypt: A People’s Response in Solidarity with Palestine”, President Abdel Fattah El Sisi affirmed that Egypt will not accept or allow the displacement of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to Egypt, saying: “We have always spoken rationally, wisely, calmly, and patiently, but no one should think that our speech contains any weakness. Therefore, we affirm: No displacement of the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to Egypt.”
President El- Sisi started his speech with a ‘minute of silence’ for the victims of Palestine.
He said that the Arab region is facing a serious crisis that adds to the challenges it has suffered for decades.
“The Palestinian issue faces a ‘very sensitive situation’ by a party that used ‘collective punishment’ as a mean to displace the people and seize their land” El-Sisi said.
He added that ‘The killing machine’ in Gaza started to act ‘without conscience or reason’ until it became a disgrace to all of humanity.
El-Sisi affirmed that from the first moment, Egypt followed what was happening in Gaza, and was keen on getting all updated information on the situation and made continuous communication with all parties.
He noted that a ‘Egyptian chamber’ was formed to manage and follow the crisis in Gaza from all state institutions, of which he personally followed its work around the clock.
“My decision from the very first moment came in support of the Egyptian fixed stance towards the cause, to be at the forefront of supporting the Palestinian people.” Sisi noted.
He stressed that Egypt has made sincere and intense efforts to prevent the escalation of Gaza war at all levels.
“We held the first international summit in Cairo, with broad international and regional participation, in order to obtain international recognition of the necessity of stopping this conflict and ensuring the flow of humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip” El-Sisi said.
He stressed that Egypt intensified its international communications with the world leaders. “As we affirmed to everyone the Egyptian stance that rejects all plans to forcibly displace Palestinians, whether from the Gaza Strip or the West Bank to Egypt and Jordan. Egypt refuses all ways to liquidate the Palestinian cause or to harm Egypt’s national security.”
“We have millions of guests, and when we say that we do not accept the liquidation of the Palestinian cause by displacing its people, 'No one can outbid us'
The Palestinian situation, however; is completely different to other situations regarding the guests that we have in Egypt from other countries.
The guests we currently host, already have their countries, the current circumstances are just unstable. But, if Palestinians left their lands now, they will never return to it again” El-Sisi added.
Egypt’s President thanked the countries of the world, led by the United States of America, which affirmed its support for the Egyptian position and its rejection of any attempts of displacement of Palestinians to Egypt.
El-Sisi confirmed in his speech: “You all must know that Rafah crossing was never closed but was bombed four times by Israeli forces from the Palestinian side.”
He explained that the decision was always to continue opening the Rafah crossing, for the flow of food, medical and fuel aid, as well as to receive the wounded and injured.
“The aid that Egypt brought into the Gaza Strip amounted to about 12,000 tons, transported by 1,300 trucks, including 8,400 tons provided mainly by the Egyptian state, through the Egyptian Red Crescent, the National Alliance for Civil Development Work, and the Long Live Egypt Fund, which means 70% of total aid.” Sisi said
He noted that “We have also designated Al-Arish International Airport to receive aid planes coming from abroad, with a total of 158 flights.”
“The Egyptian efforts, joint with the U.S. and 'Qatari brothers', have culminated in reaching a 4-day humanitarian truce agreement, and I hope that its implementation will begin n the coming days, without any delay
I assure you in clear terms and sincere words that we are determined to move forward, in the face of this crisis, adhering to the historical rights of the Palestinian people”.
By the end of his speech President El-Sisi said that “We search for ‘lost humanity’ among the ‘ruins of zero-sum conflicts’, ignited by extremist voices that have forgotten that ‘God is justice’ and that peace is humanity’s choice, even if its enemies think otherwise.”