The Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs (ECFA) condemns, in the strongest terms, the crime of genocide and crimes against humanity committed by Israel in the occupied Palestinian territories, especially the Gaza Strip, where the bombing of hospitals, Islamic and Christian houses of worship and camps has caused the death of more than 9,000 Palestinian civilians and 22,500 injured, 70 % of them are women and children, as of the first day of November, and the displacement of more than one million Palestinians inside the besieged Strip since October 7. The Council once again holds full responsibility for the Israeli occupation force and its supporting forces, led by the United States of America, which has strengthened its intransigent position towards the unarmed Palestinians.
In this regard, the Council reiterates its full solidarity with the Palestinian people in their just cause and their legitimate right to defend themselves, stressing that the Operation “Al-Aqsa Toufan” was only a logical and inevitable consequence of the illegal Israeli presence in the occupied Palestinian territories and its blatant racist policies, amid a chronic failure to comply with relevant United Nations resolutions and to deprive the Palestinian people of any serious political horizon for the settlement of the protracted conflict.
The council demands an immediate ceasefire and a humanitarian truce, in accordance with the UN General Assembly resolution adopted on October 27, while stressing that a brutal occupying force is in no way entitled, in accordance with international law, to claim the right of self-defense.
The Council categorically rejects any attempts to liquidate the Palestinian issue or to uproot the Palestinian people outside its territory in any way, as a grave violation of international humanitarian law and a war crime. In this context, the Council recalls, on November 2, the one-hundred-and-six-year anniversary of the Balfour Declaration of 1917, with its odious legacy, which is strongly present in the collective memory of the Arabs, which today embodies the racist “apartheid” State in Palestine as a flagrant form of colonialism, which Britain continues to defend in alliance with world Zionism, refusing even to apologize for. The Council reiterates the need to work towards a just, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian issue on the basis of a two-State, within the 1967 borders, with East Jerusalem as its capital.
In this context, the Council urges the conscience of the world and renews its call to the international community, in particular the United Nations Security Council in particular its members, who claim to lead the “free world” and the “rules-based international order”, to carry out their responsibilities with conscience and civility, to stop the crime of genocide against the Palestinian people, which calls to mind what the Nazis did to the Jews of Europe in the last century