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1 February 2010

Quote of the day: Palestine

Mahmoud Abbas's outrageous support for the Egyptian wall.

By Mehdi Hasan

I support the wall. It is the Egyptians’ sovereign right in their own country.

The Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas’s comments, to the Guardian journalist Seumas Milne, on Egypt’s decision to build an underground wall on the southern border of theblockaded Gaza Strip.

Is it any wonder then that so many Palestinians and Arabs consider Abbas to be a puppet of Israel, a “traitor” and even a “quisling“? How on earth can he justify the illegal and immoral blockade by Israel and Egypt of his fellow Palestinians in Gaza?

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