Egypt's military ruler Tantawi and the American siege of Gaza: revelations from Wikileaks | The Electronic Intifada

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Egypt’s military ruler Tantawi and the American siege of Gaza: revelations from Wikileaks | The Electronic Intifada

The US government was even more actively involved than previously known in enforcing the siege of Gaza along Egypt’s border with the territory, writes Ali Abunimah in his Electronic Intafada blog. 

A US Embassy cable from April 2009 released by Wikileaks yesterday is "a briefing document for US Representative Nita Lowey (D-NY) – a hardline supporter of Israel – who was in Egypt to meet with officials. At the time, Lowey chaired an important congressional committee that oversees aid to Egypt, Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

Moreover, the cable shows that the Americans coordinated Egypt’s efforts to keep Gaza sealed from the outside world directly with Egyptian Army chief Field Marshal Muhammad Tantawi – who is currently Egypt’s military ruler. Tantawi heads the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) that has ruled Egypt since the overthrow of President Hosni Mubarak last February."

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