Casablanca - Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Israel’s continuous shelling of the Palestinians is not ‘terrorism’.
Casablanca – Egypt’s Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that Israel’s continuous shelling of the Palestinians is not ‘terrorism’.
The Egyptian FM Sameh Shoukry said in his meeting with Egypt’s top student in the ministry’s headquarter last Sunday that the bombing of Palestinians cannot be considered ‘terrorism’.
The minister’s statement, that was shared on social media, came as an answer to a student’s question, asking why the United States’ intervention in Iraq, its destabilization of the region, and Israel’s continuous attacks on the Palestinians cannot be considered terrorism.
The student also enquired about the reason why Israel’s neighboring countries are destabilized while “there is no terrorist operation inside of Israel” insinuating that Israel is behind the instability in the region.
The minister stated that Israel’s involvement in the bloodshed taking place in some Middle Eastern countries is seen from a “conspiratorial perspective” and that there is no concrete evidence of it.
“There is nothing that proves this, in the sense that there is no proof of any connection between Israel and terrorist organizations,” Shoukry said.
When asked for a second time whether Israel can be labeled a terrorist state because of its ongoing massacres of Palestinians, Shoukry said that there is no legal definition of terrorism.
“The international community hasn’t yet agreed on a legal definition of what terrorism actually is”
Shoukry appears in the video to suddenly backtrack on what appears as an acknowledgement that Israel’s offense on the Palestinians is terrorism.
“Of course, politically speaking, it [Israel’s offense] can be considered [minister pauses, and reformulates the statement]”
The minister then resorted to using euphemisms in his explanation in order to go around using the term ‘terrorism’:
“Of course military intervention without any legal basis is illegal and internationally discredited, Interfering in the internal affairs of other countries is something that contradicts with the Charter of the United Nations,” said Shoukry.
The underlying justification that hides the minister’s reluctance to label Israel’s crimes as terrorism, namely that there is no consensus of any legal definition of terrorism, is in stark contradiction with Egypt’s official labeling of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist movement immediately after the coup in July 2013 which brought Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi into power.
Although the foreign minister’s statement is unconventional in the Arab discourse pertaining to Israel, the turn that the diplomatic relations has taken between post-coup Egypt’s and Israel arguably makes the minister’s statement unsurprising.