Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Cairo Group Campaigns for Cancellation of the Camp David Accords

Last week, the slogan “Together for the cancellation of the Camp David [peace] treaty” was added to the campaign of the Kefaya (enough) movement, a Cairo-based group that has demonstrated for two years under the slogans “No for renewal [of President Mubarak’s rule] and no for succession [of power to his son, Gamal Mubarak].”

The new campaign aims to collect one million signatures to open discussion and hold a general referendum on the treaty. According to Abdel Halim Qandeel, the official spokesperson for the movement, “Fighting the American and Israeli occupation and fighting oppression are two sides of the same coin.” He says the referendum that was held during Sadat’s time was rigged, “just like the rest of the referendums.”

But adding the cancellation of the treaty to Kefaya’s campaign has been controversial within the movement itself. Some members of the group, which is comprised of people from the entire Egyptian political spectrum including Islamists, Liberals, Leftists and Pan Arabists, believe that the movement will distract from their local agenda, which is about democratic change.

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