Egypt Refuses Entry to Palestinian Leader Jibril Rajoub at Cairo Airport

Jibril Rajoub was slated to participate in an Arab League conference in Cairo but was turned away by authorities.

Nir Keidar

Palestinian leader and Fatah Central Committee Chairman Jibril Rajoub was refused entry to Egypt on Monday.

Rajoub flew from Amman Jordan to Cairo in order to attend an Arab League conference on extremism, but once he got to passport control, his passport was taken to security and he was promptly informed that he may not enter the country.

Senior Egyptian and Arab League officials tried to intervene on Rajoub's behalf to no avail. He was told that the decision was that of the Egyptian intelligence agencies.

Rajoub decided not to respond to the incident and just stated that he was boarding a flight back to Amman and from there he will travel back to Ramallah, but persons close to him did not hide their rage and stated that this was an illegitimate attempt by Egyptian authorities to send a message to the Palestinian leadership.

The relationship between Egypt and the Palestinian Authority has been strained recently due to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's refusal to come to terms with former Fatah leader Mohammed Dahlan.