Free Philip Rizk!


UPDATE: Yesterday Philip Rizk was released. The Germans are asking more questions. The Egyptians still detained and always detained, alongside this recent arrest, suggest a ratcheting up of dissident crackdown, not only on Mubarak’s national politics, but their broad attack on any who question their policy with Israel, Hamas, and Fatah.

CAIRO — State security came for Philip Rizk on Friday night. He had just finished a six-mile protest walk with about 15 friends to raise support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip when he was detained for hours and then hustled into an unmarked van and driven off. He has not been seen or heard from since.

From Michael Slackman in the NYT. Go here for all updates on Philip Rizk, including more photos from the recent AUC protest. Also here and here.

Philip’s blog Tabula Gaza is excellent. Just one quote from notes of a conversation he had with a doctor in Gaza during the war:

The numbers of death and injured reported in the media are far below reality as the media is not able to cover incidents as they unfold. I know of cases where homes were surrounded by the Israeli army and people inside gave themselves up and were shot anyway when they exited.


When bakeries open there are thousands lining up to get their share of breadA clinic near my hospital was hit by an Israeli missile earlier today


What is taking place is a massacre, more than a massacre

Almost all the cases I saw today at the hospital were civilians, many women and children. This is not an attack on Hamas, it is on the most innocent of people in Gaza

6 ambulance staff members have been killed. Two ambulances were hit. Nothing is safe, nowhere is safe. No moving vehicle is safe. We are afraid for our lives. There is no differentiation between Hamas and Fatah or anyone else


We have witnessed weapons we have never seen before in our lives. Some explode in the sky and scatter bombs all over. Sporadically. I have smelt smells from some of the burns and wounds that I have never before witnessed

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