Patrick Zaki: “I criticize Israel but I have nothing to do with Hamas”

“I have nothing to do with Hamas. I am Christian and I am left-wing, I am not an Islamic fundamentalist. In Egypt, people like me are killed by Islamic fundamentalists. In 2014 I collected humanitarian aid for Gaza, but they told me that it was better if I didn’t go and bring it, because I wouldn’t be welcome.” This is what Egyptian activist Patrick Zaki says in an interview with Corriere della Seraafter the controversy following one of his tweets on the war in the Middle East (THE LIVEBLOG).

“I am for Palestine, not for Hamas”

“I am for Palestine, not for Hamas. And I hope that all the hostages are freed. Everyone, starting with the Italians. I don’t forget that Italy fought for my freedom.” Then he explains: “I am against the current government of Israel and the policies it has followed in recent years. And I am not the only one who thinks this way: the actions of this government have been criticized, both in the past and in recent days, from several countries, including the United States.”

“Netanyahu serial killer? I thought of all the civilians killed in Gaza”

With respect to his words on Netanyahu, defined as a serial killer, which also led to the cancellation of some events in Italy, Zaki comments: “What came to mind? I thought of all civilians, of all people, including women and children, who have been killed in Gaza in recent years – he replies -, to my dear friend Shireen Abu Akleh, the journalist who was killed last year by Israeli soldiers while working in the West Bank”.