Another frustrating day in Cairo. The conclusion — the left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing. Or vice versa.
I visited the Palestinian Embassy regarding my request to travel to Gaza. Mohamed Abushahla is Chief of Consular Affairs. He heard my story — “I’m working in Gaza and was unable to return across the Rafah border more than two weeks ago.” — and he called a Palestinian official in Rafah who told him it is the Egyptian side that is preventing my return, not the Palestinians. Abushahla recommended that I return to the Egyptian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. If they would not help me, he would arrange a meeting with the Palestinian Ambassador on Monday.
I returned to Ambassador El-Adawy’s office, more phone calls, another meeting scheduled, this time with the Director of Palestinian Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I was told my approval to cross the Egypt-Gaza border would be forthcoming in about two weeks!
FU*K, G+D DAMN, SH*T! I wish I knew those words in Arabic.
I am now seriously considering my alternatives.