Mubarak should soon be forgotten


A hospital in Gaza named after Egypt’s deposed president has been renamed, officials said Wednesday.

The Hosni Mubarak Children’s Hospital in Khan Younis will now be known as Tahrir Hospital, the health minister in Gaza said.

Yousef Al-Mudalal said that “the change was delivered to all relevant departments. Through their revolution, Hosni Mubarak was ousted by Egypt’s people. So we won’t cling to him.”

Cairo’s main square Tahrir, which means “liberation” in Arabic, served as a key gathering point for the millions of Egyptians whose 19-day uprising brought down Egypt’s authoritarian regime.

The hospital was established during the late president Yasser Arafat’s administration. Arafat proposed the name in gratitude for Mubarak’s efforts in supporting peace talks and the Oslo accords in 1993.

Linked to Nasser medical complex, it houses wards for maternity, nursery, and physiotherapy.

Israel has also backed away from the former Egyptian leader.

The Nation reported Monday that Mubarak was cropped out of a photo in the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office at least four days before the Western-backed regime fell last week.

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