Monday, November 19, 2012

"We're here today to say to Israel: Go to Hell"

The Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt assembles thousands to protest Israel.

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From USA Today November 16 by Sarah Lynch

Muslim Brotherhood mobilizes protests against Israel in Cairo

10:36AM EST November 16. 2012 - CAIRO – Thousands of Egyptians took to the streets Friday protesting Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip, waving Palestinian flags across the Egyptian capital and demanding the Egyptian government cut ties with Israel.

"We're here today to say to Israel: Go to Hell," said Mustafa Kamel from a Cairo neighborhood called Imbaba at a demonstration outside Al-Azhar Mosque that was planned by the Muslim Brotherhood. "Muslims are strong. In Egypt, we refuse Israel and the politics of America."

Demonstrations also took place in Tahrir Square following days of intense escalation in violence between Israel and the Gaza Strip, posing challenges for Egypt's new government and its president, Mohamed Morsi.

"The Muslim Brotherhood has made it clear they want to use this as an excuse to sever ties," said Eric Trager of the pro-Israeli Washington Institute for Near East Policy.

Morsi,who formerly headed the Brotherhood's political wing but no longer officially belongs to the party, is caught between his ideology and affiliation with the group and the Egyptian officials he's entrusted to manage Egypt-Israel relations, Trager said.

The matter of ties between the two nations is a "sensitive issue" for Morsi, said Mohamed El Mekkawi, a member of the foreign relations committee for the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party. The Egyptian president has tried to create a new strategy for relations based on the pillar of benefits between Egypt and Israel, but Israeli attacks on Gaza have "complicated the situation,"he said.
The border area was calm Friday as Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip. met with diplomats from Egypt and Turkey. Hamas is a designated Palestinian terror organization and has fired hundreds of rockets into Israeli neighborhoods this year. Last weekend Hamas terrorists fired nearly 200 rockets in a barrage that Israel vowed to stop.

The Palestinians say at least 19 people have been killed by the Israeli attacks. Israel said that is regrettable but that it is Hamas that bears responsibility for the deaths by its unprovoked attacks on Israeli civilians.This week Israel launched with air attacks against various targets inside Gaza: weapons depots and rocket factories. On Wednesday it fired a missile into the car containing a Hamas military commander, killing him.

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