On going Cairo protests at Israeli embassyPhoto: AFP
While anti-Israel activists have been demonstrating outside Israel’s embassy in Cairo for the fifth day in a row, Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba’a reported Wednesday that protest organizers are now calling for “a million-man protest” to take place outside the embassy on Friday.
Using Facebook and other social media tools, organizers allege the demonstrations aim is to forcibly remove Israel’s ambassador to Egypt and close the Israeli embassy altogether.
Protesters reportedly chant “expell the ambassador immediately.” Some demonstrators have even gathered outside the ambassador’s Cairo residence and called on local residents to join them in order to “force the ambassador to leave Egypt.”
Anti-Israel protests erupted in Cairo last weekend following reports that at least three Egyptian security officers were inadvertantly killed during a firefight between IDF forces and the terrorists who perpetrated the deadly terror attack near Eilat that left eight Israeli civilians dead last Thursday.
The protesters burnt Israeli flags and threw fire crackers at the embassy building in hopes of igniting the Israeli flag at the embassy. An Egyptian youth later climbed the building and took the Israeli flag down.
The border-fire incident has stirred a diplomatic crisis between Jerusalem and Cairo. Egypt’s cabinet said Sunday an Israeli statement expressing regret for the border deaths was not enough, but it stopped short of recalling its Tel Aviv envoy. Israel has determined at least three of the terrorists involved in last Thursday’s attacks originated in the Sinai, contrary to previous Egyptian claims Sinai terrorists were not involved in the incident.
Protesters are allegedly demanding the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt be altered, particularly with regard to the military presence in the Sinai, which protestors want completely abolished. But, as INN notes, the re- or demilitarization of Sinai be a fatal blow to the 1979 Camp David Accords, and could result in open armed conflict between the two nations.
With social networking tools having been successful in organizing anti-Israel initiatives in the past, one wonders how many anti-Israel demonstrators will turn up to Friday’s million man march.