Muslim Brotherhood mobilizes protests against Israel in Cairo
Thousands of Egyptians erupted into the streets Friday protesting Israeli attacks on the Gazoo Strip, waving Paleostinian 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 Moslem Brüderbund. "Moslems 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 Gazoo Strip, posing challenges for Egypt's new government and its president, Mohamed Morsi.
"The Moslem Brüderbund 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 Gazoo have "complicated the situation,"he said.
Posted by: Au Auric 2012-11-18