Saturday, September 10, 2011

Egyptian Protesters Storm Israeli Embassy

by: Les Carpenter
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 Egyptians demolishing wall outside embassy (Photo: Reuters)caption

Ah, the Arab Spring. A spring that brought about the downfall of Hosni Mubarak. A spring hailed as a democratic uprising of the people that ostensibly would lead only to good.

Opps...

YNET - Hundreds of Egyptians partially tear down wall surrounding Israeli Embassy in Cairo, remove flag from building for second time this month. Over 200 Egyptians reportedly injured. Foreign Minister opens emergency situation room

Some of the protesters then stormed the embassy premises and tore down the flag from the building for the second time in less than a month. Eyewitnesses reported that the protesters threw the flag on the street, prompting loud cheers from the mass crowds gathered outside the embassy.

Israeli officials stated that the Egyptian protesters broke into the building and managed to reach the floor on which the embassy is located. However, they have not managed to break in through the fortified doors.

Sources in Jerusalem called the incident a “grave event,” and noted that it is still unclear whether the Egyptian security officers who guard the building fled the scene.

The Foreign Ministry opened an emergency situation room and is constantly being updated by Egyptian and Israeli authorities in Cairo. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman arrived at the command post and is being briefed on the latest developments.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with US President Barack Obama and briefed him on the situation outside the Israeli Embassy in Cairo.

Al-Jazeera network reported that the Egyptian army is using tear gas canisters in order to disperse the crowds.

According to eyewitnesses, crowds climbed the embassy security wall, pummeled it with hammers and tore away large sections of the barrier, which Egyptian authorities erected after daily protests last month sparked by tensions over the death of five Egyptian security personnel in Sinai which Cairo blamed on Israel.

Since Mubarak’s fall, calls have grown in Egypt for ending the historic 1979 peace treaty with Israel, a pact that has never had the support of ordinary Egyptians.

The attempt to demolish the wall came after an Egyptian Facebook group called activists to gather outside the Israeli delegation in Cairo and “urinate on the wall.”

Egyptian groups also called activists to spray graffiti slogans against Israel on the wall and erect a memorial for the soldiers killed during the attack in south Israel.

Eyewitnesses said policemen and soldiers stood by as the activists hammered away at the roughly 2.5 metres (8-foot) high wall.

Egyptian officials said the wall was intended to protect residents of the high-rise embassy building, not the Israeli mission.

The move against the embassy wall came as around 4,000 Egyptian activists demonstrated in central Cairo demanding faster reforms, ending military trials for civilians.

Since Mubarak’s fall, calls have grown in Egypt for ending the historic 1979 peace treaty with Israel, a pact that has never had the support of ordinary Egyptians.

One can only wonder what the future will bring. A educated guess would be greater turmoil, stoked by radical Islamist in Egypt as well as throughout the Middle East and the world at large.

The threat to Israel's long term viability as a nation is immediate and grave. We can not help but question... When will extreme Islamic lunacy, driven by hatred for Israel and the USA hit our shores. Again.

For video footage and additional pictures.


Via: Memeorandum

2 comments:

  1. I don't know of anyone who isn't or wasn't more than a little nervous about the effects of the Arab Spring on Israel. Arab populism often involves anti-Israeli sentiment. Ironically, some of this is the effects of years of Israel-baiting from the very regimes that are now toppling or being threatened by revolt.

    The US and Israel need to show these revolutionaries that we are not the source of all their woes.

    Now would be a great time for Israel to seriously and genuinely move toward the Two State Solution.

    JMJ

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  2. JMJ - Israel has done done so. The Palestinians have always been the problem. They and the rest of the Arab world terro0rists. Wake up dude!!!

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