Some 100 Israeli Arabs held a rally Wednesday outside the Egyptian embassy in Tel Aviv in protest of what they perceive as the country's failed handling of the traffic accident in Sinai which left 12 Israelis dead.
The demonstrators also protested the lenient sentence handed to the bus driver involved in the accident, who will serve only one year in prison.
Mubarak invited to Israel (Photo: Avi Cohen)
"Learn from Israel what human dignity means. Human dignity is a primary value in Israel," the protesters shouted.
Participants in the rally held up signs saying, "12 killed, 12 months in jail – justice Egypt-style," and "State of Israel – don't abandon injured and killed citizens."
One of the protesters was a woman whose son was wounded in the accident and who died later because he was not evacuated to the hospital in time. Assad Gaban from the community of Mazra'a lost his brother Najub in the accident. His daughter was seriously injured and is still hospitalized. Gaban called on President Hosni Mubarak to come to Israel and "learn from the Israelis what value for life means."
"I tell the Egyptians that they should be ashamed of themselves. They didn't send any letter of condolences. We want Israelis to learn from this not to go to Egypt or to Sinai. If anything happens to them there, they will not receive any treatment," he stated.
Some of the families claim that the incident was not a traffic accident, but a terror attack. According to Gaban, "unfortunately, from the testimonies we've heard, it appears that it was an attack. From the beginning of the ride the driver was rude to the passengers and drove recklessly and in a manner that endangered the passengers."