Protesters in Alexandria
Burning Israeli flags in Cairo
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Hundreds rally outside Israeli consulate in Alexandria

After weekend demonstration in Cairo, crowds move protest to coastal city, call to launch third intifada. Protesters hold signs in Hebrew reading 'Here we come', 'Gaza, my only love'

Hundreds of Egyptians protested Thursday evening in front of the Israeli consulate in the coastal city of Alexandria. Egyptian security forces were deployed in the area and blocked entry into the consulate building.


The protesters waved Palestinian flags and called to expel the Israeli ambassador and open the Rafah crossing at the border with the Gaza Strip.


Demonstrators held signs reading "Gaza, my only love", "Million of martyrs are marching to Jerusalem" and "Here we come" – written in Hebrew.


The crowds also called to launch a "third intifada" on May 15, as initially stated on the popular Facebook page, which stirred controversy in Israel.


"We came here together, young and independent people, to protest the removal of the Facebook page supporting the Palestinian intifada," said Revolution Youth Coalition member Muhammad Wafani.


"This is racist and unjust behaviour, based on pro-Israeli political views, which a website such as Facebook shouldn't have," he stated.


The protesters stressed the importance of supporting their Palestinian brothers in the "May 15 intifada" – considered the Nakba Day, or the date the State of Israel was established.


On Saturday some 1,000 protesters gathered under heavy security in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo. The protesters demanded to severe all diplomatic and economic relations with Israel. "Take down the flag, we don’t want it here," they shouted and burned Israeli flags.



פרסום ראשון: 04.15.11, 00:20
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