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Egypt’s Brotherhood and Islamists 'march to Jerusalem' in Cairo

Several thousand Islamists and Muslim Brotherhood supporters partcipate in Friday's Global March to Jerusalem to protest Israeli occupation

Ahram Online, Friday 7 Jun 2013
Egyptians chant slogans as a man burns the Israeli flag during an anti-Israel protest held after the Friday noon prayer at Al-Azhar mosque in Cairo, Egypt, Friday, May 10, 2013. (Photo: AP)
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Egyptian Islamist groups gathered at the Cairo Stadium on the 46th anniversary of the occupation of eastern Jerusalem by Israeli forces in condemnation of the Israeli occupation and the Judaization of Jerusalem.

The protest started after Friday prayers at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque in Cairo's Nasr City district. Salah Sultan, secretary general of Al-Azhar's Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs, who led the Friday sermon at the mosque, said Prime Minister Hesham Kandil will attend the rally.

Thousands of protesters marched from the mosque to the nearby stadium, according to Al-Ahram's Arabic news website.

Al-Ahram reported that Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz attended the rally. The crowds voiced their support for Abdel-Aziz who is facing a serious challenge by artists and many ministry employess who have started a sit-in at his office in the ministry's headquarters this week, accusing him of 'Brotherhoodising' the ministry by firing liberal officials.

Muslim Brotherhood Spokesman Ahmed Aref had announced on Thursday that the Egyptian branch will take part in the Global March to Jerusalem.

"We call on everyone to meet in front of the memorial of the Unknown Soldier in Cairo’s Nasr City after Friday prayers to participate in the Global March to Jerusalem," added Aref on his official Facebook page.

Tens of parallel marches are scheduled in several countries such as Palestine, Germany, Lebanon, Canada, US, Tunisia and Malaysia.

"The marches aim to highlight the issue of Jerusalem … by which we point out the racism and Judaisation practices of the occupying state against Jerusalem and Palestine," added Aref.

Salafist Al-Asala party, Salafist El-Noor Party, Brotherhood allied El-Wasat Party and members of the World Federation of Muslim Scholars joined Friday’s march.

In May, dozens of Islamist protesters gathered at Al-Azhar Mosque in Cairo after the noon prayers to denounce Israeli assaults on Syria and the arrest of Palestine’s top Muslim cleric in Jerusalem.

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