Egyptians protest Israeli assaults on Gaza outside Arab League

Zeinab Mohamed and Randa Ali , Thursday 15 Nov 2012

Protesters converge on Arab League HQ to demand Arab action in face of Israeli violence; Groups from across Egypt's political spectrum call for Friday mass rally in support of besieged Gaza Strip

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Hundreds of Egyptians protest against the Israeli attacks on Gaza (Photo: Mai Shaheen)

Hundreds of Egyptian protesters converged on the Arab League's Cairo headquarters on Thursday evening to demand an immediate halt to ongoing Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip, which have so far claimed the lives of 15 Palestinians.

Protesters further demanded that Egypt cut formal relations with Tel Aviv in retaliation for the latest round of Israeli aggression against the besieged coastal enclave.  

Unlike an earlier protest outside league headquarters that featured mostly Islamist forces, the evening rally included several nationalist and liberal parties and groups, members of which chanted anti-Israel slogans and held banners aloft.

"Arm us, arm us and to Gaza send us," demonstrators chanted in unison as some set fire to Israeli flags. "Generation after generation, we see you as the enemy, Israel."


The parties and movements that participated in the protest included the April 6 Youth Movement's 'Ahmed Maher Front,' the Egyptian Popular Current, the Strong Egypt Party, the Ghad El-Thawra Party and the Misr El-Horreya Party. The demonstration was also attended by numerous independent protesters.

After demonstrating for several hours in front of Arab League headquarters, a number of protesters announced plans to march on Egypt's nearby foreign affairs ministry.

An earlier protest on Thursday, also outside Arab League headquarters, had been dominated by Islamist parties and groups, including Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, Salafist groups and supporters of Gaza-based resistance movement Hamas.

Notably, Ahmed Seif El-Dowla, veteran activist and advisor to Egypt's President Mohamed Morsi, also participated in the earlier rally.

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