Israeli army official's nostalgia for Egypt finds hostile audience

Ahram Online, Monday 22 Apr 2013

A spokesman for the Israeli army faces strong criticism from Egyptians after posting old photographs of a visit to the country

Spokesman of the Israeli army in Arabic Avichay Adraee (Photo: Adraee's official Facebook page)

A spokesman of the Israeli army in Arabic received biting feedback from Egyptian internet users on Monday when he publicised photographs of a holiday he took in the country several years ago.

Avichay Adraee shared photos of his visit 13 years ago to Cairo and Alexandria on his Facebook page, commenting on his enjoyable time in Egypt.

Numerous comments in response condemned the visit of a “Zionist” to Egypt.

“Liar. If you had said you were an Israeli, you wouldn’t have been welcomed,” read one of the comments.

Others warned him against repeating his visit to Egypt, saying that “it is unbelievable that pan-Arab Egypt would host Zionists. This is a scandal.”

“You might as well claim that you’ve performed the afternoon prayers in Al-Hussein mosque,” another one added in response to Adaree’s comments about his "fond memories of his stop in Old Cairo where the shrine of the Prophet Mohamed's grandson stands."

Adraee also expressed his admiration for Egypt’s most celebrated pop star Amr Diab, saying he especially loved his hit song 'Amareen'.

One Facebook user replied with the comment, “Amr Diab hates you by the way.”

According to Adraee, he took a 10-day visit to Egypt as part of a delegation of students who had achieved highly in their studies of the Arabic language.

During his visit, he visited the tomb of late Egyptian president Anwar El-Sadat who signed the 1979 Camp David peace accords with Israel in 1979 ending 40 years of wars between the two countries.

Despite Camp David, however, Egyptian public opinion has remained firmly opposed to Israeli policies, especially as they pertain to ongoing mistreatment of the Palestinian people and the illegal occupation of Palestinian land.

Adraee's Facebook posting comes three days ahead of Egypt's Sinai Liberation Day, which will mark the 31st anniversary of the return of the Sinai Peninsula to Egypt after 15 years of Israeli occupation.

Adraee is an Israeli of Syrian origin, born in 1982.

(Photo: IDFarabicAvichayAdraeefacebook page)

Adraee seen at:

Sadat's mausoleum near the Tomb of the Unkown Soldier in Cairo

Ramadan Cannon (bottom center)

Upper Egypt (bottom right corner)

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