A large Egyptian army contingent deployed on Thursday night around the Israeli Consulate in Alexandria after hundreds of protesters gathered there and called on Egyptians to join in a “third intifada” against Israel, Israel Radio reported.

Organizers of the protest in the country’s second-largest city called on fellow Egyptians to join the Palestinians in a renewed armed struggle against Israel.

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Israel’s envoy in Alexandria is Hassan Ka’abiah, the first Beduin consul in the history of the country’s diplomatic service.

During the tenure of deputy foreign minister Majallie Whbee from 2007 to 2009, 30 percent of candidates admitted to the Foreign Ministry’s prestigious diplomatic cadets program were members of minority groups – Arabs, Druse, Beduin and Circassians.


The Alexandria-area tomb of Rabbi Yaakov Abuhatzeira has been a destination for Israeli pilgrims in recent years, and last winter at least 500 Israelis applied for visas to Egypt to visit the tomb. The Moroccan rabbi and mystic was en route to the Holy Land in 1879 when he fell ill and died in the Egyptian city of Damanhour.

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