Muslim Brotherhood supporters in Cairo 370.
(photo credit: Mohamed Abd el-Ghany/Reuters)
A few thousand Muslim Brotherhood supporters rallied on Friday at the Cairo
Stadium in a Global March to Jerusalem, marking the 46th anniversary of the
occupation of east Jerusalem and its Judaization, according to a report in Ahram
Online on Friday.
The march began after Friday prayers at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque led by Salah Sultan, secretary-general of Al-Azhar’s Supreme
Council for Islamic Affairs. Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz took part in the
rally and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil was to attend, according to
Marches were planned for the Palestinian territories, Germany,
Lebanon, Canada, the US, Tunisia and Malaysia, according to the
“The marches aim to highlight the issue of Jerusalem – by which
we point out the racism and Judaization practices of the occupying state against
Jerusalem and Palestine,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said on
Other Islamist parties also participated in the rally.
video report by AFP quoted a protester who said, “Today we say to Israel that we
are here and one day we will liberate Jerusalem from the Jews.”
“It is a
message to Israel that Jerusalem is Arab land and it must become Arab territory
again,” said another participant.
A popular Egyptian blogger who calls
himself, The Big Pharaoh, who has more than 35,000 Twitter followers, and who closely
follows events in Egypt, wrote to The Jerusalem Post
that there were several
tweets making fun of the March to Jerusalem.
The general point was that
the Muslim Brotherhood held a March to Jerusalem, “calling for its liberation
while they themselves are ruling now!” “It worked when Mubarak was around, but
now it sounds a bit funny,” he stated pointing out the hypocrisy.
Pharaoh said that during Mubarak’s time in power, “the Muslim Brotherhood used
to chant about going to Jerusalem as martyrs.”
Now, however, when they
are in power, they do not act on their rhetoric.