Severe warnings emerged from Egypt on Friday that Infrastructures Minister Binyamin Ben Eliezer would be arrested if he set foot on Egyptian soil. It followed the documentary film about the Shaked Reconnaissance Unit which seemingly held Ben-Eliezer responsible for the deaths of 250 Egyptian prisoners of war during the Six Day War. "We demand that the Egyptian court bring these murderers and war criminals to justice on Egyptian soil," Egyptian MP Mustafa Bakri told the Kol al-Arav newspaper on Friday.
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"From Binyamin Ben-Eliezer to the Israeli soldiers who were involved in this slaughter of Egyptian captives, we demand that they all be brought to justice," continued Bakri.
Ben-Eliezer canceled his trip to Cairo in the wake of the storm created by the hour-long film, called Ruach Shaked, shown on Channel 1 last week, on eyewitness testimony given to him as he set about telling the tale of the unit, which patrolled the southern border from the mid-1950s to the mid-1970s.
The Egyptian parliament is scheduled to convene an urgent session in Cairo on Saturday to discuss the recent response of Israeli Ambassador to Egypt Shalom Cohen, when he met with the head of the Israel Department in the Egyptian Foreign Ministry on Wednesday and was asked to explain the content of the film.
Israel Radio reported that the parliament was set to debate several proposals from its members to cut off all ties with Israel and to expel Cohen from Cairo.