Students, lawyers, teachers and pharmacists join to protest Israel

Thousands of students from the Muslim Brotherhood gathered at 18 universities across Egypt yesterday to protest Israeli encroachment on Al-Aqsa mosque and the inclusion of the Ibrahimi and Bilal mosques in a list of Israeli heritage sites.

Students burned the Israeli flag and chanted angry slogans against Israel, accusing the country of attempting to Judaize Al-Aqsa.

Cairo University students began their protests two days ago with a sit-in, and then took to the campus where they were surrounded by security forces. Clashes broke out when security forces attempted to stop protesters from the Faculty of Engineering from joining other students in front of Cairo University’s main gate.

The students managed to get past the security forces and snatched the helmets of two security officers during the clashes. One student who seized a helmet was arrested.

Protesters wrapped a Palestinian flag around an obelisk on campus and hung another flag across the main gate.

At Ain Shams University, security forces prevented protesting students from entering the campus, triggering friction with security forces and forcing the students to continue their protest off campus.

At Al-Azhar University, around 3000 students staged protests against Israeli raids.

In total, more than 30,000 students protested at universities across Egypt. The universities of Tanta, Al-Azhar (Tanta Branch), Zagazig, Mansoura, Fayoum, Beni Suef, Alexandria and Minya were all shaken by protests against Israel.

The students warned of Israel’s intention to destroy Al-Aqsa mosque and rebuild the temple of Solomon.

Members from the inter-syndicate coordination committee in Alexandria also organized protests in front of the Supreme Court of Justice.

Members from the pharmacists, teachers and lawyers syndicates, the Teachers Without a Syndicate Movement, Kefaya, the Ghad Party, and the Karama party joined in the protests.

Dozens of lawyers protested in front of the Lawyers Syndicate headquarters in Cairo to express their rejection of Israeli violations of Al-Aqsa. The protesters called for relations with Israel to be severed and its ambassador ejected. The protesters also urged Arab governments to stand up to Israeli assaults on Al-Aqsa.

Hamdi Khalifa, head of the Lawyers Syndicate, said the syndicate council is looking at ways to save Al-Aqsa and called on the international community to intervene. He added that the council calls on all Arab regimes to expel Israeli ambassadors and cut relations with Israel until Israeli assaults end.

Translated from the Arabic Edition.

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