Video: Anti-Israel Demo in Cairo

Mubarak denies illegal profiteering and power exploitation in a recorded address, the first since he was deposed.

Gil Ronen , | updated: 18:07

Cairo rioters burn Israeli flag
Cairo rioters burn Israeli flag
Israel news photo: Hamas Al Qassam

Egyptian bloggers have uploaded videos of the protest Friday outside Israel's embassy in Cairo. Meanwhile, former president Hosni Mubarak has addressed Egyptians for the first time since he was overthrown.

The videos show a demonstration that begins at twilight and continues into the evening, with hundreds of participants shouting slogans and some holding a poster calling for an "Intifadah" against Israel on May 15.



 

“They tried to reach the flag on top of the embassy but failed,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor told Israel National News Sunday. He added that the incident was not out of the ordinary except for the large number of demonstrators.

However, it was the first time Egyptians have protested so close to the embassy, which effectively was off-limits before the provisional military government replaced Mubarak.

Mubarak denied allegations of personal corruption in a recorded message published on Arabic network Al-Arabiya. The message is his first public announcement since he was deposed February.

Al-Arabiya published audio of the speech (in Arabic) on YouTube and provided the following transcript:
 
Dear Egyptians, brothers and sisters:
 
I have felt great pain – and still – due to the unfair campaigns and unjust accusations to which my family and I have been exposed, aiming mainly to endanger my reputation, question my honesty and distort my military and political history during which I exerted great efforts for Egypt and its people, in war and peace. 
 
I preferred to give up my post as a president, placing the interest of the nation and its people over any other interest, and I chose to keep away from the political life, wishing all the best and progress for Egypt and its people within the period ahead.
 
However, as I have spent my whole life in serving the nation with honesty and integrity, I cannot remain silent in the face of the continual campaigns of defamation and false accusations that aim at ruining the reputation and integrity of my family and me. I have waited these past weeks for the Egyptian public prosecutor to reach the truth from all the countries worldwide that would prove that I don’t have any property or financial assets abroad.
 
And because I know that the truth should prevail and in order to put an end to all the defamation attempts, I have decided the following:
 
According to my final financial statement in which I stated that:
 
1) I do not own any accounts or assets outside Egypt. I agree to sign in any form that would enable the Egyptian public prosecutor to ask the Egyptian Foreign Ministry to contact all the foreign ministries worldwide to inform them of my approval, and my wife’s, to reveal any account that we have abroad since I started my military and political public work until now. This is for the Egyptian people to know that their former president has accounts only in one Egyptian bank, according to what I have mentioned in my final financial statement.
 
2) I agree to offer any authorizations that would enable the Egyptian public prosecutor – through the Egyptian Foreign Ministry’s contacts with foreign ministries worldwide – to take all the necessary legal procedures to reveal whether my wife, either of my sons, Alaa or Gamal, and I own any properties or assets directly or indirectly, whether they were commercial or personal, since I started working in the military and political public works and until now, so that everyone would make sure that all the allegations handled by the local and foreign mass media about me and my family’s ownership of huge properties abroad were false.
 
Accordingly, the applied procedures will reveal that the sources of assets and properties of my sons Alaa and Gamal are far from suspicions of illegal profiteering and power exploitation.
 
Accordingly and after the concerned authorities confirm what I am saying, I will stick to all my legal rights to have action against everyone who tried to defame my reputation and that of my family whether inside or outside the country.
 
Brothers and sisters, Egypt will always remain our main goal and wish. We pray for God to save Egypt and its people and show them the right path.
 
Mubarak and his family are currently under house arrest in Sharm Al-Sheikh. Some bloggers saw the fact that Mubarak chose Saudi-based Al-Arabiya for his address as a sign that Saudi Arabia will help him defend himself against charges of corruption.



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