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Egyptians Planning 'Million Man' Anti-Israel March

Egyptian protest organizers are trying to muster a 'million man protest' outside Israel's embassy in Cairo
By Gabe Kahn.
First Publish: 8/24/2011, 8:08 PM

Egyptian daily al-Youm al-Saba'a reported Wednesday that Egyptian protest organizers are calling for "a million-man protest" outside Israel's embassy in Cairo on Friday.

The protesters, using Facebook and other social media venues, say the focus of the demonstration will be the demand to have the Israeli ambassador expelled from Egypt and Israel's embassy in the capital closed. Recalling an ambassador is considered a step towards the cessation of peaceful relations between countries in diplomatic circles.

Meanwhile, protesters continue to demonstrate outside the embassy for the fifth day in a row, calling out, "Expell the ambassador immediately."  Others gathered outside the ambassador's Cairo residence and called fellow citizens to join them in order to "force the ambassador to leave Egypt."

Anti-Israel protests erupted in Cairo last weekend following reports that at least three Egyptian security officers were inadvertantly killed during a firefight between IDF forces and the terrorists who perpetrated the deadly terror attack near Eilat that left eight Israeli civilians dead last Thursday.

The protesters burnt Israeli flags and threw fire crackers at the embassy building in hopes of igniting the Israeli flag at the embassy. An Egyptian youth later climbed the building and took the Israeli flag down.

The border-fire incident has stirred a diplomatic crisis between Jerusalem and Cairo. Egypt's cabinet said Sunday an Israeli statement expressing regret for the border deaths was not enough, but it stopped short of recalling its Tel Aviv envoy. Israel has determined at least three of the terrorists involved in last Thursday's attacks originated in the Sinai, contrary to previous Egyptian claims Sinai terrorists were not involved in the incident.

The protesters are demanding that the peace treaty with Israel be altered, especially with regards to military presence in Sinai, or completely abolished. The re-militarization of Sinai by Egypt would be a death knell for the 1979 Camp David Accords, which could potentially result in open armed conflict between the two nations.

Egypt's caretaker junta on Wednesday said it planned to develop the Sinai near the Israeli border, while IDFchief of staff Benny Gantz has said he plans to bolster Israel's military strength along the boundary due to last week's attacks.