Violent Egyptian Protestors break into the Israeli Embassy

On Friday, a quiet Tahrir square protest in demand for  movement towards democracy, free elections and the end of the regime of the supreme military council turned violent. Not in demands for democracy and freedom, but in demand of bloodshed. A handful of protestors, a huge handful to be exact, walked from Tahrir square to the Israeli Embassy building in Cairo. Their protest? For war and bloodshed and the end of peace with Israel. This, of course, is not new – the falling of the walls of fear in a previously oppressing regime finds outlet in all aspects. Once again, the hate for Israel is simply the lowest common denominator.

This Friday was different – For hours the demonstrators took hammers to a concrete wall put around the Embassy building to protect it after previous protests. For hours they hit, and broke, and hammered as the wall was broken. But unlike what the breaking of a wall could symbolize in another region at another time – this was an act of VIOLENCE, promoting violence, hailing violence.

The call to cancel diplomatic relations in the prospect of war, all the while working towards violently breaking into an Embassy building, looting it, and attempting much (MUCH) worse – extremists are always minorities, but in a country with 80 million citizens, a minority is quiet a large group of people standing in front of building. Honestly, in a country with 7 million citizens (like Israel) a minority is still a large group (should be noted of course that not all minorities are extremists – it does not work both ways).

It seems almost astonishing that for hours the protestors were not only protesting, but always taking hammers to a wall, attacking an Embassy building, and no security forces (from police to worse) intervened or managed to stop them. It seems some what odd that it takes a phone call for the United States President himself, hours after the event has started, to finally have a commando unit intervene – after protestors have broken in past the concrete wall, made it two floors up, took down the flag and were ONE DOOR away from six security personnel who were locked in their room, fearing for their lives. These are only some of the troubling questions arising for this events, questions every peace-seeking freedom-advocating person should ask. Not to mention of course that while Israel is the easiest focus, extremist have tendencies to dislike not only one group – what happens if next Friday its’ the British Embassy? Or the French? The Dutch? The Australian? and so on. This is not exclusive to Israel – Israel is just the easiest first target to wrap as many people around it as possible.


Violent Egyptian protestor climbing the Embassy building and taking down the Israeli flag. Make no mistake – this no hero, but an aggressor. Photos By: AP

Some people might easily believe there are merits to this protest.

Well, first of all – No merits in the world justify (or can justify) this act. If you think there are or that this one was, please leave my blog, ’cause it seems I have nothing to say to you or cannot even attempt to change your mind. An attack, against all International Regulations, with nothing stopping it in the process is anarchy, as simple as that. And As I’ve said – this was an attack that asked to promote violence and war. Instability. Future bloodshed. The end of peace. If you think that is justified, I repeat – please leave my blog.

Second – I have already explained how this rage and surge of violence comes from a blinded point of view. This is mainly the result of dozens of years of education throughout the Arab and Muslim nations of hate to Israel. As I’ve said (and actually as US President Obama himself said in his middle-east speech after the Egyptian coop) – The hate for Israel is lowest common denominator. They could have just as easily, while not having to physically go all the way to the border, protest against the oppressing regime of Hamas in Gaza. They could have, as a nation suddenly freed from oppression, protest for the rights of Gazans to not live under a regime that forced itself upon in a violent takeover four years ago and has put them under an Islamic dictatorship forcing them to live in war. They could have protests against the violent terrorists who have taken over the Sinai Peninsula (Egyptian TV is constantly broadcasting more and more footage of the military’s uncovering of terror cells and weapon arsenals) and have executed (and still attempting to execute more) terror attacks from their soil – terror attacks which brought forth escalation and death. Terrorists who themselves killed in cold blood six Israeli civilians and another civilian in a rocket barrage two days later. But extremists never demonstrate against other extremists.

Claims such as “taking down the wall around the Israeli Embassy is like taking down the wall around the West Bank” are nothing more than pathetic attempts to justify violence. Extremists always carry these pathetic excuses, trying to color themselves good or holly or righteous of some kind. Well, they’re not. They’re violent anarchist. Point and simple. The security fence around the West Bank (deliberately called a fence to distinguish itself from the wall separating East and West Germany), which is not consistent and have many gaps in it which many Palestinians use each day to break into Israel and work as illegal aliens, is similar to the wall around the Israeli Embassy in one way and one way only – it was put in place to protect lives and be a barrier to extremists and violence. The tearing down of it has a similar impact, demonstrated by six Israeli personnel whose lives were at serious and real risk on Friday night. The bright dot in all this is that these demonstrations in the Arab world take place after Friday prayers and by the time they got to the Israeli Embassy, the Embassy was empty and only security remained there, allowing the relatively small number of people to barricade in one room, an act which surely saved some lives. The security fence around the West Bank came as a response to the incredible amount of suicide bombers and countless terror attacks against Israeli civilians. On buses, in restaurants and cafes, on the street – In the time between September 2000 and April 2002, approximately 1,000 Israeli citizens were killed in what was known as The Second Intifada, coming only a few short months after the Palestinian’s declined Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak’s offer for a two state solution and the end of conflict. Promoting the taking down of the wall can only be achieved by promoting education of peace and abandonment of terror, violence and extreme. In fact, in the past years, Israel itself has taken down parts of the fence and several checkpoints (which some in Israel believe enabled the terror attack by Hamas on August 31th, 2010 where four people were gunned down).

In fact, no excuse can justify this behavior. When the seriousness of this matter became apparent, Egyptians from government to scholars condemned the events. They were joined by the United States, Germany, Britain, France and many more, including even Bahrain (whose current “government” remained in power after a violent oppression on protestors demanding freedom “succeed”).

On a day remembering one of the greatest and most blatant attacks against freedoms and peace, everyone who believes it should denounce this event and the extremists behind it, and remember the horrors and actions these extremists can bring. On 9/11, I myself share in the pain and suffering of those who terror suddenly took over their lives, or worse, took someone from their lives (and a life itself, not to mention over 3,000). This is a day to bow our heads in memory. “To remember, not forget”. To remember – extremists are still amongst us. What they have taken was not enough to them.

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