Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri’s July 10th visit to Israel and meeting with Israeli PM Netanyahu was the first such trip in nine years. In Israel, Shukri’s visit was greeted as reflective of warming relations between Jerusalem and Cairo who signed a peace agreement in 1979. For some in Egypt, the visit sparked protest against this act of normalization.
According to reports in Arab media, Egyptian journalists burned Israeli flags on Wednesday (July 13) on the footsteps of the Syndicate of Journalists building in Cairo, shouting anti-Israel slogans. A video of the demonstration posted on YouTube by Egypt’s Al-Masrawi newspaper shows a group of protesters standing around an Israeli flag, holding additional Israeli flags marked with an X. The person in the middle is saying “We came today to burn this despicable flag, the flag of the apes and pigs. We’ll also burn the pictures of the one called “the Prime Minister of the Zionists” and that of Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shukri”. The video goes on to show them shouting together “We’ve been repeating it generation after generation – we’ll treat you as enemy, Israel.”