BY AMANDA MIKELBERG, NY DAILY NEWS—
A Muslim revival at Cairo’s most prominent mosque Friday that drew 5,000 worshippers reportedly turned into a hate-fueled rally, complete with repeated vows to “one day kill all the Jews.”
Led by the Muslim Brotherhood, Egypt’s largest and best-organized political party, the crowd that gathered at the al-Azhar Mosque chanted “Tel Aviv! Tel Aviv! Judgment Day has come!” according to Israeli website Ynetnews.com.
Palestinian guest speakers and spokesmen for the Muslim Brotherhood roused the crowd with speeches aiming to incite Jihad directed at Israel, specifically promoting a “battle against Jerusalem’s Judaization.”
The event coincided with the anniversary of the United Nation’s 1947 partition plan that called for the establishment of a Jewish state.
The rally underscored the refusal of the Muslim Brotherhood to align with the greater movement opposing Egypt’s military government.
As Egyptians wrestle over political power, invigorated after the White House called for a “full transfer of power to a civilian government … as soon as possible,” the Muslim Brotherhood instead concentrated on Israel’s territorial conflicts with Palestinians.
Speakers railed against “Zionest occupiers” and “treacherous Jews.” Islamist Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb asserted that Jews all over the world are preventing Islamic and Egyptian unity.
“In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything,” al Tayeb told Ynetnews.com.
“The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews,” he said, adding that “we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize” the holy land.
Businessmen in the crowd were urged to give funds to the cause and invest in land in Jerusalem to keep it out of the hands of Jewish purchasers.
Protesters were handed pamphlets and small, customized flags showing the Egyptian colors on one side a Palestinian flag on the other.
Elementary school teacher Ala al-Din, who attended the rally, said “all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on a Jihad for the sake of Palestine,” he told Ynetnews.com
“Why is the U.S. losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews,” he said.