By ARIEL BEN SOLOMON, JPOST—
The march began after Friday prayers at the Rabaa Al-Adawiya mosque led by Salah Sultan, secretary-general of Al-Azhar’s Supreme Council for Islamic Affairs. Culture Minister Alaa Abdel-Aziz took part in the rally and Prime Minister Hesham Kandil was to attend, according to Sultan.
Marches were planned for the Palestinian territories, Germany, Lebanon, Canada, the US, Tunisia and Malaysia, according to the report.
“The marches aim to highlight the issue of Jerusalem – by which we point out the racism and Judaization practices of the occupying state against Jerusalem and Palestine,” Muslim Brotherhood spokesman Ahmed Aref said on Thursday.
Other Islamist parties also participated in the rally.
A video report by AFP quoted a protester who said, “Today we say to Israel that we are here and one day we will liberate Jerusalem from the Jews.”
“It is a message to Israel that Jerusalem is Arab land and it must become Arab territory again,” said another participant.
A popular Egyptian blogger who calls himself, The Big Pharaoh, who has more than 35,000 Twitter followers, and who closely follows events in Egypt, wrote to The Jerusalem Post that there were several tweets making fun of the March to Jerusalem.
The general point was that the Muslim Brotherhood held a March to Jerusalem, “calling for its liberation while they themselves are ruling now!” “It worked when Mubarak was around, but now it sounds a bit funny,” he stated pointing out the hypocrisy.
The Big Pharaoh said that during Mubarak’s time in power, “the Muslim Brotherhood used to chant about going to Jerusalem as martyrs.”
Now, however, when they are in power, they do not act on their rhetoric.