On last Friday of Ramadan holiday many Muslims take part in demonstrations against Israel.
Masses demonstrate against US, Israel in Tehran. Cairo to host 'million-man rally' outside Israeli embassy
Ahmadinejad: No place for Israel in region - Speaking after al-Quds day Friday prayers Iranian President says Palestinian state only first step in liberation, no room for Israel in region after formation of a Palestinian state.
Arab League: Israel-Egypt peace treaty isn't sacred - Nabil Elaraby endorses amendments to 1979 Camp David Agreement, says it can be annulled if one side violates accord. 'It's not the Koran or the New Testament,' Arab League chief says
Two of the largest cities in the Middle East are hosting mass anti-Israel rallies Friday ‚Äď the last Friday of the Ramadan holiday. A protest was also held in Qalandiya where some 150 Palestinians demonstrating against the separation fence clashed with IDF soldiers. In Tehran, thousands demonstrated against Israel and the United States, while Cairo gears for the "million-man protest" calling for the Israeli ambassador's expulsion.
The Palestinians are protesting under the banner "The olive revolution" and are aiming to cross the separation fence into Jerusalem. The weekly protests in Bilin, Naalin and Nabi Saleh were canceled, to increase the number of participants in the Qalandiya rally. Meanwhile, Egypt gears for a mass rally to be held outside the Israeli embassy in Cairo following Friday prayers. It is estimated several thousands will take part in the rally, which is being dubbed "the million-man" protest. Hundreds are already gathered in the area.
Security around the embassy has been boosted ahead of the protest. The Muslim Brotherhood announced it will take part in the rally. Egyptian newspaper Al-Youm Al-Sabe'a reported that several political movements are opposed to the demonstration. In Iran, President Mahmoud Ahamdinejad led a protest against the US and Israel. Iranian state TV said that authorities are expecting one million people to express support of the Palestinians.
Anti-Israel rallies were also held in Thailand, outside the Israeli embassy in Bangkok, as well as in Indonesia.
Ahmadinejad: No place for Israel in region - The creation of a universally-recognized Palestinian state would be just a first step towards wiping out Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Friday. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comments reflect his typical anti-Israeli rhetoric; He drew international condemnation when he said in 2005 that Israel should be "wiped off the map."
He spoke at a ceremony Friday following nationwide pro-Palestine rallies marking Quds Day. The annual demonstration is an occasion for Iranian officials to show their support for Palestinians and condemn Israel. Ahmadinejad says establishment of a Palestinian state should be the first step in the liberation of entire Palestine. Iran's Islamic leadership is hostile to Israel and backs anti-Israel groups like Palestinian Hamas. Ahmadinejad, restating a position expressed soon after taking office in 2005 that Israel was a "tumor" to be wiped off the map, urged Palestinians not to settle for a two-state solution that is backed by Abbas but to strive for a complete return of what they consider their land.
"Recognizing the Palestinian state is not the last goal. It is only one step forward towards liberating the whole of Palestine," Ahmadinejad told worshippers at Friday prayers. "The Zionist regime is a center of microbes, a cancer cell and if it exists in one iota of Palestine it will mobilize again and hurt everyone." Any move for Palestinian statehood at the United Nations is likely to be vetoed by the United States, but even if it were to pass and Israelis and Palestinians found a way to co-exist, that would still be entirely insufficient, Ahmadinejad said. "It is not enough for them to have a weak, powerless state in a very small piece of Palestine. They should unite to establish a state but the ultimate goal is the liberation of the whole of Palestine," he said.
"I urge the Palestinians never to forget this ideal. Forgetting this ideal is equal to committing suicide. It would be giving an opportunity to an enemy which is on the verge of collapse and disappearance."
Arab League: Israel-Egypt peace treaty isn't sacred - Arab League Secretary-General Nabil Elaraby said Friday that all peace treaties are subject to the Vienna Convention which stipulates that if one side violates the agreement, the other can reserve the option to amend or annul the agreement. In an interview with Al-Arabiya TV, Elaraby said that the 1979 peace treaty between Israel and Egypt can be amended, noting that the accords are "not sacred - they are not the Koran or the New Testament." In a jab addressed at ousted President Hosni Mubarak he noted that no one ever told Israel off under the old regime. "There were violations and they were ignored," he said.
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