Brotherhood whips crowd into frenzy at anti-Israel rally
CAIRO — Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood staged an anti-Israel rally on Friday in Cairo, the first such protest by the main backers of President Mohamed Morsy since they rose to prominence as a result of the country's 2011 uprising.
Emerging from weekly services at Al-Azhar mosque, the seat of Sunni Muslim learning, demonstrators chanted “the people want the destruction of Israel” in protest of Israeli airstrikes in Syria and the detention of a Palestinian Muslim cleric.
At one point, leading Brotherhood member Mohammed el-Beltagy took the microphone and shouted: “We will repeat it over and over: Israel is our enemy!” Others echoed the call, and one organizer whipped up the crowd in a chant urging the army to start a war against Israel.
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