Graffiti: Bringing Down Israel’s Embassy Wall in Cairo ~ in pictures

 

Photo Blog by Maggie Osama | Al Akhbar English | Sept 7, 2011

Pro-Palestinian activists turned the 100 meters long and three meters high wall surrounding Israel’s embassy in Cairo into a site of creative protest. The wall was erected by the Egyptian army last Saturday. The wall replaced an iron fence smashed by protesters last month. The military junta claimed that it was set up to protect public property and not the embassy in particular.

Activists sprayed the wall with pro-Palestine, anti-SCAF and anti-Zionist messages such as “No to reconciliation”, ” We will not forget Deir Yassin”, “No to Israel”, “Bethlehem,” and finally “the Liberation of Palestine starts with the liberation of Egypt”, amid shouts of encouragement by passers-by and cars’ drivers. Some of them decided to participate in the event.

After several hours, some army officers and military police showed up demanding that activists & others stop drawing and leave. The military accused protestors of distorting the wall’s appearance. “It is a shame to draw over the Egyptian flag the symbol of the country!” they told protestors. Military officers and activists discussed and argued about the action for half an hour until the activists decided to leave.

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

(Photo: Maggie Osama)

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