Egyptian Army Prevents Radicals from Defacing IDF Memorial (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 04/26/12)
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The Egyptian army on Wednesday prevented a local radical group from
defacing an IDF memorial in the Sinai Peninsula.
According to a report on Army Radio, the military deployed forces in
armored vehicles near the memorial, to prevent the radicals from
Earlier on Wednesday, the group, which calls itself ‘The Sinai
Revolutionaries’, threatened to deface the memorial and paint it with
the colors of the Egyptian flag. The memorial was set up about 40
years ago in memory of ten IDF soldiers killed in a helicopter crash
on northwestern Sinai, near the site of the former Yamit settlements,
which Israel abandoned in 1979 after withdrawing from Sinai.
According to the Camp David Accords, Egypt is committed to preserving
and protecting the memorial.
Since Wednesday was the Memorial Day for fallen IDF soldiers in
Israel, the members of the Egyptian group said it was a most
appropriate day to rid the peninsula of the last “presence of foul
“We have tried to destroy this memorial in the past, but the army
protected it and stopped us,” the group’s leader said in an
interview. “Now we have decided to paint it with the colors of the
Egyptian flag. Egypt is an Islamic and Arab state, not a Zionist
state. We do not have any agreements with them, and there is no
The memorial was designed by Mordechai Kafri, who designed some 50
memorials for IDF soldiers and Israeli personalities. Israel
considered moving the memorial when the Camp David Accords were
signed, but it was decided to leave it in place. Egypt committed to
preserve the site, and according to the Israel-Egypt peace treaties,
Israelis have the right to visit the site.
Since the revolution in Egypt which ousted the Mubarak regime last
year, there have been concerns for the peace treaty with Israel,
particularly with the rise of Islamists to power in recent elections.
The extremist Muslim Brotherhood, which clinched the majority in the
elections, has threatened to cancel the peace treaty with Israel by
putting the issue up for a referendum and letting Egyptians decide.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 04/26/12)
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