Israeli Embassy in Egypt Threatened With Cancellation of 70th Independence Day Celebrations
The Israeli embassy in Egypt’s planned 70th Independence Day gala is arousing controversy, with attempts made to cancel the event and antisemitism in the press, Hebrew newspaper Yediot Aharonot reported on Sunday.
According to the report, the event will be the first of its kind in a decade. It is planned to include a large gala at the Nile Ritz-Carlton in Cairo with top Israeli chef Shaul Ben Aderet providing the food.
But there is widespread opposition to “normalization” with the Jewish state in Egypt and Egyptian authorities reportedly initially canceled the event. Officially, this was for security reasons, but according to Yediot the real reason was likely fear of the reaction of “the street.”
What followed is described as a “diplomatic drama.” Israeli government and military officials reportedly pressured the Egyptian government to reverse the cancellation. The Egyptians ultimately acquiesced and the celebration will take place as planned.
Apparently in response, the Egyptian weekly political magazine Rose al–Yūsuf published a copy of the official invitation to the gala, including the address and time of the event. Its cover included an antisemitic image showing a hook-nosed Orthodox Jew. The headline read: “The Israeli embassy celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Nakba at the Ritz.”
Nakba or “catastrophe” is the Palestinian term for the creation of the State of Israel.