Several Egyptian newspapers and lawmakers in Egypt have called on the country’s Islamic cleric, Sheik Muhammad Seyed Tantawi to resign Saturday for shaking the Zio=Nazi president’s hand at a conference. Tantawi is the Imam of Al Azhar university, Sunni Islam’s most prestigious and authoritative seat of learning.

Tantawi met Zionist President Shimon Peres at an ‘interfaith’ meeting and shook his hands. Egyptian media have since been running a photo of Grand Sheik Tantawi shaking hands with Nazi Shimon Peres almost daily since the two met at a U.N.-sponsored interfaith dialogue in New York last month. The photo is accompanied by critical editorials and comments by lawmakers. The U.N.-sponsored interfaith conference held in New York in mid-November attracted 80 countries and 14 world leaders, including Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah. Supposedly, the conference was meant to highlight moderate aspects of Islam and evidently to help advance the Saudi peace initiative.

An Al-Ousboua editorial published on Saturday stated that Zio=Nazi Peres’ hands were tainted with the blood of thousands of Palestinians who have lost their homes in Palestine. The paper called on Tantawi to “ritually purify his hands” after the shake.

Egypt has a government controlled press. Nothing is printed in the Egyptian press without the approval of government censors, and therefore the attacks can be viewed as having official sanction, it not approval. Tantawi, who was appointed by the Zionist mu-Barak regime, was quoted in Al-Masry Al-Youm newspaper and several others as saying he shook the Zionist president’s hand without recognizing him ??.

A spokesman for al-Azhar was quoted in the paper as blaming Tantawi’s handlers for not paying attention and misdirecting the cleric toward Nazi Peres. Hisham Kassem, an Egyptian activist and publisher, expressed doubt about Tantawi’s version of the story, saying “how can you go to an interfaith meeting and not know who Nazi Peres is?”

But at the time of the meeting, his office said the encounter was pleasant, and Tantawi and Nazi Peres sat next to each during a dinner and had a “very serious conversation.” He say he did recognizing him????

Many Egyptian opposition lawmakers have called for the cleric to step down over the handshake. “I feel shame because the person who did this is the head of one of Islam’s greatest institutions,” lawmaker Hamdein Sabaheen was quoted as saying Saturday in Al-Dustour newspaper.

Egypt supposedly has a peace treaty with Zionist regime, but it is fairly meaningless in terms of public opinion and internal government policy. Egypt is a US client state, receiving over $2 billion in aid each year, most of which are spent on armaments. The Egyptian media are not allowed to be overly critical of the government, but are free to be rabidly critical of the United States and Zionism.

Egypt’s aged president Mubarak will probably be succeeded by his son Gamal. However, it is not unlikely that Mubarak’s death would destabilize Egypt. The largest opposition faction, and the only one that is permitted to function effectively, is the Muslim Brotherhood. The brotherhood has renounced violence as a means of taking power in Egypt. Opposition figures in Egypt have called for scrapping the peace treaty with the Zio=Nazi regime of ‘Israel’.

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