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Monday, December 22, 2003

PALESTINIANS ATTACK EGYPTIAN FOREIGN MINISTER INSIDE JERUSALEM MOSQUE

Maher called a "traitor" for "meeting the Jews"
JPOST: Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Maher was taken to hospital after being attacked by Muslims at Al Aqsa Mosque Monday evening.

Prof. Shmuel Shapira, head of the emergency ward at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital said that based on preliminary examinations, Maher is in good condition.

Jerusalem police said Maher was attacked inside the Mosque, and that there were no Israeli guards with him inside the compound - as agreed in advance with the Egyptian delegation.

Several dozen Muslims attempted to attack the Foreign Minister by throwing shoes at him. They shouted at him, "Collaborators in the crimes against Palestinians and Muslims!" "Not welcome" "Allah Akbar!" and "Jihad in Egypt!"

Egyptian officials said Muslim extremists were responsible for the assault, Channel 1 reported. The officials said the extremists are a group with influence in the Al Aksa compound.

Israeli officials said it was a pity that Muslim extremists used such a holy site for violent purposes.

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DEBKAfile adds: Maher’s assailants belong to Hebron branch of international fundamentalist Islamic Hizbat al-Tahrir whose late leader Taka A’din Naabani was executed in Jordan in 1951 for assassinating Abdullah I who held secret peace talks with Israeli foreign minister Golda Meir.