Watch an attempt for throwing Ahmadinejad with a shoe in his face outside al-Hussein mosque in Cairo

Watch an attempt for throwing Ahmadinejad with a shoe in his face outside al-Hussein mosque in Cairo

Cairo : Egypt | Feb 06, 2013 at 7:42 AM PST
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Iran's president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who arrived in Cairo, on Tuesday, marking the first visit to Egypt by an Iranian president since Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, appeared to have a shoe thrown at his face, outside the ancient al-Hussein mosque in Cairo, on Tuesday night.

A video of the incident clearly shows a man pushing his way through the guards towards Ahmadinejad, to hit him on his head with a shoe. Security guards arrested the attacker immediately, after which Ahmadinejad got into his car safely without injuries.

Al Arabiya news said that, the attacker was a Syrian national.

Media reports also indicated, according to witnesses at the site of the event, that the attacker was heard to shout anti-Iranian slogans. In addition to slogans against Syrian dictator Bashar Assad, as well as demands for freedom for the Syrian people.

NBC news correspondent, in Cairo, said that Egypt’s security arrested four men,` who were protesting outside al-Hussein mosque. The men, including a Syrian man, belong to the ultra-conservative Sunni Salafist movement.

For your information, it is not the first time for Ahmadinejad to be thrown by a shoe, whereas a similar incident happened with him during a students' demonstration, at Tehran's Amir Kabir university in December 2006.

Also in December 2006, Iranian officials declared the Iraqi journalist, Muntazar al-Zaidi a hero and hailed his gesture as a mark of Islamic courage, the reason that he hurled his shoes at the former US president, George Bush during a press conference with Iraqi Prime Minister in Baghdad.

Perhaps in the Western countries, they do not understand the meaning of such acts. However, in all Arab world, showing the sole of your shoe to someone is considered a sign of lack of respect while throwing your shoe is even worse, no one can predict the consequences of such insult.

I think that the Iranian president was more than annoyed after this act, but the Iranian president must understand well, that the Arab people will respect him, if Iran does not poke its nose in the internal affairs of Arab countries, in particular, Bahrain and United Arab Emirates.

It is strange that, Iran considered what happened in Egypt, Tunisia and Libya as a revolt against dictatorial regimes, but when it came to Syria, Iran is considering the Syrian revolution as terrorist acts and a conspiracy by the Western countries !

I am personally against such acts and misbehavior, as I always believe that shoes can not replace the tongue in addressing any objection towards any subject.


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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has become the latest leader to find himself on the receiving end of that popular Arab World method of protest -; the thrown shoe.
saleh1966 is based in Gaza, Ġazzah, Palestine, and is an Anchor on Allvoices.
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