In a gruesome act of political theater, a pro-Mubarak demonstrator has been filmed brandishing what he claims is the ear of an Israeli army officer at two demonstrations, claiming he chopped the Israeli into pieces during the 1973 war.
Two different videos of Ibrahim Muhammad Ibrahim Abu Fida’i were posted on the Internet and this weekend transcribed and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), which monitors Arab language broadcasts. The clips show him holding up what looks like a human ear that he claims he kept preserved for nearly 40 years.
“I fear for Egypt, the country for which I fought. I won’t allow anyone to take it away from me. Nobody will take Egypt from us. We fought for this country,” said Ibrahim at an anti-Muslim Brotherhood protest, footage of which was posted on the Internet on June 23, 2012. “This is the ear of an Israeli officer, who killed three of us. I didn’t [just] cut off his ear. I chopped him into pieces. Whoever tries to take Egypt from me again – I will chop him to pieces. I will not stand idly by.”
In the second video, posted online on March 1, Ibrahim claims he preserved the ghastly momento by keeping it in a bag of salt.
“This bag, with Hebrew on it, was filled with salt. The ear has absorbed all the salt,” said Ibrahim.
On Monday, former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak called on his country’s citizens to support current leader Mohammed Morsi in order to end the violent protests that have plagued the country.
Mubarak’s lawyer, Farid el-Deeb, told AFP that the deposed leader is “sad and frustrated” by the protests, which have left dozens dead and hundreds injured since the Islamist Morsi assumed power in June 2012.
Deeb said that while Mubarak supports the right of Egyptians to demonstrate peacefully, he denounced the violent protests that have been particularly prevalent in the capital city of Cairo and the coastal city of Port Said.
Since late January, the country has been hit by relentless street protests, mainly directed against Morsi and the Brotherhood. The near-daily demonstrations have turned into clashes with police, and about 80 protesters have been killed since then.