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CAIRO — Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood staged an anti-Israel rally in Cairo on Friday, the first such protest by the main backers of President Mohammed Morsi since they rose to prominence in the wake of the country’s 2011 uprising.
Emerging from weekly services at Al-Azhar mosque — the centuries-old seat of Sunni Muslim learning — demonstrators chanted ‘‘the people want the destruction of Israel’’ in protest of recent Israeli airstrikes in Syria and the detention of a Palestinian Muslim cleric.
At one point, leading Brotherhood member Mohammed el-Beltagy took the microphone and shouted: ‘‘We will repeat it over and over, Israel is our enemy.’’ Others echoed the call, and one organizer whipped up the crowd in a chant urging the army to launch a war against Israel to ‘‘liberate Palestine . . . from the sons of monkeys and pigs.’’