Hundreds of Muslim rioters gathered at the Gazan side of the Erez crossing holding eggs and shoes, ready to throw them at members of a Bahraini delegation who planned to visit Al-Bahrain School in Gaza, after their unprecedented visit to Israel.
They held placards which read: “Normalization is treason, Jerusalem is an Arabic city and you are not welcome.”
An interfaith group from the Gulf state of Bahrain is paying an unprecedented public visit to Israel this week, receiving a warm welcome but generating uproar across Muslims, anti-Semites and Israel-haters.
The 25 participants, who include Sunni and Shiite Muslims, as well as Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Sikhs, flew to Israel on Sunday as guests of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, a U.S.-based Jewish human rights group.
The group gathered Tuesday at a restaurant overlooking Jerusalem’s Old City walls for dinner and a candle-lighting ceremony marking the first night of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah.
While organizers and participants said the three-day trip was nonpolitical and unconnected to the Bahrain government, it nonetheless is a possible test case for other Gulf Arab nations in seeing what could happen if they move toward recognizing Israel.