“Egypt’s foreign minister, on a peace mission to Israel, was rushed to hospital after being attacked today by Muslims at the Al Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem.” This from The Scotsman.
Why was he attacked? Evidently for holding peace talks with Ariel Sharon: “Ahmed Maher had left talks with Israeli premier Ariel Sharon to pray at the Mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site, in the Old City.
“Witnesses said Muslim extremists shouted at him and tried to attack him. Bodyguards surrounded the minister and whisked him out of the compound. They said he was heard saying, ‘I”m going to choke, I”m going to choke’ as he was being taken away. . . .
“Israeli police said protesters threw shoes at Maher. Muslims remove their shoes at the entrance to mosques. . . . Earlier Maher held talks with Israeli leaders about resuming peace talks with the Palestinians.”