In a brave move by Ihsan Orabi from Tamra, the Israeli flag hung on Napoleon statue on a hill in Acre has been removed and replaced with a Palestinian flag. Ihsan Orabi has also sprayed “price tag” on the statue, as well as his name. Orabi expressed to Panet.co.il reporter that he wasn’t afraid from the consequences of his move. Later that night, Orabi submitted himself in to the local police office as he was talking to Panet reporter.
The Napoleon statue on the Napoleon Hill near Acre is to mark the historic position where Napoleon and his French armies stood and later retreated during the failed Siege of Acre year 1799, which was part of Napoleonic Campaign in the Middle East. Napoleon aimed to take over the strategic Ottoman city/port of Acre, which would have paved the way for Napoleon’s conquest over Jerusalem and the Holy Land. The British navy at that time has assisted the Ottoman Turks and attacked the French fleets and sea supply lines, Napoleon raised the siege and retreated to Egypt after he failed to penetrate through the solid walls of Acre.
The statue of Napoleon didn’t hold a French flag, an Ottoman flag, a British flag, but held an Israeli flag which makes absolutely no sense except to promote sketchy Zionist historic narratives. This move by Ihsan Orabi symbolizes great courage and determination, the struggle for justice in Palestine is still alive and strong. Activists on twitter have related Ihsan Orabi to Ahmad Al-Shahat, the Egyptian (nicknamed flagman) who climbed the 22-story Israeli embassy building in Cairo and installed an Egyptian flag instead.