Designation: House Painter
On 18 August 2011, mass demonstrations erupted in front of the Israeli embassy in Cairo, which occupies the top floor of a high rise across from the Giza zoo in one of Cairo’s prominent locations, protesting against the Israeli attack on Egyptian soldiers inside the Egyptian territories, which left three Egyptian security officers dead and three others injured.
Protesters demanded dismissal of the Israeli ambassador in Cairo and recalling of the Egyptian ambassador in Tel Aviv; during the demonstrations some protesters attempted to take down the Israeli flag, despite the efforts of Egyptian police squads and military men to direct the protesters away from the building. On 21 August 2011, Al Shahhat climbed the building to take down the Israeli flag and hoist the Egyptian flag instead. Al Shahhat achieved widespread local and international recognition due to the videotapes and photographs taken of the incident, causing the public to call him “Flagman” and the “Egyptian Spiderman”.