Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called on Egyptians to protest what he termed President Mohamad Morsi’s “normalization” of ties with Israel, AFP reported Friday.

In a 58-minute video summarized and translated by the SITE Intelligence Group, Zawahiri called for mass demonstrations “against the Israeli embassy and against normalization and the peace treaty with Israel, and against the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine, and against any concession and surrender to it, and against every siege in Gaza.”

Zawahiri, who became the leader of al-Qaida shortly after Osama bin Laden was killed by US troops, also pressed the newly-elected Egyptian president to clarify his position on relations with the Palestinians and “the jihad to liberate Palestine.”