An article in yesterday’s New York Times highlights Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s fulminating anti-Semitism, and supports my claim that Egypt is on the verge of becoming Yemen. When I first predicted this based on the success of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt’s elections, I was assured by readers that Morsi was really a moderate and that all would be well in Egypt. That, of course, ignores the goals of the Muslim Brotherhood, and of radical Muslims in general. They’ll never rest until they take over.
And new data don’t support Morsi’s stance as a moderate:
Nearly three years ago, a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood delivered a speech urging Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists. In a television interview around that time, the same leader described Zionists as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.
That leader, Mohamed Morsi, is now president of Egypt — and his comments may be coming back to haunt him.
. . . Representatives of Mr. Morsi have declined repeated requests over more than three days for comment on his remarks. One reason may be that the re-emergence of his previous statements has now trapped him in a political bind. While his past comments may be a liability abroad, he faces a political culture at home in which such defamation of Jews is almost standard stump discourse. Any attempt to retract, or even clarify, his slurs would expose him to political attacks by opponents who already accuse him of softness toward the United States and Israel.
Note the part about the defamation of Jews being “standard stump discourse” in Egypt. That’s also true throughout the Middle East, and in Palestine. (I’m still amazed that those who defended Palestine in my recent post refused to even comment on this pervasive and often government-sponsored propaganda against the Jews. Such bigotry is apparently okay when it’s expressed by Arabs.)
Here’s a fuller account of what Morsi said:
In the video footage first broadcast Friday on Mr. Youssef’s television program [Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef], Mr. Morsi addressed a rally in his hometown in the Nile Delta to denounce the Israeli blockade of Gaza. “We must never forget, brothers, to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews,” Mr. Morsi declared. Egyptian children “must feed on hatred; hatred must continue,” he said. “The hatred must go on for God and as a form of worshiping him.”
“The land of Palestine will not be freed except through resistance,” he said, praising the militant group Hamas as an extension of the Brotherhood.
“Who is our enemy? The Zionists. Who occupies our land? The Zionists. Who hates us? The Zionists. Who destroys our lands? The Zionists,” Mr. Morsi added, lashing out at “America, France and Europe” as “Zionist” supporters.
“And the last of them is that Obama,” Mr. Morsi said. He called the American president a liar who promised the Arab world “empty meaningless words.”
The other video clip was a television interview from the same period unearthed last week by the Middle East Media Research Institute [MEMRI], based in Washington, which tracks anti-Semitic statements in the Arab world.
“These bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” Mr. Morsi declared, using a slur for Jews that is familiar across the Muslim world. Although he referred repeatedly to “Zionists” and never explicitly to Jews, Mr. Morsi echoed historic anti-Semitic themes: “They have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout their history. They are hostile by nature.”
And the video from 2010:
Those readers who dismiss everything that MEMRI puts out, including videos (again, a view I don’t comprehend), should note that the New York Times trusts this video as reliable.
I expect some will defend Morsi, arguing that he has to cater to two constituencies and didn’t really mean what he said. But if you have eyes to see, you’ll realize that not only is Arab hatred of Israel based largely on anti-Semitism, but so is, to some extent, Western intellectuals’ attacks on Israel while giving Palestinian actions a pass. At any rate, I call out Morsi as a genuine anti-Semite, not someone who’s merely dissimulating. He hates not just Judaism, but Jews themselves.
Is it any wonder that Israel is nervous?