Egypt’s President Supports Call to ‘Destroy the Jews’
A leading Jewish human rights group is once again calling on President Obama to sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood after its former leader, new Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, was seen answering “amen” to a call to “destroy the Jews.”
Egyptian state television aired a video showing Morsi attending services in a mosque in the coastal city of Marsa Matruh on Friday, Oct. 19.
Morsi was shown in fervent prayer as a Muslim cleric declared, in remarks translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute: “Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate your might and greatness upon them.”
Morsi could be seen on tape mouthing “amen” to these calls.
The word “amen,” used by both Hebrew and Arabic speakers, is translated as “so be it.”
The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which monitors anti-Semitic acts around the world, issued a strong condemnation of Morsi after his mosque appearance, the Israel Hayom website reported.
“This is a slap in the face to America as Egypt’s President Morsi pockets billions in U.S. aid and says amen to principles that are repugnant to all Americans,” the Center said in a statement, quoting its dean Marvin Hier and associate dean Abraham Cooper.
They called on President Obama to condemn “the growing chorus of anti-Semitism in Egypt, led by the Muslim Brotherhood,” and to sever ties with the group.
As the Insider Report disclosed last week, the Wiesenthal Center also urged Obama to sever ties with the Brotherhood after its “Supreme Guide” Mohammed Badie called for “holy war” against Israel and said Jews “have increased corruption on earth.”
The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) also expressed outrage over President Morsi’s action, The Times of Israel reported.
ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said: “The drumbeat of anti-Semitism in the ‘new’ Egypt is growing louder and reverberating further under President Morsi and we are increasingly concerned about the continuing expressions of hatred for Jews and Israel in Egyptian society.
“The United States and other governments with influence on the Egyptian leadership should publicly urge President Morsi to speak out against this disturbing manifestation of hatred toward Jews.”