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Egyptian Presidential Candidate Promotes Anti-Semitism

Egypt­ian pres­i­den­tial can­di­date Hazem Salah Abu Ismail, who wants to abol­ish Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel, has a his­tory of pro­mot­ing anti-Semitic nar­ra­tives in his state­ments against Israel.

In an inter­view with Al Jazeera in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismail said, “There’s no such thing as the state of Israel. Pales­tine is from the river to the sea, as it’s said… The Jews are not here on Earth to be rulers.”

In an elec­toral rally a month before, Ismail attacked the Zion­ists’ efforts to orga­nize trips to Israel from around the world. The crowds chanted in response: “Oh Jews of Khaibar, the army of Muham­mad is here… Oh Jews of Khaibar, Hazem Abu Ismail is here,” evok­ing the Qur’an’s account of a bat­tle between the prophet Muham­mad and the Jews of the town of Khaibar that resulted in the sub­ju­ga­tion of the Jews of Arabia.

Dur­ing a 2011 appear­ance on the talk show on the Islamic Tele­vi­sion chan­nel Mureed Al Janna, Ismail described sto­ries from Torah as sar­cas­tic and scan­dalous and said that even Jews doubt their religion.

Ismail, who is backed by the Salafists, describes the Camp David peace treaty between Egypt and Israel as “scan­dalous and shame­ful” in his “Mes­sage to the Hon­or­able Egypt­ian Peo­ple who Bow to none but Allah,” which out­lines his pres­i­den­tial program.

The detailed pro­gram, which is avail­able on his campaign’s offi­cial web­site, also includes the fol­low­ing for­eign pol­icy note:

“We believe that Israel is ille­git­i­mate. Israel has no right in Pales­tine, but we will not col­lide with them now; we must stand up on our feet first before we think about stand­ing on the con­fronta­tion line. Tak­ing into account the inter­ests of our coun­try is above all other con­sid­er­a­tions, but this would not be at the expense of our pride and our dig­nity and our Ara­bic and Islamic relations.”

The same pro­gram calls for build­ing a stronger rela­tion­ship with Iran in order to both pres­sure the U.S. and gain eco­nomic aid from it at the same time.

Dur­ing a lec­ture in Feb­ru­ary 2012, Ismael called Osama Bin Laden a mar­tyr, say­ing that “I ask God to accept him among the mar­tyr saints and the right­eous ones…. We ask God to enable Mus­lims to revenge for his death.”