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December 11, 2012 1

Anti-Semitic Sermon at Friday Prayer in Northern Egypt

Last Fri­day, Sheik Ashref Namir deliv­ered an anti-Semitic ser­mon at a mosque in the Buhaira gov­er­norate in North­ern Egypt.

The ser­mon, deliv­ered at the Imam Malik mosque, was marked by alle­ga­tions that the Jews have “cursed” God, are respon­si­ble for mur­der­ing God’s apos­tles and are stingy, greedy and deceitful.

The ser­mon is the lat­est exam­ple of the increas­ing pop­u­lar­ity of anti-Semitism in Egypt’s pub­lic life.

In Octo­ber of this year, ADL expressed deep­en­ing con­cern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric com­ing from the high­est ech­e­lons of Egypt­ian soci­ety after the Egypt­ian pres­i­dent Mohamed Morsi attended a Fri­day ser­mon marked by anti-Semitism.

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