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October 22, 2012

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi Attends Friday Sermon Marked By Anti-Semitism

In a nationally broadcast Friday sermon attended by Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and other high ranking government officials at the Al-Tanaeem Mosque in Mersa Matruh, Imam Fatouh Abdul Nabi called on God to “deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them.”

During the October 19 sermon, Imam Abdul Nabi, who heads the Islamic Endowment in Matruh Governorate, said:

“Our God, grant us victory over the infidels… Our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them… Our God, our God, deal harshly with the Jews and those who are allied with them… Our God, frighten their masses… Our God, disperse their union… Our God, show us your strength over them, your greatness over them… Our God, reveal to us your wrath over them, you are the Lord of creatures.”

During this part of the sermon, President Morsi was shown on television mouthing “amen.”

In a press release issued after the sermon, the Anti-Defamation League expressed deepening concern over the anti-Semitic rhetoric coming from the highest echelons of Egyptian society. Earlier last week, ADL sent a letter to president Morsi, urging him to reject anti-Semitic statements included in the weekly message of Egypt Mus­lim Brotherhood’s supreme leader.

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