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November 14, 2012

Muslim Brotherhood Leadership Denounces “Zionist Aggression” in Gaza

Freedom and Justice Party newspaper: “Israel Announces the War on Gaza”

UPDATE (11/16/12): President of the Freedom and Justice Party Sa’ad Katatni presided over a press conference today in Cairo, where he gave a statement on behalf of a coalition of Egypt’s political parties on events in Gaza. The coalition’s statement condemned Israel’s military operation against Hamas and denounced the “scandalous American and Western support for the terrorist Zionist entity, which is a rapist of the indigenous Palestinian rights.” Furthermore, the coalition demanded “Arab and Muslim governments … to take steps to punish the Zionist entity,” and called on the  “Arab League to withdraw the Arab Initiative, which no longer exists due to Zionist insolence…”

In response to Israel’s targeted military action today to protect Israelis from renewed rocket fire from Gaza, senior leaders and members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and its political party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), have made a series of statements denouncing Israel’s right to defend itself and its citizens. For example:

For Israel, the Egyptian revolution meant that “they could not practice their daily hobby of killing our people in Palestine. They are in a situation of severe anger and they think that their hands are no longer cuffed; but they are delusional.” – Mohammad Saif al-Dawla, aide to Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi

Israel is “turning the tables and renewing the war on terror again and [causing] instability…regional intelligence agencies assisting the Entity in order to divert attention from the crimes committed in Syria.  – Essam El Erian, Vice President of the Freedom and Justice Party and senior Muslim Brotherhood member

“The Zionist entity is exercising the usual crime and bloodshed…Egypt should withdraw the ambassador and freeze relations, open crossings, and protect and support the resistance.”Statements made by Sobhi Saleh, senior Brotherhood and FJP member, according to FJP’s website

The Muslim Brotherhood also published an official statement, which read in part:

Today there was “a dangerous escalation of the Zionist army, which has been built on killing and terrorism since its first day…”

“This criminal aggression [by Israel] is a real change that threatens the continuing stability of the region; this is happening under the protection of the United States of America, which supports it [Israel] in all it does and maintains a hostile position towards Palestinian attempts to acquire international recognition for a state. In addition, the silence of the Western states and their position as an audience is encouraging this Entity’s bullying and aggression.”

“The Palestinian Authority must cancel its security coordination with the Zionist occupation’s army, immediately.”

“It is important [for the Arab states] to communicate with non-aligned countries and African countries to adopt decisive resolutions; we don’t envision anything less than cutting diplomatic and trade relations with this usurping entity. The Egyptian government must be the first to do this, so it can become an example for Arabs and Muslims who maintain relations with this entity.”

In addition to these remarks, the Syrian government, which has been engaged in a bloody civil war against its civilians for over a year, condemned Israel’s “atrocities” in Gaza and called on the international community to “pressure Israel to stop the sinful aggression on our people in the defiant Gaza Strip.”

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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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