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October 22, 2012 0

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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