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November 14, 2012 0

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 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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