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June 27, 2013 3

Accusations of Jewish Affiliation Precede a Lynching in Egypt

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A poster in Egypt derid­ing Shia Mus­lims as “stooges of the Jews.”

Ear­lier this week, an angry mob in a small vil­lage near Cairo attacked and lynched a group of Shia Mus­lims, a hor­rific episode that resulted in the mur­ders of four men. The inci­dent came two weeks after posters were widely dis­played in the vil­lage accus­ing Shia of being “stooges of the Jews.”

Mem­bers of Al-Nour Party, an Islamist party and a mem­ber of Egypt’s gov­ern­ing coali­tion led by the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood, report­edly dis­played these posters on the walls of the village’s homes. One poster, cir­cu­lated on Twit­ter, has the logo of Al-Nour Party on the top right cor­ner of the poster.

The posters included images of out­go­ing Iran­ian Pres­i­dent Mah­moud Ahmadine­jad, who is per­ceived as a sym­bol of the Iranian-led Shia expan­sion in the Sunni Mus­lim world, shak­ing hands with mem­bers of Neturei Karta, an extreme anti-Israel group. The pho­tos rep­re­sent an absurd attempt to demon­strate a “Jewish-Shia’a alliance” that is allegedly plot­ting to gain con­trol over the Sunni Mus­lim world.

Two weeks after the posters first appeared, a hos­tile group of vil­lagers attacked the house of a Shia fam­ily who lived in the vil­lage. Mem­bers of the small Shia com­mu­nity had gath­ered in the house to attend a reli­gious cer­e­mony led by Has­san Sha­hata, a promi­nent Egypt­ian Shia cleric. Four men were killed dur­ing the bru­tal attack, includ­ing Sha­hata himself.

Graphic images of the vio­lence showed the mob drag­ging the bod­ies of the vic­tims through the streets of the vil­lage while police offi­cers watched from a distance.

A young daugh­ter of one of the vic­tims who wit­nessed the assault told a reporter from an Egypt­ian news agency, “Is this the form of reli­gion they want to imple­ment and they speak about? Even if we were Jews they shouldn’t have done this to us.”

Last week, a large bill­board in Tripoli showed Hezbol­lah leader Has­san Nas­ral­lah with a Star of David on his tur­ban and blood drip­ping from his mouth. The poster, the work of a rival Sunni group, was intended to demo­nize Nas­ral­lah in the worst pos­si­ble way: by char­ac­ter­iz­ing him as a Jew. Indeed, link­ing one’s enemy to Jews is a theme of the ris­ing sec­tar­ian ten­sion in the Mus­lim world. The recent lynch­ing inci­dent is a reminder of the poten­tially bru­tal con­se­quences of such accusations.

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June 7, 2013 1

Egyptian Prime Minister Attends Anti-Semitic Sermon

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Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, speaks at anti-Semitic rally

Egypt­ian Prime Min­is­ter Hisham Qandil and other mem­bers of his cab­i­net attended an anti-Semitic ser­mon today at Rabiaa al-Adawia Mosque in Cairo. Dr. Salah Sul­tan, a mem­ber of the Inter­na­tional Union of Mus­lim Schol­ars, deliv­ered the ser­mon, which called the Jews “the ene­mies of God… The cursed ones.”

Sul­tan asked Mus­lims to be ready to fight the “sons of Israel” and called upon Chris­tians to remem­ber that Jews con­spired to kill Jesus and accused his mother of adultery.

Sul­tan also made the pre­pos­ter­ous claim that in the Tal­mud teaches that God cre­ated Jews from human sperm and the non-Jews from ani­mal sperm” so that the non-Jews serve as ani­mals to the Jews. He also crit­i­cized the cul­ture in Egypt before the rev­o­lu­tion because it rec­og­nized Israel and called for a cor­rec­tion in edu­ca­tion about Palestine.

After the ser­mon, Egypt’s Min­is­ter of Cul­ture, Dr. Alaa Abdu­laziz, deliv­ered a short speech to reit­er­ate Egypt’s com­mit­ment to con­sider “Jerusalem a cap­i­tal for Palestine.”

The ser­mon was part of Egypt’s com­mem­o­ra­tion of the mem­ory of the Isra and Mi’raj, the night jour­ney of Prophet Mohammed to Jerusalem. Other ral­lies also took place in Cairo to com­mem­o­rate what many in Arab world con­sider the 46th anniver­sary of the occu­pa­tion of east­ern Jerusalem by Israeli forces.

In Octo­ber of last year, ADL expressed con­cern after Pres­i­dent Morsi attended a ser­mon, which fea­tured sim­i­lar anti-Semitism.

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May 17, 2013 1

Muslim Brotherhood Marks Nakba Day With Contemptuous Anti-Israel Statements

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Moham­mad Badie’s article

As Pales­tin­ian sup­port­ers across the Mid­dle East were demon­strat­ing in com­mem­o­ra­tion of the nakba, the Ara­bic term mean­ing ‘cat­a­stro­phe’ used to refer to Israel’s estab­lish­ment in 1948, the Mus­lim Broth­er­hood and its Gen­eral Guide Moham­mad Badie issued state­ments to their fol­low­ers laced with con­tempt for Israel and Jews.

In a com­mem­o­ra­tive state­ment on its English-language web­site, Israel is described by the Broth­er­hood as a “hos­tile ter­ror­ist racist expan­sion­ist mon­stros­ity” that “con­stantly and actively works to Judaize Jerusalem and other Pales­tin­ian ter­ri­to­ries,” with assis­tance from the U.S. and West.

Moham­mad Badie wrote in his weekly Arabic-language newslet­ter a piece titled, “Pales­tine … the Soul of the Islamic Nation.” In the arti­cle, Badie warns “Zion­ists to stop play­ing with fire by insult­ing the Al Aqsa by defil­ing and enter­ing the mosque to sing and play in its courtyard.”

Badie also described the nakba not as an event that only affects Pales­tini­ans, but one that has been felt across the Arab and Mus­lim worlds. Badie char­ac­ter­ized Israel’s cre­ation as “the mem­ory of con­fis­cat­ing land and prop­erty, and insult­ing Mus­lim and Chris­t­ian holy places in the Holy City [Jerusalem]; in short, it is the mem­ory of the inva­sion, rape and occu­pa­tion of a sacred and blessed place in the Mus­lim and Arab abode.”

He went on to urge believ­ers to “lib­er­ate the home­land from the filth of the bru­tal Zion­ist occu­pa­tion, which is backed by the West­ern forces that claim free­dom and human rights.”

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