Two weeks ago MEMRI released this video in which President Morsi made his anti-Jewish remarks in 2010
Two years after he said it on TV, the Western media have finally been giving publicity to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's 'Jews are descendants of apes and pigs' remark. But they are treating Morsi's Jew-hatred almost as a slip of the tongue - not a central plank of Muslim Brotherhood ideology. Lebanese liberal Joseph Bishara sets the record straight in an article on the Arabic site Elaph - transcribed by the indispensable MEMRI (with thanks: Lily):
"The statements by [Egyptian] MB official 'Issam Al-'Aryan regarding the Jews' return to Egypt must be treated as nothing more than an
impulsive remark. Five reasons lead me to claim that his statements were
empty words and merely a television spectacle meant to serve [the MB's
interests], and do not reflect a change in the MB's hostile position
towards the Jews.
"First, the MB's hatred for the Jews is a matter of religious
principle, which lies at the heart of its creed and cannot be changed,
revoked, or disregarded. Second, the MB, which rose to power under
obscure circumstances, is attempting to hide its angry, cold, and
extremist face behind a smiling, friendly, and tolerant [mask].
the statements were meant to ease the international pressure on the
MB... because of the one-sided and immoral positions it had taken in the
drafting and ratification of the constitution, and because of its
regrettable positions regarding the justice system. Fourth, [the MB
wants] revenge on the Nasserist stream, the philosophical mainstay of
the opposition, and wants to shift the legal and moral responsibility
for the expulsion of the Jews from Egypt to the driving force behind
this stream – the late president Gamal 'Abd Al-Nasser. Fifth, [it wants
to] distract public opinion with a secondary issue.
"Needless to say, tolerance toward the other has no place in the MB's
agenda. Therefore, how can certain people assume that the MB is
tolerant of Jews? The MB is racist and hates the Jews and anyone who
believes in Judaism. This is an uncontestable part of its creed and is
reflected in extremist directives that appear in the writings of its
"This hatred did not emerge in the 20th century or [after] Israel's
establishment or the occupation of Arab and Palestinian lands by Israel.
This hatred is historic, with roots going back to the inception of
Islam. The MB bases its hatred of Jews on the Koranic verse: 'You will
surely find that the most intense of people in animosity towards the
believers are the Jews and the polytheists... ' [Koran 5:82].
"The MB's position on the Jews is evident in the interpretation of
this verse by Sayyid Qutb, who said that the Koran placed the Jews
before the polytheists because they had been more hostile to the Muslims
throughout history. Qutb also stated that contrary to what moderate
Muslims claim, the Koranic description of the Jews is unchangeable and
is not dependent upon [circumstances] of time and place.
"As far as the MB is concerned, the text is absolute and fits any
time and place; hence, the animosity between Jews and Muslims is
eternal, and will never end, whatever the circumstances."
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