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Excerpted from The Investigative Project: The New York Times’ January 14 report on the Middle East Media Research Institute’s (MEMRI) videos of Egyptian Mohamed Morsi’s 2010 anti-Semitic statements inexplicably omitted the larger story of the Muslim Brotherhood’s decades-long intrinsic anti-Semitism.
The Investigative Project on Terrorism has uncovered comments going back to 2004 showing a pattern of pure anti-Semitic comments made by Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders.
MEMRI has routinely covered these sorts of bigoted and hate-filled statements from throughout the Islamic world that most media outlets such as the Times have refused to cover since the late 1990s.
Morsi’s comments reflect the Muslim Brotherhood’s intrinsic anti-Semitism that is easily obtainable dating back to its founding in 1928.
The MEMRI videos cited by the New York Times earlier this month show Morsi referring to Jews as “the descendants of apes and pigs” and saying that Muslims should “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews…”
The IPT found additional comments by Morsi on the Muslim Brotherhood’s website from November 2004 in which he described the Jews as “descendants of apes and pigs.”
Morsi also invoked the Quran during the same speech, calling the Zionists “traitors to every covenant and convention” and saying that “the Jews are the most hostile enemies of the Muslims.”
References to Jews as “apes” and “pigs” also are repeatedly found in the speeches of the man many liberal Egyptians regard as the real power behind Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Mohammed Badie. According to Germany’s Der Spiegel, Morsi regularly meets with Badie and has shown that he expresses obedience to the supreme guide.
“The Zionists, the West and the lackey rulers conspired together. If the Muslim Brotherhood had remained in the field, the Zionist Entity would not have stood not its flag raised. Of old God forced the Jews to become pigs,” Badie said in a July 7, 2010 sermon found on the Brotherhood’s website.
Badie returned to the theme in a June 14, 2012 speech on the eve of Morsi’s election.
“The Lord of Glory has threatened these murdering Zionists criminals with a penalty of a kind which operates in this world before the Hereafter,” Badie said, then quoting: “So when they were insolent about that which they had been forbidden, We said to them, ‘Be apes, despised.’ [Quran 7:166].”
The Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader cited a hadith frequently used by Islamic extremists that condones slaughtering Jews during a Nov. 20, 2012 speech captured by MEMRI.
“The cause of Palestine is of considerable importance. It is not a cause of power, nor of Palestinians, nor of the Arabs, but is the basic cause of life of every Muslim,” Badie said. “For the sake of its return, every Muslim must wage jihad, sacrifice; and expend his money for the sake of restoring it.
“Palestine and Jerusalem is a holy Muslim land, part of the faith of the Muslim ummah,” Badie continued. “To forsake any part of it is to forsake the ummah’s civilization and faith. This is a great sin.”
Agence France Presse (AFP) quoted Badie calling for a “Holy Jihad” to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli control in an Oct. 11, 2012 report.
“Jerusalem is Islamic … and nobody is entitled to make concessions” on the holy city, said Badie in his weekly message to supporters, according to AFP.
“The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims,” he said, stressing that taking back Jerusalem “will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations.”
The “apes and pigs” motif about Jews resurfaced in November at a protest organized by the Brotherhood and its political arm, Al-Qalyubi. Preacher Muhammad Ragab called on Muslims at the protest “to raise the banner of jihad against the tyrannical, invading and wicked sons of apes and pigs [i.e., the Jews], and to unite against the enemies of Allah” during the protest.
The New York Times Ignores Muslim Brotherhood’s Intrinsic Anti-Semitism
MEMRI posted the video of Morsi’s anti-Semitism and its translation January 3, but it generated little attention until after Richard Behar of Forbes magazine wrote a scathing commentary on January 11 noting that Fox News had covered the story, and slamming the Times and other media for ignoring it.
“Surely, if the president of virtually any other country in the world had defamed an entire people in such a way — only a couple years before they got the top job, to boot — it would have at least gotten a few column-inches,” Behar wrote. “Yet Morsi gets a free pass.”
Three days later on January 14, the Times’ Cairo bureau chief David Kirkpatrick wrote a front-page story about MEMRI’s videos of Morsi’s anti-Semitism, which was followed two days later by a Times editorial criticizing the statements.
But in both cases, the newspaper failed to show that Morsi’s views were part of a continuum of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel incitement that goes back to the Brotherhood’s founding.