NY Times Avoids Linking Morsi’s Anti-Semitism to Muslim Brotherhood Ideology

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by IPT News


After touting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood colleagues as moderates, both the New York Times and the Obama administration were shocked into acknowledging a vastly different reality this week.

Each condemned comments Morsi made in a 2010 interview, recently unearthed and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Zionists, Morsi said, are “blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.”

The vision of a peaceful, two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “an illusion,” he said.

“Therefore, these negotiations must stop once and for all. Everybody must turn to the support of the resistance, which is the option chosen by the Palestinians and by us all – the Arabs and the Muslims, Palestinians and others. We must all realize that resistance is the only way to liberate the land of Palestine.”

MEMRI posted the video and its translation January 4, but it generated little attention until writers Richard Behar and Jeffrey Goldberg called attention to 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.”

The Times published a story Monday by Cairo Bureau Chief David Kirkpatrick and an editorial Wednesday criticizing the statements. But in both cases, the newspaper failed to show that Morsi’s views were no aberration. Rather, they are part of a continuum of anti-Semitism and anti-Israel incitement that dates back to the organization’s original ideologues.

The information is in the Times‘ own archives, but apparently nobody looked. Instead, the editorial weakly aimed for a context to explain Morsi’s hate speech away, and threw in outrageous moral relativism. “The problem goes deeper than just Mr. Morsi, however. The remarks were made at a time when anti-Israel sentiment was running high in Egypt and the region after the three-week Gaza conflict in 2009 between Israel and Hamas,” the Times editorial said. “The sad truth is that defaming Jews is an all too standard feature of Egyptian, and Arab, discourse; Israelis are not immune to responding in kind either.”

Well, no on both counts. Casting Morsi’s statements somehow as a reaction to Israel’s 2009 war with Gaza ignores the fact that Morsi and other Muslim Brotherhood leaders routinely offer conspiracies blaming Jews for Egypt’s problems. They call for jihad to liberate Palestine in times of peace and times of turmoil. And no Israeli leader, or state-sanctioned media, has come close to responding in-kind.

To his credit, Kirkpatrick’s story identifies a second 2010 video in which Morsi urges Muslims “to nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred for them: for Zionists, for Jews…”

But the article fails to show the deeper context. This kind of speech is nothing new for the Muslim Brotherhood. Sayyid Qutb, one of the group’s luminaries, even wrote a book called “Our Battle with the Jews.” He cited the infamous anti-Semitic forgery, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, and blamed Jews for Muslim problems.

“From such creatures who kill, massacre and defame prophets one can only expect the spilling of human blood and dirty means which would further their machinations and evilness,” he wrote.

Examples in the Times‘ own news archive and in other outlets show that Morsi and fellow Muslim Brotherhood leaders adhere to Qutb’s anti-Semitism, which is, and always has been, a hallmark of the Brotherhood’s ideology.

Times reporter Michael Slackman captured a glimpse of the Brotherhood’s anti-Semitism in a December 2005 article describing a statement by then-Muslim Brotherhood Supreme Guide Muhammad Mehdi Akef denying the holocaust.

“Western democracy has attacked everyone who does not share the vision of the sons of Zion as far as the myth of the Holocaust is concerned,” Slackman quoted Akef as having said in a statement on the Brotherhood’s website.

The Times addressed the anti-Semitism found in the Muslim Brotherhood March 23, 2003 article, “The Philosopher of Islamic Terror,” chronicling Qutb’s life and influence. “The Jews occupy huge portions of Qutb’s Koranic commentary — their perfidy, greed, hatefulness, diabolical impulses, never-ending conspiracies and plots against Muhammad and Islam,” wrote author Paul Berman. “Qutb was relentless on these themes. He looked on Zionism as part of the eternal campaign by the Jews to destroy Islam.”

Egyptian historian Khalid Fahmi fingered the Brotherhood as a chief cause of the exodus of Egypt’s Jewish community, starting in the 1930s, in a June 3, 2013 interview with Egypt’s Al-Nahar TV translated by MEMRI.

“The Muslim Brotherhood bears much of the responsibility for the fleeing of the Jews from Egypt,” Fahmi said.

Morsi’s Comments Not Isolated Incidents

The Times’ coverage treats Morsi’s comments as one-time offenses, but translations from the Muslim Brotherhood’s Arabic-language website made by the Investigative Project on Terrorism show that the Egyptian president had previously referred to Jews as the “descendants of apes and pigs.”

He did it during a November 2004 debate in the Egyptian parliament over freezing relations with Israel. The debate came after Israeli soldiers mistakenly opened fire and killed three Egyptian soldiers.

“However, the government did not adopt any response to these attacks, which began with the demolishing of houses in Rafah on the border with occupied Palestine … in addition to espionage cases which confirm that there is no peace with the descendants of apes and pigs,” Morsi said in a Nov. 21, 2004 article on the Brotherhood’s website.

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” can also be 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 Speigel, 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 10, 2010 sermon found on the Brotherhood’s website.

Badie, who served time in prison alongside Qutb in the 1960s and has vowed to continue his legacy, 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].”

Morsi’s comments captured in the MEMRI video should serve as a wake-up call for Western media outlets and politicians.

 

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