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White House Condemns Morsi’s Anti-Semitic Remarks, Calls for His Affirmation of Respect for all Faiths

January 15, 2013 2:18 pm 12 comments

Mohammed Morsi. Photo: YouTube.

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s antisemitic proclamations, including that Jews are “the descendants of apes and pigs,” may be coming back to haunt him. The comments, made during two separate 2010 interviews, but just now being brought to light because of access to their English translation, also urge violence against Zionists and refers to Jews as bloodsuckers and warmongers.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Morsi’s representatives have repeatedly declined comment over the past three days. The article proceeds to surmise that his camp’s silence can be attributed to “a political bind. While his past comments may be a liability abroad, he faces a political culture at home in which such defamation of Jews is almost standard stump discourse. Any attempt to retract, or even clarify, his slurs would expose him to political attacks by opponents who already accuse him of softness toward the United States and Israel.”

The article quoted Kenneth Jacobson, deputy national director of the Anti-Defamation League, as saying, “When the leader of a country has a history of statements demonizing Jews, and he does not do anything to correct it, it makes sense that many people in Israel would conclude that he cannot be trusted as a partner for peace.”

At a White House Press briefing Tuesday, Press Secretary Jay Carney condemned the remarks:

“We strongly condemn the remark that then-Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi made in 2010. The language that we have seen is deeply offensive.  We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred. This discourse–this is a broader point–this kind of discourse has been acceptable in the region for far too long and it’s counter to the goal of peace. President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths, and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt. Since taking office President Morsi has reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to its peace treaty with Israel in both word and deed, and has proven willing to work with us towards shared objectives including a ceasefire during the crisis in Gaza last year. These commitments are essential to our bi-lateral relations with Egypt as well as for stability in the region.”

12 Comments

  • acting as the mouthpiece of the white house, the new york times is whitewashing morsi.

    whether an apology is forthcoming (or sincere), this “news’ already explains why america’s newest champion of liberty in the arab world, cannot be expected to apologize.

    as usual, president obama is making excuses for the arabs, because “that’s how they are”, rather than holding them to any standards of morality or decency.

    the disclosure of morsi’s interviews (in 2010, not in some prehistorical context) makes it awkward for the american government to pursue its policy of “political engagement” (“appeasement”?), including such political items as the delivery of 200 abrams tanks, and 20 f-16s, for the egyptian armed forces. (if they intend to keep the peace treaty with israel, and they have no other heavily armed neighbours, what’s the hardware for? battle tanks and jet fighters are poorly suited for putting down civil disobedience, or even fighting terrorists.)

    it is interesting to note, however, that it did not take 10 days for the white house to denounce, officially and on the record (and not via leaks to the new york times), israel’s announcement that it was building homes in judea.

  • The Wahbic Islam is becoming a danger for the world and the result may be extermination of bilion Muslims. That will be a result of tha acts done by the muslims alone all over the world. No muslim will have the right to say it is not justified. It is the first rule of life – If some one is coming to kill you kill him before he will do it.

  • You cannot negotiate with a wolf if you are considered the lamb. It can’t be done!! :)

  • asking Morsi to retract his remarks about Jews is like asking him to say he is not a muslin.

  • Zionist Pig Jew

    You can always count on someone to deny what is said about Morsi, and then to use the opportunity to attack the Jews.

    On the one hand, let’s deny that Morsi (or muslims) says things like that, on the other, let’s show the truth by saying the same things in a different way. – go rashid!!!!

    Always looking for a platform for anti Israel sentiment.

    A man killed by a stone is just as dead as a man killed by a bullet. If you don’t want to be shot, don’t throw stones. – This behaviour by so called “palestinians” is purposely inflammtory.

    Only fools believe that stones don’t kill and that crude rockets are a justified means of protest. The killing of a man, by any means, can be construed as an act of war – this is something that “palestinians” seem to forget. They want ot play in the hot water, but cry when they get burned!

    The Israelis have shown time and time again, that they are willing to make concessions in the name of peace, camp David, Gaza are ample proof thereof! What did they get in return?

    As long as the hamas and fatah charters continue to call for the complete destruction and obliteration of Israel, in it’s entirety, Israelis are quite within their rights to be very wary about any form of negotiation with them!

    Why did Arafat refuse the concessions that were offered him – because the “palestinians” don’t want peace with Israel, they will only settle for it’s destruction.
    Peace is an obstacle to that end.

    How is it possible to negotiate with someone who openly calls for your destruction and denies your right to exist?

    Can you believe a word that such a person says?

    If Morsi had suddenly to change his tune tomorrow, I would know him for the liar that he is.

    • I do agree with this person about the hypocrace of the attempts by this Muslim Leader to change his position on israel or Jewish people. it would be stupid on the part of anyone to beleive it.

  • I wouldn’t want to be in the same room with some one who feels the way Morsi does. It’s up to him to clean up his act if he wants to improve relations.

  • Mr. Morsi is just being true to the Brotherhood’s charter. It was born anti-Semitic, anti-Christian and anti-Western civilization. When he and the other so-called Arab leaders speak to their people in Arabic they vent their spleen and hatred in full voice.
    I’m never sure whether Hitler was inspired by Islamist teachings or the Islamists picked it up from him. It’s the same irrepressible vicious virus. Now that Morsi has to play President of Egypt and interact with the civilized world, he must learn to keep his mouth shut.
    Let’s watch how our President applies his outstretched hand policy to a leader who would like nothing better than to bite it off.

  • That isn’t true, yet what is true is the high handedness of the Israelis as far as international laws are concerned. You cannot have the freedom to kill at will. That is what
    has been the case past 40 plus years. Please be fair, their means are stones rocks and some crude rockets, damage, two or three dead, yes a lot of anger and anguish, that is in retaliation for all the suffering. Then the response is 10,000 times what they did, sophisticated attacks which kill and destroy their lives which brews more anger. It is time to sit down like civilized folks and hammer all this out, trust me it can be done, but I have to say there is politics involved and that makes it mote difficult. Truly an earnest effort needs to be made.

    • Rashid…You waste your energy and destroy any reputation for rationality when you adopt the tone of aggrieved victimhood after nearly a century of vicious hostility to a small Jewish homeland being created on less than 1 % of underpopulated, undeveloped land in the Middle East/North Africa. Drop your stones, rockets, missiles, incitement, glorification of martyrdom as a way of life and you too would be living in peace and prosperity. If you choose the way of perpetual affront and Jihad, you have only yourselves to blame. Stop whining and look inwards.

  • Morsi and 99% of Muslims call Jews “pigs and monkeys” because Muhammad, Allah and the Koran call Jews “pigs and monkeys”..( 3 times in the Koran)….only a fool would expect a Muslim not to believe that Jews are pigs and monkeys…It is foundational to their intolerant belief system.

  • geno sinopole

    words are cheap unless “we are willing to lay our lives down for our enemies” then your reputation has been displayed and trusted….

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