Beyond “Apes and Pigs”: Ten Morsi Quotes That Tell All

January 25, 2013 1:22 am 9 comments

ohamed Morsi, president of Egypt, addresses the 67th United Nations General Assembly in September. Photo: UN/Marco Castro.

Is Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s recently revealed statement that Zionists are “descendants of apes and pigs” cause for concern? At least one Jewish leader believes that “actions and words both matter.”

“So far, President Morsi’s actions have been positive, probably due to Egypt’s need for continued American economic and military support,” Roz Rothstein, CEO of the pro-Israel education group StandWithUs, told JNS.org. “He brokered a truce for Operation Pillar of Defense in November, 2012 and he is keeping the Sinai relatively calm. However, his anti-Semitic views, which are pervasive in the Arab world and especially among Palestinians, threaten existing peace treaties and threaten hopes for long lasting peace in the region.”

Morsi’s “descendants of apes and pigs” quote “comes as no surprise, but fits into a long record of his own and of Muslim Brotherhood statements,” Middle East Forum President Daniel Pipes told JNS.org.

Below, JNS.org reviews that record with a compilation of 10 statements Morsi made between January 2010 and November 2012.

NOVEMBER 2012

On the Israel Defense Forces’ Operation Pillar of Defense in Gaza, which was a response to a barrage of Hamas rockets:

“Israelis must realize that this aggression is unacceptable and would only lead to instability in the region and would negatively and greatly impact the security of the region.”

“We are in contact with the people of Gaza and with Palestinians and we stand by them until we stop the aggression and we do not accept under any circumstances the continuation of this aggression on the Strip.”

NOVEMBER 2012

In a decree, on new Pharaoh-like powers exempting Morsi from judicial review:

“The President may take the necessary actions and measures to protect the country and the goals of the revolution,” the decree read in part.

OCTOBER 2012

During a sermon in which the cleric asked God to “destroy the Jews and their supporters and disperse them, rend them asunder”:

“Amen.”

SEPTEMBER 2012

On Palestinian statehood at the United Nations General Assembly:

“It is shameful that the free world accepts, regardless of the justifications provided, that a member of the international community (Israel) continues to deny the rights of a [Palestinian] nation that has been longing for decades for independence.”

SEPTEMBER 2012

On the film “Innocence of Muslims,” which was said to have sparked protests throughout the Muslim world, most notably the murder of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens in Libya, before it was later revealed the murder of Stevens was a premeditated terrorist attack:

“The Islamic sanctities and prophet Mohamed is a red line for all Muslims… We do not accept and we consider an enemy anyone who assaults our prophet through words or deeds. I represent all the Egyptian people, I deprecate and I stand against whoever tries to abuse or exercise abuse of any kind against our prophet or any of the Islamic holy sites.”

JUNE 2012

On the Egyptian-born Muslim terrorist who, following the 1993 World Trade Center attack, was convicted of plotting to bomb several New York City landmarks:

“I see signs for Omar Abdel Rahman and detainees’ pictures. It is my duty and I will make all efforts to have them free, including Omar Abdel Rahman.”

JUNE 2012

On women’s rights in Egypt, during the presidential campaign trail:

“We don’t have the notion of child abuse. No woman beats her child in Egypt. That concept does not exist here.”

“Marital relations here adhere to social norms, even more than legal or religious norms: Husband, wife, family, and stability. In other countries it’s not like that.”

“We don’t have the notion of separated [couples], or the notion of ‘living together’ out of wedlock.”

MAY 2012

On jihad, during the presidential campaign trail:

“Jihad is our path.”

“And death for the sake of Allah is our most lofty aspiration.”

SEPTEMBER 2010

On Zionists:

“Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else there is war. This is what the occupiers of the land of Palestine know—these blood suckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, these descendants of apes and pigs.”

JANUARY 2010

On President Barack Obama:

“One American president after another—and most recently, that Obama—talks about American guarantees for the safety of the Zionists in Palestine… He uttered many lies…”

“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews.”

In light of the recent revelation that Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi in 2010 called Zionists “descendants of apes and pigs,” JNS.org presents 10 notable comments from Morsi.

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  • HATIKVAH WILL BE SUNG AT THE HOLOCAUST SERVICE. I refused to compromise. Rabbi Rosenberg

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  • I have come to the conclusion that people like Rabbi Rosenberg threaten others because of the passion he brings to his message. My fantasy is that others would realize that his personal history is unique and while he functions as a rabbi in Edison, he also has worked for many years with the second generation community in the area, for no money, for no press, but because he identifed a need.

    No one who was directly affected by the Holocaust and has spent years coping with that legacy, for many of us are in our forties, fifties and sixties now, want to take away anything from the mainstream Jewish community in this area, whose parents are not survivors of the death camps, etc. We accept that for the most part people, Jews, really don’t care to hear our stories and the incredible insight that our parents’ experiences have had on shedding light on our own lives, to permit us to push through challenges that others might find too daunting.

    I think many of us 2-Gers watched our parents get up every day and function, and for me anyway, watching my mother walking to the farmers market with her basket every Saturday and then meeting me for lunch and filling my head with so many amazing stories, to take the bus home together, getting sick and laughing as we cosumed 2 pounds of beautiful sour cherries like there was no tomorrow. Those memories, just simple everyday connections where my mother was happy and engaged in life, Auschwitz number and all, filled me with a sense of awe and motivated me to go out in the world to try to make it a better place. And so many second generation individuals are just like me.

    We know on a spritual level that Hatikvah and our survivor parents and Israel go hand in hand. We feel it everyday it is part of our DNA in a way that relates to my mother’s entire nuclear and most of her extended family being brutally murdered just because they were Jewish and that is the state of affairs for the Israelis at this very moment. They know that they could be hit by a rocket or have their children bombed into littele pieces coming home from school and this is not a movie, this is how it is for the Jewish people who live in Israel every day. My mother would not let me go to Israel during high school. She beleived that I would fall in love with the country and maybe with a person and decide to make aliyah. She said she lost too many people and that she needed me to live here.

    The survivors and Israel and Hatikvah go together. That is a core belief in all of our families. The vast majority of the survivors went to Palestine and were there when Israel was made a state. My mother is one with Israel. Her only family to survive went to Palestine and Australia. And to this day, my mother says that there must be a G-d because after the Holocaust he gave me Israel. My mother and the other survivors need Israel, they needed Israel since the end of the Holocaust and the fact that they received in 1948 was the lifeblood that kept many survivors from committing suicide. When my mother attends Holocaust Memorial services with me and she hears Hatikvah she smiles, she cries very much with tears of joy, she looks proud, and she looks happy, and that makes me happy. So hopefully we can put Hatikvah back into all the Yom Hashoah services in the area. Because it is not about politics, these services are about the Holocaust which sadly is become lost withing the American Jewish community in its deep desire to fit in and not cause waves. Mirah

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  • Rabbi Chaim Vital wrote in the 16th Century, “At the End of Days, Israel is destined to experience the Ishmaelite exile. This fifth and last exile will be the most difficult of all. It is the exile of Ishmael, who is called ‘pe’re adam,’ a wild man.” Be strong, cling to your faith and we will see Moshiach wipe all this away. As we sing in Shir Hamaahlot (Psalm 126), we were like dreamers, meaning before our redemption, now in the end times. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG

    Fwd: IS THIS WHAT OUR CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO??

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    NO-GO AREAS FOR JEWS IN EUROPE, by Giulio Meotti, 12/26/2012

    Thinking of visiting Europe? Keep your kippah in your pocket (or like me, wear a baseball cap–then they only hate you for being American). –

    Giulio Meotti is an Italian Christian journalist…truly a modern day Righteous Gentile -of which, thank the Lord, there still are quite a few, even in Europe where Jew-hatred as always rampant.

    No-go Areas for Jews in Europe

    By Giulio Meotti Arutz-7 (Israel)

    December 18, 2012 — Surprised that Israelis entering Jordan are required to deposit religious Jewish items, like skullcaps and tefillin, for “security reasons? It’s happening in many European countries as well, where Jews are once again in grave danger and Judeophobia has become the common currency of politics. Jews in Denmark have just been warned by Israeli officials not to appear publicly wearing Jewish religious symbols such as yarmulkes or stars of David in order to avoid increasing anti-Israel and anti-Semitic altercations. “We advise Israelis who come to Denmark and want to go to the synagogue to wait to don their skull caps until they enter the building and not to wear them in the street, irrespective of whether the areas they are visiting are seen as being safe,” said Israel’s ambassador to Denmark, Arthur Avnon.

    Got that? To be identifiable as a Jew in public in Europe is to invite violence. There are European areas in its bigger cities where you cannot go outside looking like a Jew – it’s like being in Gaza. In the last few weeks, an Israeli representative of the Magen David Adom was attacked at Copenhagen Central Station, while in central Copenaghen Jews who were wearing a kippah were have been physically and verbally attacked.

    An elderly Israeli man was assaulted by a group of Arabic-looking men when he ate a kebab at Nørrebro. They kicked the victim several times and tore his necklace, on which a visible star of David was hanging, off. That’s why today most of Danish Jews think twice before deciding whether to wear a necklace with a Star of David on it.

    In the enlightened Europe of today, there is witch hunt against any authentic Jew with a beard and a skullcap. Jewish students have been advised not to wear a kippa in the streets in Germanyeither. The Jewish Abraham Geiger Theological College in Potsdam advises its rabbis against wearing a kippah in public, while the orthodox Or Avner school in Berlin has issued similar guidelines.

    Whenever its pupils go on trips to the zoo or the museum, Jewish pupils are warned: “Speak German, not Hebrew, put a baseball cap over your kippah so you don’t give stupid people something to get annoyed about.” Camouflaged in this way, young Jews travel on Berlin’s metro trains. The rector of the school has explained that “it is safer to not appear to be a Jewish person”.

    A few days ago Finland’s Jewish community was advised not to wear the skullcap in public for fear of anti-Semitic attacks. In Malmö, Sweden, the country which once gave the world saints like Raoul Wallenberg, members of the local synagogue decided not to keep on their kippahs upon exiting their synagogue.

    Norway’s Jewish Community has advised its members against speaking Hebrew loudly on the streets or wearing Jewish emblems. Norwegian police have just increased security around Oslo’s main synagogue. A teacher, Inge Telhaug, who was wearing a Magen David around his neck under a T-shirt, was informed by the Kristiansand Adult Education Center that wearing the star could be deemed a provocation towards the many Muslim students at the school.

    In France several Jews were attacked and beaten in the streets after wearing the skullcap. In Paris it is safer for young Jewish men to walk in groups, not alone. They should wear baseball caps instead of the traditional head covering to avoid being attacked by anti-Semites. In many neighborhoods of Marseille and Lyons, it is no longer safe for Jews to walk the streets. A few weeks ago a Jewish man was attacked and rendered unconscious in a Paris metro. How did the anti-Semitic mob recognize that he was Jewish? Because of a philosophy book by the chief rabbi of Paris that he was reading in the metro when he was attacked.

    Meanwhile, half the Jewish families in Villepinte, working-class suburb north of Paris, have left due to anti-Semitism, fleeing to other Paris neighborhoods considered safer for Jews, or out of France entirely. Villepinte’s 40-year-old synagogue, already torched in 2001, will close because it often lacks a minyan.

    In the UK, there have been many cases like that of an Orthodox child, who was wearing a kippa and tzitzit, verbally threatened and physically intimidated by a hooded youth as he travelled on a London bus. When the faithful leave Rome’s main synagogue they immediately hide the skullcap. Police patrol the area day and night.

    In the Netherlands, the country of Baruch Spinoza, police officers began wearing yarmulkes to catch Dutch Jew haters in the act of physical or verbal assault. Jewish students are told to “put a cap over your kippah”.

    In Amsterdam, the shelter of Spanish Jews who fled from Inquisition, the twenty-five Lester M. Wolff van Ravenswade described the difficulties faced by Jews living in an open letter to the newspaper NRC Handelsblad: “I cannot go to public events dressed as a Jew, let alone go out on Saturday night. Which party do I have to vote for in order to live safely with the kippah on my head?”.

    Everywhere in Europe, steel barriers are in place outside certain buildings with Jewish or Israeli connections to prevent parking. In many British areas where Jews live the “Shomrin”, or guardians, patrol the streets like Israelis do in isolated “settlements” in Israel. Last autumn the ancient Dutch synagogue of Weesp became the first synagogue in Europe since the Second World War to cancel Shabbat services due to the threats to the safety of the faithful.

    Eighty years ago next January, Adolf Hitler seized power in Germany. Every time I see a Jewish child walking down the street in Vienna, Paris or Rome wearing a kippah, I know that Hitler did not get to finish his job. It makes me feel proud – or at least somewhat better. But the Holocaust, in which two thirds of European Jewry were annihilated, did not end when Nazi Germany and its satellites were routed militarily. The spirit of annihilation continues eighty years later. That’s why Israel’s former chief rabbi, Meir Lau, predicted that European Jewish history is nearing its end.

    Indeed, it seems a tragic but unavoidable process: Europe as a Jew-free continent or a realm of fear in which Jews will survive as “invisible”, like during the Inquisition, where even lighting candles on Shabbath is a hazard because someone could see the holy flames from the street.

    Europe’s streets are getting very dark these days and the sublime orchestras are playing Richard Wagner’s “Tristan und Isolde” and “Die Meistersinger” once more, while the faith in “truth as beauty and beauty as truth” can again meet its horrible end.

    The writer, an Italian journalist with Il Foglio, writes a twice-weekly column for Arutz Sheva. He is the author of the book “A New Shoah”, that researched the personal stories of Israel’s terror victims, published by Encounter. His writing has appeared in publications, such as the Wall Street Journal, Frontpage and Commentary. He is at work on a book about the Vatican and Israel.

  • Yoel Nitzarim

    Mohamed Morsi is a highly educated man. There should be no reason for him to say such things as listed above. Unfortunately, hatred is a learned behavior whether it be from one’s parents, one’s society, or a combination. As a Jew in my sixth decade. I have witnessed enough non-belligerent hatred for a lifetime and then some in my own life experience. Of course, the media and books have compounded the exposure. Still, even with all of the phenomenal contact, hatred demeans the person who commits it, whether it be in word or deed, as well as the person who either receives it or witnesses it. It is a lose-lose venture without a doubt. Dr. Morsi has children and grandchildren. I would hope that he would wish a better world for them. A means to achieve such a world should not be driven by mass murder as radical Islam advocates. Such a cruel, unjustified action would demean any Islamic civilization in its wake.

  • The inclusion of Jesus as part of the invocation at the presidents inaugural or any prayer service is quite common. When I was a young Rabbi, I would complain. I have come to the conclusion that this is a CHRISTIAN COUNTRY and those offering the prayers which include Christ or Jesus , just do not care what the rest of us think.

    . I recently bowed out of the interfaith Holocaust service, because it was a custom to include Hatikvah at the end, but now some Christian groups object as they support the Palestinians and the Muslim Imams would either sit or leave during the Hatikvah. Perhaps interfaith Holocaust programs no longer make sense, at least to me. I do not need the stress of seeing disrespect being afforded to Israel and nor do I wish to compromise by leaving Hatikvah out. The interfaith Holocaust memorials started as well intentioned way for the Jewish people and other groups to pause and reflect on man’s capacity to perpetuate unbelievable cruelty against his fellow and to commiserate as a group and others, with the Jews and hopefully prevent this nightmare from reoccurring. Over the years it was understandably modified to include other victims of genocidal mass killings, though these mass killings were not really analogous, as the Nazis were obsessed at not just killing Jews as a competing group, but Hitler desired to eliminate our creed and it’s pervasive influence on humanity, particularly Christian doxy. As a result of Muslim participation and twisted liberalism, this is morphing into a twisted canard where Israel is being blamed for perpetuating ethnic killings against the Palestinians as the Jews were slaughtered by the Nazis. One can understand the Islamo-Nazis belief system with a quote from the Talmud. We do not see things as they are. We see them as we are. RABBI DR. BERNHARD ROSENBERG, CHILD OF Holocaust survivors and a refugee born in a D.P. camp

  • Anti-Semitism & conspiracy theories aren’t new in Arabic speaking countries. Speaking about Morsi’s anti-Semitism, Egyptian street was and still fulfilled with anti-Jewish sentiment even under Mubarak rule. When defending their anti-Semitism, Arab leaders usually go to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the influence of US Media, that for them, is all owned by Jews, and which both arguments are out of context. This kind of defense is a stereotype defense too. I think one of the Arabic leaders’ problems is with education i.e. lack of knowledge about the ancient history of the Jews in Arabic countries who –before they were expelled– used to call “home”. See how Morsi is defending his anti-Semitism. http://honestreporting.com/morsi-the-jews-distorted-my-anti-semitic-comments/comment-page-1/#comment-76616

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