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July 23, 2012 9:04 am

The Anti-Israel Arab Spring

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Egypt's President-Elect Mohamed Morsi. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

When listening to what they have to say, it seems that the opposition movements that have recently risen to power in the Arab world through the Arab Spring are just as anti-Israel as the dictatorships they have replaced or intend to replace. Here are some reported incidents:

Libya

Muammar Gaddafi:

– Often argued for the elimination of Israel.

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– Expelled the local Jewish community and confiscated their property.

– Converted synagogues into mosques.

– Razed Jewish cemeteries.

National Liberation Army, who overthrew Gaddafi:

– Claimed Gaddafi was part-Jewish, and that his regime operated on behalf of Zionism.

– A Libyan Jew was nearly lynched by a mob when he returned to Tripoli to restore a damaged synagogue.

– Anti-Semitic demonstrators’ signs and at least one reported anti-Semitic song.

Syria

Bashar al-Assad:

– Hostile to Israel and to Jews.

– Supports Hezbollah, Hamas and Iran, all of whom seek the destruction of Israel.

Syrian opposition:

– Syrian writer Osama Al-Malouhi wrote: “Jews want that sucker of Syrian blood to remain and continue to prey and suck blood. They not only want their security, but also to enjoy the sight of Syrian blood being spilled. Asking myself why Jewish support of Bashar increased after they saw rivers of Syrian blood this mass-murderer spilled in Syrian towns, an old image leapt to my mind, of Jews bleeding people and using their blood to prepare matzas. Logic does not accept this, but the facts prove it.”

– A leader of the Syrian opposition, Burhan Ghalioun, said that Israel is “the main enemy of the Syrian revolution” and “we are convinced that the Syrian regime’s strongest ally is Israel”.

Tunisia

– The leader of the Islamist party, Ennahdha, stated that he brings “glad tidings that the Arab region will get rid of the germ of Israel”.

Egypt

– Leaders of “liberal” parties claimed Jews are conspiring to bring about the collapse of the Egyptian economy.

– One such leader reportedly said that George Soros, Benjamin Netanyahu and a certain “Dr. Rothschild” were working jointly to buy the Suez Canal from Egypt.

– BBC journalist Thomas Dinham was assaulted by a mob because they thought he was Jewish.

– Former Egyptian Presidential candidate Tawfiq Okasha, said, “Not all the Jews in the world are evil. You may ask: Tawfiq, what is the ratio? The ratio is 60-40. Sixty percent are evil to varying degrees, all the way to a level that words cannot describe, while 40 percent are not evil.” Okasha did concede that, while even among the 40 percent of non-evil Jews there is only one in a million who is blameless, it is possible to “coexist” with this sort of Jew because they “do not betray, conspire, extort or view others as Gentiles.” He referred to French President Nicolas Sarkozy as “one of those Jews who adhere to the Zionist ideology, which is one of the worst ideologies.”

– Numerous anti-Semitic and anti-Israel statements from former and current Muslim brotherhood leaders.

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