New York, NY, September 19, 2011 … With the Muslim Brotherhood playing a significant role in the post-Mubarak transition in Egypt, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) is raising concerns about how their evolving leadership might emerge and impact Egypt's outlook and relations with Israel, given the group's open antagonism toward Israel and the Jewish people.
A new ADL report, "Brotherhood of Hate," issued today, takes an in-depth look at the "troubling, pervasive and virulent" anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric of the Muslim Brotherhood, which, despite its vow of promoting peaceful co-existence and stability for Egyptians internally, continues to express open hostility toward the Jewish state.
Capitalizing on their newfound freedom in post-revolutionary Egypt, Muslim Brotherhood leaders have publicly voiced opposition to both the existence of Israel and to the 1979 Camp David accord, the peace treaty that has provided the basis for regional stability for more than three decades. Their rhetoric has only been amplified since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak.
"It is scary to think what might become of regional stability and Egyptian society when you look at the Muslim Brotherhood's troubling, pervasive and virulent statements about Jews and Israel," said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director.
"Despite all the different analyses circulating about the dynamics in Egypt and the potential role of the Muslim Brotherhood, not enough attention has been paid to the Brotherhood's continued hostility toward Israel and the peace treaty," Mr. Foxman said.
"While much of this hostility is not new, it takes on far greater meaning in the evolving Egypt. Whether the Muslim Brotherhood gains a prominent place in a new government or exerts influence through its rhetoric, its attitudes toward the Jewish State will affect Egyptian policies and behavior. Never was this more clear than in the recent attack on the Israeli embassy in Cairo, an attack justified by the Brotherhood."
ADL's report focuses on how Egypt's newfound political, civic and media freedoms in the wake of the overthrow of President Mubarak's regime have enabled the Muslim Brotherhood to publicly promote conspiratorial claims against both Israel and Jews, while expressing support for terrorist groups committed to the destruction of the Jewish State. In addition to public statements by its leadership, the Brotherhood's media arm has increasingly served as a platform for such sentiment as well.
Muslim Brotherhood in Their Own Words
In the wake of the power vacuum that has engulfed Egypt following the revolution, there has been a steady escalation of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel themes in public discourse and by Muslim Brotherhood leaders in particular. Although the official policy of the Brotherhood and its new political party, the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) is that of democracy and peace, the organization continues to lash out against Israel and Jews and to express support for terrorist organizations dedicated to the destruction of the Jewish State.
The following is a sampling of recent statements by Muslim Brotherhood leaders demonstrating the group's anti-Semitic and anti-Israel views:
The Brotherhood's ideology has produced sister organizations in the Palestinian territories, Jordan and Syria. The most notable of these is Hamas, the Palestinian arm of the Muslim brotherhood and an extreme Islamic terrorist organization that calls for the eradication of the Israeli state.
"Although Hamas's origins are from within the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood, the Brotherhood's leadership refuses any organizational link between the two, maintaining that Hamas only shares an ideological bond with its Egyptian counterpart," the report notes. "However, there continues to be direct support from the Muslim Brotherhood's leadership for Hamas's activities against Israel."
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