The Muslim Brotherhood’s supreme leader has come under international condemnation for his latest vitriolic messages of anti-Semitism and intense hatred of Israel in the group’s weekly newsletter to its members and the broader Egyptian public.
In his weekly column, Mohammed Badie, the supreme authority of the Muslim Brotherhood, accused Israel and Jews of “shedding the blood of the people, trampling sanctuaries and holy places” and desecrating Muslim, Christian and Jewish holy places in the hotly contested city.
Badie called for the Islamic community to rise up against the “Zionists” and to commit to jihad to recover Jerusalem and liberate all of Palestine. “The time has come,” Badie said, “for the Islamic ummah to band together for Jerusalem and Palestine since it has been dominated by the Jews…” He added that Israel can only be defeated through “holy jihad and high sacrifices and all forms of resistance,” terms that have historically been used to advocate terrorism, including suicide bombings.
In a letter to President Morsi, the Anti-Defamation League urged the President, a long-time senior official of the Brotherhood, to reject Badie’s anti-Semitism, incitement and calls for violence against Jews and Israel. ADL has documented the Muslim Brotherhood’s continuing hatred of Jews and Israel since the downfall of the Mubarak regime.
While the Muslim Brotherhood’s official media spokesperson denied Badie made the comments, the column is still available on the Brotherhood’s official website.
Badie has a long record of statements calling for belligerent actions against Israel. In his holiday greetings marking the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan in July 2012, for example, Badie wrote that the central goal of “Muslim leaders was the recovery of the Al Aqsa mosque and its liberation from Zionist filth…” Badie also urged the world’s Muslims, Christians and Jews to “stand up against the crimes of the Zionist gangs in the raped lands,” and the only solution is for Islamic rule to be imposed “throughout all of beloved Palestine.”