New York, NY October, 15, 2012 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today called on Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi to reject “blatantly anti-Semitic” and anti-Israel statements made by a top Muslim Brotherhood official.
In his weekly sermon, Muhammad Badie, the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood, expressed outrageous anti-Semitic sentiments, which accused Jews of having “increased their corruption throughout the world, shedding the blood of the people, trampling sanctuaries and holy places, desecrating even their own sanctuaries through their actions, and crossing the limits of their tyranny by making the Al Aqsa mosque a place for Jewish prayer.”
“We are disturbed by Dr. Badie’s statements which contained blatantly anti-Semitic and anti-Israel allegations and we urge President Morsi to clearly and forcefully repudiate them,” said Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director. “The hatred, incitement and calls to violence in Dr. Badie’s weekly message fall far short of the standard of “freedom of expression that is not used to incite hatred” President Morsi set for Egypt in his speech to the UN General Assembly last month. Dr. Badie has presented President Morsi with a true test of the values and principles the President announced to the world from the UN podium. We respectfully appeal to the President to give real meaning to those values and principles by publicly disavowing the hate-filled rhetoric spewed by Dr. Badie.”
In a letter to President Morsi, ADL urged him to make clear that these sentiments are not shared by the Egyptian government and do not reflect the values of Egyptian society. ADL noted that in his September 26 address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Morsi called for freedom of expression that is not used to incite hatred directed towards one specific religion or culture, but rather freedom of expression that combats extremism and violence.
The Muslim Brotherhood's avowed hatred for Jews and Israel has continued to flourish in the ‘new’ Egypt. ADL has documented a steady escalation of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel themes in public discourse and by the movement’s leaders in particular since the downfall of the Mubarak regime. President Morsi was a long-time senior official of the Brotherhood. His political party, the Freedom and Justice Party, is the political arm of the Muslim Brotherhood.