Wagdi Ghoneim (aka Wagdi Ghoneim, Wagdy Mohamed Ghoneim, Wagdi Ghuniem) has made a public address in which he called French President Sarkozy a “criminal fornicator.” In excerpts from the address which aired on Al-Jazeera TV on July 16, 2009 and translated by MEMRI:
Wagdi Ghoneim: The Jews had nowhere to settle. They were scattered throughout Europe and America. Even now, most of the [Jews] living in our beloved Palestine are not Palestine nationals. Even [Gilad] Shalit, who has been captured by our brothers in Hamas, is a French national. This is why Sarkozy – that criminal fornicator, who has a forbidden relationship with a woman and a bastard daughter from her, yet says that a woman’s veil contradicts her liberty… What business is it of yours, you fornicator? He went to visit Saudi Arabia with this woman, and they wouldn’t let him in. They asked him: “Who’s this?” He said: “She’s my girlfriend.” So they said: “Girlfriend? You expect us to welcome you with ‘horns’?! Get lost. Next time, come with your wife, and we will respect you and let you in, but when you come with a girlfriend, and say that a woman must not wear the veil to school…”
“Buma” [an owl]came to Egypt and declared: “Al-Salam Alaykum.”
[…]All the people in the front row applauded him. They applauded 25 times. I don’t know what for. You animals – he is killing your sons in Iraq, he is killing your Muslim mothers and sisters in Afghanistan, and he sent a ship loaded with weapons to the Jews, in order to replace the three million kg of weapons that they used against your brothers in Gaza for 23 days.
[…]You come and tell me we should recognize Israel? If you love them so much, take them [to the U.S.]. Give them half a state of the United States. Take them. They won’t take up even half a state. Not even one quarter of a state. America is a large continent. But no, they planted [Israel] in our midst.
Mr. Ghoneim is an Egyptian cleric known for his anti-Semitic speeches. In January 2005, Mr. Ghoneim agreed to be voluntarily deported from the U.S. based upon Department of Homeland Security concerns that his past speeches and participation in fund-raising activities could be supportive of terrorist organizations. Following deportations from Bahrain and South Africa, he appears to have settled in Qatar where MEMRI reported on remarks by Mr. Ghoneim which aired on Al-Jazeera TV and which praised violent Jihad and criticized the U.S. and Europe as “Godless” nations. Ghoneim is closely tied to the global Muslim Brotherhood and has been a frequent speaker or invited speaker at Brotherhood events including those sponsored by the Union of Islamic Organizations in Italy (UCOII), the Islamic Cultural Centre of Ireland (ICCI), and the League of Swiss Muslims. Known for his anti-semitic speeches, global media have also reported that he is closely associated with Hamas. Ghoneim was recently identified as one of sixteen individuals on a Home office list of people banned from the U.K. on the basis of ” unacceptable behaviour by seeking to foment, justify or glorify terrorist violence in furtherance of particular beliefs and to provoke others to commit terrorist acts. In July, the Egyptian newspaper Al-Masry Al-Youm reported that Mr. Ghoneim was added by Egyptian authorities to a list of 90 leaders of the “International Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood”