RECOMMENDED READING: “Muslim Brotherhood On Operation Pillar Of Defense: Antisemitic Statements, Calls For Jihad Against Israel”


MEMRI has issued a new report titled “Muslim Brotherhood On Operation Pillar Of Defense: Antisemitic Statements, Calls For Jihad Against Israel” that examines the antisemitic statements and calls for Jihad issued by the  Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood during the latest Gaza crisis. The report begins:

Following the assassination of ‘Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades Commander Ahmad Al-Ja’bari and the launch of operation Pillar of Defense, the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood (MB) were prominent in leading popular anti-Israel sentiment and calls to sever diplomatic ties with Israel,[1] in contrast to President Morsi’s commitment to the peace agreement.[2] The MB staged protests outside mosques throughout Egypt in solidarity with the Palestinians.[3] In the Al-Qalyubia governorate, for example, the MB and its political party organized a protest at which participants bore anti-Israel placards and preacher Muhammad Ragab called ‘to raise the banner of jihad against the tyrannical, invading and wicked sons of apes and pigs [i.e., the Jews], and to unite against the enemies of Allah.'[4] The MB’s official website took part in this campaign in two main ways:[5] Publishing articles and reports calling to wage jihad against Israel and follow in the path of the martyrs, and to prepare for attacking Israel and expelling the residents to the countries from which they came.[6] Publishing articles with Western and Islamic antisemitic motifs that describe the Jews as agreement-violators who deceive the entire world. Some articles referred to the ‘Zionists’ but described them in terms usually applied to Jews, such as ‘apes and pigs,’ ‘infidels,’ ‘scum of the earth,’ or ‘prophet murderers.’ Calls for jihad and antisemitic motifs were also heard from MB General Guide Dr. Muhammad Badi’, who quoted the hadith of ‘the rocks and the trees’ – a known Muslim antisemitic motif that is included in the Hamas charter, according to which the Muslims will fight and kill the Jews before the Day of Judgment.[7] The following are excerpts from some of these publications by the MB and its general guide: 1. Calls For Jihad Against Israel During Pillar of Defense, the MB thanked Allah for the death of Israelis killed by rockets, and called for jihad against Israel. The official MB Facebook page reported joyously on the deaths of Israelis. On November 15, 2012, the official MB Facebook page celebrated the death of three Israeli civilians killed by a rocket that hit a house in Kiryat Malakhi: ‘Allah akbar and praise to god, three Zionists were killed and five others were injured in a blast at a three-story building in Kiryat Malakhi from resistance rockets.'[8] “

Read the rest here.

A post from last week reported on statements by the leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood in which he denounced peace efforts with Israel and said that “jihad is obligatory” for Muslims.

Another post from last week reported on the “good cop/bad cop” routine of the Egyptian Brotherhood as the head of the Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party was in the Gaza Strip where he blamed the death of innocent children on the “Zionist US-made war machine.”

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