Brotherhood of Hate: Muslim Brotherhood's Hatred for Jews and Israel Flourishes in "New" Egypt
Posted: September 19, 2011
In the wake of newly relaxed media laws in Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood and its affiliated Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) have been able to use various media at their disposal, clearly illustrating the organization's hostile agenda.
This apparatus, which includes Web sites in both Arabic and English, helps promote the group's historical and ideological opposition to Israel. Key among these sites is IkhwanWeb, the Brotherhood's English-language Web site that serves as a platform to disseminate information about the FJP to a Western audience.
· A July 21, 2011, opinion piece alleged Israeli meddling in Sudan during the decades of conflict in the African nation. "Israel has played a major role in this conflict in Sudan in order to break up the integrity of this country," according to the piece.
IkhwanOnline, the Brotherhood's primary Arabic-language Web site, includes articles featuring anti-Semitic and anti-Western writings. A recent overhaul of the site includes a new multimedia page containing photos glorifying jihad, interviews with Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas leaders and videos of Brotherhood events.
· November 26, 2011 – A video clip of a Brotherhood rally held at the Al Azhar mosque shows thousands
of supporters chanting against Israel's plans to demolish the Mughrabi Gate bridge in Jerusalem's Old City. The event "Al Aqsa Support Friday" was attended by several members of the Hamas leadership and Al Azhar clergy. Hamas representative Khalil Ismail Al Haya, urged Muslims to "launch a campaign similar to Saladin's campaign to liberate the Al Aqsa mosque." Abdul Rahman Al Ber, the Mufti of the Brotherhood, demanded "the Islamic people to act fast to face the plans to Judaize Jerusalem and called for martyrdom and the sacrifice of blood for the sake of Al Aqsa." The video clip also shows supporters holding placards that read: "Oh Jews of Khaiber, the army of Muhammad is here" and "Oh lousy Jews, the blood of the Muslims is not cheap."
· A July 11, 2011, article sought to stoke anti-Israel sentiments among the Egyptian public by suggesting that Israel was behind a new wave of demonstrations in Tahrir Square. According to the article, three "thugs" with tattoos of the Star of David, carrying knives and foreign currencies were caught in the square. The article further alleges that bombs and tear gas marked with the Star of David were also found in the possession of a television reporter who was inciting protesters to attack the police and to storm the Ministry of Interior.
· May 28, 2011 – An article originally published on IslamWay, a Web site that promotes the Islamic faith and doctrine, titled "Relations Between the West and the Zionist Entity" claimed that Western support for Israel and Jews comes as a result of guilt after centuries of Christian persecution of the Jewish people. The article cited the age-old anti-Semitic claim of Jewish media domination and an outright denial of the Holocaust:
The Jews are in the habit of taking over the media and inflating all the terrible incidents that have happened to them, but they have also fabricated incidents, which they have sealed by giving rise to the story of the "Holocaust," which the Nazis perpetrated against them… the main chord played by Jews to gain popular support for their State, and even convince the Jews themselves that they need to establish their own State.
The Brotherhood's Arabic-language newsletter, Risalat al Ikhwan, publishes articles by prominent Brotherhood and FJP leaders. The newsletter also serves as a platform for the organization to voice its opinions regarding international matters. For example:
· November 24, 2011 – On the occasion marking Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh's reception of a delegation of Egyptian religious scholars, an article was published quoting Haniyeh telling the visitors that "the Land of Palestine is an Islamic waqf (endowment) and it is not allowed to give up even 1 inch of it, and its capital is al Quds (Jerusalem)." In addition, when explaining Hamas's position regarding a two-state solution and peace with Israel, the article quotes Haniyeh saying, "When we say that we accept a state with the borders of '67 and Jerusalem as its capital, it is according to two conditions: No recognition of the Israeli entity and the Right of Return of the refugees, which is their right and their case is affirmed and holy." Haniyeh also claimed that "liberating Gaza and the prisoners was due to the steadfastness and resistance" of Hamas against Israel.
· October 7, 2011 - In his weekly editorial, Mohammad Badie described political developments impacting the region. "The global forces of the Zionists and the Americans are coming to a defeat...starting with the isolation of 'Israel' and the loss of its great supporters in the region."
· August 19, 2011 - On the occasion marking the 42nd anniversary of the Al Aqsa Mosque fire in Jerusalem, an opinion piece by the Brotherhood's chief ideologue Sheikh Yusuf Qaradawi called upon Arab rulers to use oil as a weapon in the fight for Jerusalem. The piece, which denied any Jewish connections to the holy city, ended with the well-known anti-Semitic Hadith (sayings of the Prophet) by a companion of the prophet Muhammad, Abu Hurayrah: "The Messenger of Allah, peace be upon him, said, 'The hour will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and kill them, even when the Jews hide behind the rocks and the trees, the rocks and the trees will say: O' Muslim, O' servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.'"
· July 22, 2011 – An article in response to a UNESCO designation of historical sites in the city of Jerusalem denounced the UN and urged the continuation of jihad and resistance against Israel, "The Brotherhood rejects and strongly condemns what was announced by the UNESCO representative to the United Nations designating Jerusalem as the capital of the Zionist entity…Such unfair decisions do not impose a void of, nor do they rob the rights of [the Palestinians], and by all means the rights of its peoples' return to its fortified position of resistance and jihad; and in time all will regret assisting this Zionist entity's violation of the rights and occupation of the lands, and its injustice toward the Palestinian people, the rightful and original owners of the land."