'In Context': Muhammad Morsi's (Islamically Correct) Jew-Hatred

Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi doth protest too much.

During a sermon which aired on Egyptian Channel 1 on October 19, 2012, and was delivered in Morsi’s presence by Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, head of religious endowment, Matrouh governorate, the good cleric pronounced these words:

Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels. Oh Allah, deal with the Jews and their supporters. Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder. Oh Allah, demonstrate Your might and greatness upon them.

As reported shortly afterward by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) with accompanying video evidence, Morsi appears to responsively mouth the word “Amen” after each of the cleric’s pronouncements.

Some three months later, MEMRI produced irrefragably direct and damning evidence of Morsi’s Jew-hatred (and jihadism), this time in his own words. MEMRI simply translated and reproduced excerpts from archival interviews Morsi had given in March and September of 2010 making plain the implacable Islamic Jew-hatred animating his annihilationist jihadism.

Morsi called unabashedly for the destruction of Israel within its rump state 1949 armistice borders -- “By no means do we recognize their Green Line. The land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, not to the Zionists” -- via all forms of “resistance,” i.e., jihad war (see, for example, Article 7 of the Hamas Covenant), uniting the global Muslim umma in this genocidal endeavor:

There should be military resistance within the land of Palestine against those criminal Zionists, who attack Palestine and the Palestinians. There should also be political resistance and economic resistance through a boycott, as well as by supporting the resistance fighters. This should be the practice of the Muslims and the Arabs outside Palestine.

Morsi’s 2010 interviews further characterized “Zionists,” unmistakably Jews in his parlance, as inveterately “hostile in nature,” “fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” and being “the descendants of apes and pigs.”

Earlier, between 2004 and 2007 as reported by the Muslim Brotherhood’s own Arabic Ikhwanonline.com (translated and published in English on 11/16/12 by The Investigative Project on Terrorism), when serving as an elected Muslim Brotherhood parliamentarian in the Egyptian People’s Assembly, and/or a member of its Guidance Bureau, Morsi had enunciated the same Anti-Semitic and jihadist themes with more specific Koranic references.

Ikhwanonline.com, from November 21, 2004, quoted Morsi stating:

It is confirmed by the Quran that Jews are the most hostile of men to Muslims. The Almighty says: “Certainly you will find the most hostile to those who believe are the Jews and those who are polytheists.” [Koran 5: 82] The verse confirms that Jews are the most hostile enemies of the Muslims, as the Almighty says “and prepare for them all you can of power, including steeds” [Koran 8: 60], [Note: The beginning of the verse is on the Brotherhood logo] a verse which urges preparation for this enemy with all our energy to prepare us to confront him at any time; because Zionists are traitors to every covenant and convention … there is no peace with the descendants of apes and pigs, [Koran 5:60]

According to Ikhwanonline interviews from June 22 and July 14, 2007:

[Morsi] stressed that the Palestinian issue for the Brotherhood is pivotal and essential, and that the Brotherhood offered and still offers full support for the Palestinian resistance to liberate the Holy Land … resistance is the right and only way to liberate the land from the defilement of the Jews.

Confronted at a Wednesday 1/16/13 news conference in Cairo about Morsi’s 2010 rhetoric by a visiting bipartisan delegation of six U.S. senators headed by Arizona Republican John McCain and Rhode Island Democrat Sheldon Whitehouse, Morsi spokesman Yasser Ali claimed the Egyptian president’s comments had been taken “out of context” from an address condemning alleged “Israeli aggression against Gaza.”

But what has not been discussed in analyses of the Egyptian president’s remarks, including even trenchant critiques of the disingenuous “out of context” defense proffered by his regime spokesman, is the mainstream, traditionalist Islamic context of Morsi’s 2010 references to Jews as “hostile in nature,” “fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history,” and “descendants of ape and pigs.”

As I will demonstrate, Morsi’s characterizations derive from motifs repeated in the Koran, the classical and modern exegeses of these verses by Islam’s most authoritative Koranic commentators, and their elaboration in the canonical traditions of the Muslim prophet Muhammad.

Indeed, as I will also show, the overarching historical “context” within Islamdom and Muslim Egypt, specifically, reveals that this canonical Islamic Jew-hatred and intimately related jihadism has been actualized across a nearly 14-century continuum -- past as prologue to the present.