Egyptian President Participates in Anti-Semitic Prayer

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is asking President Obama to condemn Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi for participating in a prayer, which called for the destruction of Israel. Furthermore, according to The Jerusalem Post the center called on President Obama to “sever ties with the Muslim Brotherhood.” This demand came after Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who is part of The Muslim Brotherhood, engaged in controversial behavior.

According to The Washington Post, Morsi attended a Mosque in Marsa Matruh, during which a cleric prayed to God, asking him to “destroy the Jews and their supporters and disperse them, rend them asunder.” Morsi, says the post, was filmed saying, “Amen” to the cleric’s prayer – along with the rest of the congregation.

The Times of Israel reports that footage of the prayer shows Morsi “in fervent prayer” as the cleric, Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, prayed, “Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels” and then continued to pray for the destruction of the Jewish people.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center is not alone in its objections. According to The Times, Abraham Foxman, Director of the Anti-Defamation League, also condemned Morsi’s participation in the prayer, saying, “The drumbeat of anti-Semitism in the ‘new’ Egypt is growing louder and reverberating further under President Morsi.” The Times also reported that Foxman said that the ADL was increasingly concerned about the continuing expressions of hatred for Jews and Israel in Egyptian society and President Morsi’s silence in the face of most of these public expressions of hate.” He urged the United States to speak out against such expressions of hatred.

The Washington Post quotes Rabbi Marvin Hier, dean and founder of the Wiesenthal Center, and Rabbi Abraham Cooper, the Center’s associate dean as saying, “This is a slap in the face to America as Egypt’s President Morsi pockets billions in U.S. aid and says Amen to principles that are repugnant to all Americans.”

Meanwhile, The Jerusalem Post quotes Hier and Cooper as saying, “Morsi, the leader who just lectured the world from the UN podium about the need to safeguard religions from desecration, apparently doesn’t extend it to the Jewish people and its faith.”

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Miranda Flint About the Author: Miranda has a B.A. in political science and has worked over a decade as a news reporter, financial news writer and political blogger. More about Miranda

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