Long before he was elected as Egypt’s president, Mohammed Morsi rejected negotiations between Israel and the Palestinian Authority and referred to Jews as “apes and pigs”.
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) has translated and uploaded comments by Morsi, a member of Hamas’s parent movement the Muslim Brotherhood, which he made in 2010 and were posted to the internet. In the comments, Morsi also called to boycott products made in the United States because of its support for Israel.
“These futile [Israeli-Palestinian] negotiations are a waste of time and opportunities,” Morsi is shown saying. “The Zionists buy time and gain more opportunities, as the Palestinians, the Arabs, and the Muslims lose time and opportunities, and they get nothing out of it. We can see how this dream has dissipated. This dream has always been an illusion. Yet some Palestinians, who erroneously believe that their enemies might give them something… This [Palestinian] Authority was created by the Zionist and American enemies for the sole purpose of opposing the will of the Palestinian people and its interests.”
He adds, “No reasonable person can expect any progress on this track. Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war. This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.
“We should employ all forms of resistance against them,” says Morsi. “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. They should support the resistance fighters and besiege the Zionist wherever they are. None of the Arab or Muslim peoples and regimes should have dealings with them. Pressure should be exerted upon them. They must not be given any opportunity, and must not stand on any Arab or Islamic land. They must be driven out of our countries.
“The Zionists have no right to the land of Palestine,” he says. “There is no place for them on the land of Palestine. What they took before 1947-8 constitutes plundering, and what they are doing now is a continuation of this plundering. By no means do we recognize their Green Line. The land of Palestine belongs to the Palestinians, not to the Zionists.
“We must confront this Zionist entity. All ties of all kinds must be severed with this plundering criminal entity, which is supported by America and its weapons, as well as by its own nuclear weapons, the existence of which is well known. It will bring about their own destruction. The peoples must boycott this entity and avoid normalization of relations with it. All products from countries supporting this entity – from the U.S. and others – must be boycotted.
“They have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout history. They are hostile by nature.
“The Zionists understood nothing but the language of force,” he concludes.
Previous videos exposed by MEMRI show that during his election campaign, Morsi reiterated that “Jihad is our path” and “the Koran is our constitution”.
This week, Morsi’s aide predicted that Israel would cease to exist by the end of the decade, saying that the “ideology of Zionism” had ended in failure and denouncing Israel as “Palestine’s occupiers.”
Sheikh Mohammed Badie, the supreme guide of the Muslim Brotherhood and the person who some say is the true president of Egypt, has called for a jihad (holy war) to liberate Jerusalem from Israeli rule.