Egyptian president attends prayer calling for death to Israel and allies

Let me hear you say 'Amen.'

 

On October 19, Muslim prayer leader Futouh Abd Al-Nabi Mansour, who serves as the head of Religious Endowment of the Matrouh Governorate in Egypt, prayed to Allah to kill all Jews and their allies throughout the world. Attending the prayer service was Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, a member of the Muslim Brotherhood. Joined by other members of Egypt's government, Morsi sat with his eyes closed, open hands raised in front of him as if earnestly in prayer and answering “amen” as Mansour called upon the Almighty to smite the supposed enemies of Islam.
 
The watchdog group Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) translated a clip of Mansour’s sermon: 
 
“Oh Allah, absolve us of our sins, strengthen us, and grant us victory over the infidels.  Oh Allah, destroy the Jews and their supporters.  Oh Allah, disperse them, rend them asunder.  Oh Allah, demonstrate your might and greatness upon them.  Show us your omnipotence, oh Lord.”
 
President Morsi’s visit to Egypt’s northwest was his first since assuming his duties. Once the prayers had ended, Morsi delivered a speech commending Egyptian unity.
 
To the contrary of the Muslim cleric's threatening words, Morsi has continued to give assurances of Egyptian good intentions and that his country's 1979 peace treaty with Israel will be upheld.  Egypt's new ambassador to Israel presented his credentials to Israeli president Shimon Peres last week, and passed on a note from Morsi that raised a firestorm of controversy in Egypt, due to the perceived warmth of its tone.  Morsi’s office confirmed the authenticity of the note after the Muslim Brotherhood had insisted that it was a “Zionist fabrication”.
 
“Great and good friend,” Morsi wrote in his letter to Peres, “being desirous of maintaining and strengthening the cordial relations which so happily exist between our two countries, I have selected Mr. Atef Mohamed Salem Sayed El Ahl to be our ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary.” Earlier this year, Morsi wrote his first letter to Peres saying “I am looking forward to exerting our best efforts to get the Middle East peace process back to its right track in order to achieve security and stability for all peoples of the region, including [the] Israeli people,” and added “It was with deep thanks that I received your congratulations on the advent of the Holy Month of Ramadan.”


Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. He is also a freelance translator.

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