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Morsi says he is no anti-Semite | Big News Network

Morsi says he is no anti-Semite | Big News Network | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

BERLIN -- Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at a Berlin news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel denied he is an anti-Semite.

 

Morsi was asked by a German reporter about a recording from 2010 in which Morsi said Zionists are "descendants of apes and pigs," The New York Times reported. Morsi responded he is "not against Judaism as a religion" and his remarks were taken out of context.

"My religion instructs me to believe in all the prophets and to respect all religions as well as every person's freedom of religion," Morsi said. "Everyone believes in and practices his religion the way he sees fit as long as it remains lawful in the country he lives in."

Merkel said Egypt must respect human rights if it wants to keep German support.

"One thing that is important for us is that the channels of dialogue are always open with all political forces in Egypt, so that the different political forces can play their role," Merkel said.

Morsi made the already scheduled trip to Germany, Egypt's No. 3 trading partner while rioting has disrupted life in several Egyptian cities.

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Aide to Egyptian President Morsi claims Holocaust a US hoax

Aide to Egyptian President Morsi claims Holocaust a US hoax | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

HAIFA, Israel –  A key figure in Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi's government called the Holocaust a hoax cooked up by U.S. intelligence operatives and claimed the 6 million Jews who were killed by Nazis simply moved to the U.S.

The outrageous claims, by Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to President Morsi who is now responsible for appointing the editors of all state-run Egyptian newspapers, came as the world marked Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, and also as the U.S. continues to assess its relationship with the increasingly radical Arab state.

 

The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented,” Shihab-Eddim said, leaving no room for doubt that the Egyptian government -- like Iran's -- has at the very least significant elements that deny humanity’s greatest crime of all.

 

“U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it [the Holocaust] to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb,” Shihab-Eddim said.

 

The ludicrous claims were especially worrisome to Israeli experts who have been watching since the Muslim Brotherhood Morsi administration took over the Egyptian government in elections last summer, following the ouster of Hosni Mubarak, who maintained good relations with Israel. Daniel Greenfield, a Shillman Journalism Fellow at the Freedom Center in New York, said Shihab-Eddin's comments were as troubling as they were ridiculous.(...)

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The latest Holocaust denial from a senior Egyptian figure comes hot on the heels of the much-publicized comments made by President Morsi in 2010, that Jews are “the descendants of apes and pigs,” remarks that Morsi insists were taken out of context. Despite Morsi's claims, archivists subsequently said the Egyptian leader made similar statements repeatedly before he rose to power.

 

Mohammed el-Baradei, a leading figure in Egypt’s secular opposition and formerly the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, spoke out against Morsi’s remarks and his assertion that his comments had been misinterpreted.

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Washington exhorte l'Egyptien Morsi à retirer des propos antisémites de 2010

Washington exhorte l'Egyptien Morsi à retirer des propos antisémites de 2010 | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

La diplomatie américaine a vivement condamné mardi des propos anti-israéliens et antisémites tenus en 2010 par l'actuel chef de l'Etat égyptien Mohamed Morsi et a exhorté le président islamiste élu l'an dernier à retirer ces remarques.

«Le langage utilisé est profondément injurieux (...) Nous pensons que ces commentaires doivent être retirés et qu'ils doivent l'être de manière ferme», a déclaré la porte-parole du département d'Etat Victoria Nuland.

La diplomate faisait référence à une vidéo rendue publique par l'Institut de recherche sur les médias au Moyen-Orient basé à Washington dans laquelle M. Morsi, alors président des Frères musulmans, qualifiait les Israéliens d'«occupants de la Palestine (...) de sangsues bellicistes et de descendants de cochons et de singes».

Dans cette interview en 2010, M. Morsi appelait à «toutes formes de résistance en Palestine contre les criminels sionistes».

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"Nous voulons voir le président Morsi dire absolument clairement à son propre peuple et à la communauté internationale qu'il respecte les personnes de toutes les confessions et que ce type de rhétorique n'est ni acceptable, ni productif de la part d'un président dans une Egypte démocratique», a expliqué Mme Nuland, précisant que Washington avait fait part au Caire de sa «préoccupation».

La diplomate a toutefois ajouté que M. Morsi était certes jugé ce qu'il «disait», mais aussi sur ce qu'il «faisait».

«Depuis qu'il est président, le président Morsi a réaffirmé, encore et encore, l'engagement de l'Egypte à l'égard du traité de paix (de 1979 avec Israël), l'engagement à travailler avec nous et avec Israël sur des objectifs communs, y compris le cessez-le-feu à Gaza» scellé en novembre, selon Mme Nuland.

Washington marche sur des oeufs depuis des mois avec l'Egypte dirigée par le premier président civil élu, le président américain Barack Obama semblant privilégier sa relation avec son homologue.

Pour les Américains, le dilemme est de soutenir les aspirations démocratiques des Egyptiens sans fâcher l'un de ses principaux alliés régionaux qui est lié à Israël par le traité de paix de 1979.


Autre source: http://www.maghrebemergent.info/actualite/fil-maghreb/20057-egypte-etas-unis--morsi-prie-de-retirer-des-propos-antisemites-de-2010.html

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Merkel called for promoting human rights and religious freedom in Egypt

Merkel called for promoting human rights and religious freedom in Egypt | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given a press conference alongside Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Berlin. Merkel encouraged political dialogue in the restive Middle Eastern country.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel has given a press conference alongside Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi in Berlin. Merkel encouraged political dialogue in the restive Middle Eastern country.

Merkel also called for promoting human rights and religious freedom in Egypt, a country rocked by internal violence that has killed more than 50 people in the past week.

"One thing that is important for us is that the line for dialogue is always open to all political forces in Egypt, that the different political forces can make their contribution, that human rights are adhered to in Egypt and that of course religious freedom can be experienced," the German chancellor said at the joint press conference on Wednesday.

Morsi had flown to Germany to demonstrate to Europe his democratic credentials, but amid political tension back home, he had limited his trip to a few hours and canceled a had planned leg in Paris.

The Egyptian president responded to Merkel by saying dialogue was possible and that Egypt would be a state based on the rule of law, not run by the military. But he refused to give a commitment sought by the opposition for a national unity government, saying Egypt's new parliament would decide after elections expected in April.

Morsi also called for an expansion of German-Egyptian relations, but protested against "interference in internal affairs." (...)

When asked about the controversial, vitriolic remarks Morsi made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 that surfaced this month, the president replied by saying they had been taken out of context and that he respects all religions.

"I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion," Morsi said. "I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or attack innocent people or civilians. That's the behavior I condemn."

"I am a Muslim," he added. "I'm a believer and my religion obliges me to believe in all prophets, to respect all religions and to respect the right of people to their own faith."

 

More : http://www.dw.de/merkel-uges-political-dialogue-in-morsi-press-conference/a-16562334?maca=en-rss-en-top-1022-rdf

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Pour Morsi, ses propos sur les "sionistes" ont été sortis de leur contexte

Pour Morsi, ses propos sur les "sionistes" ont été sortis de leur contexte | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Le président égyptien Mohamed Morsi a déclaré mercredi que des propos sur Israël qu'il a tenus avant son élection et qui ont été dénoncés comme "profondément injurieux" mardi par les Etats-Unis avaient été sortis de leur contexte.

"Le président a assuré que (ces propos) ont été extraits de déclarations faites sur l'agression israélienne contre les Palestiniens dans la bande de Gaza, et a insisté sur la nécessité de remettre les remarques dans leur véritable contexte", selon un communiqué de la présidence égyptienne publié après une rencontre de M. Morsi avec le sénateur américain John McCain.

Il faisait référence à une vidéo rendue publique par l'Institut de recherche sur les médias au Moyen-Orient basé à Washington, dans laquelle M. Morsi qualifiait les Israéliens d'"occupants de la Palestine, (...) de sangsues bellicistes et de descendants de cochons et de singes".

Dans cette interview réalisée en 2010, M. Morsi, devenu en juin 2012 le premier président islamiste d'Egypte, appelait à "toutes formes de résistance en Palestine contre les criminels sionistes".

La diplomatie américaine a vivement condamné ces propos mardi, exhortant le président islamiste élu l'an dernier à retirer ces remarques.

"Le langage utilisé est profondément injurieux (...) Nous pensons que ces commentaires doivent être retirés et qu'ils doivent l'être de manière ferme", a déclaré la porte-parole du département d'Etat Victoria Nuland.

Dans son communiqué mercredi, le président Morsi a "insisté sur la nécessité de faire la différence entre d'un côté le judaïsme et ses adhérents et de l'autre (ceux qui commettent) des actes violents contre les Palestiniens".

Il a également "souligné son engagement vis-à-vis des principes sur lesquels il a toujours insisté, notamment le total respect des religions et la liberté de culte et des pratiques religieuses, en particulier les religions monothéistes".

Le président égyptien "souligné l'importance d'édifier une relation stratégique entre l'Egypte et les Etats-Unis fondée sur un respect mutuel et des intérêts partagés".

 

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Egypt’s Leader, Morsi, Made Anti-Jewish Slurs

Egypt’s Leader, Morsi, Made Anti-Jewish Slurs | Égypt-actus | Scoop.it

Anti-Semitic remarks that President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt made in 2010 have come back to haunt him, raising doubts about his efforts to present himself as a moderate.

Since beginning his campaign for president, Mr. Morsi has promised to uphold Egypt’s treaty with Israel and to seek peace in the region. In recent months, he has begun to forge a personal bond with President Obama around their successful efforts to broker a truce between Israel and Palestinian militants of the Gaza Strip.

But the exposure this month of his virulent comments from early 2010, both documented on video, have revealed sharp anti-Semitic and anti-Western sentiments, raising questions about Mr. Morsi’s efforts to present himself as a force for moderation and stability. Instead, the disclosures have strengthened the position of those who say Israel’s Arab neighbors are unwilling to commit to peace with the Jewish state.

Representatives of Mr. Morsi have declined repeated requests over more than three days for comment on his remarks. One reason may be that the re-emergence of his previous statements has now trapped him in a political bind. While his past comments may be a liability abroad, he faces a political culture at home in which such defamation of Jews is almost standard stump discourse. Any attempt to retract, or even clarify, his slurs would expose him to political attacks by opponents who already accuse him of softness toward the United States and Israel.

Signs asserting Mr. Morsi works for Mr. Obama are already common at street protests. Perhaps “the Muslim Brotherhood is so desperate for U.S. support that it is willing to bend over backwards to humor the Israelis,” Emad Gad, a leader of the Social Democratic Party, suggested in a recent column.

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