Brotherhood Victories Lead Muslim Clerics to Intensify Incitement Against Jews

(Jerusalem Post) Zvi Mazel - In the wake of the Arab Spring, the Ennahda party in Tunisia, an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, received 41% of the vote in the parliamentary elections and is now ruling the country - and suddenly there are worrying manifestations of anti-Semitism, led by religious figures. Al-Quds al-Arabi reported on Dec. 12 that Imam Sheikh Ahmed al-Suhayli in Rades delivered a lengthy tirade against the Jews: "O Allah, you know what those accursed Jews have done, the corruption they spread across the Earth.... Strike them so that there is not one of them left. Allah, make the men and women sterile. Bring down your wrath and your hatred on them." Al-Quds al-Arabi stressed that since the fall of the Ben Ali regime there had been a number of blatant attacks against Jews. Though the Tunisian government from time to time makes reassuring statements on the issue, it is obvious that Muslim clerics believe that a regime led by the Brotherhood will let them intensify their incitement against Jews. A similar phenomenon can be observed in Egypt, cradle of the Muslim Brotherhood. The writer, a Fellow of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, is a former ambassador to Romania, Egypt and Sweden.

2013-01-08 00:00:00

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