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Morsi blames media for his ‘apes and pigs’ comment

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Neil Munro
White House Correspondent

The New York Times article also cited a 2010 videotape of Morsi in 2010 calling Jews “apes and pigs.”

Jews are “bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” Morsi says in a 2010 video, distributed by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

The “apes and pigs” comment is boilerplate in Islamist politics, because the “apes and pigs” description is a quote from the Koran, which Muslims regard as the direct and unalterable command of Allah.

Morsi also said Jews caused conflict and wars long before the creation of Israel in 1948. “They have been fanning the flames of civil strife wherever they were throughout their history,” he said, highlighting other Islamic texts about Jews’ refusal to accept the new Islamic religion in the 620s.

“They are hostile by nature,” he said of Jews.

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