Mohamed Morsi, no doubt advised by his more Western PR staffers to do something, anything, in order to cover his ass after being exposed for the bigoted Jew-hater that he is, told a Congressional delegation that when he said “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” he didn’t mean Jews, he meant Zionists. And even more specifically, the
Israeli Zionist government.
The New York Times:
A spokesman for President Mohamed Morsi said on Wednesday that inflammatory comments that he made about Jews before taking office had been intended as criticism of Israeli policies toward the Palestinians but had been taken out of context. The spokesman said that Mr. Morsi respected all monotheistic religions and religious freedom.
Comments on Jews made by Egypt’s Islamist president nearly three years ago and labeled by the White House as “deeply offensive” were taken out of context, aimed at criticizing Israeli policies, not Jews, a presidential spokesman said on Wednesday.
Isn’t it lovely to know that all you have to do is say your words were taken out of context to earn the forgiveness–grudging or not–of the elites in the media and politics, and get to keep your U.S. taxpayer dollars coming? And those nifty F-16 fighter jets? Just do a little tap dancing around the facts, blame Israel’s government and say you were just reacting to the horrible, horrible Israeli attack on Gaza–which was, of course, brought on by Hamas and other terror groups firing missiles at Israeli civilians. I’m actually shocked that the AP gives any context whatsoever. But don’t worry, the bolded paragraph disappeared quickly from any future stories covering Morsi’s anti-Semitic remarks. And note how all of the media outlets so blithely mention the rampant anti-Semitism in the Middle East. It’s so blatant and common that the AP feels comfortable covering up for it by saying Muslims just “slip” into anti-Semitism. Because it’s so easy to suddenly start hating, or something.
Morsi told them distinction must be made between criticism of what he called the “racist” policies of the Israelis against the Palestinians and insults against the Jewish faith.
Morsi also told them the remarks were part of a speech against Israeli aggression in Gaza and “assured them of his respect for monotheistic religions, freedom of belief and the practice of religions,” Ali said.
Despite the explanation, Morsi went beyond attacking “Zionists” to directly refer to Jews and used traditional anti-Semitic slurs like “pigs.”
But the explanation was a rare instance when an Islamist was forced to address criticism of what is routine rhetoric for the Brotherhood. They and other Islamists often engage in tirades against Israel, sometimes trying to stick to references to “Zionism,” the founding ideology of Israel, but often slipping into attacks on Jews.
The world simply truly does not care about anti-Semitism. Every time Israel’s enemies prove that at heart, it’s not anti-Zionism, it’s anti-Semitism, the media and political class shrug, ignore it, or cover for them. And the anti-Semites continue to get the aid they wanted, or the positions they wanted, before their Jew-hatred was publicized.
As for Morsi? Well, Egypt is going to get that aid, no question.
At a news conference after the meeting, the senators declined to characterize Mr. Morsi’s response. But they appeared to feel he had addressed the issue. The senators emphasized their support for Egypt’s transition to democracy. They also said they would press Congress to provide badly needed financial aid and urge American businesses to invest in Egypt, although they also said that Mr. Morsi’s inflammatory statements in 2010 made both requests tougher to sell.
But don’t worry, because Lindsey Graham is onto them now. They’d better be on good behavior!
“The Egyptian people are going to have to showcase your best behavior,” said another senator in the delegation, Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.
That’ll show Morsi what to do next time he’s caught on tape wishing for the death of Jews. Issue a statement saying he didn’t really mean it.
Some days, I really, really hate the world.