(CNSNews.com) – In 2010, now-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi condemned “Israel and Zionists” and called upon Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Zionists and Jews.
“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews, and all those that support them,” Morsi said in an address posted on the Internet on Jan. 10, 2010.
(The address was translated by the Middle Eastern Media Research Institute and excerpts were recently posted online.)
He added that Egyptian children “must feed on hatred” as a form of worshiping (God).”
Morsi, who was at the time the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood organization in Egypt, also said that Egyptian children “must feed on hatred” in order to worship God.
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Morsi also had harsh words about President Obama, who had traveled to Cairo in 2009 to deliver a major address to the Muslim world.
“Obama was very clear when he uttered hi empty words on the land of Egypt. He uttered many lies, of which he couldn’t fulfill a single word, even if he were sincere, which he was not,” Morsi said.
The comments were part of several anti-Semitic and anti-Western comments Morsi apparently made at that time.
In a Sept. 23, 2010 interview with the Lebanese TV network, Morsi described Zionists as “bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, warmongers, [and] descendants of apes and pigs.”
"Either [you accept] the Zionists and everything they want, or else it is war," Morsi said, "This is what these occupiers of the land of Palestine know – these blood-suckers, who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs."
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney was asked about the comments at a Jan. 15 press briefing.
“There are some comments, some anti-Semitic comments that have emerged from President Morsi recently,” the unidentified reporter asked. “He delivered a speech in 2010, in which he instructed Egyptians to ‘nurse children and our grandchildren on hatred for Jews and Zionists.’
“He gave an interview around the same time in which he described Zionists in very insulting and derogatory terms.
“Does the president think that President Morsi should retract his comments, offer an apology? And to your knowledge, has Morsi offered any regrets to the White House over making these comments?”
Carney replied: “We strongly condemn the remarks that then-Muslim Brotherhood leader Morsi made in 2010. The language that we have seen is deeply offensive. We completely reject the statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred.
“This discourse -- and this is a broader point -- this kind of discourse has been acceptable in the region for far too long and is counter to the goal of peace,” Carney said. “President Morsi should make clear that he respects people of all faiths, and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt.”
Carney, the presidential spokesman, said that since taking office in 2012, President Morsi has “reaffirmed Egypt’s commitment to its peace treaty with Israel in both word and deed, and has proven willing to work with us towards shared objectives, including a cease-fire during the crisis in Gaza last year.
“These commitments are essential for our bilateral relations with Egypt, as well as for stability in the region.
“But we will always speak out against language that espouses religious hatred or encourages the use of violence. And we have raised our concerns over these remarks with the government of Egypt.