The Ultra Orthodox and the Muslim Brotherhood: Birds of a Feather?

חרדים ירושלמים. צולם על ידי אפי ב.

Ha’aretz is asking the same question that others have been asking: is Jewish rhetoric any less dangerous than Muslim? The answer, in my estimation, is no, it isn’t.

What do the Muslim Brotherhood and the ultra-Orthodox religious-right have in common? Israelis complain about the Muslim Brotherhood, but fail to take on rabbis whose rhetoric is no less incendiary.

A few months from now, Egypt may come under the rule of a government dominated by the Muslim Brotherhood, whose supreme spiritual leader said just a few years ago that God would “destroy the seed of the Jews and extirpate them from the world. These Jews are accursed scoundrels, crying crocodile tears while they murder people; it is forbidden to have any mercy on them. We have to destroy them with great missiles.” And if you think this is populist scare-mongering, and that this represents only one benighted faction of the popular Egyptian movement, here is what the leader of a rival faction of the Brotherhood said about Israeli civilians: “There is nothing in Islamic law about consideration for innocents in time of war.” And lest there be any mistake, his secretary explained that “there is no problem with killing Jewish civilians, because the entire population supports Israeli terror.”

There’s a lot more.  Read it.  Especially if you’re inclined towards Christian Zionism or the like.

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3 thoughts on “The Ultra Orthodox and the Muslim Brotherhood: Birds of a Feather?

  1. Joe 11 Feb 2011 at 4:58 am

    One of the leading rabbis of the ultra right orthodox settler movement was called to account this week and may be indicted over his inflammatory rhetoric by authorities..


  2. jay 11 Feb 2011 at 5:27 am

    Yep. That’s about right.


  3. irishanglican ~ Fr. Robert 11 Feb 2011 at 8:21 pm

    All Christian so-called Zionists are not inflamed, this would be ad hoc, and even a non-sequitur. To believe in a God ordained or providential modern Israel is not in itself an attack on anything or anyone, but a position of theology, etc. How one may measure and apply this is the question.


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