Newscast Media WASHINGTON, D.C.—The US government “strongly condemned” remarks reportedly made by President Mohamad Mursi, almost three years ago when he was a Muslim Brotherhood leader, over Jews, saying the Egyptian leader should repudiate his comments.
White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters that the language Mursi used was “deeply offensive” and that U.S. officials had raised concerns with the Egyptian government on the matter.
According to a video obtained by the New York Times, Mursi urged Egyptians in the year of 2010 to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and Zionists.
In a television interview months later, he described Jews as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs,” the newspaper said.
“We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred,” Carney said when asked about Mursi’s comments at the White House daily briefing.
Carney called on Mursi, elected in June after a popular uprising that ousted Egypt’s longtime ruler Hosni Mubarak, to “make clear that he respects people of all faiths and that this type of rhetoric is not acceptable or productive in a democratic Egypt.”
He noted, however, that Mursi, as president, had worked with the Obama administration to help broker an Israeli-Hamas ceasefire in Gaza late last year and had promised to uphold Egypt’s peace treaty with Israel.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters: “We’ll also judge him by what he says, and we think that these comments should be repudiated and they should be repudiated firmly.”
Source: Al Manar TV
Newscast Media CAIRO—Protestors demanding President Mohamed Morsy’s ouster regrouped on Thursday evening with renewed marches to the presidential palace in Heliopolis. The demonstrations come after at least five died in the course of clashes Wednesday night between Morsy’s backers and opponents.
A march originating from Al-Nour Mosque in Abbasseya arrived in the evening at Marghani Street near the palace, where earlier in the day Armed Forces were reported to have begun building a wall to block demonstrators. Protestors called for Morsy’s downfall to pay for yesterday’s bloodshed.
Some young men and women in the march carried symbolic coffins, chanting favorite slogans such as “The people demand the downfall of the regime,” “Freedom,” and “Justice, justice, they killed our brothers with bullets.” Many were wearing helmets, a sign they were prepared for possible confrontations.
An angry mood pervaded among the protesters, who often chanted that they would refuse to dialogue with the president. One activist, Kamal, frequently led the chant: “No dialogue with the one killing revolutionaries.” Those present condemned Morsy’s use of what they called a militia to attack the opposition’s peaceful demonstration. They also chanted: “Listen to our voice everywhere; this night is the Brotherhood’s end.”
Muslim Brotherhood members and members of other Islamic factions who had come to Heliopolis from Cairo and across Egypt’s governorates withdrew from the scene of the clashes early on Thursday afternoon after the Republican Guards demanded all protesters leave the area by 3 pm.
The Republican Guards are currently securing the palace with barbed wire barriers. Rows of security forces stand behind them with batons and tasers. Two tanks and two other military vehicles were positioned behind the security forces, facing in the direction of the palace.
Around 10 ambulances have been positioned close to Marghani Street in anticipation of potential violence.
Newscast Media CAIRO, Egypt—Egyptian opposition parties and revolutionary groups will organize a march to the presidential palace in Heliopolis on Tuesday afternoon to protest the draft constitution, which will be put to national referendum on 15 December.
The call was initiated by the National Salvation Front, a recently-formed umbrella group led by former presidential candidates Hamdeen Sabbahi and Amr Moussa, as well as reform campaigner Mohamed ElBaradei, after President Morsi announced the date of the upcoming referendum on Saturday.
“The Constituent Assembly is illegitimate, and it produced a disfigured constitution without the participation of women, Christians, workers or intellectuals. We will seek all nonviolent means to prevent this assault on the rule of law from happening,” Hussein Abdel-Ghani, a spokesman for the group, told Ahram Online.
Marches from Rabaa Al-Adaweya Mosque in Nasr City and El-Nour Mosque in Abbasiyya will converge on the presidential palace in the district of Heliopolis in Cairo at 5pm, while adjacent protests in Tahrir Square will begin by 3pm.
Tuesday’s protests come after over a hundred thousand protesters held a demonstration in Tahrir on Friday to oppose Morsi’s controversial constitutional declaration from 22 November, which renders his decrees immune to judicial challenge and also makes the Islamist-dominated Shura Council and Constituent Assembly immune from dissolution by court order.
Morsi’s constitutional declaration prompted a wave of rival protests in Cairo and across the country, as both opponents and supporters of the president showcased their ability to mobilize.
Source: Ahram Online News