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Obama Urged to Cut Ties with Muslim Brotherhood

Simon Wiesenthal Center urges Obama to cut off contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood after anti-Semitic call for Jihad against Israel.
By Rachel Hirshfeld
First Publish: 10/14/2012, 1:54 PM

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The Simon Wiesenthal Center has urged President Obama to publicly condemn the anti-Semitic call for Jihad against Israel by the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, Mohammed Badie and to order the cutoff of all contacts with the organization until the threat is withdrawn. 

In a speech reported Thursday in al Ahram, Badie said, "The Jews have...spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profane holy places, including their own." Badie called on Arabs to confront Israel "through Holy Jihad, high sacrifices and all forms of resistance", adding, "Zionists only understand the language of force and will not relent without duress." 

"Badie's rant confirms our long held view that Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood is the most dangerous anti-Semitic organization in the world today," said Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper, founder and dean and associate dean, of the Wiesenthal Center.

"We are not dealing with a YouTube video or a lone extremist Imam, but a call to anti-Semitic violence by a man who has tens of millions of followers and leads the organization that controls Egypt's future,” they said. “It cannot be business as usual in Washington when such an assault is launched against the Jewish people.”

“We urge President Obama to condemn the rhetoric and cut off all official and unofficial US contacts with the Muslim Brotherhood until they desist from their hate and war mongering," they concluded.