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Egypt's Mursi says his Jewish comments misunderstood
Published Wednesday 30/01/2013 (updated) 01/02/2013 09:36
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Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi is due to visit Germany next week.
(Reuters/Asmaa Waguih)
BERLIN (Reuters) -- Egypt's President Mohamed Mursi said on Wednesday vitriolic remarks he made against Jews and Zionists in 2010 had been taken out of context and said he was not against the Jewish faith.

"As I have said before the quotes were taken out of context... I am not against the Jewish faith, I am not against Jews who practice their religion," Mursi told a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

"I was talking about the practices and behavior of believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians. That's behavior that I condemn."

"I am a Muslim. I'm a believer and my religion obliges me to believe in all prophets, to respect all religions and to respect the right of people to their own faith," he added.

Berlin was alarmed by video that emerged in recent weeks showing Mursi making the vitriolic remarks against Jews and Zionists in 2010 when he was a senior official of the Muslim Brotherhood. Germany's Nazi past and strong support of Israel make it highly sensitive to anti-Semitism.
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1 ) Outlier / USA
30/01/2013 18:11
No, they were not taken out of context and yes, they were fully understood.

2 ) ABE / USA
30/01/2013 19:06
Yeah sure! Totally out of context hunh? They were heard in ENGLISH!! that's the difference.

3 ) tani / usa
30/01/2013 20:46
hahaha. this is funny

4 ) Israeli1 / Israel
30/01/2013 23:21
Yes they were taken out of context. When he speaks to muslim audiences, that is one context and he says what he thinks. When he speaks to Western audiences, that is another context and he says something else - to keep the aid flowing. So yes - telling the truth to a western audience is taking it out of context.

5 ) ian / australia
31/01/2013 12:04
#1, #2, #3, Dumb, dumber and dumberer (also #4). Mursi's remarks weren't "taken out of context", they were just never read with any care. (Witness your posts.) In fact, willfully misunderstood. What is he vitriolic about? Jews in general? Jewish religion? No. "...bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians ... warmongers", and "believers of any religion who shed blood or who attack innocent people or civilians"...like Zionist Israel!..."That's behavior that I condemn." Could he any be clearer?

6 ) Carlos / USA
31/01/2013 14:36
Mursi may have gone a little too far with his statements but his verbal transgression is nothing compared to the brutality of israeli regime. I forgive him but israel is still murdering and stealing and making life miserable for innocent Palestinians. What a disgusting country israel is. I am proud not to be an israeli. I am very proud of the Egyptian and Palestinian people. I would be honored to be a Pal or a Egyptian.

7 ) Carlos / USA
31/01/2013 14:41
I am happy Mursi did not back away from his comments. When Mursi mis spoke and went too broadly in his condemnation. He did not differentiate between Jews and israeli(terrorists), it does not mean he was wrong about the main part of his comment. He was condemning israeli murder of innocents and was understandably mad at the lack of condemnation by the world.

8 ) Racism is not intelligent / You just proved it.
31/01/2013 15:30
#5) But how do you explain the fact that his religious books say the same, and so did his grand-daddy long before the Jewish state of Israel existed? I think you will simply continue to believe whatever fits with your own racist indoctrination. Could that be any clearer?

9 ) imri / khazaristan
31/01/2013 15:47
mb ists are stupids..duh

10 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 01:55
#8 "#5) But how do you explain the fact that his religious books say the same...long before the Jewish state of Israel existed?" Well, they don't "say the same" because Mursi is condemning Zionists for attacking Palestinians and NOTHING else. And yes, there are nasty things in the Koran (and Hadiths) about Jews (as well as nice things) but Mursi isn't invoking them. Whereas YOUR raising of "anti-Semitism" in "his religious books" (which is a huge subject) is clearly designed to complicate things

11 ) ian / australia
01/02/2013 01:57
(contd.) infinitely and change the subject from what President Mursi ACTUALLY said.
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