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Video: Egyptian cleric launching Pres. Morsi’s campaign promised new Arab empire with Jerusalem as capital


It was announced late this afternoon that Muslim Brotherhood (MB) candidate Mohamed Morsi won Egypt’s Presidential elections, and will become the country’s first Islamist head of state.

While the American educated Morsi campaigned on the promise of a modern, inclusive, democratic agenda, those familiar with the ideology and history of the the MB would be wise to doubt the possibility of such a “moderate” Islamist-led regime.

As such, the following (broadcast on Egyptian Al-Nas TV on May 1, 2012), translated and originally posted by MEMRI, is instructive. The clip shows selected segments of Egyptian Cleric Safwat Higazi officially launching the campaign of the then new Muslim Brotherhood candidate, Mohamed Morsi, in front of tens of thousands of MB supporters in Cairo.

(The introductory text on the YouTube video misleadingly implies that the speaker is Morsi himself. However, the original MEMRI video confirms that it is the Egyptian cleric, Safwat Higazi, selected by the campaign to announce Morsi’s candidacy, who is speaking.)

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  1. Hmm, very interesting indeed…

    “Banish the sleep from the eyes of the Jew” – it seems a very flowery translation. Morsi seems to like rap music, but I wonder if he remembers a popular song going back to 1967: ” Nasser is waiting for Rabin ” ?
    He should listen and learn…

  2. Oh, I see – it wasn’t Morsi himself speaking. Never mind, and it looks a lot like the President..

  3. “The introductory text on the YouTube video misleadingly implies that the speaker is Morsi himself. However, the original MEMRI video confirms that it is the Egyptian cleric, Safwat Higazi.”

    I think this text alone should be enough to warn anyone with a journalistic background that this video may be a fake. It’s not serious.

    • ‘..this video may be a fake. It’s not serious.

      You mean they’re not coming to get us? But I could have sworn the Islamists keep talking about the judaization of ‘al Kuds’ !

      Talking about serious journalism, the Guardian is anything but that, and CiFWatch is like ‘The Times’ by comparison.

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