March 19, 2012 Special Dispatch No. 4587

Egyptian Clerics Repeat Benjamin Franklin Prophecy Myth, Call Jews 'Donkeys' and 'Apes and Pigs,' and Say: Making Our Children Loathe the Jews Is a Form of Worship of Allah

March 19, 2012
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 4587

Following are excerpts from an Al-Rahma TV program featuring Egyptian clerics discussing the Jews, which aired on March 6, 2012.

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Gharib Ramadhan: "Wherever They Go They Get Deported… If They are Good People, How Come People Get Rid of Them?"

Egyptian cleric Gharib Ramadhan: "There are very many traits that characterize the Jews, and the Koran focused on a few of them, such as the violation of commitments, from which we suffer to this day. Not just us in Egypt – the entire world suffers from this.

"Another trait is their hard-heartedness, God forbid. If you want to know what true hard-heartedness means, go to the Jews. You will find a lot of it there. […]

"They were deported from England by King Edward, and from France by King Philip. They were deported from Hungary, from Belgium, from Czechoslovakia, from Austria – I won't start with the dates – from Holland, from the Kingdom of Naples, from Russia… Wherever they go they get deported and then they return. For example, they went back to France and to Hungary, and were deported again. If they are good people, how come people get rid of them?

"Allah punished them by transforming them into apes and pigs, and by prohibiting them from eating several edible things. He forbade them to eat anything with claws – animals and birds that do not have cloven hooves, like camels, geese, ducks… They are prohibited from eating ducks. If Sheikh Amin were here, he could have told us how greatly they were punished."

Moderator: "May Allah reward you, Dr. Gharib."

Egyptian cleric Shihab Al-Din Abu Zahu: "I would like to comment on…"

Moderator: "Make it quick, we have a break."

Shihab Al-Din Abu Zahu: "U.S. President [sic] Benjamin Franklin Said: 'A Great Danger Threatens the United States of America … the Jewish Danger'"

Shihab Al-Din Abu Zahu: "He said that they were deported from wherever they went. U.S. President Benjamin Franklin… It is the U.S. that sponsors them today, but if the Americans had acted upon Franklin's legacy, they would have saved America. May Allah make them fall along with the Jews.

"U.S. President [sic] Benjamin Franklin said: 'A great danger threatens the United States of America. That danger is the Jewish danger. In whichever land the Jews have settled, they have corrupted the morals, and lowered the level of commercial honesty. They always isolate themselves and never mix with others. For more than 1,700 years, they have been lamenting their fate, because they were expelled from the lands of their forefathers.

"'If Palestine were given back to them, not all of them would go there, because they are parasites and cannot live at the expense of their own kind. They must live among the Christians or others not of their race.

"'If these Jews are not expelled from the United States by the Constitution, within a century, they will be streaming into the U.S. in such large numbers that will enable them to rule and destroy our people. They will change the form of government for which we shed our blood, and for which we have sacrificed our lives, our property, and our personal freedom. Within less than a century, our grandchildren will have to work in the fields in order to feed the Jews, while the Jews control the financial institutions. If the American people do not deport the Jews once and for all, their children and grandchildren will curse them in their graves.

"'The values of the Jews are not the same of those of the Americans, and will not be the same even if the Jews live among us for ten generations. A leopard cannot change its spots. The Jews will pose a danger to America, if they are allowed freely in. They will destroy U.S. institutions, and the Americans must deport by the Constitution." These are the words of U.S. President Franklin."[1] […]

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sawi: "In the Koran, Allah called the Jews 'Donkeys'…; We mean the Jews of Today…;" I Tell Our Children: "Shoot the Jews"

Egyptian cleric Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sawi: "In the Koran, Allah called the Jews 'donkeys.' Donkeys. They are donkeys. What can you do with a donkey? Allah said: 'Those who were charged with the Torah, but failed [in this obligation], are similar to a donkey carrying books.' These are the Jews, right? They failed in the obligation to carry the Torah.

"We are not talking about the Jews of the days of Moses. They repented. They were tormented until they believed in Moses. We don't mean those Jews. We mean the Jews of today. They are like donkeys carrying books. There is a very symbolic story that really moved me.

"A man was sitting in his home, when all of a sudden, in walked a donkey. What was he supposed to do with this donkey? He began screaming: 'Donkey, get out! Get out!' But the donkey wouldn't leave. 'Don't you understand? Get out,' he said, but the donkey wouldn't budge. What was he to do? He grabbed a microphone, and screamed: 'People, I have a donkey in my home, and he must leave.' But the donkey would not move. He brought all the neighbors, and they all began shouting: 'We denounced the donkey for entering your home.' But the donkey wouldn't leave.

"The man said to the donkey: 'The apartment has three bedrooms, a bathroom, and a living room. Take one room, and leave the rest to us.' The donkey twitched its ear, but wouldn't leave. The man said: 'Donkey, take two rooms,' but the donkey wouldn't leave. 'Take the room, and we will live in the bathroom.' To no avail. Finally, the people began to scream: 'The donkey won't leave!'

"A little boy heard them, walked in with a small stick, and began beating the donkey until it got out. Beat a donkey, and it will immediately jump. That's what you do with donkeys. […]

"[The Jews] support all the means of corruption. They support whorehouses. They support satellite dishes in order to air whatever they like. Birth control pills and devices are supported by the Jews. Dr. Shihab quoted President Franklin, who was U.S. president 40-50 years ago. He said that they spread corruption even among the Americans. That is why they were deported from everywhere." […]

Egyptian cleric 'Alaa Said: "The [Jews] are treacherous. Allah, who created them, told us so. We must be resolute and fill hearts with hatred and loathing. By Allah, the hatred and loathing of Jews is a form of worship. When we make our children loathe the Jews, it is a form of worship of Allah. These are people hated and loathed by Allah." […]

Abd Al-Rahman Al-Sawi: "I want our children to be raised on this notion. When I give a child a toy, I give him a gun, not a football. Enough with the football. I give him a gun and tell him: 'Shoot, but don't shoot your brother. Shoot the Jews.'" […]


[1] In a phone conversation on 1/30/02, the chief librarian of the Franklin Institute confirmed that the Institute does not possess any such document.

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