In an article titled "Israel's End Is Near," Dr. Muhammad Moro, an Islamist candidate for the Egyptian presidency, claimed that the path to world freedom was the destruction of Israel, as it was the spearhead of global imperialism. He said it was the national and religious duty of Palestinians, Arabs, Muslims, and freedom seekers the world over to march peacefully in their millions to Israel's borders in order to liberate Palestine.
Moro represents the National Union for Preserving the Revolution party, which is still in the process of formation, and which bills him as an Islamist alternative to the other candidates, such as former Arab League secretary-general 'Amr Moussa and Al-Ghad party leader Dr. Ayman Nour. He is considered close to the Muslim Brotherhood, his father having been a member of the organization. Moro was arrested a number of times under the Sadat and Mubarak regimes, and in the past maintained friendly relations with Fathi Shaqaqi, founder of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad organization. He is editor of Al-Mukhtar Al-Islami magazine and a columnist for the Egyptian daily Al-Yawm Al-Saba'.
Following are excerpts from his article:
"I was the first to call for the liberation of Palestine through peaceful marches of millions to the borders of occupied Palestine – from Egypt, Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon – bringing together millions of Palestinian refugees, tens of millions of Arabs, and hundreds of millions of Muslims, in addition to those freedom seekers the world over who believe that the path to world freedom is the destruction of Israel, as it is the spearhead of the international imperialism headed by the U.S.
"It is the duty of the Palestinian refugees [to participate in these marches] and their right to fight for them. Vis-à-vis the Arabs, too, this is a national and religious duty, and it is a religious duty vis-à-vis [all] Muslims. I have already called [for such marches] in a number of articles titled 'Formula for the Liberation of Palestine,' which were published on a [particular] website at least two years ago and broadly cited on dozens of [other] websites...
"[These marches] are in line with the implication of the honorable verses: 'And We had made known to the children of Israel in the Book: Most certainly you will make mischief in the land twice, and most certainly you will behave with great insolence. So when the promise for the first of the two came, We sent over you Our servants, of mighty prowess, so they ravaged the houses, and it was a promise to be accomplished... [Koran 17:4-5]'
"I still believe that we are at the stage of the first promise, as Israel has yet [to demonstrate] mischief and insolence. Israel was insolent during the days of our master Suleiman [King Solomon], may he rest in peace, but this [insolence] was not accompanied by mischief. Therefore, [Israel's current] mischief and insolence are the first of their kind in the history of the children of Israel.
"The verses speak of the end of this mischief and insolence through ravaging, which is to say the marching of millions in demonstrations and processions, something that has been [thus far] prevented by the tyrannical Arab governments, who stopped the masses from approaching [Israel's borders].
"Now that the popular Arab revolutions have succeeded through peaceful protests by millions, [such marches] are very possible. If millions proceed peacefully toward Palestine, it will send a message to the children of Israel in Palestine that they have no future. This will result in [the Jews'] emigration from Palestine, and the more marches of millions there are, the closer [we will be] to entering Palestine peacefully, liberating it, and realizing the honorable Koranic prophecy.
"I am absolutely sure that Allah's promise is real; that the honorable Koran will remain an eternal example until Judgment Day; and that Palestine will soon be liberated, Allah willing. On this occasion, I call upon all the Islamic movements fighting against the corrupt governments or the governments that serve as [foreign] agents to relinquish violence, except against foreign invaders, and to take up the path that has proven just, the path of peaceful struggle by means of marches of millions. Moreover, I call on the leaders of Al-Qaeda as well as its members not to carry out any violent actions against the Arab or Muslim peoples, or even against the European or American peoples, but to bear what the Americans did to the hero and martyr Osama bin Laden – as the path of peaceful struggle has gained international and popular legitimacy, and we must not harm it but follow this same path which has proven just..."