Following are excerpts from a response by Egyptian cleric Safwat Higazi to MEMRI’s translation of an interview with him, which aired on Al-Nas TV on December 28, 2008. For the interview, see MEMRI TV clip 1965. The response was aired on Al-Nas TV on January 4, 2009.
Safwat Higazi: An Israeli-American organization monitoring Arab media, called MEMRI – or rather, this is its acronym – has accused several prominent Muslim clerics and sheiks from Arab TV channels, including Dr. Sallah Sultan and Sheik Safwat Higazi, of incitement to the killing of the Jews and to hatred of the U.S.
This is a great honor for us. Yes, I am an anti-Semite. Yes, I hate Zionism. Yes, Judgment Day will not come until we fight the Jews. These are the words of our Prophet, like it or not.
Yes, we are enemies of these people. We are enemies of all those who plunder our land and our rights, and we are enemies of the American government, and of whoever helps our enemies in the killing of our brothers. We are enemies of whoever helps our enemies – America and all the others. Yes, we hate them. Yes, we are hostile to them. By Allah, only our rulers prevent us from getting to you. By Allah, if they let us, we would devour you completely, and we would bite you with our teeth. We would not wait for weapons, for RPGs, or for bullets. If our rulers let us, we would catch you in the street, and we would devour you with our teeth. Yes, we are your enemies, and we will continue to be your enemies, until the day Jesus son of Mary descends, fighting you and calling to join Islam, the religion of the Prophet Muhammad.