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Oct 27, 2019
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Retired Egyptian General Fouad Fayoud: MB Founder Hassan Al-Banna Was a Jew; Strategy of Israel, Mossad Is to Tear Apart Neighboring Arab Countries with Sectarian Conflict

#7618 | 02:59
Source: Channel 1 (Egypt)

In an October 27, 2019 interview on Channel 1 (Egypt), retired Egyptian General Fouad Fayoud suggested that Muslim Brotherhood founder Hassan Al-Banna had been a Jew because he had lived in a neighborhood inhabited by Moroccan Jews and had been known as “the watchmaker,” a profession that General Fayoud said had been practiced exclusively by Jews at the time. In addition, General Fayoud claimed that the Mossad has had agents trying to wreak havoc in Egypt and that Israel aims to tear apart Arab countries such as Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq by causing sectarian conflict.

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Fouad Fayoud: The Muslim Brotherhood began with Imam Hassan Al-Banna, who was the founder and leader of that movement. Hassan Al-Banna was also known as Hassan Al-Sa’ati [“the watchmaker”]. In 1928, this profession was held only by Jews. They knew how to repair watches. Al-Banna used to live in Beheira, which was inhabited by Moroccan Jews. The tomb of Rabbi Abuhatzeira is there.




I heard a recording from the Libyan radio… They caught a mosque preacher and imam named Abu Hafs. This “Abu Hafs” was actually a Mossad agent named Binyamin Israel. He grew a beard, trimmed his moustache, and worked as a preacher and imam in Libya. I have a recording of this. As an imam and preacher, this “Abu Hafs” recruited 200 people in order to send them to wreak havoc in Egypt. Here, we had… In Tahrir Square, there was a guy who held up a sign attacking Obama. It said: “This is a revolution for honor, not a revolution of the hungry.” Who was this rebellious young man? Ilan Stein Grappel, an Israeli Mossad officer.

Interviewer: This is a lesson we have all learned. All of Egypt learned this lesson…  All of Egypt learned this lesson…

Fouad Fayoud: When he saw that he could not do anything in Tahrir Square, he went to [burn] the church in Atfih. When the former chief of the Mossad handed over the reins to the current chief, he told him: “We have succeeded in sowing sectarian strife in Egypt.”




Bernard Lewis was a Jew, an English national, and an American citizen, since he taught in universities there. He presented a study on how to tear apart the Arab countries. It was called “The Great Middle East.” The U.S. Congress endorsed this study in 1983. It endorsed [the plan] for tearing apart the Arab countries. This plan has existed for a long time. [David] Ben-Gurion was told: “[Israel] has become a strong country because it has a nuclear bomb.” He said: “No, our strength does not depend on having a nuclear bomb, because if we dropped it on Egypt, Jordan, or Syria, the nuclear fallout might reach Israel and harm us.” [He was asked:] “So where does your power come from?” [He answered:] “From tearing apart our neighboring countries.” They want to tear apart Egypt, Syria, Jordan, and Iraq. These are the strong countries neighboring [Israel]. Iraq is divided into Kurds, Sunnis, and Shiites. Syria is divided into Alawites, Sunnis, and Kurds. As for Lebanon, we can all see what’s going on there these days.

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