In a video that was circulated by Egyptian media, Morsi is seen describing Zionists as “blood suckers,” “warmongers” and “descendants of apes and pigs,” according to the translation provided by Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). Morsi made the comments when he served as the Muslim Brotherhood’s official spokesman in 2010.
When asked by reporters about the Morsi video, White House spokesman Jay Carney condemned the video and said the White House has addressed the remarks with Morsi.
“We have raised our concerns over these remarks with the government of Egypt,” Carney said. “We completely reject these statements, as we do any language that espouses religious hatred. This kind of discourse has been acceptable in the region for far too long and is counter to the goal of peace.”
In another video by MEMRI, Morsi in 2010 mocks President Barack Obama and calls for further indoctrination of hate against Zionists.
Morsi said, “One American president after another—and most recently, that Obama—talks about American guarantees for the safety of the Zionists in Palestine... He uttered many lies...”
“Dear brothers, we must not forget to nurse our children and grandchildren on hatred towards those Zionists and Jews,” he said, according to MEMRI.
Many in Egypt fear the rise of the Muslim Brotherhood. Last month huge protests erupted in Egypt over fears of Islamic influence on the new constitution and a controversial decree by Morsi giving him nearly absolute power.