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American Officials Condemn Morsi’s Anti-Jewish Slurs

American officials on Tuesday strongly condemned recently revealed anti-Jewish slurs made by incumbent Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi calling on Egyptians to “nurse our children and our grandchildren on hatred” for Jews and describing Israelis as “these bloodsuckers who attack the Palestinians, these warmongers, the descendants of apes and pigs.” Morsi’s comments, made in 2010 while a leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, will deepen concerns that Egypt’s new Muslim Brotherhood-linked government may be influenced by religiously grounded anti-Semitism, and may pursue ideologically-driven policies that destabilize regional stability. Some analysis describing Morsi as by sensibility a pragmatist may also require reevaluation.