Human Rights

Egypt’s Jon Stewart Satirizes the Muslim Brotherhood as Nazis

Egyptian satirist Bassem Youssef – arrested last month for insulting Islam and the country’s Muslim Brotherhood-linked President Mohamed Morsi – triggered a new round of controversy over the weekend with a sketch in which he compared the Muslim Brotherhood to the Nazis.

In his Saturday sketch, Youssef, who is regularly described as Egypt’s version of U.S. comedian Jon Stewart, mocked the group for trying to enforce purity on Egyptian society. Youssef is an Egyptian atheist who regularly skewers Cairo government officials.

His arrest last month became an international incident that publicly pitted the U.S. State Department against the Muslim Brotherhood. He has since been charged with additional crimes, including promoting atheism and mocking Egypt’s attorney general.

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