Israelis are "rapists" and it is a necessity for every Muslim to save Jerusalem from their clutches, the Supreme Leader of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood organization is reported to have said last Thursday.
According to last Thursday's edition of Al Wafd, an Egyptian daily newspaper, during his weekly sermon, "Muhammad Badi, the Muslim Brotherhood's Supreme Guide, confirmed the necessity for every Muslim to strive to save al-Quds [Jerusalem] from the hands of the rapists [Israelis] and to cleanse Palestine from the clutches of the occupation, deeming this an individual duty for all Muslims."
More specifically, he "called on all Muslims to wage jihad [holy war] with their money and their selves to free al-Quds."
The article was first reported on by the website Jihad Watch.
Last month, Egyptians elected Mohammed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood as the first democratically elected president of Egypt since the ouster of Hosni Mubarak.
According to Al Wafd, Badi said Muslims must enable the displaced [Palestinians] to "return to their homes."
"The Jews had gathered from the diaspora on behalf of an alleged, illusory right, and established their state on the sanctities of the [Palestinian] nation," Badi is reported to have said.
According to a profile of the group by the Israel Project, the Muslim Brotherhood opposes secular tendencies of Islamic nations and wants return to the precepts of the Koran. It rejects Western influences and values. The organization's motto is: “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Quran is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
Establishing a state based on Islamic law (Shariah) is at the center of the Muslim Brotherhood's ideology, both in Egypt and among the group's many offshoots abroad.
Though the Muslim Brotherhood is now viewed by some as more moderate than groups such as al-Qaida, messages delivered by the group's leaders have made clear the Brotherhood remains committed to militancy. In September 2010, Muhammad Badi gave a sermon in which he said, "The improvement and change that the [Muslim] nation seeks can only be attained through jihad and sacrifice and by raising a jihadi generation that pursues death, just as the enemies pursue life."
The group’s 2007 political platform says, “Islam is the official state religion and that Shariah is the main source for legislation.” The platform also calls for “revising” the peace treaty with Israel.
Meanwhile, Iran’s Majlis Speaker Ali Larijani has described the West and the Israeli regime as the major sources of oppression in the current era, saying that time has come for their existence to end, Iran's Press TV reported.
“Today, the time has come for the disappearance of the West and the Zionist regime, which are two dark spots in the present era, from the face of the universe,” Larijani said in a Thursday conference in Tehran commemorating the anniversary of the birth of Shia Islam’s 12th imam mahdi.