Last week, Erian caused a storm in Egypt when he said during a television interview that “it is better for Jews to live in a country like Egypt rather than in a country contaminated by occupation.”
He added that the Jews should return immediately to Egypt to “make way for the Palestinian people” and said, “Every Egyptian has the right to come back to Egypt, no matter what his religion.”
The Islamic Jihad terrorist group has vowed to fight Jews if they return to Egypt, saying they deserve to be killed, the Egyptian daily Al-Masry Al-Youm reported Thursday.
The Islamic Jihad called on the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party’s Essam al-Erian to resign from his role as advisor to the president and apologize to the Egyptian people for his statement asking Egyptian Jews to leave Israel and reclaim their properties back at home.
In response, Mohamed Abou Samra, a leading figure in the Islamic Jihad said, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm, “We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews. Islamic Sharia says they deserve to be killed.”
“They will destroy the economy and foment sedition,” said Samra, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. “Their return will be over our dead bodies.”
This is just a simple misunderstanding; Islamic Jihad (nice name) needn’t worry about anyone fomenting anything. Jews are home in Israel. If they lived in Egypt, even for centuries, they were just renting.
After Morsi’s comments about Jews coming to light, we’re getting a better image of the emerging Egyptian beast. Slouching toward Bethlehem.