RAMALLAH (Ma’an) — President Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah on Sunday signed an agreement to defend Jerusalem and its holy sites, Palestinian Authority media reported.
Jordan’s King Abdullah (L) welcomes President Mahmoud Abbas at theÂ Royal Palace in Amman, March 31.
The agreement confirmed Jordan’s historic role in protecting sacred sites in Jerusalem, Habash said. It also confirmed Palestinian sovereignty over all of Palestine, including its capital East Jerusalem, the minister added.
“Jordan’s historic role in protecting sacred sites in Jerusalem”.
Even the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood are crazy anti-semites.In 2011, a major library/document archive in Cairo wasÂ burned downÂ during the protests. The Institut d’Egypte was founded by Napoleon in 1789.Now, one of the opponents of the Muslim Brotherhood is claiming that the MB as behind the fire.
I see Mohamed Morsi, poster boy for the Arab Spring, has now fallen back on the old defense that these touchy over-sensitive Jews have to learn to distinguish between anti-Semitism and legitimate and thoughtful criticism of Israeli policies. Presidential spokesman Yasser Ali now says that Mr. Morsi’s remarks that Jews are “bloodsuckers” and “descendants of apes and pigs” and that Egyptian children must be “breastfed hatred” for them were “taken out of context.” It was just a thoughtful call for a moratorium on settlements, or an expression of concern about disproportionate response, or a vague feeling that that Netanyahu guy is a bit extreme or something. Whatever.
No problemo: Â Egypts Muslim Brotherhood top dog Muhammad Morsi is ‘Obama’s man in Cairo’. Â Just making sure that “the future must not belong to those who slander the profit of Islam”, right? What could go wrong?
Last Friday, the sitting president of Egypt – the world’s 15th most populous nation â€” was exposed for calling Jews “apes and pigs.” And he did it in a TV interview (in Arabic) in 2010, less than two years before he took office.
Needless to say, this was HUGE NEWS for American mass media! Only it wasn’t. (Knock, knock, New York Times? Anybody home?) In fact, to be fair to the paper of record, not a single major outlet has covered it. Not AP or Reuters. Not CBS News or CNN. Not Time magazine or U.S. News & World Report. Not the Washington Post or the Wall Street Journal. Etcetera. And therein lies a story – a big story that this column can only begin to skin open here.
Mohamed Morsi’s bizarre Apes-and-Pigs rant hit the Jerusalem Post’s homepage that same day (again, last Friday), as its lead story. Specifically, a prestigious U.S. organization named the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) â€” chaired by Oliver “Buck” Revell, a former deputy head of the FBI in charge of counter-terrorism – released it widely to the global media and posted it on YouTube.
I studied the Pigs-and-Apes story’s journey and trajectory through America over the past week with Sue Radlauer, the Director of Research Services here at Forbes. We gave it seven days to see if any of the so-called “mainstream media” â€” a pejorative phrase that too-often obscures more than it reveals â€” bestowed the hate speech even a few sentences of back-page ink. Nothing.