Muslim Brotherhood Deputy Chief Calls for the Return of Jews to Egypt

Dr. Essam al-Erian causes controversy by saying Jews who have immigrated to Israel must refuse to live under an oppressive and racist regime and return to their homeland Egypt, where their property will be returned.

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Dr. Essam al-Erian, deputy chief of the Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, called on Thursday for Egyptian Jews who immigrated to Israel to return home.

"I call on the Egyptian Jews to return to their homeland," he said in an interview with Egyptian network Dream TV. "They must refuse to continue living under an oppressive and racist regime that stains them with crimes against humanity."

In the interview, al-Erian: "Why did Gamal Abdel Nasser have to expel them from Egypt? They consequently participated in occupying Arab lands." He added that Egypt has no right to prevent the return of any Egyptian, and that the Jews could have their property back. This way, he said, "they will make room for the Palestinians, since the Palestinians' right of return is indisputable and no one can cancel it."

Naturally, al-Erian's statements drew criticism from all sides. One lawyer, Mohammed Salem, demanded that the attorney general take legal steps against al-Erian for "harming the country's independence by spreading statements that may damage national security. He warned against "opening the gates of Egypt before the Zionist enemy."

Dr. Mohamed Younis, former dean of the law faculty at Helwan University, voiced a different concern. He warned that al-Erian's statements to return property to Jews could force the state to pay huge sums of money as reparations, even though it was not forcefully taken from them – and all this "when the country is facing economic collapse."

The Muslim Brotherhood's leadership did not comment on al-Erian's interview, nor did President Muhammad Morsi, who did not address the issue during his speech before the newly convened upper house of parliament on Saturday.

On Friday, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said the Muslim Brotherhood produced the worst anti-Semitic and anti-Israel slurs this year. The center topped its annual Top Ten Anti-Semitic/Anti-Israel Slurs list with a quote from Mohammed Badie, a Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader who lamented Jewish control and spreading of corruption on earth, and recommended holy Jihad as a remedy.

Essam al-Erian, deputy chief of the Muslim Brotherhood, beckons Egyptian Jews back to Egypt.Credit: Reuters
Egyptian Jewish girls during a Bat Mitzva in AlexandriaCredit: Nebi Daniel Association public photo collection / Maurice Studio / Wikicommons

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