The Muslim Brotherhood turned a prominent Cairo mosque into the site of a hateful anti-Israel rally in Egypt Friday, with participants chanting "Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, judgement day has come" and vowing "one day we shall kill all the Jews."
Some 5,000 worshipers had come to the mosque to pray, with the Brotherhood -- poised to win big in Egypt's parliamentary elections next week -- then imploring them to stay to support the "battle against Jerusalem's Judaization," according to YNet News. The rally coincided with the anniversary of the 1947 U.N. partition plan calling for the establishment of a Jewish state.
Speakers at the event delivered impassioned, hateful speeches against Israel, slamming the "Zionist occupiers" and the "treacherous Jews." Upon leaving the rally, worshippers were given small flags, with Egypt's flag on one side and the Palestinian flag on the other, as well as maps of Jerusalem's Old City detailing where "Zionists are aiming to change Jerusalem's Muslim character."
Spiritual leader Dr. Ahmed al-Tayeb charged in his speech that to this day Jews everywhere in the world are seeking to prevent Islamic and Egyptian unity.
"In order to build Egypt, we must be one. Politics is insufficient. Faith in Allah is the basis for everything," he said. "The al-Aqsa Mosque is currently under an offensive by the Jews…we shall not allow the Zionists to Judaize al-Quds (Jerusalem.) We are telling Israel and Europe that we shall not allow even one stone to be moved there."
The Koran quote "one day we shall kill all the Jews" was repeated multiple times, and both Muslim Brotherhood spokesmen and Palestinian guest speakers called for jihad and for liberating the whole of Palestine, according to YNet. Additionally, businessmen in the crowd were told to invest their funds in Jerusalem to prevent Jews from acquiring land and homes.
Elementary school teacher Ala al-Din told YNet at the rally that "all Egyptian Muslims are willing to embark on Jihad for the sake of Palestine."
"Why is the U.S. losing in Afghanistan? Because the other side is willing and wants to die. We have a different mentality than that of the Americans and Jews," he said.