Sean Hannity deserves credit for highlighting the story about Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood president, Mohammed Morsi, referring to Jews as ‘apes and pigs’, but he has to get it all right if he’s to be truly effective. Andrew Bostom calls on him to do just that: “the quote is taken from a verse in the koran itself.”
Hey Hannity, Koran 5:60 Refers to Jews as ‘Apes and Pigs’
By Andrew Bostom
Much to his credit, Sean Hannity, incessantly throughout this week (see here, here, and here), has used his Fox News soap box to pillory the Obama Administration for its sale (i.e., purchased with US aid moneys) of F-16 fighter jets and Abrams tanks to the Egyptian regime under Muslim Brotherhood adept, and President, Muhammad Morsi.
Hannity’s rhetorical attacks have repeatedly-and appropriately-featured Morsi’s 2010 interviews which characterized “Zionists,” unmistakably Jews in the Muslim Brotherhood leader’s parlance, as being “the descendants of apes and pigs.” But not once has Hannity, or any of his interlocutors in these discussions of Morsi’s “apes and pigs” comment, informed the Fox News viewing audience that this ugly, Jew-hating reference derives from a specific verse in the Koran, sura (chapter) 5, verse 60 (Koran 5:60).
Elsewhere, I have elaborated and analyzed at length Morsi’s broader comments from 2004 to 2012, demonstrating how they meld traditionalist Islamic Jew-hatred (including end of times theology), to the jihad genocide of Israel, and its Jews, and the ultimate goal of re-creating a global Muslim Caliphate. However, because Morsi’s apes and pigs characterization has been cited so frequently this week by Sean Hannity, without its origins in the Koran ever being made plain, this discussion will be confined to showing how the Koran’s references to the Jews as apes and pigs, or simply apes, are integrated with the major thematic elements of Koranic Jew-hatred.
Earlier, in 2004, as reported by the Muslim Brotherhood’s own Arabic Ikhwanonline.com (translated, and published in English 11/16/12, by The Investigative Project on Terrorism), when serving as an elected Muslim Brotherhood parliamentarian in the Egyptian People’s Assembly, and/or a member of its Guidance Bureau, Morsi had enunciated the same Antisemitic themes, with more specific Koranic references, before adding an allusion to apes and pigs. Ikhwanonline.com from November 21, 2004 quoted Morsi stating,
…it is confirmed by the Quran that Jews are the most hostile of men to Muslims. The Almighty says: “Certainly you will find the most hostile to those who believe are the Jews and those who are polytheists.” [Koran 5: 82] The verse confirms that Jews are the most hostile enemies of the Muslims, as the Almighty says “and prepare for them all you can of power, including steeds” [Koran 8: 60], [Note: The beginning of the verse is on the Brotherhood logo] a verse which urges preparation for this enemy with all our energy to prepare us to confront him at any time; because Zionists are traitors to every covenant and convention… there is no peace with the descendants of apes and pigs, [Koran 5:60]
The theological basis for Morsi’s conspiratorial, dehumanizing allegations against the Jews is a central antisemitic motif in the Koran which decrees an eternal curse upon them for purportedly slaying the prophets, and transgressing against the will of Allah (Koran 2:61, and 2:90-91, reiterated at 3:112). It should be noted that Koran 3:112 is featured before the pre-amble to Hamas’ foundational Covenant. This central motif is coupled to Koranic verses 5:60, and 5:78, which describe the Jews transformation into apes and swine (5:60), or simply apes, (i.e. verses 2:65 and 7:166), having been “…cursed by the tongue of David, and Jesus, Mary’s son” (5:78). According to the earliest sacralized, pious Muslim biographies of Muhammad (by Ibn Ishaq and Ibn Saad), just before subduing the Medinan Jewish tribe Banu Qurayza, and orchestrating the mass execution of their adult males, Islam’s prophet invoked this striking Koranic motif for the Jews debasement, addressing these Jews, with hateful disparagement, as “You brothers of apes.” Muhammad himself also repeats the Koranic curse upon the Jews in a canonical hadith (Sunan Abu Dawoud, Book 37, Number 4322), “He [Muhammad] then recited the verse [5:78]: ‘…curses were pronounced on those among the children of Israel who rejected Faith, by the tongue of David and of Jesus the son of Mary’ .”