Essam al Erian, an adviser to Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, resigned days after calling for Jews to return to Egypt and leave Israel to the Palestinians.
Al Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party, resigned Jan. 7.
Every Egyptian has a right to live in his country, al Erian was quoted as saying in an interview late last month with Dream TV. He also reportedly said the Jewish presence in Israel contributes to the occupation of Arab land.
Egyptian Jews should refuse to live under “a brutal, bloody and racist occupation stained with war crimes against humanity,” al Erian said during the television interview.
A senior operative of Egypt’s Islamic Jihad had vowed to fight Egyptian Jews who responded to al Erian’s invitation.
“We shall fight them vigorously if they return, especially the Egyptian-Israeli Jews,” Mohamed Abou Samra said Jan. 4, according to the Egypt Independent.
He added, “Islamic Shariah [law] says they deserve to be killed.” — jta