- Middle East/North Africa
Essam al-Erian, deputy head of the Muslim Brotherhood's Freedom and Justice Party, called on Egyptian Jews to leave Israel to the Palestinians and return to their own homeland.
Their presence in Palestine contributes to the Zionist occupation of Arab lands, and every Egyptian has the right to live in his country — nobody can deny that, Erian said during an interview on the privately operated Dream TV on Thursday.
“Why did Nasser expel them [the Jews] from Egypt?” he asked, claiming that Nasser’s decision contributed to the occupation of other Arab lands.
"Egyptian Jews should refuse to live under a brutal, bloody and racist occupation stained with war crimes against humanity," Erian said.
During the interview, Erian also addressed the problem of money smuggled out of Egypt by former regime members.
"Most of the money that had been smuggled was done so under the [rule of] SCAF [Supreme Council of Armed Forces)]. Hundreds of billions have been smuggled to the United Arab Emirates," he said. Erian pointed out that the fact-finding committee that was formed by the dissolved People's Assembly had given him that information. He added that the UAE did not respond to the inquiries of People's Assembly on the smuggled money.
Also in the interview, Erian denied that the Armed Forces held a privileged role under the new Constitution.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm