Wagdi Ghoneim, a pro-Muslim Brotherhood cleric reportedly living in Qatar is again trying to incite Egypt’s Muslims against the nation’s Christian minority, the Copts, whom he earlier threatened with genocide should they help oust former president Morsi.
In a video recently released, Ghoneim appears saying that any setbacks that the Islamist movement around the world has suffered is because of the major setback the Brotherhood and its allies suffered in Egypt, saying that “When Egypt shakes the entire Arab and Islamic world shakes.”
Then he blamed many others, including the U.S., Syria’s Bashar al-Assad, and new Egyptian president, Sisi, whom the cleric characterized as an “apostate infidel from Islam.”
He blamed all the women that were raped by pro-Brotherhood elements by saying they intentionally went out to tempt men. And he praised the ascendancy of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (popularly known as ISIS), adding “Allah willing, what’s happening in Iraq will happen to the Egyptian military.”
Finally, he asserted that “What’s happening in Egypt is a war on Islam—thanks to the crusaders [reference to Copts] in Egypt.”
Earlier, when Morsi was still president, and revolution was stirring, Ghoneim made , entitled, “A Notice and Warning to the Crusaders in Egypt,” his reference to the nation’s most indigenous inhabitants, the Copts, which he began by saying:
You are playing with fire in Egypt, I swear, the first people to be burned by the fire are you [Copts].” The day Egyptians — and I don’t even mean the Muslim Brotherhood or Salafis, regular Egyptians — feel that you are against them, you will be wiped off the face of the earth. I’m warning you now: do not play with fire! (Emphasis added)