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Sons of pigs and apes

Ben Cohen is correct when he says that Mohammad Morsi’s belief that Jews are “sons of apes and pigs” is “authentically held” and that asking him to recant “is like asking Hitler to apologize” (“Morsi’s anti-Semitism reveals more about us than him,” January 25). However, Mr. Cohen does not explain (and perhaps does not understand) why the belief is so strongly held. The Koran (believed to be the literal word of God by Morsi) states: “Whomsoever God has cursed (i.e., the Jews; see Sura 5:64 and 2.89) … He is wroth and made some of them apes and swine” (Sura 5.59-60). Other Sura calling the Jews apes include 2.65 and 7.166.

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