Journalist: Egyptian Leader Al-Sisi Has Jewish Origins
Egypt’s former defence minister and presidential candidate, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, is actually Jewish, according to Egyptian journalist Saber Mashhour. Mashhour’s comments were translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).
“This is the question that preoccupies the entire Egyptian people: Was Al-Sisi's mother Jewish?” said Mashhour.
“The secret service of the military rule sent all their media outlets to the neighborhood where Al-Sisi was born. The strange thing is that they did not meet Al-Sisi's mother or brothers. They only met Al-Sisi's relatives on the father's side. Al-Sisi himself did not refute the rumor that his mother was Jewish. All he said, in an interview with Al-Masry Al-Youm, was, ‘She is an Egyptian woman to the core, and she taught us to rely on Allah and accept fate. She would pray for Allah to protect me in everything,’” he added.
Mashhour claimed that “Al-Sisi was born in the Jewish Quarter. His father was an Arabesque dealer who traded with his Jewish neighbors.”
Egypt is arguably the most anti-Semitic country in the Middle East. Making a claim that a political opponent has Jewish origins may be calculated to undermine the opponent’s support among a large portion of the population.
Al-Sisi is perceived as being far more cooperative with neighboring Israel than was the previous Egyptian leader, Islamist Mohammed Morsi. Morsi supporters have been critical of Al-Sisi for his crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as for his security coordination with Israel against Islamists in the Sinai.