Egyptian Sheikh: Take Jerusalem by 'Holy Jihad'

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Muslim Brotherhood spiritual leader Sheikh Mohammed Badie called on Islamists worldwide to take Jerusalem by "holy jihad," saying it "will not be done through negotiations or at the United Nations."

"Jerusalem is Islamic," Badie proclaimed in his weekly message to the Muslim world. "And nobody is entitled to make concessions. The jihad for the recovery of Jerusalem is a duty for all Muslims."

"The time has come for the Islamic nation to unite around one man for the sake of Jerusalem and Palestine," Badie admonished his followers, The Times of Israel reported.

"The Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places, including their own," he said.

"Zionists only understand the language of force…the day they realize we will march this path and raise the banner of jihad for the sake of Allah is the day they will relent and stop their tyranny," Badie concluded.

Following Badie's speech, theSimon Wiesenthal Center issued a statement calling on the White House to condemn the sheikh's message and stop conducting "business as usual" with Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, the Israeli daily Ha'aretz reported.

"We are not dealing with a YouTube video or a lone extremist imam, but a call to anti-Semitic violence by a man who has tens of millions of followers and leads the organization that controls Egypt's future," Rabbis Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper said in a statement issued by the center.

Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, himself a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, has said he would honor the 1979 peace treaty with Israel. He has yet to respond to Badie's remarks.

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