The Muslim Brotherhood won a dubious prize on Friday, coming in at the top of a list of 2012’s worst antisemites and Israel-haters compiled by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.
Noting that the Brotherhood now “effectively rules the Arab world’s largest and most important nation,” the Center gave the group the number one spot, quoting its “moral guide” as saying the Jews have dominated the land, spread corruption on earth, spilled the blood of believers and in their actions profaned holy places.”
Coming a close second was the “Iranian regime” and its genocidal president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad; followed by an antisemitic Brazilian cartoonist, European soccer fans, and a Ukrainian antisemitic political party.
Worrisome new arrivals were numbers 6 and 7: The Greek neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and the Hungarian Jobbik party, both of which indicate a renaissance of antisemitism on the European Right. Feeding off the economic troubles of the continent, both parties met with surprising electoral success over the past year.
Indeed, one of the most disturbing aspects of the list is its plethora of newcomers. Only one usual suspect appears, dead last at number 10: The American demagogue Louis Farrakhan.