The contortions people will go through to tuck away evidence of anti-Semitism they prefer not to have to acknowledge. I've already had my say on this, I know, but it is hard not to take note when a different variant of the phenomenon comes along. You may think you've seen everything, but you never have. The subject of this particular episode is Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, and some unappetizing remarks of his about Zionists and Jews in 2010, when he wasn't yet President. The New York Times reports a spokesman for Morsi telling a delegation of US senators that the context of these remarks was a speech criticizing the policies of the Israeli Government. Whether that explanation takes care of the issue I'll just leave you to ponder. But it isn't new.
In yesterday's Times (that is, of London), however, there's an even better (that is, more innovative) effort quoted (£):
"Those statements were said in a certain context. And this was the position of Mohamed Morsi, the senior Muslim Brotherhood official, which is different than that of the President," said Gehad el-Haddad, an adviser in Mr Morsi's Freedom and Justice Party.
Call it functional anti-Semitism. As a Muslim Brotherhood official, Morsi hates Jews. As Egyptian President, he's beyond all that.