Sunday, September 09, 2007

Islamic Rage and Jewish Criminality: The Nazi roots of Islamism


Islamic Rage and Nazi Jew-Hatred were natural companions, according to Matthias Küntzel, in this article in The Weekly Standard. In fact, "The significance of the [Muslim] Brotherhood to Islamism is comparable to that of the Bolshevik party to communism".

Here are a few exceprts:

"Hitler's rapture at the thought of Manhattan in flames indicates his underlying motive: not merely to fight a military adversary, but to kill all Jews everywhere. Possessed of the notion that the whole of the Second World War was a struggle against an imaginary Jewish enemy, he deemed "the USA a Jewish state" and New York the center of world Jewry. "Wall Street," as a popular book published in Munich in 1919 put it, "is, so to speak, the Military Headquarters of Judas. From there his threads radiate out across the entire world." From 1941 on, Hitler pushed to get the bombers into production, in order to "be able to teach the Jews a lesson in the form of terror attacks on American metropolises." Towards the end of the war this idea became an obsession.

Sixty years later, it so happens, the assault on the World Trade Center was coordinated from Germany. Mohamed Atta, the Egyptian who piloted the plane that struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center; Marwan al--Shehhi, from the United Arab Emirates, who steered the plane into the South Tower; Ziad Jarrah, from Lebanon, who crashed United Airlines Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania; and their friends Ramzi Binalshibh, a Yemeni, and the Moroccan student Mounir al-Motassedeq had formed an al Qaeda cell in Hamburg, where they held regular "Koran circle" meetings with sympathizers

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Despite common misconceptions, Islamism was born not during the 1960s but during the 1930s. Its rise was inspired not by the failure of Nasserism but by the rise of Nazism, and prior to 1951 all its campaigns were directed not against colonialism but against the Jews. It was the Organization of the Muslim Brotherhood, founded in 1928, that established Islamism as a mass movement. The significance of the Brotherhood to Islamism is comparable to that of the Bolshevik party to communism: It was and remains to this day the ideological reference point and organizational core for all later Islamist groups, including al Qaeda and Hamas.

It is true that British colonial policy produced Islamism, insofar as Islamism viewed itself as a resistance movement against "cultural modernity." The Islamists' solution was the call for a new order based on sharia. But the Brotherhood's jihad was not directed primarily against the British. Rather, it focused almost exclusively on Zionism and the Jews. Membership in the Brotherhood shot up from 800 to 200,000 between 1936 and 1938, according to the research of Abd Al-Fattah Muhammad El-Awaisi for his book The Muslim Brothers and the Palestine Question 1928-1947. In those two years the Brotherhood conducted only one major campaign in Egypt, and it was against Zionism and the Jews.

This campaign, which established the Brotherhood as a mass movement, was set off by a rebellion in Palestine directed against Jewish immigration and initiated by the notorious grand mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al--Husseini. The Brotherhood organized mass demonstrations in Egyptian cities under the slogans "Down With the Jews!" and "Jews Get Out of Egypt and Palestine!" Leaflets called for a boycott of Jewish goods and Jewish shops, and the Brotherhood's newspaper, al-Nadhir, carried a regular column on "The Danger of the Jews of Egypt," which published the names and addresses of Jewish businessmen and allegedly Jewish newspaper publishers all over the world, attributing every evil, from communism to brothels, to the "Jewish danger."

The Brotherhood's campaign against the Jews used not only Nazi-like tactics but also German funding. As the historian Brynjar Lia recounted in his monograph on the Brotherhood, "Documents seized in the flat of Wilhelm Stellbogen, the Director of the German News Agency affiliated to the German Legation in Cairo, show that prior to October 1939 the Muslim Brothers received subsidies from this organization. Stellbogen was instrumental in transferring these funds to the Brothers, which were considerably larger than the subsidies offered to other anti-British activists."

(Via Mick Hartley)

Let me look at some of the actions and statements attributed to the Muslim Brotherhood:

* Organizing mass demonstrations in Egyptian cities under the slogans "Down With the Jews!" and "Jews Get Out of Egypt and Palestine!"

* Calling for a boycott of Jewish goods and Jewish shops,

* Publishing regularly about "The Danger of the Jews of Egypt," with the names and addresses of Jewish businessmen and allegedly Jewish newspaper publishers all over the world,

* Attributing every evil, from communism to brothels, to the "Jewish danger."

And today?

Boycotts, call for expulsions, fear of Jews as masters of connivance and world-domination, all these measures we see today, in the finer and only slightly subtler, garbs of respectable academia: The relentless and so far popular British drive for boycotting Israeli academics, the books and complaints which blame America's ill-fortune on its support for the Jewish state, the alleged stranglehold that Jews have over the media, (Jimmy Carter's book and interviews, Mearsheimer and Walt's book and interview, to cite the two shrillest anti-Jewish polemics that inundated American media of late).

This is no different from what Kuntzel tells us was happening in the Middle East during the second and third decades of the last century.

I am in fact less shocked to read about it than I am with the resemblance I observe today between these "anti imperialist" religious fanatics who settled their sights on the all too-easy- to-persecute-and-vilify Jew and the Indecent leftists of western politics with their alliance with the Jihadist cause on the one hand, and with such conservative, Isolationist thinkers as Measheimer and Walt, on the other hand.

The Jews are easy to manipulate and intimidate. Given their history, they are very jittery when they are accused in various degrees of hostility, knowledge and ignorance, as Anthony Julius says here, that they "control America, and through America work for Israel’s domination of the Middle East and Jewish domination of the world.

Ideas about illegitimate and conspiratorial Jewish influence over national governments have thus been floating around for some time. Though they are integral to the worldview of the modern antisemite, they also have a currency among the merely ignorant and uninformed. This second, much larger group is made up of proto-antisemites — that is, people with the disposition to believe the worst of Jews, if told suitable lies by persuasive or ostensibly authoritative individuals."

Why are Jews so nervous about such accusations? Because

"The lies related by these individuals can be lethal in their ultimate effect, because they encourage non-Jews to believe that the Jews have them under attack. This in turn leads non-Jews to take hostile action against Jews in what they consider to be their own defence. There is a short line, then, between the lie and the assault, between the word and the deed."

The tidal assault that we witness in the world today, on Jewish legitimacy anywhere, whether in Israel or in the diaspora, should be a source of grave concern for all decent, right-thinking people.

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