Fleshing out the growing For The Record archives about Islamic fascism, this program sets forth the explicitly Nazi origins of the virulent anti-Semitism dominating much of the Islamic world. Although the Koran provides a foundation for Muslim anti-Semitism, the notion of Jews as a world dominating, sinister power elite has its origins with the Third Reich’s effective liaison with the Arab and Muslim worlds. Working with the fascist Muslim Brotherhood and Haj Amin el-Husseini (the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem), the Third Reich successfully promulgated the European brand of anti-Semitism among Arabs and Muslims. In addition to direct payments to the Muslim Brotherhood, the Third Reich established a radio station at Zeesen, that successfully indoctrinated a generation of Muslim clerics and activists with the worldview promulgated in the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Having arisen at the same time as Nazism, the Muslim Brotherhood portrayed humanity’s ills as stemming from a worldwide Jewish conspiracy, and this stance was reinforced by the Nazi radio service. The success of the Third Reich in both its above ground and underground phases has laid the groundwork for a virulent Islamic anti-Semitism, the success of which can be measured by a recent London Times poll that found that 46% of British Muslims felt that Jews were conspiring with Freemasons to control the media and politics. More than a third of British Muslims felt that Jews in Britain constituted an appropriate target for violent attacks!
Program Highlights Include: The influence of the Radio Zeesen service on the young Ruhollah Khomeini, who led the Islamic revolution in Iran; the influence of the Muslim Brotherhood on Khomeini; the Muslim Brotherhood’s minting of suicidal jihadism; the active censorship within institutions of higher learning that is brought to bear against anyone willing to confront, analyze and criticize Islamic anti-Semitism.
1. Among the many disturbing points of information in this lecture is the fact that more than a third of British Muslims polled felt that British Jews represented legitimate targets for attacks! Almost half felt that Jews were actively conspiring with Freemasons to control the media and politics. This viewpoint is a direct inheritance of Nazi ideology and reflects the Nazi activism within the Muslim community before, during and after World War II. (Among the programs that highlight this ideological evolution is FTR#601, which presents the Hamas charter. Hamas is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood.) “ . . .Finally, an opinion poll of 2006—according to the [London] Times—‘revealed that a horrifying 37 per cent of Muslims polled believed that the Jewish community in Britain was a legitimate target; and no fewer than 46% thought the Jewish community was in league with Freemasons to control the media and politics. . . “
(“Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic Antisemitism in the Middle East” by Matthias Kuntzel; A lecture given at the University of Leeds.)
2. Of primary importance in Kuentzel’s analysis is the Islamofascist Muslim Brotherhood, whose leader Hassan al-Banna minted the suicidal genre of jihadist attitude. (For more about the Muslim Brotherhood, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 343, 455, 473, 537.) “ . . . This is shown by the example of Shehzad Tenweer. With his ‘We love death the way you love life’ he was placing himself in the direct tradition of Hassan al-Banna, who founded the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. Ten years later, in 1938, Hassan al-Banna published his concept of jihad in an article entitled ‘The Industry of Death’ which was to become famous. Here, the term ‘Industry of Death’ denotes not something horrible but an ideal. Al-Banna wrote: ‘Only to a nation that perfects the industry of death and which knows how to die nobly, God gives proud life in this world and eternal grace in the life to come.’ This slogan was enthusiastically taken up by the ‘Troops of God,’ as the Muslim Brothers called themselves. As their battalions marched down Cairo’s boulevards in semi-fascist formation they would burst into song: ‘We are not afraid of death, we desire it. . . . Let us die to redeem the Muslims!’ . . .” (Idem.)
3. Next, Kuentzel presents the origin of Islamic anti-Semitism. Between the two world wars, the Grand Mufti launched a number of anti-Semitic pogroms in the British protectorate of Palestine. Eventually elevated to the rank of general in the Waffen SS, the Grand Mufti was the first leader of the Palestinian national movement. (For more about the Grand Mufti, see—among other programs—FTR#’s 354, 414, 416.) The anti-Semitic stance was justified as following an example set by Mohammed, who expelled two Jewish tribes from Medina and exterminated another Jewish tribe. “ . . . The starting shot for this campaign, which established the Brotherhood as an antisemitic mass movement, was fired 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!’ Their Jew-hatred drew on the one hand on Islamic sources. First, Islamists considered, and still consider, Palestine an Islamic territory, Dar al-Islam, where Jews must not run a single village, let alone a state. Second, Islamists justify their aspiration to eliminate the Jews of Palestine by invoking the example of Muhammad, who in the 7th century not only expelled two Jewish tribes from Medina, but also beheaded the entire male population of a third Jewish tribe, before proceeding to sell all the women and children into slavery. Third, they find support and encouragement for their actions and plans in the Koranic dictum that Jews are to be considered the worst enemy of the believers. . . .” (Idem.)
4. In an attempt to seize the Middle East and its petroleum resources, the Third Reich utilized the Islamic fascists, taking full advantage of the anti-Semitism that they both held in common. “ . . . Their Jew-hatred was also inspired by Nazi influences: 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 used not only Nazi-like patterns of action and slogans but also German funding. As the historian Brynjar Lia recounts 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. These transfers appear to have been coordinated by Hajj Amin al-Husseini and some of his Palestinian contacts in Cairo.’” (Idem.)
5. The Nazis utilized a broadcast outlet—Radio Zeesen—to successfully amplify their propaganda directed at the world’s Muslim population: “ . . . A central role in the propaganda offensive was played by a Nazi wireless station, now almost totally forgotten. Since the 1936 Berlin Olympics a village called Zeesen, located to the south of Berlin, had been home to what was at the time the world’s most powerful short-wave radio transmitter. Between April 1939 and April 1945, Radio Zeesen reached out to the illiterate Muslim masses through daily Arabic programmes, which also went out in Persian and Turkish. At that time listening to the radio in the Arab world took place primarily in public squares or bazaars and coffee houses. No other station was more popular than this Nazi Zeesen service, which skilfully mingled antisemitic propaganda with quotations from the Koran and Arabic music. The Second World War allies were presented as lackeys of the Jews and the picture of the ‘United Jewish Nations’ drummed into the audience. At the same time, the Jews were attacked as the worst enemies of Islam: ‘The Jew since the time of Muhammad has never been a friend of the Muslim, the Jew is the enemy and it pleases Allah to kill him’.Since 1941, Zeesen’s Arabic programming had been directed by the Mufti of Jerusalem who had emigrated to Berlin. The Mufti’s aim was to ‘unite all the Arab lands in a common hatred of the British and Jews’, as he wrote in a letter to Adolf Hitler. Antisemitism, based on the notion of a Jewish world conspiracy, however, was not rooted in Islamic tradition but, rather, in European ideological models. The Mufti therefore seized on the only instrument that really moved the Arab masses: Islam. He invented a new form of Jew-hatred by recasting it in an Islamic mould. He was the first to translate Christian antisemitism into Islamic language, thus creating an ‘Islamic antisemitism’. His first His first major manifesto bore the title ‘Islam-Judaism. Appeal of the Grand Mufti to the Islamic World in the Year 1937’. This 31-page pamphlet reached the entire Arab world and there are indications that Nazi agents helped draw it up. Let me quote at least a short passage from it: ‘The struggle between the Jews and Islam began when Muhammad fled from Mecca to Medina… The Jewish methods were, even in those days, the same as now. As always, their weapon was slander… They said that Muhammad was a swindler… they began to ask Muhammad senseless and insoluble questions… and they endeavored to destroy the Muslims… If the Jews could betray Muhammad in this way, how will they betray Muslims today? The verses from the Koran and Hadith prove to you that the Jews were the fiercest opponents of Islam and are still trying to destroy it.’ . . .” (Idem.)
6. Among those influenced by Radio Zeesen was the young Ruhollah Khomeini, later the leader of the Islamic fundamentalist revolution in Iran. “ . . . Radio Zeesen was a success not only in Cairo; it made an impact in Tehran as well. One of its regular listeners was a certain Ruhollah Khomeini. When in the winter of 1938 the 36-year-old Khomeini returned to the Iranian city of Qom from Iraq he ‘had brought with him a radio receiver set made by the British company Pye ... The radio proved a good buy… Many mullahs would gather at his home, often on the terrace, in the evenings to listen to Radio Berlin and the BBC’, writes his biographer Amir Taheri. Even the German consulate in Tehran was surprised by the success of this propaganda. ‘Throughout the country spiritual leaders are coming out and saying ‘that the twelfth Imam has been sent into the world by God in the form of Adolf Hitler’’ we learn from a report to Berlin in February 1941. . . .” (Idem.)
7. Khomeini was mentored by the head of a Muslim Brotherhood affiliate called the Devotees of Islam. As discussed in FTR# 352, Khomeini’s exile in France prior to assuming power was financed by Francois Genoud, one of the most important figures in the postwar Underground Reich. (For more about Genoud, see—among other programs—FTR#453.) “ . . . The regime of the ayatollahs in Iran grew out of a secret society called the Devotees of Islam, a Brotherhood affiliate whose leader in the 1950s was the mentor of Ayatollah Runollah Khomeini. . . .”
(“Cold War, Holy Warrior” by Robert Dreyfuss; Mother Jones; January/February/2006.)
8. Among the more grotesque phenomena to be found on the contemporary political landscape is the coziness of elements of the so-called progressive sector with these outright Islamic fascists. Leftist luminary Noam Chomsky is among those cozying up to these Muslim Nazis. It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Check out this picture of Hezbollah youth—the first frame of this Time Magazine photo essay is worth more than a thousand words. THIS is what Chomsky, Pacifica Radio’s Amy Goodman and others of their ilk celebrate. “ . . . The naivety or malice with which the political left has nevertheless yielded to the siren songs of Islamism is therefore frightening. Thus, in May 2006 Noam Chomsky met the leader of Hezbollah, Hassan Nasrallah, and defended and praised Hezbollah’s insistence on keeping its arms, in defiance of United Nations decisions; Tariq Ramadan, an eloquent Islamist, has been given star treatment at European anti-globalization events; the Muslim Brotherhood’s TV preacher, Sheikh Qaradawi gets invitations from the left-wing Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone; while the Socialist Workers Party have made the strategic decision to ally with a British offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood – the Muslim Association of Britain – in building the Stop the War Coalition. Last summer thousands of people were mobilised by this alliance to march through central London chanting ‘we are all Hezbollah now’.” (Idem.)
9. Among the deeply alarming aspects of Islamic anti-Semitism and fascism is the fact that Islamists and their support groups in the so-called progressive sector have successfully pressured those institutions that offered open forums for discussion of these issues. Thinkers such as Kuentzel have been actively denied their right to free speech by the very institutions that emphasize free speech as a paramount ideal. “ . . . Many Europeans assume that to draw attention to Islamic antisemitism is to play into the hands of racists. In Britain, multiculturalism has been the official civic religion for so long that any criticism of any minority group seems to have become the equivalent of profanity. Obviously, racism, discriminating against people on the grounds of their origin or skin colour, must be combated. You can’t be, however, multicultural and preach murderous loathing of Jews. In my opinion, we mustn’t defend Jew-hatred on spurious ‘anti-racist’ grounds; we should rather distinguish between antisemites and non-antisemites within the Muslim communities. We mustn’t advocate a crude ‘top’ and ‘bottom’ dichotomy, in which the antisemitism of people from Muslim countries is excused as a kind of ‘anti-imperialism of fools’. We should rather insist that the struggle against discrimination is a universal one. 3. Islamic antisemitism is a taboo subject even in some parts of academia: a story of intellectual betrayal and the corrupting influence of political commitment. Professor Pieter von der Horst from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands found this out when he proposed to give a lecture on the topic of the anti-Jewish blood libel. The head of the university asked him to excise the section of his lecture dealing with Islamic antisemitism. When he refused to do so, he was invited to appear before a panel of four professors who insisted he remove these passages. A lecture on Islamic antisemitism, so the argument went, might lead to violent reactions from well-organized Muslim student groups. Similar things have happened to me. When in April 2003 I was invited by Yale University as keynote speaker on the topic of ‘Islamic Terrorism and Antisemitism: The Mission against Modernity’, there was such an outpouring of protest that the organizers changed the programme. The original title of one of the panels — ‘Islamic Jihad. A Case of Global Non-State Terrorism’ – was changed to ‘Global, Non-State Terrorism’. In addition a speaker was added to the podium whose sole qualification was that of being President of the local ‘Palestine Right to Return Coalition’. At least I was able to give my talk. Not so in March 2007 at this University. Here too the term ‘Islamic antisemitism’ stymied what should have been a lively debate already in March. Following e-mail protests by some Muslim students, my lecture title ‘Hitler’s Legacy: Islamic antisemitism in the Middle East’ was changed to ‘The Nazi Legacy: Export of Antisemitism into the Middle East’. This proved to be a futile semantic gesture: On the day of my arrival in Leeds, the University administration canceled my talk ‘on security grounds’. No one, including the Muslim students, had threatened violence. As before in Utrecht, freedom of speech was suspended – in my opinion — by an act of pre-emptive self-censorship. Both university administrations probably believed they were meeting the wishes of their numerous Muslim students in suspending a lecture about Islamic antisemitism.” (Idem.)
10. Two video productions are being generated by a couple of documentary filmmakers. One is a DVD of a three-lecture series called “The First Refuge of a Scoundrel: The Relationship Between Fascism and Religion.” In addition, there will soon be a documentary about Mr. Emory, titled “The Anti-Fascist.” For more about this project, visit TheAntiFascist.com.