By Richard Mather…
Louay Abdul-Jood, a Syrian activist who survived imprisonment by Islamic State alongside James Foley has spoken of physical and psychological torture at the hands of the group.
Mr Abdul-Jood’s captors reportedly accused him of “being secular” and of being in an extra-marital relationship.
“Most of the prisoners were not treated with beatings, but were mostly subjected to psychological methods – putting a knife close to your neck saying that you will be slaughtered,” he told Radio Free Iraq.
The treatment of Mr Abdul-Jood and the murder of James Foley reveals the brutality of the Islamofascists, who are sweeping across the Middle East and North Africa.
So what is Islamofascism and how did it come into being?
The term “Islamofascism” is included in the New Oxford American Dictionary. It is defined as a term “equating some modern Islamic movements with the European fascist movements of the early twentieth century.”
The similarities between the European fascism of the 1930s/1940s and the Islamist movements of the 21st century are not hard to miss. Hostility to modernity, a nostalgia for a lost golden age, the suppression of free speech, a paranoid fear of “the Jews” and a fixation on real and/or imagined humiliations are common to both.
Celebrated journalist Christopher Hitchens defined the rhetoric and activities of some Muslims as “fascism with an Islamic face.” He dubbed described Islamofascism as a “cult of murderous violence” that glorifies death, terror and destruction. The atrocities of Islamic State bear witness to this cultish ideology.
Islamofascism is an expression of perpetual outrage. Logic is swept aside by an irrational and overheated emotionalism.
Exponents of Islamofascism are fundamentalist, violent and apocalyptic in their mission to reshape the world under the banner of Allah and/or Palestinianism.
Hamas and Hitler
A perfect example of contemporary Islamofascism is Hamas, which currently has control of Gaza. Hamas was formed in 1987 as an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, which itself established by an admirer of Hitler and the Nazis and received funding from the Third Reich.
Hamas’s 1988 charter calls for the replacement of Israel and the Palestinian Territories with an Islamic Palestinian state. According to the charter, Hamas members are Muslims who “raise the banner of Jihad.” Much of Hamas’s ideology relies heavily on Nazi themes. The charter, which incites violence against Jewish people, states that “our struggle against the Jews is very great and very serious”. In support of this call to action, the charter cites anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, the thrust of which is that Zionists are responsible for all kinds of disasters, including the French Revolution.
While Hitler was bent on reviving a Greater Germany and cleansing Europe of the Jews and Slavs, many fundamentalist Muslims want to revive the Caliphate in which non-Muslims are either killed or demoted to second-class citizenship. Muslim fundamentalists hold the racist doctrine that the presence of non-Jews (especially Israelis) in the Ummah or hoped-for caliphate is a violation of Islam. It is particularly infuriating to the Islamofascists that Arab regimes have been unable to dislodge the State of Israel.
Islamofascism and the Quran
At root level, Islamofascism has absorbed anti-Jewish statements in the Quran, which contains descriptions of Jews being transformed into apes and pigs as punishment for not obeying Allah. Another source of contemporary hatred is the hadiths, a collection of Islamic traditions attributed to Mohammed. The hadiths characterise the Jews as ritually unclean, as well as liars and murderers. The most notorious – and perhaps the most widely-quoted hadith, is this one:
“The Hour [of Resurrection] will not come until you fight the Jews. The Jew will hide behind stones or trees. Then the stones or trees will call: Oh Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him.”
Belief in this hadith, which is enshrined in the Hamas charter, is widespread among the Palestinian Arabs. A 2011 survey by the Israel Project found that three-quarters of Palestinians accept this teaching. At an event earlier this year marking the 47th anniversary of the founding of Fatah, the current Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammad Hussein, reiterated the Islamic belief that murder of Jews is one of the aims of Islam.
The attitude towards the Jews in Islamic tradition is neatly summed up in Anti-Semitism: myth and hate from antiquity to the present by Frederick M. Schweitzer and Marvin Perry. The authors assert that in the hadiths, the Jews are “debased, cursed, anathematized forever by God and so can never repent and be forgiven.” The hadiths characterise the Jews as ritually unclean, and as liars and murderers.
There are a number of anti-Semitic slurs in the Quran. Several verses describe the transformation of Jews into apes and pigs as punishment for breaking the Sabbath or “worshipping evil.” Before ordering that every adult male of a particular Jewish tribe be killed, Mohammed referred to the Jews as “brothers of monkeys.” The slaughter of Jews in Granada in 1066 was motivated by a poem that included the line. “Many a pious Muslim is in awe of the vilest infidel ape.” So it is no surprise that today’s Islamists refer to Jews as the “descendants of apes and swine”, or why Hamas says that contemporary Jews are sub-human.
Islamofascism is a crime against humanity and a serious threat to Judeo-Christian civilisation. It is responsible for the deaths of millions over the centuries – from the first evangelising missions of Mohammed to the Armenian genocide to the recent terror attacks in Jerusalem.
Jerusalem Post writer Seth F Frantzman has this to say: “Adding up the number of victims from attacks patterned along the lines of the one carried out in Kenya, or the ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims in places such as Egypt and Northern Nigeria, would bring the number up to tens of thousands in the past decade – millions in the past century. This is a “soft” genocide.”
Islamofascism is a sociopathic political ideology that kills, rapes, terrorises, maims, enslaves, molests, kidnaps and tortures its victims. As such, the West must do everything in its power to stop this cancer spreading. It is no exaggeration to say that Islamofascism is the new Nazism and as such it must be plucked from the earth and destroyed.