By Richard Mather…

It is seventy years since the camps were liberated. To survivors, the Holocaust remains a persistent and horrifying memory. For others, the Holocaust has passed into history. This is why Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Day is so important. It is an opportunity to ask why and how did it happen? Could it happen again? According to a new report, 46 per cent of Israelis believe a second Holocaust could happen, up from 41 per cent in 2014.

Yom HaShoah is Israel’s day of commemoration for the six million Jews who died in the Holocaust and for the Jewish resistance against the Nazis. In Israel, Yom HaShoah is a national memorial day and a public holiday. It was inaugurated in 1953, and enshrined in law by the then prime minister David Ben-Gurion and the president of Israel, Yitzhak Ben-Zvi. Although established by the Israeli government, Yom HaShoah is commemorated throughout the Diaspora.

Yom HaShoah is the day we remember in our minds and hearts the many millions who died, suffered and resisted. It also an opportunity to pay our respects to the survivors of the Holocaust and to reassure them that their suffering will never be forgotten.

Indeed, new figures reveal that nearly half of Israel’s Holocaust survivors believe that future generations will not remember the Shoah after they are gone. Half of Israelis under thirty have never knowingly met a Holocaust survivor. While 189,000 Holocaust survivors still live in Israel, an average of 14,200 are dying every year. Shockingly, just under a third of the 1,89,000 Holocaust survivors in Israel live below the poverty line, with more than a quarter of survivors saying they cannot afford to heat their homes during winter. And almost half of Israel’s Holocaust survivors say they feel lonely most of the time. This is a sad state of affairs.

Some history about the origins of Yom HaShoah: In the early 1950s, it was proposed that Yom HaShoah should be held on the 14th of Nisan, the anniversary of the Warsaw ghetto uprising (19th April 1943). However, because the 14th of Nisan is the day before Passover the plans were changed. The date was moved to the 27th of Nisan, which is a week after the end of the Passover holiday. Yom HaShoah continues to be held on the 27th of Nisan unless the 27th is adjacent to Shabbat, in which case the date is shifted slightly.

Yom HaShoah starts in Israel at sunset in a state ceremony held in Warsaw Ghetto Square at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem. During the ceremony the Israeli flag is lowered to half-mast. There are prayers and speeches by rabbis and politicians. Holocaust survivors light six torches signifying the six million Jews who died in the Nazi genocide.

There is no public entertainment on Yom HaShoah in Israel. Cinemas, theatres, bars and other public venues are closed throughout the country. Even television and radio close down their normal programming to make way for Holocaust-related broadcasts. At 10 a.m. on the day of Yom HaShoah, air-raid sirens are sounded and people stop what they are doing to pay their respects to the victims of the Nazi atrocity.

There is no fixed liturgy for Yom HaShoah. Perhaps this can be explained by the fact that in 1949, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel decided that the 10th of Tevet should be the national remembrance days for victims of the Holocaust. This fast commemorates the siege of Jerusalem by Nebuchadnezzar II. On other occasions, the Chief Rabbinate has referred to Tisha b’Av as being a date of remembrance for victims of the Shoah.

Yom HaShoah rituals and liturgy vary among synagogues. In 1988 the Reform movement published a book called Six Days of Destruction, co-authored by Elie Wiesel and Rabbi Albert Friedlander. Movingly, six narratives from Holocaust survivors are juxtaposed to the six days of creation found in the opening pages of the Torah.

Masorti or Conservative Jews have created the Megillat HaShoah (the Holocaust Scroll), which is the result of a joint effort by rabbis and Jewish leaders in Israel and North America. This scroll contains personal recollections of Holocaust survivors and is written in a biblical style. It was published by the International Rabbinical Assembly and the Schecter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

The non-participation of Haredim in Yom HaShoah is a point of friction between Haredim and non-Haredim in Israel, as the latter consider the Haredi position of ignoring Yom HaShoah to be disrespectful. However, the Haredim say that rather than denying the significance of Yom HaShoah, they choose to remember the Nazi genocide in a different way.

Differences aside, all Jews – secular and religious – live with the harrowing knowledge that something terrible and catastrophic was visited upon them and their families in the 1930s and 1940s. It still beggars belief that six million men, women and children were slaughtered because of one simple fact – they were Jewish. How can we live such knowledge? How do we bear the weight of history. There are no easy answers.

And sadly we must face the fact that one day there will be no Holocaust survivors left alive topersonally remind us of the horrors of the past. So it is vital that their memories and stories are recorded and shared as widely as possible. In the meantime, we must do all we can to assist Holocaust survivors who have been through so much. They deserve our love, our attention, our time, our money and our respect. After all, no other generation in history has witnessed or experienced such extreme barbarism.

Let us hope and pray that the Jewish people will never again live through such darkness. Given the resurgence of anti-Semitism in recent months and the ever-present threat of a nuclear Iran, we cannot afford to be complacent. If nothing else, Yom HaShoah reminds us we have six million reasons to live.



downloadBy Richard Mather…

Gunter Grass, the left-wing poet, playwright and author of The Tin Drum and Dog Years, has died in Germany at the age of 87.

In 1999, the Swedish Academy awarded him the Nobel Prize in Literature but his reputation was damaged seven years later when he confessed that he had volunteered for military service and served in Hitler’s SS during the Second World War. The fact that he had kept this quiet for six decades prompted calls for him to return his Nobel Prize.

Historian Joachim Fest had this to say about about Grass’s disclosure:

“After 60 years, this confession comes a bit too late,” he told the German weekly Der Spiegel. “I can’t understand how someone who for decades set himself up as a moral authority, a rather smug one, could pull this off.”

More controversy followed when, in 2012, he published an anti-Semitic poem called “What Must Be Said,” in which he accused Israel of being a threat to world peace and conspiring to annihilate Iran. Instead of engaging with the complex debate over whether Israel had the right to defend itself against a country that repeatedly calls for Israel’s destruction, Grass singled out the Jewish state for criticism and made no reference to Iran’s genocidal intentions. The poem also stated that Israel intended to annihilate the Iranian people – a gross error, as any attack on Iran would have been on nuclear facilities and not the entire populace.

The fact that Gunter published the poem just before Passover eerily recalled the ancient European Christian tradition of accusing Jews of ritual murder just before the annual Jewish festival.

In response, Israel declared banned Grass from entering the country.


By Richard Mather…

A Conservative Party source has told the Jewish Media Agency (JMA) that an organisation called Muslim Engagement and Development (Mend) is trying to influence Tory party candidates standing in the upcoming General Election in Britain.

The source, who wishes to remain anonymous, said that when he first heard Mend chief executive Sufyan Ismail speak at a Tory campaign event, it was “like listening to the Muslim brotherhood.”

“[Mr Ismail] spoke at great length in Urdu and English. He condemned anti-terrorism legislation and government letters to mosques. […] He said we must fight Islamophobia,” the source told JMA. “It was a Muslims-as-persecuted-victims speech. When he spoke in Urdu, he got quite wild and the Muslim audience loved him.”

These comments come in the wake of an article for The Daily Telegraph, in which Andrew Gilligan reports that a “front group for extremists” is negotiating with both the Conservative and Labour leaderships in the run-up to the General Election to be held on May 7.

According to Gilligan, Mend is a “facade to win political access and influence for individuals holding extreme, bigoted and anti-democratic views.”

At least one Conservative election candidate is said to have been approached by “a high-profile Muslim” and offered campaign money in return for back the group’s so-called Muslim Manifesto, the newspaper reported.

In recordings heard by The Daily Telegraph, Mr Ismail describes his organisation’s strategy to act as political kingmaker in the General Election in May and claims it can control between ten and thirty seats in the House of Commons:

“Right now, we are negotiating with the Labour leadership, we are negotiating with the Tory leadership and insh’allah will start with the Lib Dem leadership as well, where we have a list of manifesto pledges,” he told an audience at the Zakariyya Central Mosque in Bolton, Greater Manchester.

“The Muslim vote is worth ten ordinary votes because […] we are heavily concentrated in a few areas,” he said.

“Anybody who can give any one party ten, twenty, thirty seats, like we can, they have to listen to you.”

Mr Ismail also told the Bolton meeting how the Mend had organised to “batter the Israeli lobby” in the House of Commons.

Mend has been wooing both the Tories and Labour in recent months. Lynton Crosby, the Conservative campaign director, has attended Mend events. At least ten Labour and Tory MPs joined the launch of Mend’s so-called Muslim Manifesto in the House of Commons in March, which among other things calls on politicians to “commit to support for the creation of an independent state of Palestine and the end to Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories by December 2017.”

The Muslim Manifesto, which also calls on politicians to “acknowledge that the holy scripture of Muslims (the Qur’an) does not endorse terrorism and the murder of innocents,” was highly praised by Conservative Baroness Warsi who said that the “Muslim Manifesto is something you can take to your election candidates.”

Labour Members Gerald Kaufman, Yasmin Qureshi, Kate Green and Cabinet Office shadow minister Jon Ashworth, were also at the manifesto launch. Ashworth opined, “I think this manifesto is really important and a great initiative. I will be studying it very carefully and I will be passing it on to our Shadow Cabinet.”

The manifesto was presented by Azad Ali, who is Mend’s director of engagement. He received a warm welcome from the parliamentarians who conveniently overlooked his track record. This is the same Azad Ali who, in 2009, wrote that Muslims are religiously obliged to kill British soldiers in Iraq:

“If I saw an American or British man wearing a soldier’s uniform inside Iraq I would kill him because that is my obligation. If I found the same soldier in Jordan I wouldn’t touch him. In Iraq he is a fighter and an occupier, here he is not. I respect this as the main instruction in my religion for jihad.”

Some more about Azad Ali. He used to attend talks by Abu Qatada, the radical Muslim cleric who once stated that it was not a sin for a Muslim to kill a non-believer for the sake of Islam. And in 2008, Mr Ali called al-Qaeda propagandist Anwar Al-Awlaki “one of my favourite scholars and speakers”:

“I really do love him for the sake of Allah, he has an uncanny way of explaining things to people which is endearing,” he wrote on the Islamic Forum of Europe’s blog.

It is worth mentioning that before he became leader of the Labour Party, Ed Miliband spoke at an event with Mr Ali where the latter praised Hezbollah and Hamas.

Mend itself is a rebranding of a group called Engage, which not only censured Muslims who oppose Islamist extremism but condemned the British political establishment for breaking off relations with the Muslim Council of Britain, after one of its signatories declined to remove his name from the Istanbul Declaration, which called on Muslims to “carry on with the jihad and resistance against the occupier until the liberation of all Palestine.”

Peter Tatchell, the political campaigner best known for his work with LGBT social movements, has this to say about Mend:

“Mend […] support Sharia law, which includes the execution of apostates, blasphemers, LGBT people and women who have sex outside of marriage. They also preach intolerance of people of other faiths, including fellow Muslims (especially Shia).”

He continued: “Mend sound fine on paper […] But this is the new strategy of far right Islamists, to disguise their true extremist agenda. They’ve rebranded themselves […] but their clerical, anti-human rights agenda remains the same.”

So, given all we know about Mend and its personnel, is it acceptable that major figures within the two main British political parties are allowing themselves to be influenced by a “far right” Muslim organisation? Is it right that men such as Mr Ali who endorses the murder of British soldiers should wield so much influence within the British political system? Labour and the Conservatives need to ask themselves whether they are being duped by Mend, which to all intents and purposes is a Trojan horse for Islamist extremism.


BDS is not just anti-Semitic, it is racist

By Richard Mather…

In a recent interview with the Jewish Media Agency (JMA), David Feldman, the director of the London-based Pears Institute for the Study of Anti-Semitism, denied that the boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) movement is anti-Semitic.

“I think the BDS movement is a broad church. It attracts support from some people who would like to see a one-state solution, but I think many people are attracted to BDS because they strongly oppose Israel’s conduct in the occupied territories,” he told JMA, before adding: “I haven’t seen the evidence to suggest that movement as a whole should be characterised as anti-Semitic.”

Now Feldman is either in denial or he has not experienced BDS at close quarters. Does he realise that in July and August 2014, shops, banks, universities, theatres and entire towns in Britain were targeted by a contingent of BDS activists comprising jihadi Islamists, anarchists, local gangsters and Socialist Worker Party members?

For example, in Manchester, which is home to Europe’s fastest-growing Jewish community, an Anglo-Israeli cosmetic shops was subject to a daily boycott that lasted for six weeks. I lost count of the times that I heard comments such as “Jews killed Jesus” and “You have blood on your hands.” A number of BDS activists were captured on camera expressing their admiration for Hitler or making Nazi salutes. Jews (including elderly men and women) were threatened and intimidated. Anti-Semitic leaflets were handed out to members of the public.

Anyone who has witnessed BDS in action will be in no doubt that it is anti-Semitic. But there is a case to be made that BDS is not just anti-Semitic, it is racist. Why? Because it singles out a nationality – Israelis – for differential and discriminatory treatment in the international arena. Israelis are expected to conform to an impossibly high moral standard that would endanger their well-being. When Israelis inevitably fall short of these impossible standards, they are accused of indefensible behaviour. In contrast, the Palestinian Arabs are not held up to any standard at all. That too is racist.

No other nation in the world is singled out for criticism the way Israel is. Israel is condemned for human rights abuses even when such allegations are proved to be untrue (e.g. Jenin). It is accused of ethnic cleansing when Jewish neighbourhoods are built in east Jerusalem. It is dubbed an apartheid state even though Israeli Arabs have full voting rights. It is accused of being an occupier even though Jews had lived in Judea and Samaria for hundreds of years before they were evicted by the Jordanians. Israel is accused of doing nothing to promote peace when in actual fact it is the Palestinian Arabs who have turned down the opportunity for statehood on numerous occasions.

At the same time, BDS campaigners treat the Palestinian Arabs like children (the child is the victim par excellence). According to the BDS narrative, the Palestinian Arabs don’t know any better and should not be punished or chastised for their mistakes because nothing is ever their fault. This shades in to a form of racist neo-primitivism, where Arabs are allowed to (literally) get away with murder. BDS campaigners have adopted the racist stance that when the Palestinian Arabs kill each other or kill Jews, it is a legitimate expression of a Third World “will to power” and are therefore absolved of responsibility. When Israelis take military action or assassinate a terrorist leader, it is dubbed fascist or racist.

Indeed, BDS does not view the Palestinian Arab as a full human being, with all the rights and responsibilities this entails, but is regarded as some kind of special case. Despotic and cruel regimes in the Muslim world are of no interest to BDS campaigners, but when it comes to the Palestinian Arabs, BDS activists are hyperactive. Why? Because it fits the racist narrative. If the Palestinian Arabs were being “oppressed” by the Egyptians or Jordanians, you wouldn’t hear a word from the BDS brigade. In fact, when Jordan and Egypt annexed the West Bank and Gaza respectively, nobody talked of “occupation.” That’s because the Jordanians and Egyptians are Arabs, not Jews.

As things stand, BDS activists do not expect the Palestinian Arabs to do anything to resolve the crisis. Everything depends on Israel, which means Israel is always to blame. But what more can the Israelis do? The Palestinians have had several chances to build a state on the West Bank and Gaza and on each occasion they either turned it down or just simply walked away. As recently as 2008, Israeli PM Ehud Olmert offered the Palestinian Arabs almost all of Judea and Samaria, and east Jerusalem (in addition to Gaza). Mahmoud Abbas, the Palestinian president, received the plans but never got back to Olmert. Yet it is Israel that is being subjected to boycotts and international criticism.

When the Israelis withdrew from Gaza in 2005, did the Palestinian Arabs make an effort to build a state? No, they destroyed the infrastructure left behind by the Israelis. When the Gazans send rockets into southern Israel, do BDS campaigners criticise Hamas? No, they blame Israel for the blockade, which is only in effect because of the rocket attacks. Do they hold the Egyptians accountable for their blockade of Gaza? No, because it doesn’t fit the anti-Israel narrative.

So as well as being anti-Semitic, BDS is racist because it expects far too much of Israelis and far too little of Palestinian Arabs. That’s why BDS is racist.


By Richard Mather…

It is well documented that Islamists have support from certain elements in the European Left. What is less well known is that Muslim extremists and Islamic regimes have been forging links with European neo-Nazi organisations and Holocaust deniers for several decades. Both camps share the irrational belief that Zionism is the predominant force in the world. Both share strong anti-Semitic and pro-Palestinian views.

Before looking at the situation in World War Two, let us look at the nature of the alliance in the decades following the Holocaust. In the 1960s, George Lincoln Rockwell, the founder of the American Nazi Party (ANP),  expressed (ironic) admiration for black supremacists Elijah Muhammad and Malcolm X, the main players in the extremist Nation of Islam organisation.  The ANP and Nation of Islam came to an agreement that both parties should challenge the civil rights movement, which was considered a Jewish conspiracy to integrate “white” and “black” people.

Some scholars of comparative religion argue that the Nation of Islam is anti-Semitic and advocates denial of the Holocaust. In the Global Journal of Classical Theology, Professor Richard V. Pierard writes:

“Holocaust denial is a stock in trade of Ku Klux Klan, Neo-Nazi, Skinhead…and one also finds it in Black hate groups like Louis Farrakhan’s Nation of Islam, some Afrocentrist writers, and in Arab anti-Israel rhetoric. The common thread running through all these manifestations is anti-Semitism; that is, hatred or dislike of Jews.”

In the early 1970s, German neo-Nazi  Willi Pohl provided weapons and fake passports to Palestinian Arab terrorists who kidnapped and murdered Israeli athletes during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Pohl was arrested the same year but only served a two-year sentence. Before his arrest, German police believed Pohl intended to carry out terrorist attacks on behalf of the Palestinian Arabs.

Since the 1970s, there have been several cases of neo-Nazis either converting to Islam or coveting a close relationship between the two ideologies.  In the 1980s, Louis Beam, an American neo-Nazi, called for an alliance between the Far Right and Muslim terrorist groups. Albert Huber, a journalist who converted to Islam in 1962 and changed his first name to Ahmed, became  increasingly convinced that Islam and Nazism shared the same ideological platform. Another example is David Myatt, a neo-Nazi who converted to Islam in 1998. Myatt, who has referred to the Holocaust as a “hoax,” called for an international jihad against Jews.

In 2014, Maxence Buttey, a Front National local councillor, embarrassed France’s infamous Far Right party by announcing his conversion to Islam. Urging fellow members to join him, he said Front National and Islam had a lot in common:

“Both are demonised and very far from the image portrayed in the media,” he told Le Parisien newspaper. “Like Islam, the Front National defends the weakest. The party denounces exorbitant interest rates charged on the debt of our country, and Islam is against the practice of usury.”

In the last few years, the neo-Nazi/Islam pact has manifested itself at street level. In the aftermath of 9/11, German neo-Nazis dressed in PLO headscarves burnt an American flag. In 2009, members of the Aryan Guard marched alongside supporters of Hamas at an anti-Israel rally in Canada. Also in 2009, the extreme right National Democratic Party planned a “holocaust vigil” for Gaza in support of the Palestinians. Two years later, the Neo-Nazi German People’s Party urged its followers to take part in Berlin’s celebration of al-Quds Day, an Iranian-backed anti-Israeli event. The Central Council of Jews in Germany has remarked that “joint hatred of everything Jewish is unifying neo-Nazis and Islamists.”

One of the newest radical organisations is the extreme-right Bosnian National Pride Movement. Bosnian National Pride, which venerates the cooperation between Nazis and Muslims during World War II, has an overwhelming majority of Muslim members. Founded in 2010, the Bosnian National Pride Movement describes itself as a Nazi movement advocating Bosnian national revival. The movement differs from other European neo-Nazi groups in that it was founded by (and intended for) Muslim Bosnians.

The site’s “Question and Answer” section explains the group’s hostility towards the Jews:

“The Jews have immense influence throughout the world – in [the domains of] politics, economy, culture, and religion. Anyone who scoffs at [the notion of] a Jewish conspiracy need only open the Bible. He will find that, for over 1,000 years, the European peoples have embraced a religion that, for some unknown reason, designates the Jews as the chosen people, and states that the son of God was a Jew and that God promised the Jews control of a certain geographic area. A thinking man should ask himself: how is it that a nation so small has played such a large role in the lives of the European peoples? To ignore this question is to ignore reality.”

Far Right politics is not limited to grassroots organisations, it has infected entire national policies. After the Second World War, many Nazis fled to Egypt and Syria, where they helped organise the Arabs’ multi-pronged attack on the new State of Israel in 1948 and 1967. In the 1970s, Saudi Arabia hired an American neo-Nazi in the 1970s to lobby political decision makers in the US.

Iran (not surprisingly) has courted neo-Nazis.  In December 2006, the Iranian regime hosted a two-day event called the “International Conference on Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision.” The conference was a deliberate exercise in Holocaust denial and/or revisionism. Among the attendees were American David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan leader;  Bendikt Frings from the far right National Democratic Party of Germany; French writer Georges Thiel, who had been convicted under Holocaust denial laws in France; Fredrick Töben of Australia who had been imprisoned in Germany for three months in 1999 for Holocaust denial; and Michele Renouf, the wife of Holocaust denier David Irving.

This is only the tip of the iceberg. Relations between Islam and fascism run deep. It is no secret that the Nazis and several Arab leaders – most notably Haj Muhammad Amin el-Husseini, the exiled Mufti of Jerusalem and spiritual leader of the Palestinian Arabs, made a pact against the Jews in the 1930s. Husseini collaborated with the Nazis to an astonishing extent during the 1930s and 1940s, and met Hitler on several occasions. His alliance was so successful that the Nazis declared their readiness to eradicate the Yishuv, the Jewish National Home in Palestine.

In 1937, Husseini visited the Jerusalem German Consul, where he met with Eichmann to discuss “the Jewish question.” This meeting resulted in the Nazis agreeing to finance Husseini’s pogroms against the Jews in Palestine. Hitler publicly expressed his support for the Palestinian Arabs. This support was motivated by anti-Semitism and a suspicion of Britain’s colonial rule in the Middle East. In a speech made before the Reichstag in 1939, Hitler opined that Palestine is “occupied not by German troops but by the English,” and he accused British troops of oppressing the Arabs for “the benefit of Jewish interlopers.”

Not surprisingly, Husseini was keen to capitalise on the Fuehrer’s sympathy. Under the Mufti’s influence, the Nazi regime gave the go-ahead for the conversion to Islam of 25,000 Nazis in 1939. The newly-formed Jamait-e-Muslimin (“Muslim group”) were sent to Cairo to assist Nazi operations in Egypt, Palestine, Sudan and Transjordan. In the spirit of cultural exchange, a number of young Arabs were given training in Germany and Italy.

In 1941 Husseini began recruiting Bosnian Muslims to the Nazi cause. In a visit to Bosnia, he convinced Muslim leaders that a Muslim S.S. division would be advantageous to Islam. The Bosnian Muslims were organised into several divisions of the Waffen SS and other units. The largest was the 13th Hanzar division, which had more than 21,000 members. Declaring himself the “protector of Islam,” Husseini and his recruits were responsible for the deaths of thousands of Serbian Christians and Jews.

In a speech to his Bosnian Muslim Waffen-SS Division in 1944, Husseini declared that his Bosnian division was an “example for Muslims in all countries”. He continued:

“Many common interests exist between the Islamic world and Greater Germany, and those make cooperation a matter of course […] Further, National Socialist Germany is fighting against world Jewry […] There are also considerable similarities between Islamic principles and those of National Socialism, namely in the affirmation of struggle and fellowship, in stressing leadership, in the ideas of order, in the high valuation of work. All this brings our ideologies close together and facilitates cooperation.”

What about the Muslim Brotherhood? The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in Egypt by Hassan al-Banna in 1928 as an Islamist movement. A political alliance with Nazi Germany began in the 1930s and continued into the 1940s, during which time both the Muslim Brotherhood and the Nazis supported and funded the anti-Semitic pogroms in British Mandate Palestine. The Muslim Brotherhood also translated into Arabic Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. Hamas, which is an offshoot of the Muslim Brotherhood, continues to disseminate the kind of conspiratorial Far Right nonsense that inspired Nazism. This extract from the Hamas charter is eerily reminiscent of the anti-Semitic propaganda produced by Hitler and his stooges:

“With their money, they took control of the world media, news agencies, the press, publishing houses, broadcasting stations, and others. With their money they stirred revolutions in various parts of the world with the purpose of achieving their interests and reaping the fruit therein. They were behind the French Revolution, the Communist revolution and most of the revolutions we heard and hear about, here and there. With their money they formed secret societies, such as Freemasons, Rotary Clubs, the Lions and others in different parts of the world for the purpose of sabotaging societies and achieving Zionist interests. With their money they were able to control imperialistic countries and instigate them to colonize many countries in order to enable them to exploit their resources and spread corruption there.”

So when Israelophobes dare to compare Israel with the Third Reich, let them be reminded that cooperation between Muslim regimes and Far Right fascists was – and still is – a problem that remains unaddressed. While Germany underwent a process of denazification after the Second World War (not completely successful judging from the presence of German neo-Nazi groups), vast swathes of the Muslim world – from Bosnia to Syria – continue to operate under the spell of fascism. The fact that Mein Kampf and The Protocols of the Elders of Zion remain best-sellers in the disputed Palestinian territories and Egypt should serve as potent reminders that IslamoNazism is an ongoing concern.