Sunday, April 25, 2010


Sorry professor, but the hatred of Jews, as well as that of Christians, existed in the Arab world long before the rise of Adolf Hitler.

In 1033, 6,000 Jews were slaughtered in Fez, Morocco. In 1066, 4,000 Jews were slaughtered by the Moors in Grenada, Spain. Between 1864 and 1880, more than 300,000 Jews were murdered in Marrakesh, Morocco. In 1924 and in 1929, hundreds of Jews were murdered by Arabs in Palestine. These are just a few examples of the hundreds-of-thousands of Jews who were massacred by the Arabs long before the alliance between Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Nazi propaganda broadcasts urging Arabs to kill the Jews.

So when University of Maryland history professor Jeffrey Herf argues that Hitler is to blame for Islamic extremism, he is full of shit.

By Allan Hall

Mail Online
April 23, 2010

The roots of Islamic extremism lie in Adolf Hitler’s call to the Arab world to destroy Jews during World War Two, a new book has argued.

'Your only hope for rescue is the destruction of the Jews, before they destroy you!' the Nazi leader declared in a 1942 radio broadcast.

It was one of 6,000 broadcasts the Nazis directed at the Arabs as their death camps were killing Jews by the hundreds of thousands in Europe.

‘Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World,’ by American scholar Jeffrey Herf, shows how Hitler and his aides relied on radio broadcasts to sew propaganda because most of the Arab world was illiterate at the time.

And although radio ownership was small it was commonplace for caf├ęs and bazaars to draw large crowds to listen to broadcasts.

Professor Herf, who teaches history at the University of Maryland, says the roots of modern-day Islamic fanaticism can be traced back to these hate messages broadcast from Berlin.

One of Hitler’s main goals was to provoke an anti-Semitic uprising in Egypt. In one broadcast he said, 'A large number of Jews who live in Egypt, along with Poles, Greeks, Armenians and Frenchmen have guns and ammunition.

'Some Jews in Cairo have even asked the British authorities to set up machine guns on the roofs of their houses.'

The broadcasts were translated into Arabic by specialists employed by propaganda minister Josef Goebbels.

Die Welt in Germany called Professor Herf’s discovery of the 6,000 transmissions from 1939 until 1945 'nothing less than a sensation'.

Professor Herf said, 'This propaganda campaign comprised an important chapter in the history of the war. The Arab language propaganda produced in wartime Berlin was a significant chapter in the longer history of radical Arab nationalism and militant Islam.'

The verbatim transcripts of the broadcasts were made by the American embassy in Cairo in wartime and classified until 1977 in Washington.

Two years ago Professor Herf became the first scholar to get access to them.

He added, 'Islamic fundamentalism, like European totalitarianism in the 20th century, was and is a mixture of very old and very modern elements.

'It is also a product of a mixture of some indigenous currents in the history of Islam with the hatred of democracy, liberalism and the Jews that were so central to National Socialism.

'The conflict between Israel and the Palestinians would have been over long ago were it not for the uncompromising, religiously inspired hatred of the Jews that were articulated and given assistance by Nazi propagandists and continued after the war by Islamists of various sorts.'

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