Diane BEderman: Would I have been called a Naziphobe in the 1930s?
What would the media of today have said in the 1930’s when Hitler was sharing his views of the Jews? The Globe and Mail, The Toronto Star, CTV or the journalists at the New York Times write? Or CNN and BBC? Or fill in the blank… What would they have said upon hearing these words?
In 1933 Hitler clearly said:
“Why does the world shed crocodile’s tears over the richly merited fate of a small Jewish minority? … I ask Roosevelt, I ask the American people: Are you prepared to receive in your midst these well-poisoners of the German people and the universal spirit of Christianity? We would willingly give every one of them a free steamer-ticket and a thousand-mark note for travelling expenses, if we could get rid of them.”
In 1938, Hitler once again made his intentions known in Nuremburg, without ambiguity. He commented, inter alia, on what he perceived as the self-righteous and hypocritical attitude of the democratic countries toward the plight of Jews under German control:
“They complain… of the boundless cruelty with which Germany-and now Italy also-seek to rid themselves of their Jewish elements. All these great democratic empires taken together have only a handful of people to the square kilometre. Both in Italy and Germany there are over 140. Yet formerly Germany, without blinking an eyelid, for whole decades admitted these Jews by the hundred thousand. But now… when the nation is no longer willing to be sucked dry by these parasites, on every side one hears nothing but laments. But lamentations have not led these democratic countries to substitute helpful activity at last for their hypocritical questions; on the contrary, these countries with icy coldness assured us that obviously there was no place for the Jews in their territory. … So no help is given, but morality is saved.”
What would they have called people like me back then who report on ideologies that call for death to the Jews? Naziphobes?
Would people like Matt Galloway of the CBC interview Nazi refugees? Maybe. Because the Liberal government of the time did not allow Jews into the country. And would the senior editor Jennifer McGuire and the CBC Ombudsman have defended these Nazis? After all, what is the difference between the statements made about the Jews by Hitler and now Muslims around the world?
Heinrich Himmler (1900–1945), leader of the SS, had built the organization from 280 persons in 1929, to nearly a quarter million people by 1934.
It was the SS that would be responsible for annihilating the Jews. In 1935, a separate Jewish affairs desk was established. Leopold von Mildenstein (1902–1968) was in charge, and he hired Adolph Eichmann (1906–1962) as his expert on Zionism. In 1935, an entire bureaucracy was established to gather data on the Jews at home and abroad. No detail was too small. Himmler was also Chief of the German Police and, on 25 November 1939, in full accord with Hitler, he said:
“We won’t waste much time on the Jews. It’s great to get to grips with the Jewish race at last. The more they die the better… We want to put half to three-quarters of all Jews east of the Vistula. We will crush these Jews wherever we can. … Get the Jews out of the Reich… We have no use for Jews in the Reich. Probably the line of the Vistula, behind this line no more. We are the most important people here…”
And then in 1948 the Mufti himself, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, said loud and proud:
“Our battle with World Jewry is a question of life and death. It is a battle between two conflicting faiths, each of which can exist only on the ruins of the other.”
And then it could be heard again, the rumble, the grumble, the chant, the rant that rose over the hills and down into the valleys, across the desert and over the oceans.
“The Jews, the Jews, death to the Jews. Kill the parasites of the universe, an impudent people who used Muslim and Christian blood for their holy services in Passover. Destroy the Jews like sick dogs.”
“We the Palestinian nation, our fate from Allah is to be the vanguard in the war against the Jews until the resurrection of the dead, as the prophet Muhammad said: ‘The resurrection of the dead will not arrive until you will fight the Jews and kill them… ’ We the Palestinians are the vanguard in this undertaking and in this campaign, whether or not we want this…
“Oh, our Arab brethren… Oh, our Muslim brethren… Don’t leave the Palestinians alone in the war against the Jews…even if it has been decreed upon us to be the vanguard… Jerusalem, Palestine and Al Aksa (The Temple Mount), the land that Allah blessed and its surrounding areas will remain at the center of the struggle between Truth and Falsehood, between the Jews and the non-Jews on this sacred land, regardless of how many agreements are signed, regardless of how many treaties and covenants are ratified. For the Truth is in the Koran, as verified by the words of the prophet Muhammad that the decisive battle will be in Jerusalem and its environs: ‘The resurrection of the dead will not occur until you make war on the Jews…
“The battle with the Jews will surely come… the decisive Muslim victory is coming without a doubt, and the prophet spoke about in more than one Hadith and the Day of Resurrection will not come without the victory of the believers the Muslims over the descendants of the monkeys and pigs the Jews and with their annihilation.”
“Oh Allah, accept our martyrs in the highest heavens…
Oh Allah, show the Jews a black day…
Oh Allah, annihilate the Jews and their supporters…
Oh Allah, raise the flag of Jihad across the land.”
And the most famous battle cry, today. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”…of Jews. Oh the echoes from the past when Hitler called for a Jew free Europe.
On December 23, 2016 Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr (محمد بن موسى آل نصر) led the Friday prayer at Dar Al-Arqam mosque (Mosquée Dar Al-Arqam) in Montreal. In his sermon, Sheikh Muhammad bin Musa Al Nasr, a Jordanian cleric, called the Jews the “most evil of mankind” and “human demons…“What is the disease of the Jews? “
Sayyed al-Ghitaoui, imam at Montreal mosque called on “Allah to destroy the accursed Jews.” The center also issued a “clarification” that the imam’s comments were made during Israel’s 2014 military incursion into Gaza. Yes, that’s the reason. A war that was started by Muslims against the Jewish state.
Montreal police were investigating two Imams for alleged hate speech and one of them for allegedly promoting genocide. The Crown prosecutors didn’t have enough evidence to lay charges of promoting genocide, and that the statute of limitations had passed regarding potential hate speech charges.
If this had been hate speech against Muslims do you think there would have been a statute of limitations? Or would Motion 103 have been taken into account?
Jew hatred spewed forth from the Islamic Center of Davis, northern California on July 21. The Egyptian-born American preacher Ammar Shahin delivered a Friday sermon praying to Allah to “liberate the Al-Aqsa Mosque from the filth of the Jews” and to “annihilate them down to the very last one,” not sparing any of them. “Oh Allah, make this happen by our hands. Let us play a part in this,” This following the terrorist attack by Israeli Muslims on the Temple Mount against Israeli Border Police. You can read the rest of the sermon here.
But he’s not the only Californian cleric to deliver anti-Semitic sermons. Imam Mahmoud Harmoush declared to the Islamic Congregation of Riverside“Allah wants us to have jihad in our lives no matter what and where we are and what is happening.”
And so the whirling dervish winds of insanity once again careen across the land carrying within the dust of hate.
And the post-modern Western world shakers and movers, the professors, pundits and politicians say…
“To speak of these things is to be a racist, xenophobic fear-mongering Islamophobe.”
Diane Weber Bederman is a spokesperson for current events & writer on topics such as; Ethics, Politics, Religion and Mental Health. She is a book author and highly published columnist. She can be read at The Bederman Blog: