Clarion Project was honored to speak at the Gross Family Center for the Study of Anti-Semitism and the Holocaust on the theme of Nazis and Islamist Supremacism. On December 15, 2019, Clarion Project Executive Director Richard Green and Clarion’s National Correspondent Shireen Qudosi addressed an audience of 400 in West Palm Beach, Florida, in a talk connecting a timeline between Nazi and Islamist supremacism and the impact that alliance has had on present day anti-Semitism.
We addressed the similarities between the two ideologies, how Nazi propaganda influenced modern day conspiracy theories fanning anti-Semitism, and how Islamist partnerships with the Nazis continued well after the history books closed the chapter on World War II.
Here are some of Qudosi’s remarks:
Nazism and Islamist militancy both gained momentum in the early 20th century after Germany’s defeat in World War I and amid growing resentment to Western imperialism in the Muslim world.
Nazi propaganda piggy-backed off both responses to rally support for the Third Reich and stoke anti-Jewish sentiment in the Muslim world.
Ultimately, the Nazi attempt to weaponize an entire population of Muslims failed. (More Muslims fought for Allied powers than Axis powers. In addition, Muslims were also skeptical of the inevitable reach of German empire-building; hence they never bought into the Nazi propaganda of Germans as Muslim liberators.)
However, the Nazi propaganda which fanned conspiracy theories of Jews attempting to control and influence the world was accepted by the Muslim world. The Nazi narrative largely replaced the predominant narrative that painted Jews as dhimmis (second-class citizens in sharia-compliant societies).
It’s also worth noting that the Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, the notorious anti-Semitic Arab Islamist figure in British Mandate Palestine, was not widely accepted by the Muslim world as a leader until he was elevated to that position by the Nazis.
Once in a position of power, al-Husseini was more of a Nazi than even top-ranking Nazi officials.
He killed Muslims who talked to Jews and was on the Nazi payroll even after the Nazis were defeated. Al-Husseini also helped smuggle Nazis to the Middle East after World War II, where they changed their names, converted to Islam and rose to positions of power.
Al-Husseini escaped persecution himself after World War II by fleeing to Cairo where he enjoyed protection and went on to fan the hate that birthed modern-day Islamist ideologies. Al-Husseini inspired Hasan al-Bana, founder of the Muslim Brotherhood as well as Syed Qutb, lead theologian for the Muslim Brotherhood who, in turn, inspired al-Qaeda and ISIS.
While the chapter on the Third Reich may have ended in the 20th century, the ripple effect of their impact on the rest of the world — including the Muslim world — continues to this day.
The Muslim Brotherhood is well documented to have infiltrated institutions in the United States, with Muslim Brotherhood-affiliated leadership in positions of power influencing media, civics and politics.
Today, Muslims like myself who support Israel’s right to exist and do not put litmus tests on Jewish allies, are socially tarred and feathered for talking to Jews. We’re accused of being on the payroll of “Zionists” along with a laundry list of other accusations that stem from the very same Jew-hating propaganda Nazis gave oxygen to in the Middle East through ideological carriers like al-Husseini.
Today, Islamist leadership in the West relies on the same rhetoric that spawned the dark alliance between Nazis and Islamist supremacists, using language of revolutions that calls Muslims to arms against the bogeyman of a Western oppressor or imperialist power.
— Shireen Qudosi (@ShireenQudosi) December 3, 2019
The lesson for the modern world is that someone like al-Husseini would have been lost in the dustbin of history had he not been supported and elevated to a position of power by the Nazis.
Sadly today, a well-meaning West — including many sons and daughters of those who fought the Nazis — is propping up individuals and institutions that descended from the twisted hateful ideologies of the dark alliance between Nazis and Islamist supremacism.
Many thanks to the Gross family for organizing a gathering of the faithful invested in remembering and preserving human dignity.