After a July 12, 2019 speech by Hamas political bureau member Fathi Hammad urging Palestinians to kill Jews all over the world sparked outrage, Hamas issued a clarification stating that his statements did not reflect the movement's official positions and that Hamas's struggle is against the occupation, not against Jews around the world or the Jewish faith.
However, MEMRI publications from the past two years show that statements by Hamas members and officials, and content published by Hamas's official media, have been rife with antisemitism. Fathi Hamad himself has made several statements referring to the Jews as "cancer" and "enemies of Allah," and claiming that they "control some of the Arab states." Senior Hamas official Mahmoud Al-Zahhar stated, in speeches before the Hamas parliament, that the Jews had been hated throughout history in the countries where they lived because they corrupted and betrayed these countries "through usury, the worship of money, extreme miserliness, and bribery." Speakers on Hamas Al-Aqsa TV reiterated other antisemitic tropes, such as the claim that the Jews are behind every conspiracy worldwide. Others cited antisemitic Islamic themes, such as the Quranic story that Allah turned the Jews into apes and pigs or the hadith according to which the Muslims will fight and kill the Jews on Judgement Day and the trees and stones will give up Jews who hide behind them.
It should be mentioned that all of these statements were made after Hamas published its May 1, 2017 policy document aimed at presenting the movement as pragmatic, democratic, and tolerant. This document was also aimed at distancing the movement from the antisemitic statements that appear in its charter (although it does not supersede the charter), by stating that Hamas does not fight the Jews as such, but only the Zionist occupation.
The following are excerpts from MEMRI clips and reports published since May 2017.
Fathi Hammad: The Jews Are "Filth," "Cancer" And "Allah's Enemies"; Some Arab States Are Controlled By The Jews
Hamas political bureau member Fathi Hamad himself has made other antisemitic statements in the past year. On February 19, 2019, he said that the Arab regimes that have normalized relations with Israel will be "buried in the trash heaps of history" alongside the Jews, who are Allah's enemies. He said: "We say to all the Arab regimes that normalized [their ties with Israel] overtly or covertly: You shall not succeed... You shall be buried in the trash heaps of history alongside Allah's enemies – the Jews – about whom Allah said: 'You shall find the people strongest in enmity towards the believers to be the Jews and the polytheists.' The Jews are vanquished. They have been defeated."
View the MEMRI TV clip of Fathi Hamad's statements here or below:
In a July 8, 2019 column titled "Stopping Western Civilization" published in the Turkish pro-government Milli Gazete daily, Turkish columnist Mehmed Şevket Eygi asked readers: "Can we allow Western civilization to destroy the world and humanity?" He said that the West was "a civilization not of peace, but of war" and that it was "colonialist, imperialist, extremely capitalist, selfish, and hedonist." He warned that "if the West is not blocked, if no one hits the breaks, humanity will collapse. The religion of Islam and the Muslim world will do this service of blocking and hitting the breaks. In one way or another." He further said that "the imperialist Zionists want to take the world under the domination of Israel by starting a civil war between Muslims and Christians in Europe. If this war does not happen as they want it to, they may be erased from history."
Turkish columnist Mehmed Şevket Eygi (Source: Milligazete.com).
Following are translated excerpts from Eygi's column.
"The West Is Colonialist, Imperialist, Extremely Capitalist, Selfish, And Hedonist"
"Can we allow Western civilization to destroy the world and humanity?... What has this civilization done? What is it doing? It is making and destroying. It did many things and destroyed them in the first two world wars. It is bringing the world and humanity to the third big war, and this time no stone will remain on top of another, nor will a head remain on a torso, there will be a return to the stone age. If we allow the West to do this, we will be committing suicide together with the West. The West advanced very far in the sciences and produced atomic bombs and nuclear weapons. Today there are enough nuclear weapons stored to kill humanity not one time, but a few thousand times..."
Dr. Fouad M. AbdelWahed, an Egyptian professor of Hebrew at King Saud University, said in a June 13, 2019 episode of the antisemitic Egyptian TV show "Blue Line" that some Jews eat matzos that contain human blood on Passover. He said that he believes that some members of the community donate the blood for preparing the matzo, and that the practice – which he said is today limited to "extremist" Haredi Jews – was once widespread among Jews. Dr. AbdelWahed also said that the consumption of this matzo has negative effects on one's health. The show aired on Channel 2 TV (Egypt).
To view the clip of Dr. Fouad M. AbdelWahed on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"On Passover, They Make A Kind Of Matzo That Is Mixed With Blood... Human Blood"
Dr. Fouad M. AbdelWahed: "On Passover, they make a kind of matzo that is mixed with blood."
On July 12, 2019, deliveries of Russian S-400 missile defense systems to Turkey began. Turkish writer Yusuf Kaplan commented on the delivery in the Turkish daily newspaper Yeni Safak, known for its hardline support of the ruling AKP Party, that the acquisition of the S-400 systems represents an important step in Turkey’s fight for independence and its future.
Kaplan also added that Turkey must make strategic agreements with Russia and develop cooperation security projects to balance the "sinister" relations Turkey established with the U.S. and EU countries. However, Kaplan also warned the Turkish government to avoid taking steps that will render Turkey overly dependent on Russia.
According to Kaplan, Russia cannot act independently of Israel and the "Jewish forces" and following the directives of the "lords of the global system" that Turkey is challenging may ensnare Turkey at any moment.
Below is Kaplan's article:
Sudanese opposition activist Khalid Omar Yousef said in a July 5 show on Sudania 24 TV (Sudan) that the Sudanese army has been controlled by Islamists for 30 years. He recounted that during his mandatory military service, high-ranking officers would make him and his comrades chant "there is no god but Allah" even though the rank-and-file soldiers and officers only chanted regular military chants. He explained that this was an example of how the Islamists infused the military with their ideology. Yousef claimed that the Islamists have been pitting freedom, peace, and justice against religion and shari'a law, and he objected that religious belief becomes hypocritical in the absence of freedom because the people fear the state rather than Allah.
Khaled Omar Yousef: "The Sudanese Army has been infiltrated by the Islamists. They have been controlling it for 30 years."
Interviewer: "The Islamization of the army..."
Khaled Omar Yousef: "They have been in control for 30 years. I was sent to do mandatory service [in the Sudanese Army] when I was a student. The rank-and-file soldiers have nothing to do with the Islamic Front. When we participated in the morning drills, the drill sergeant would make us chant ordinary army drill chants. But when one of the officers came with his car and saw us, he would stop us and make us chant: 'There is no god but Allah.' He changed the slogan according to the ideology that the Islamists wanted to infuse into the military. The truth is that the army has been controlled by a political group with a specific ideology for the past 30 years.
"The Islamists had no state – building plan, so they presented the struggle as revolving around shari'a law. They had persisted in engraving into the people's minds the idea of Islamic constitution, time and again, from 1965 to 1989. In 1989, they took exclusive control of the government. Let's see what they have done to shari'a law. They began with false and misleading slogans like: 'Shari'a, shari'a until we die. Shari'a, shari'a before food.' The shari'a can never come before food, because you are supposed to implement it on human beings, and these human beings will die if they do not eat. You cannot implement shari'a law on dead people. Therefore, food must take precedence. Take the slogan: 'Religion must regain its glory, or else our blood, the blood of others, and everybody's blood shall be spilled.' Who will uphold religion if everybody's blood has been spilled?
"Today, those people who oppose freedom, peace, and justice are trying to bring us back to square one. They are pitting freedom against religion, peace against religion, and justice against religion. With regard to religion itself – without freedom, religious belief becomes hypocritical. When the state forces religion on the people, the people do not become religious because they fear Allah, but because they are afraid of the state's weapons."
On July 7, 2019, Al-Masira TV (Yemen) aired a report about the opening of a Houthi military exhibition in Yemen that showcases locally-made ballistic missiles, cruise missiles, spy drones, and attack drones. The opening of the exhibition, which was named after Saleh Al-Samad, a Houthi official killed in a Saudi airstrike in 2018, was attended by Field Marshal Mahdi Al-Mashat, who is the president of the supreme political council and the supreme commander and the armed forces. The report showed Houthi officials cutting the red tape at the exhibit and unveiling the equipment, some of which had "Made in Yemen" written on it. A sign at the exhibit read: "Allah Akbar. Death to America. Death to Israel. May the Jews be cursed. Victory for Islam."
Yemeni Minister of Defense Major General Muhammad Nasser Al-Atifi said that the ballistic surface-to-surface missiles are the "long arm" of the Republic of Yemen and that they are Yemen's "strategic deterrence" meant to strike large strategic targets in the "countries of the aggression." He explained that Yemen has short-range, medium-range, and long-range tactical and ballistic missiles, and he thanked Allah, the men of Yemen's missile force, the "heroic" mujahideen on the front line, and the Yemeni people. The names of some of the equipment included Qasif, Sammad, Qahed-M2, Quds, and Badr.
To view the clip of the exhibition on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
Against the backdrop of the June 25-29, 2019 U.S.-backed Bahrain "Peace to Prosperity" economic workshop discussing the economic aspect of the Trump administration's "Deal of the Century," senior Syrian journalist Fuad Al-Sharabji wrote in his column for the Syrian establishment daily Tishreen comparing U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and advisor Jared Kushner to Shylock, the Jewish moneylender in Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. In the play, Shylock's contract specified that if he is not repaid in time, borrowers must make good the debt by relinquishing a pound of their flesh.
Al-Sharabji wrote that Jared-Shylock is promoting a political deal of "money in exchange for the flesh of Palestine," which he says will lead to the Palestinian refugees receiving citizenship in the countries where they reside in exchange for payment, and the implementation of Israeli sovereignty on any area Israel desires. He went on to castigate the Arab heads of state who, he said, are serving the agenda of this "Zionist-Shylockism."
Jared Kushner speaks at the Peace to Prosperity economic workshop in Bahrain (Source: Arabic.sputniknews.com, June 26, 2019)
Iranian Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani, a member of Iran's Assembly of Experts and the Expediency Council, said in a July 5, 2019 Tehran sermon that aired on Channel 1 TV (Iran) that, starting on July 7, Iran will enrich uranium in any form, level, or amount that is "necessary." He said that Iran's uranium enrichment is solely for purposes of energy and scientific research, and not for the building of an atomic weapon, because "Iran does not see atomic bombs as legitimate and it does not need them." Ayatollah Movahedi explained that if Iran wants to attack a country like Israel because of America's "crimes," it can simply launch missiles at Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona and "razed [Israel] dozens of times" with the 200 nuclear bombs that are in its possession. He warned America: "You must remember that you live in a glass house, and you need to be careful not to throw [stones] at your neighbors." He also threatened that the waters of the Persian Gulf will turn red if Iran is attacked. The audience chanted: "Allah Akbar! Khamenei is the Leader! Death to those who oppose the Rule of the Jurisprudent! Death to America! Death to England!... Death to Israel!"
To view the clip of Ayatollah Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"It Is Enough To Strike Israel's Nuclear Reactor In Dimona With Missiles... Israel Will Be Razed Dozens Of Times By The 200 Nuclear Bombs That Are In Its Possession"
Mohammad Ali Movahedi-Kermani: "Iran will continue to enrich uranium in order to supply electrical energy and for certain scientific purposes. This enrichment is not for the purpose of building an atom bomb, because Iran does not see atomic bombs as legitimate, nor does it need them. If [Iran] wants to attack a country like Israel because of America's crimes, it is enough to strike Israel's nuclear reactor in Dimona with missiles. In such a situation, Israel will be razed dozens of times by the 200 nuclear bombs that are in its possession."
On June 25, 2019, Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), reposted on the organization's website an article he wrote in 2003 on the subject of antisemitism. In this article he claims that accusations of antisemitism have become a deadly weapon in the West that is used to stifle freedom of thought, expression and research. This weapon, he explains, is used against figures who criticize Israel or various "Western and Jewish positions," causing them to be maligned and sometimes even prosecuted or fired from their posts. As an example he mentions Malaysian Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir bin Mohamad, who faced a "vicious campaign" based on the "routine accusation" of antisemitism. This is presumably a reference to the harsh criticism incurred by bin Mohamad in 2003 after he said at an October 16 summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) that "the Jews rule this world by proxy" and "get others to fight and die for them," adding that "1.3 billion Muslims cannot be defeated by a few million Jews" but must find a way to "strategize and then to counter attack." Al-Raissouni also mentions French philosopher Roger Garaudy, who in 1998 was prosecuted for Holocaust denial under French law for challenging the veracity of the Holocaust in his 1996 book The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics.
The article goes on to say that, despite the excessive rights, status and sympathy gained by the Jews as a result of the deeds of the Nazis, the Zionist movement continues to make accusations of antisemitism at every opportunity. This, despite the fact that the real antisemitism today is not directed against Jews but rather at Islam and the Muslims, who are the ones who now face hate campaigns and require protection from them.
It should be noted that the IUMS is supported not only by Qatar but also by Turkey. In an interview with Al-Raissouni on Al-Jazeera in November 18, 2018, shortly after he replaced Al-Qaradawi as the head of the IUMS, he revealed that Qatar has supported the organization since its inception and that Turkey now funds it as well, and said: "There is nothing wrong with that and we don't hide it. On the contrary, we are proud of it and we urge all the countries to follow in the footsteps of those two."
The following are excerpts from Al-Raissouni's article.
Dr. Ahmed Al-Raissouni (source: Raissouni.ma)
In his June 30, 2019 column in the Palestinian Authority (PA) daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Fatah Revolutionary Council member Muwaffaq Matar responded to statements made by U.S. President Donald Trump at a press conference one day previously, at which he announced his decision to cut aid to the Palestinians because of the "hostility" of their leadership towards his administration and its refusal to renew negotiations with Israel. Accusing Trump of racism and arrogance, Matar described him as "a new Hitler who brings destruction upon the world and undermines the very foundations of the balance among states and among peoples." He emphasized that the Palestinians can neither be bribed with financial aid nor intimidated with threats to stop it, and noted that Trump must not be surprised at the attitude of the Palestinian leadership towards him after he has reneged on U.S. commitments to the Palestinians and repeatedly harmed them and their cause.
This column by Muwaffaq Matar is part of the hostile rhetoric in the PA press towards Trump, which includes comparisons of his foreign policy to that of Nazi Germany.
Muwaffaq Matar (image: alwatanvoice.com)
The following are excerpts from Matar's column:
Dr. Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Sidiqqi said in a June 21, 2019 Friday sermon at Masjid Darussalam in San Francisco, which is the largest mosque in downtown San Francisco and which is managed by the Islamic Society of San Francisco, that former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who died recently, had been murdered by Zionist agents. He said that there are many of these agents in the Muslim world working for Satan. Dr. Siddiqi said that Morsi had only been trying to help humanity by spreading the truth of Islam and its message of justice throughout the world, but that the "forces of evil" did not allow it and will not allow it until the Muslims "connect" with each other and "establish the kind of unity that is required." Dr. Siddiqi's website says that he has been serving the Bay Area and the U.S. since 1983. It says that he currently lectures in Islamic Studies and Arabic at Chabot College, at Mission College, at Ohlone College, and at the Graduate Theological Union's Center for Islamic Studies, and that he is the Director of the Islamic Education and Information Center and the founder of the Islamic Law Council. Dr. Siddiqi holds a PhD in Quranic Studies from the University of London and a Master's in Quranic Exegesis from Al-Azhar University in Egypt. The video was uploaded to a YouTube page called IqraTube, which is run by Dr. Siddiqi.
To view the clip of Hafiz Mohammed Khalid Sidiqqi on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Dr. Ali Erbaş, the Turkish minister of religious affairs, spoke at a June 18, 2019 memorial service that was held in Turkey in honor of former Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, who had died the previous day. Erbaş referred to Morsi as a martyr and prayed for Allah to grant Turkish children and youth the ability to view people like Morsi as role models. Erdoğan said that he believes that Morsi, who he also said was a martyr, did not die a "normal" death, and that Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi is a weak coward, a tyrant, and a killer who should burn in Hell. He also criticized the West for remaining silent about Morsi's death, and he said that there are people like Sisi in Turkey who threaten him with the same fate as Morsi's. Erdoğan cautioned the audience against these people and said: "If they understood [martyrdom], they would not say these things."
The crowd chanted several slogans, including: "Down with the rule of the military," "Allah is our goal, the Prophet Muhammad is our role model, the Quran is our constitution, jihad is our path, and death for the sake of Allah is our loftiest aspiration," and "Khaybar, Khaybar, oh Jews, the Army of Muhammad will return." The videos in this clip were uploaded to the Internet by the YouTube channel of the Turkish Ministry of Religious Affairs and TicToc by Bloomberg.
To view the clip of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
In his June 19, 2019, column in Turkey's Yeni Şafak daily, a mouthpiece of Turkey's ruling AKP (Justice and Development) party, the paper's editor-in-chief, İbrahim Karagül, focused on the June 17, 2019 death of former Egyptian president and Muslim Brotherhood leader Mohamed Morsi. The column was also published in translation on Yeni Şafak's English-language website.
Presenting Morsi's death as an assassination, Karagül blamed it on a conspiracy by the governments of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE, calling them "hitmen" for the multinational forces behind them, primarily the U.S. and Israel. Linking this alleged conspiracy to the Jews, he added: "Those who crucified Christ and drove Prophet Muhammad from Mecca also martyred Morsi."
Yeni Şafak editor-in-chief İbrahim Karagül.
Karagül went on to accuse Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Zayed of, inter alia, launching a war against Turkey, involvement in the July 2016 attempted coup in Turkey, and attempting to assassinate Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan. Implying that plots are now underway to assassinate President Erdoğan, Karagül wrote: "We know that there are miscreants waiting in ambush to apply [the] Morsi scenario in Turkey!"
The following is an op-ed by MEMRI Executive Director Steven Stalinsky that was originally published in The Hill on May 25, 2019.
Following the recent successful and many attempted attacks on Jewish targets inside the U.S., there has been a great deal of condemnation of anti-Semitism, but almost no conversation about what to do about it. On Capitol Hill, there have been multiple statements; earlier this month, in a strongly worded bipartisan Resolution in the Senate, 39 Republicans and five Democrats expressed their commitment to combating all forms of anti-Semitism. While this and other resolutions have powerfully denounced the attacks on the Jewish community, what is needed is a plan of action to fight it.
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