On May 3, MEMRI released a clip from a video of an April 22, 2019 "Ummah Day" celebration at the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia (MAS Philly) that had been posted on the MAS Philly Facebook page (MEMRI TV Clip No. 7194, Children In Philadelphia Muslim Society: We Will Sacrifice Ourselves For Al-Aqsa; Will Chop Off The Enemies' Heads, Subject Them To Eternal Torture). The clip received over two million views on social media, and was denounced by Members of Congress. Following the release of the MEMRI clip, MAS Philly removed the video from its Facebook page.
On May 4, the Muslim American Society wrote on its website that the event had been organized by a school separate from MAS Philly, that the person responsible had been fired, and that the video had been uploaded to the MAS Philly Facebook page "without verifying the content... for appropriateness and making sure it conforms to our hate-free policy and values." On May 6, the Philadelphia Commission on Human Relations announced that it was launching a probe into the events shown in the video.
Also May 6, MEMRI released a clip of a similar song sung by children at MAS Philly, from a video uploaded to the MAS Philly Facebook page on May 28, 2017 (MEMRI TV Clip No. 7201, Children Singing In Philadelphia Muslim Society: We Will Be Martyred On Palestine's Soil As Fedayeen (Archival). In it, three girls sang a song at a ceremony; the first girl sang "I am the daughter of the revolution... With my blood, I crossed the border to Palestine of the free... The shield of the revolution shines from my chest." The second girl sang: "I raise the banner of your rebels on every battlefield... Your perseverance, defiance, and determination will turn us into fedayeen. We will be martyred on your soil and you will cover us with a laurel crown." The third girl sang: "I am a stone in a rebel's sling – I am a revolution that shakes the occupier... I will not be humiliated."
The following are reactions to the MEMRI TV clip released May 3, 2019, and the transcript of the MEMRI TV clip released May 6, 2019.
On April 22, 2019, the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia (MAS Philly) uploaded a video of an "Ummah Day" celebration to its Facebook page in which young children wearing Palestinian scarves sang: "Glorious steeds call us and lead us [to] the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The blood of martyrs protects us... Take us, oh ships... until we reach our shores and crush the treacherous ones... Flow, oh rivers of martyrs!" A young girl read a poem praising martyrs who sacrificed their lives for Palestine, and she asked: "Will [Jerusalem] be a hotbed for cowards?" Another young girl read: "We will defend [Palestine] with our bodies... We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque... We will subject them to eternal torture." MAS Philly belongs to the Muslim American Society (MAS), which has 42 chapters in the United States and one in the United Kingdom. MAS' website says that its mission is to "move people to strive for God-consciousness, liberty and justice, and to convey Islam with utmost clarity," and that its vision is "a virtuous and just American society."
To view the clip of the Muslim American Society Islamic Center in Philadelphia on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"Glorious Steeds Call Us And Lead Us Onto Paths Leading To The Al-Aqsa Mosque – The Blood Of Martyrs Protects Us"
Child Narrator: "Those who accept humiliation – what is the point in their existence? Those who reject oppression are the ones who assert their existence, and they eliminate the injustice from the land of the Arabs."
On April 30, 2019, one day before Israel's Holocaust Day, the Saudi English-language daily Arab News published an op-ed titled "Remember the Holocaust So Its Horrors Are Not Repeated," by Dr. Ellen R. Wald, a historian and consultant on geopolitics and the energy industry who writes for the paper on a regular basis. In the article, Wald writes that it is important to commemorate the various horrific acts of genocide and savagery that occurred throughout the 20th century, including the Armenian genocide, the atrocities of the Khmer Rouge in Cambodia, the slaughter of the Tutsi by the Hutu in Rwanda, and many others. However, she says, amid the atrocities of that century, there is one genocide that must never be forgotten, namely the Holocaust, which stands out for its scope and the character of its perpetrators. Presenting many details about the unfolding of the Holocaust, she notes that this genocide was different from the others not only because of the number of people slaughtered, but because it was planned, organized and implemented by a supposedly civilized, modern society. She adds that antisemitism is one of the most ancient hatreds in the world, for Jews have been the object of persecution and bigotry for millennia, in many parts of the world. She concludes that the Holocaust should be studied by everyone, not only by those who have a personal connection to it, because antisemitism and all other forms of irrational hatred can lead to terrible horrors. "The fight against bigotry, hate and persecution is constant, and we must learn and remember what was done in the past so that we never repeat it," she writes.
The following is the article, as it appeared in Arab News.[i]
Ellen R. Wald (image: www.ellenrwald.com)
Thaqalayn TV, which is based in Lebanon and Turkey, aired an interview with Gaza Return March Activist Maryam Abu Moussa on April 24, 2019. In the interview Abu Moussa said that the Palestinians will soon bury the Jews in the" ditches of Hitler". She claimed that when Hitler ordered the Russians to dig ditches to bury the Jews in World War II, they refused to do so because they were "humane". Conversely, she claims that when Hitler ordered the Jews to bury the Russians in ditches, "they did so immediately." According to Abu Moussa, Hitler said to the Russians: "I wanted you to know the truth about those Jews and why I burn them." She added that "they do not believe in the humanity of people, so how could they be expected to believe in the humanity of the Palestinians?" Abu Moussa continued to say that if the Jews get their hands on the Golan Heights "the entire Arab world will be grabbed by Israel overnight." Abu Moussa accused the Arabs of making fools of the Palestinians. She pledged that the Palestinian people will restore the honor of the Islamic nation and liberate Palestine and the rest of the Arab world. Abu Moussa concluded with a threat to US President Donald Trump: "Your end will come at the hand of a Palestinian boy." She added: "Allah willing, we will soon pelt you with shoes."
To view the clip of Maryam Abu Moussa on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"Allah Willing, We Will Soon Carry [The Jews] And Throw Them Into The Ditches Of Hitler"
Maryam Abu Moussa: "Allah willing, we will soon carry [the Jews] and throw them into the ditches of Hitler, who wanted to burn them. I’d like to remind you of a story. When Hitler ordered the Russians to dig deep ditches in which to bury the Jews, the Russians refused to perpetrate such an act of barbarism, and such a heinous crime against humanity. The Russians are humane. But when Hitler ordered the Jews to bury the Russians, they did so immediately. Do you know what Hitler said to the Russians? 'I wanted you to know the truth about those Jews and why I burn them.'
Dr. Abou Al-Azayem Farjallah, a Hebrew professor at the Egyptian Helwan University, said in an April 4, 2019 episode of the antisemitic show, "Blue Line," on Channel 2 TV (Egypt) that Jews have historically had a psychological complex he referred to as the "persecution complex." He said that the Jews were never really persecuted and that they have historically lived in isolation by choice and refused to assimilate. He also said that the persecution of Jews that took place during WWII was organized and perpetrated by the Zionist movement, which he claimed collaborated with German leaders in carrying out violence against Jews in order to force immigration to Palestine. He explained that the Holocaust did not happen the way people think it did since it targeted non-Jews, as well, and that the gas chambers the Nazis used could not have been used for the execution of millions of people.
To view the clip of Dr. Abou Al-Azayem Farjallah on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
On March 29, 2019, Al-Nujaba TV (Iraq) aired a report about foreign support for NGOs operating in Iraq. Hamid Al-Husseini, the Secretary-General of the Union of Iraqi Radio and TV Networks, said that the roughly 3,000 "dubious" NGOs operating in Baghdad were established by the U.S. occupation and target Iraqi youth. He said that most of these NGOs are run by larger organizations that were founded by Jews. Iraqi political analyst Mahmoud Al-Hashemi said that the NGOs are part of a "soft war" being waged by the U.S. and Israel to fragment Iraqi society and plant Western values in it. Hashem Al-Kindi of the Al-Hadaf Research Center said that some of the NGOs organize festivals in Iraq. He gave the example of a kite festival organized to show support for the Iraqi security forces and he claimed that its main purpose was actually to have dancing, singing, and free mixing of the sexes. He said that the kites that were flown were in the colors of the LGBT flag. Al-Kindi also said that the NGOs encourage women to dress in ways that contradict shari'a law and influence men to style their beards to look like Theodor Herzl.
To view the clip of Hamid Al-Husseini on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"The Main Purpose Of [The Kite Festival] Was To Have Boys And Girls In The Same Place, There Was Dancing, Singing, And Mingling," Kites "Were In The Colors Of The Homosexuals"
Reporter: "In this episode, we will expose important details about the NGOs operating in Iraq – how they are run and what exactly they are doing in Iraq."
Kuwaiti researcher Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna repeated the antisemitic blood libel that Jews use human blood, preferably of Christian children, in the making of holiday pastries. He further said that the Jews would destroy the moral values and economy of any country they entered, that they monopolized the slave trade, and that Hitler had decided to get rid of the Jews because they were behind movements fighting the social order and behind pornography. Al-Muhanna warned that anyone who normalizes relations with them is "a Jew like them." Muhanna posted the video on his Youtube channel, which has over 13,000 subscribers, on February 26, 2019. The 47-minute long video was viewed close to 25,000 times.
To view the clip of Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"One Of The Most Famous Religious Practices Of The Jews Is The Slaughter Of A Christian Child On A Certain Holiday"
Muhanna Hamad Al-Muhanna: "One of the most famous religious practices of the Jews is the slaughter of a Christian child on a certain holiday. They take his blood and make it into a pastry, which is eaten on that day. They call it 'sacred blood.' It must be an innocent child, who has not been contaminated by the world. When Muhammad Ali Pasha ruled Syria, there was the case of Father Thomas. This is one of the most famous incidents in history.
Tunisian actor Walid Nahdi said in an April 4, 2019 broadcast on Radio Med (Tunisia) that he would not go to Israel if given an opportunity to do so, and that he cannot tolerate the Jews and their "distinct odor." He said that he also does not feel comfortable around and cannot stand homosexuals. Tunisian actress Manal Abdul Qawi, who was also on the show, rebuked Nahdi and defended Jews, saying that Tunisian Jews love Tunisia more than many non-Jews do. She also said that homosexuality is a private matter. Abdul Qawi added that she accepts all races and religions and that she values personal freedom. Yamina Thabet, the head of the Tunisian Association for Support of Minorities (see MEMRI TV clip no. 7063 Tunisian Minority Rights Activist Yamina Thabet Criticizes Tunisian Constitution, Education System for Ignoring Jews And Christians, Says Homosexuals Are Imprisoned, Tortured, February 15, 2019), has filed a legal complaint against Walid Nahdi following his comments. This excerpt was not posted by Radio Med to their social media accounts; rather, it was uploaded to the Internet by other Tunisian accounts.
To view the clip of Walid Nahdi on MEMRI TV, click here or below.
"Ever Since I Was A Kid, I Have Not Been Able To Tolerate The Smell Of The Jews, They Have A Special, Distinct Odor"
Interviewer: "If you were to receive an offer to go to Israel..."
Walid Nahdi: "I wouldn't go.
"When we were kids, there were three Jewish families living with us in our building. Believe me, ever since I was a kid, I have not been able to tolerate the smell of the Jews. They have a special, distinct odor..."
The following is a new report in a series from the MEMRI initiative researching online incitement against Jews, people of color, Muslims and the LGBTQ+ community. Government, media, and academia can request a full copy by writing to [email protected] with the title of this report in the subject line.
This series and initiative are part of the MEMRI Lantos Archives on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial, which aims to bring these issues to media, to present evidence so that legal countermeasures can be taken, and to inform policy makers in order to provide the informational infrastructure for policies, strategies and legislative initiatives to counter them. It is the largest collection of this content in the world.
Facebook user "S.L." (full name and details available from MEMRI) has posted and shared extensive antisemitic content,some of which suggests a possible threat to individuals. His posts present his covert surveillance and photographing of Orthodox Jews in the Monroe, New York area, his possession of an axe, and his desire to use it. The subject of most of his posts is his belief that Jewish doctors harvest and consume the blood and organs of non-Jews, under the guise of providing medical care.
An analysis of the language and content of a very active account on the GAB platform suggests that this account too belongs to S.L., under another name. This account has had over 6,000 posts since it was opened approximately eight months ago.
S.L. appears to be located in the U.S. His Facebook account has been suspended multiple times, and has been inactive or suspended since September 2018; the activity on the GAB account that appears to be his continues, as noted.
In July and August 2018, S.L. posted on Facebook a series of covertly taken photos of Orthodox Jews with antisemitic captions. Photo analysis suggests these were taken in and around a convenience store in Monroe, New York, an area near several Jewish communities.
Previously, S.L. posted a series of photos of a displayed axe, adding a caption referring to wiping blood off the blade. He shared a document naming prominent American Jews, including Sen. Bernie Sanders and then-Anti-Defamation League director Abe Foxman, accusing them of calling for genocide of the white race. He then commented on his own post, stating: "I wanna kill."
S.L. has also posted multiple original essays about Jewish conspiracies to harvest the blood and organs of non-Jews. One, titled "The Organ Harvesting Ritual," gave a lengthy description of the process used by Jews.
Below are some examples of S.L.'s antisemitic and threatening activity on Facebook, and from the GAB account that most likely also belongs to him.
In his March 3, 2019 column in the leading London-based Saudi daily Al-Sharq Al-Awsat, Saudi journalist and businessman Hussein Shobakshi condemned the deeply rooted hatred of Jews in Islamic culture, in which the term "Jew" is strongly derogatory. Shobakshi mused on why the Muslims do not differentiate between the Israeli Zionists and the Jews in general, even though Allah had instructed the Muslims to love and respect Jews and Christians, and even though the Prophet Muhammad himself had married a Jewess, made pacts with Jews, and maintained relations with them. He called on the Muslims to first achieve peace amongst themselves and with those around them, and to recognize that they have profound antisemitic hatred and racism, and that they are capable nevertheless of carrying out Allah's commandment and respect the Jews.
Hussein Shobakshi (Czechsaudi.cz/en)