February 1, 2002 Special Dispatch No. 339

Egyptian Government Weekly Reproduces Nazi Propaganda Forgery

February 1, 2002
Egypt | Special Dispatch No. 339

An antisemitic Nazi forgery targeting American Jews was reproduced recently by an Egyptian government weekly. Anarticle by Salah Al-Din Hilmi, titled "The Jews are Bloodsuckers and Will Yet Conquer America," appeared in theEgyptian government weekly Akher Sa'a[1] and included a photocopy of a forged document that Hilmi claimed iskept at the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia [the chief librarian of the Franklin Institute refuted this claim and statedthe Institute does not posses any such document].[2]

The forged document appeared in a 1935 volume of the German antisemitic book "A Handbook on the JewishQuestion." It alleges that Benjamin Franklin made comments against Jewish immigration to the United States duringa recess in the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in 1789 [the convention was actually held two years earlier]. Following are excerpts from the Nazi forgery which appeared in Akher Sa'a:

"A great danger threatens the United States of America. This great danger is the Jew…"

"For more than 1,700 years they have lamented their sorrowful state, namely that they have been driven out of theirmotherland, but, gentlemen, if the civilized world today should give them back Palestine, and their property, they wouldimmediately find pressing reasons why they could not return there. Why? Because they are vampires, and vampires cannot liveon other vampires… They must live among Christians and others who do not belong to their race."

"If they are not excluded from the United States by the Constitution, within at least 100 years, they shall stream into thiscountry in such numbers that they shall rule and destroy us and change our form of government for which we Americans shedour blood and sacrificed our lives, property, and personal freedom."

"If the Jews are not excluded within 200 years, our children will be working in the fields to feed the Jews while they remainin the counting houses, gleefully rubbing their hands…"

[1] Akher Sa'a (Egypt), January 9, 2002.

[2] In a phone conversation on 1/30/02, the chief librarian of the Franklin Institute confirmed that the Institute does not possess any suchdocument.

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