Readers of the New York Times awoke last week to hard evidence that President Morsi of Egypt was an antisemite. (So did readers of the Times of London, Deutsche Welle, the Huffington Post, the BBC website and just about every major news medium.)
In a TV interview recorded in 2010, the President, who heads the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice party, was heard to utter various slurs against the Jewish people, quoting Koranic suras calling Jews ‘descendants of apes and pigs’.
Although Morsi’s 2010 rant has only just been released, the media had to be embarrassed into exposing it. The Egyptian president’s antisemitism may have come as a shock because the western press and media rarely report incitement by Arab press and politicians. Once the cat was out of the bag, Morsi’s outburst was duly condemned both by the media and the US government.
But another remark this month, by another Arab leader, received next to no coverage at all: Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told a Fatah rally that the wartime Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was his hero.
The Palestinian Mufti, a leading Arab figure, was a staunch ally of Hitler, spending the years between 1941 and 1945 in Berlin. He actively collaborated with the Nazis in their goal of exterminating the Jews. Abbas declared that the Mufti was” a great man whose ways should be emulated by all PA Arabs, and was worthy of great praise.”
The media silence has been deafening. Almost no western reporters picked up on Abbas’s controversial rhetoric.
*Because westerners want so badly to believe that these leaders are moderates they can do business with. President Morsi, we were reminded, was pragmatic enough to broker a truce in Gaza between Hamas and Israel. Abbas is Israel’s ‘moderate’ peace partner.
*Because ‘the racism of low expectations’ does not demand better behaviour of ‘people of colour’: only ‘man bites dog’ stories are newsworthy.
*Because the West habitually reverses cause and effect in its coverage of the conflict – Arab actions are understandable reactions to ‘Israeli aggression’.
*Because the Palestinians have managed to deceive liberal opinion by cloaking their genocidal rhetoric in the claims of a ‘just cause’.
The media are colluding in a cover-up of the three-way axis between Nazis, the Mufti and the Muslim Brotherhood.
The Palestinian national movement was founded by the Mufti. After WW2 Haj Amin al-Husseini was appointed head of the Muslim Brotherhood in Palestine. His legacy of Nazi-inspired eliminationist Jew-hatred is alive and well not just among the Palestinians, but across the Arab world.
But the fascism inherent in the pronouncements of Morsi and Abbas is the key to understanding why there is still an Arab-Muslim conflict against Israel. Such fascism the Western media is loath to reveal.
As Sky TV‘s Tim Marshall puts it: “in Europe, when Europeans say things such as expressed above, we recognise them as ‘Fascistic’. When expressed by people in some other parts of the globe we appear frightened to call things what they are.”
Why is the West frightened to condemn fascism in ‘people of colour’? Is it because the West sees itself guilty of worse crimes against them – colonialism and imperialism?
It is essential to report what Mahmoud Abbas says because the Palestinian Authority leader considers himself as the heir to the Mufti’s struggle to liberate Palestine from the Jews. And he has plenty of support: an apparent Hitler quote implying that the genocide of the Jews did not go far enough garnered nearly 2,000 ‘likes’ on the Facebook ‘Palestine News’ page.
The West is in danger of over-rating these two leaders’ pragmatism. Both the PA and the Muslim Brotherhood have embraced Jew-hatred as ideology.
As Lebanese liberal Joseph Bishara writes of the Muslim Brotherhood:
“The MB’s hatred for the Jews is a matter of religious principle, which lies at the heart of its creed and cannot be changed, revoked, or disregarded.
“This hatred did not emerge in the 20th century or [after] Israel’s establishment or the occupation of Arab and Palestinian lands by Israel. This hatred is historic, with roots going back to the inception of Islam.”
Similarly, there are countless examples of Abbas’s true intentions, but the West refuses to take them at face value.
For a true understanding of what drives the Arab-Israeli conflict, it does nobody any favours for the media to obscure, omit or suppress evidence of Jew-hatred ideology on account of ‘political correctness’, wishful thinking or guilt.