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August 12, 2013 0

Egyptian Magazine Blames Jews For Muslim Anti-Semitism In Sweden

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Octo­ber Magazine”

Anti-Semitism is a result of “Jew­ish racism against other minori­ties,” an inves­tiga­tive report by Egypt­ian jour­nal­ist Mohamed Hilal states in the lat­est issue of the Egyptian-weekly Octo­ber Mag­a­zine. The report pur­ports to address the rise of anti-Semitism in the south­ern Swedish city of Malmo, a city known for its large immi­grant Mus­lim community.

Octo­ber Mag­a­zine was founded in 1976 to rep­re­sent the polit­i­cal views of Egypt­ian national secularists.  

Enti­tled “The Sub­ver­sion of Jews in the City of Seren­ity and Tol­er­ance,” the report claims to inves­ti­gate the rise of attacks against Jews in Sweden’s third largest city, which are often attrib­uted to young immi­grants with roots in the Mid­dle East.

The report asserts that anti-Semitic attacks against Jews stem from the Jew­ish com­mu­nity and its actions, stat­ing, “Some experts con­firmed that the solu­tion of the prob­lem is not through increas­ing secu­rity forces and safety mea­sures, because the prob­lem is rooted in the Jew­ish com­mu­nity itself; they are used to break­ing the norms and pro­voke other reli­gious com­mu­ni­ties, includ­ing the Mus­lim community.”

The report also sug­gests that one of the roots of anti-Semitism in Malmo is the Jew­ish community’s sup­port for Israel. It draws on a state­ment made by Malmo’s for­mer mayor, Ilmar Reepalu, who, in 2009, sug­gested that mem­bers of the Jew­ish com­mu­nity had them­selves to blame for sup­port­ing Israel.

As usual, the Jews attack, and then com­plain,” the arti­cle con­cludes when describ­ing a recent rally held by Malmo’s Jew­ish com­mu­nity in protest of the con­tin­u­ous attacks and harass­ment fac­ing their community.

Octo­ber Mag­a­zine has pre­vi­ously pub­lished anti-Semitic arti­cles and drawn com­par­isons between Israeli lead­ers and Nazis. The magazine’s Sep­tem­ber 2011 issue, for exam­ple, fea­tured an image of Israeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Netanyahu as a Nazi offi­cer with an accom­pa­ny­ing arti­cle accus­ing Israeli lead­ers of per­pe­trat­ing crimes exceed­ing those com­mit­ted by the Nazis.

In the past, ADL has expressed con­cerns about ris­ing anti-Semitism in Malmo.

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January 24, 2013 8

Holocaust Imagery Taints Gun Control Debate

Update 1/17/14: The polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol con­tin­ues to be marked by the inap­pro­pri­ate use of Holo­caust imagery by some gun advo­cates. Musi­cian and gun advo­cate Ted Nugent com­pared film pro­ducer Har­vey Wein­stein to a Nazi pro­pa­gan­dist.

Update 3/5/12: The list of inap­pro­pri­ate Holo­caust analo­gies regard­ing gun con­trol con­tin­ues to grow. NRA Pres­i­dent David Keene defended the depic­tion of New York Gov­er­nor Andrew Cuomo as Hitler at a rally in Albany protest­ing new state gun reg­u­la­tions. In an inter­view on March 1, Keene said, “Folks that are cog­nizant of the his­tory, not just in Ger­many but else­where, look back to the his­tory, and say we can’t let that sort of thing hap­pen here.”

The charged polit­i­cal debate over gun con­trol in the after­math of the Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary School shoot­ing con­tin­ues to be tainted by inap­pro­pri­ate invo­ca­tions of Hitler, Nazis, and gen­eral Holo­caust imagery.

These com­par­isons, made by polit­i­cal pun­dits on national news pro­grams as well by oth­ers out­side pol­i­tics, are not only mis­placed and offen­sive, rely­ing on fac­tu­ally incor­rect premises and exag­ger­a­tions, but also deflect atten­tion away from an impor­tant national discussion.

One anal­ogy sug­gests that Pres­i­dent Barack Obama is some­how rem­i­nis­cent of Hitler because of his gun con­trol pro­pos­als. For exam­ple, on Jan­u­ary 9, the home­page of The Drudge Report fea­tured an image of Hitler and Stalin with the cap­tion “WHITE HOUSE THREATENSEXECUTIVE ORDERSON GUNS.”

A sim­i­lar com­par­i­son was made by Ohio State Board of Edu­ca­tion Pres­i­dent Debe Tehrar, who posted a num­ber of pro-gun and anti-Obama mes­sages on her Face­book page, includ­ing a photo of Hitler with the cap­tion: “Never for­get what this tyrant said: ‘To con­quer a nation, first dis­arm its cit­i­zens.’ — Adolf Hitler.”

Another com­mon theme that has emerged in recent weeks is that if only the vic­tims of the Holo­caust had bet­ter access to guns, the Nazi regime would not have been able to sys­tem­at­i­cally mur­der so many people.

For exam­ple, Fox News’ Andrew Napoli­tano made this argu­ment in a Jan­u­ary 10 col­umn on FoxNews.com. Napoli­tano wrote that, “If the Jews in the War­saw ghetto had had the fire­power and ammu­ni­tion that the Nazis did, some of Poland might have stayed free and more per­sons would have sur­vived the Holocaust.”

Indi­vid­u­als on the fringes of the polit­i­cal debate also have weighed in with this nar­ra­tive. In a Jan­u­ary 15 col­umn for the web­site World­Net­Daily, dis­graced for­mer Major League Base­ball pitcher John Rocker wrote that “the Holo­caust would have never taken place had the Jew­ish cit­i­zenry of Hitler’s Ger­many had the right to bear arms and defended them­selves with those arms.”

It should be noted that the small num­ber of per­sonal firearms in the hands of the small num­ber of Germany’s Jews (about 214,000) remain­ing in Ger­many in 1938 could in no way have stopped the total­i­tar­ian power of the Nazi Ger­man state. When they had weapons, Jews could sym­bol­i­cally resist, as they did in the 1943 War­saw Upris­ing and else­where, but could not stop the Nazi geno­cide machine. Gun con­trol did not cause the Holo­caust; Nazism and anti-Semitism did.

Invok­ing the Holo­caust in dis­cus­sions of con­tro­ver­sial issues is noth­ing new. Con­spir­acy the­o­rist Lyn­don LaRouche, leader of a fringe polit­i­cal cult that defies cat­e­go­riza­tion, and his sup­port­ers have con­tributed to the divi­sive­ness sur­round­ing the pub­lic debate on health care reform by pro­duc­ing and dis­sem­i­nat­ing mate­ri­als com­par­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama and other gov­ern­ment offi­cials to Hitler, Nazis and fas­cists.

Offen­sive Holo­caust analo­gies have also been used by Democ­rats and Repub­li­cans alike on a num­ber of issues, and by pub­lic fig­ures from var­i­ous sec­tors of soci­ety when dis­cussing top­ics rang­ing from abor­tion to ani­mal rights to the Israeli-Palestinian con­flict to LGBT rights.

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