One must wonder why Turkish President Erdogan’s anti-Semitic rhetoric is brushed aside so lightly. Or, why Europe, enamored by the Palestinians whose dream is Israel’s annihilation, support the Iran nuclear deal.
Instead of reminding itself of the Iranian fascination with the Nazi concept of the Aryan race (under Nazi influence Persia has changed its name to Iran, or the land of the Aryans), Europe instead turns a blind eye to Iran’s expressed desire to exterminate Israel. It might be that in our strange world, where “Nazi” has become a swear word for those who don’t agree with our political views, the real Nazis are becoming invisible, thus free to pursue their own version of the “final solution.”
So, let us be reminded. Speaking at the International Mount of Olives Peace Awards at the Cemal Resit Rey Concert Hall in Istanbul, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that the “Palestinians are the symbol of all oppressed people in the world because of the persecution, massacres and injustices they have been subjected to.” The future of humanity would be determined according to its stance regarding the Palestine cause and the question of Jerusalem, he insisted, adding that “either humanity will turn toward the light, freedom and moral values, or toward injustice and oppression.”
Erdogan’s vile words (there are many more examples) echo Hitler’s attitude toward the Jews. In his nauseating Mein Kampf, Hitler wrote that “the Jew offers the most striking contrast to the Aryan” – the ideal human being who has suffered from Jewish oppression for generations. By singling out the Palestinians as the symbol of all the oppressed peoples in the world, Erdogan has effectively leveled the same accusation, that Israel is this diabolical agent that ruins human society by hurting these pristine, Aryan-like Palestinians.
Likewise, the horrendous injustice Israel inflicts upon the Palestinians merits a universal campaign against the Jewish state, or, if you like, the launching of a holy war by the sons of light against the sons of darkness. Hitler said: “My conduct is in accordance with the will of the Almighty Creator. In standing guard against the Jew I am defending the handiwork of the Lord.”
Erdogan sees Israel as morally corrupt, a despotic entity that denies freedom and human rights, a pariah state that inflicts injustice upon peace-loving, innocent people. This is how Hitler viewed the Jews: “In the field of politics [the Jew] now begins to replace the idea of democracy by introducing the dictatorship of the proletariat … Economically he brings about the destruction of the State by a systematic method of sabotaging social enterprises … politically [the Jew] works to withdraw from the State its means of subsistence … culturally [the Jew’s] activity consists in bowdlerizing art, literature and the theatre … of religion he makes a mockery. Morality and decency are described as antiquated prejudices.”
Erdogan’s Nazi-like rhetoric came shortly after Mahmoud Abbas expressed his own support for Hitler’s views. The Holocaust was not caused by anti-Semitism, but by the “social behavior” of the Jews, including money-lending, the Palestinian leader spewed from his fortress in Ramallah.
The overwhelming Muslim support for Hitler should be too obvious to ignore. And yet, that’s precisely what the international community does. This refusal to confront the new Muslim expression of Nazism allows the likes of Erdogan, Abbas and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei to continue nourishing their phobia. In their make-believe world, Israel can be portrayed in any form they desire. Throwing facts at them, therefore, is as good as trying to convince Hitler that “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is a Russian hoax. In fact, the more harshly Israel condemns these figures, the more they are convinced of their own anti-Semitic conclusions. Hitler wrote that the Jews’ vigorous repudiation of “The Protocols” was “evidence in favor of their authenticity.”
If the claims made in “The Protocols” were true, the new Nazis would have every right to rally the world in an effort to wipe Israel from the face of the earth. On the other hand, if Erdogan, Abbas and Khamenei are really manifestations of 21st century Nazism, then it is time to stop praising the Chamberlains, and to start looking for a Churchill.