Eretz Israel is our unforgettable historic homeland...The Jews who will it shall achieve their State...And whatever we attempt there for our own benefit will redound mightily and beneficially to the good of all mankind. (Theodor Herzl, DerJudenstaat, 1896)

We offer peace and amity to all the neighbouring states and their peoples, and invite them to cooperate with the independent Jewish nation for the common good of all. The State of Israel is ready to contribute its full share to the peaceful progress and development of the Middle East.
(From Proclamation of the State of Israel, 5 Iyar 5708; 14 May 1948)

With a liberal democratic political system operating under the rule of law, a flourishing market economy producing technological innovation to the benefit of the wider world, and a population as educated and cultured as anywhere in Europe or North America, Israel is a normal Western country with a right to be treated as such in the community of nations.... For the global jihad, Israel may be the first objective. But it will not be the last. (Friends of Israel Initiative)

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

The Muslim Brotherhood's Jihad against the Jews and Israel

A chilling and comprehensive report, scholarly and well-documented, has been prepared by Dr Harold Brackman for The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Entitled “Hitler Put Them in Their Place”: Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood’s Jihad Against Jews, Judaism, and Israel,” it is mandatory reading for all who seek to understand the true nature and objectives of an organisation which is being misunderstood and sanitised in so much of the Western media, not least the BBC.

Here’s a taste of the report:

Wishful Thinking in High Places:

“Ayatollah Khomeini will eventually be hailed as a saint.” Former U.S. Ambassador to the UN, Andrew Young (1979)

“[The Muslim Brotherhood is] an umbrella term for a variety of movements, in the case of Egypt, a very heterogeneous group, largely secular, which has eschewed violence and has decried Al-Qaeda as a perversion of Islam.” Director of National Intelligence (DNI), James Clapper (2011)

Sober Warnings:

The Global Threat: “A radicalized understanding of Islam has taken hold, possibly over a wider swathe than at any other time in the fourteen centuries of Muslim history, and it has driven out or silenced every serious
rival.” Director of the Middle East Forum, Daniel Pipes (2002)

The Mistake of “Engagement”: “To think that engaging the Ikhwan [the Brotherhood] will somehow reduce support for extremism is a misplaced notion that is to misunderstand the politics of the region.” Senior Research Associate at the Centre for International Studies, Cambridge University, Alison Pargeter (2010)

A Muslim Assessment: “The Muslim Brotherhood’s problem is that it has no shame. The beginnings of all the religious terrorism we are witnessing is in the Muslim Brother’s ideology of takfir [vilifying other Muslims]. . . . The founders of the violent groups were raised on the Muslim Brotherhood, and those who worked with bin Laden and al-Qaeda went out under the mantle of the Brotherhood.”  Kuwait’s former Education Minister, Dr. Ahmad al-Rab’i (2005)

In Their Own Words:

The Death Cult: “Degradation and dishonour are the results of the love of this world. Therefore, prepare for jihad and be the lovers of death. . . .
Death is an art, and the most exquisite of arts when practiced by the skilful artist.” Brotherhood Founder Hassan al-Banna (c. 1940)

Violence: “History does not write its lines except with [sic]. Glory does not build its lofty edifice except with skulls. Honor and respect cannot be established except on a foundation of cripples and corpses.” Brotherhood Leader and Osama bin Laden’s Teacher, Abdullah Azzam (2003)

Democracy: “Democracy contradicts and wages war on Islam. Whoever calls for democracy means they are raising banners contradicting God’s plan and fighting Islam.” Brotherhood Supreme Spiritual Leader, Mustapha Mashour (1981)

Kill the Jews: “The Versailles Treaty was a disaster for the Germans as well as the Arabs. But the Germans know how to get rid of the Jews. . . . the Germans have never harmed any Muslim, and they are again fighting our common enemy who persecuted Arabs and Muslims. But most of all, they have definitely solved the Jewish problem. Arabs! Rise as one to protect your scared rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. . . . God is with you.” Brotherhood Ally, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammad Amin al-Husayni (1943)

Hitler’s Final Solution: “Throughout history, Allah has imposed upon the [Jews] who would punish them for their corruption. The last punishment was carried out by Hitler. By means of all the things he did to them – even though they exaggerated this issue – he managed to put them in their place.” Muslim Brotherhood’s Current Spiritual Head Yusuf el-Qaradawi (2009)

The Future of Peace: “There is no dialogue between us [Muslims and Jews] except by the sword and rifle. . . . [We pray Allah] to take this oppressive, Jewish, Zionist band of people. . . . do not spare a single one of them. . . . count their numbers and kill them down to the very last one.” Muslim Brotherhood’s Current Spiritual Head, Yusuf al-Qaradawi (2009)

Plans for America: “[North America is] a kind of grand Jihad in eliminating and destroying the Western civilization from within and ‘sabotaging’ its miserable house by their hands and the hands of the all other religions.” Member of the Brotherhood U.S. Shura Council, Mohammed Akram, from a secret memo (1991)

War with Israel: “[We will] continue to raise the banner of jihad against the Jews, [our] first and foremost enemies. . . .  resistance is the only solution against the Zio-American arrogance and tyranny, and all we need is for the Arab and Muslim peoples to stand behind it and support it.
. . . We say to our brothers the mujahideen in Gaza: be patient, persist in [your jihad], and know that Allah is with you.” Current Brotherhood Supreme Leader, Mohamed Badi (2010)

Introduction: 9/11 and 2/11

“9/11” is inscribed in U.S. history for terrible reasons no American will ever forget. In the chronicles of global history, “2/11” is of momentous importance for three reasons. On February11, 1990, Nelson Mandela was released after 27 years imprisonment, mostly in South Africa’s Robben Island Bastille. On February 11, 1979, the Shah of Iran fell, ultimately to be replaced by Ayatollah Khomeini’s dictatorship. And now—on February 11, 2011—a popular Egypt Revolution has toppled President Hosni Mubarak, with ultimate consequences that are still unfolding.

The Muslim Brotherhood (in Arabic, al-Ikhwān al-Muslimūn) – Egypt’s Islamist opposition to the Mubarak regime with a followership probably between 10 and 20 million – contributed an estimated 15 to 20 percent of the demonstrators in Cairo’s Tahrir Square. Fortunately, it played second fiddle to young, overwhelmingly moderate and secular democracy protestors. This contrasts with Iran in 1979 where Ayatollah Khomeini from his exile in France was much better positioned from the first to play puppet master, pulling the strings on what went on in the streets of Tehran.

Yet the Egyptian situation is so uncertain and complicated – with a diverse but inexperienced army of young democracy activists, the real military which controls the transition and is playing its cards close to the vest, and the Brotherhood occupying the third corner of a political triangle – that it would be foolish to rule out the possibility that Egypt’s democratic revolution could also by hijacked by disciplined and ruthless, undemocratic actors. Real friends of peaceful progress cannot afford to allow the Muslim Brotherhood to pose as the heroes of a revolution which they did not make and whose democratic aspirations they do not share.

We should be especially troubled about one parallel between the Muslim Brotherhood and Khomeini’s movement: their shared obsessive hatred of Israel as an anti-Muslim “Zionist conspiracy” and their radical vision of a future apocalypse in which—not only the Jewish state – but Jews everywhere will be wiped from the face of the earth. In this respect, Iranian President [Mahmoud]“Wipe Israel From the Map” Ahmedinajed, is a true son of the Ayatollah Khomeini and potential model for the Brotherhood. This Report will put in context the theme of anti-Zionist, anti-Jewish genocidal paranoia that runs like a central thread though the Muslim Brotherhood’s 80-year history, commencing with its foundation in 1928.

The only thing that exceeds the wide-ranging, global influence of the Muslim Brotherhood – whose reach extends beyond Egypt and the Middle East to Western Europe and North America—is the widespread ignorance about its history and current character and purposes by western political and media elites and public opinion. (In 2006, Jeff Stein of Congressional Quarterly quizzed Congressmen about their knowledge of basic facts about Islam, and found their bipartisan ignorance astounding.)

If we do not want 2/11/11 to replicate 2/11/79 – marking the triumph of another Islamist extremist regime extinguishing the democratic hopes of what initially was “a people’s revolution” – then now is the time that we learn as much as we can about the past and present of the Muslim Brotherhood, its paranoid anti-Zionism and antisemitism, and the extent of the threat it poses to the future of democracy and peace in Egypt and beyond.


  1. See Qaradawi spouting Jew-hatred at:

  2. Here's an enjoyable and refreshing antidote to this poison

  3. Thanks, Roger!
    That's a legendary interview. I must slip it in one of the posts some day.

  4. The truth about the Muslim Brotherhood is that it split right before President Sadat of Egypt was assassinated. One broke off and tried to mend their ways by trying to give humanitarian aid ect. and the other group, which was a violent and extremist one, assassinated Sadat.
    The illusion is that many believe the entire Brotherhood to be violent terrorist, when in reality only a part of them remain violent.
    I have done my own research online using the NY Times and the BBC news, and after putting together this information, I have formulated my opinion about Muslims in general. I urge everyone to do the same, for many are being negatively labeled in this day and age, which to me is a great inequity and injustice on the part of America and the media.
    I am part of the Jewish faith, and after meeting with some people of the Islamic faith, I decided to do this research to find what exactly was and was not true.

  5. Thanks, Anon. I would, however, be wary of trusting the BBC on anything - they have their own agenda, and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen is an ignoramus.