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Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism lecture for week 15

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Anti-Zionism and Antisemitism Lecture Notes for Week 15: Antisemitism and the Jewish American Experience
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Antisemitism Makes its way into the Middle East, 1931-1945:The Work of the GrandMufti: Haj Amin el-Husseini During the pre-war and wartime era, German influence on the middle east was very strong. The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el-Husseini, was a primary spokesperson for Nazi racialist and antisemitic propaganda to be spread into the world of the middle east. The Germans set up Radio Zeesen in Europe to broadcast continuous antisemetic propaganda into the region In a speech given by the mufti in 1943, he said, “This people has been the enemy of the Arabs and Islam since it came into being. The Holy Koran expresses this old enmity in the following words: “You will find that the most hostilely-disposed toward the believers are the Jews.” They tried to poison the praiseworthy Prophet, put up resistance to him, were filled with hostility to him and plotted against him. This was the case over 1300 years ago. Since then, they have never ceased to hatch plots against the Arabs and Mohammedans.”
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The Mufti saw Jerusalem as the crystallization point for a rebirth of Islam in the the face of frightening liberalizations of the Ataturks in Turkey, and Reza Khan in Iran, muchless the colonialist governments under British rule—Islam must resist the modernization of the western world most graphically symbolized by Israel—The Jews become the bringers of ethical, cultural and social corruption that are cancerous to Islam
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El-Husseini employed the assistance of Sheikh Izz al Din al-Qassam, a firey fundamentalist to proclaim a militant jihad and enforce Islamic law with threats, intimidations and public denunciations as early as 1931. What has gone down in history as the “Arab Revolt” of 1936-9 was the initial testing ground for this emergent Islamist ideology The Mufti said publically that the uprising was only possible because of the support of German money In Egypt, German money enabled the establishment of a printing plant run by the Muslim Brotherhood using the most up to date propaganda methods from Germany The Muslim Brotherhood organized to support Rommel’s army but while they supported Germany, there was never a question of accepting a non-Muslim leadership
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The Next great transmogrification of the Antisemitic model It is my contention that it is here that we see the beginnings of the next great transmogrification of antisemitism which is Anti-Israeli focused antisemitism. (Yehuda Bauer) Bauer calls this the fourth wave of antisemitism which basically has its roots in middle class, intellectual circles and is a widespread phenomenon in Universities, the media, the churches and “well manicured circles.” Israel has become the “Jew” among the nations
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The convictions of radical Islam (According to Bauer) The west is declining into corruption and weakness Islam must eventually be accepted by the whole world
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