Islamist Leader Says Muslims Are the New Jews, Warns of Coming 'Holocaust'
On Sunday, an Islamist leader in Australia compared the plight of Muslims in the West today to that of Jews in Germany leading up to the Holocaust. He suggested that Muslims face the same fear and hatred that led Adolf Hitler to try to exterminate the Jews, and warned that a similar evil might be employed against Muslims in the near future.
"In Europe during the 19th and 20th century, the Jewish question interrogated the status of Jews and soon morphed from an allegedly neutral inquiry into a question of serious threat," Hamzah Qureshi, media representative at the Islamist organization Hizb ut-Tahrir, said at an event on Sunday. "Numerous 'answers' were proposed: resettlement, integration, assimilation, deportation, and so on, as Jews were labeled an obstacle to the German nation and the insidious enemy within."
Qureshi cited German historian Bruno Bauer's 1843 book The Jewish Question, in which Bauer "argued that Jews can achieve political emancipation only if they relinquish their religious consciousness."
As the Islamist leader noted, Adolf Hitler proposed the "Final Solution" to the Jewish question, the Holocaust. "Millions of Jews were killed in the most horrific of ways," Qureshi explained.
"Today though, brothers and sisters, there is a 'Muslim question.' The same answers that were given for the Jewish question are now being suggested for the Muslim version: integration, assimilation, deportation and so on," the Islamist said. "Muslims have become that existential threat, that enemy within and that persistent danger."
"Muslims are told that in order to be accepted they must conform to a certain set of values different to their own," Qureshi said. "All this begs the confronting question what will be the 'final solution' to this 'Muslim question?'"
This connection is sloppy, ahistorical, and frankly insulting to the Jews who were so horrifyingly targeted by the Nazi regime. But it was not the first time someone compared the plight of Muslims today to that of Jews in the 20th century.
Last April, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) attacked Donald Trump, noting his family's Jewish history from Poland and warning about "what a lunatic can do by stirring up racial hatred."
In November 2014, religious scholar Karen Armstrong argued that fear about violence in Islam "is the sort of talk that led to the concentration camps in Europe. This is the kind of thing people were saying about Jews in the 1930s and '40s in Europe."
In August 2011, The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg spewed this: "Pamela Geller has a new book coming out, about what she sees as the central challenge of our time, called 'Stop the Judaization of Germany.' Oops, sorry, it's called 'Stop the Islamization of America.' Same general theme, though" (emphasis added).