This is not just an insult to the memory of the Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. It’s also a common Leftist talking point. Many, many others have made this claim, including Noam Chomsky, Bernie Sanders; the notorious non-Muslim Islamic apologist Karen Armstrong; Jeffrey Goldberg, “journalist” at The Atlantic; Leftist media darling Reza Aslan; Muslim Brotherhood-linked Congressman Keith Ellison; Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times; Canadian Muslim leader Syed Sohawardy; and Philadelphia chapter leader of the Hamas-linked Council on American-Islamic Relations Jacob Bender. Many others have repeated it.
The idea that Muslims are the new Jews is put forward by the Left, but it also has opponents on the Left. In 2014, as part of his ongoing awakening to the nature and reality of the jihad threat, Bill Maher noted:
Jews weren’t oppressing anybody. There weren’t 5,000 militant Jewish groups. They didn’t do a study of treatment of women around the world and find that Jews were at the bottom of it. There weren’t 10 Jewish countries in the world that were putting gay people to death just for being gay.
Indeed. Further, no one is calling for or justifying genocide of Muslims. No individual or group opposed to Islam is remotely comparable to the National Socialists. Not that facts have ever gotten in the way of a good meme.
Maher isn’t alone on the Left in having pointed out the absurdity of likening opposition to jihad to the lead-up to the Holocaust. The late Christopher Hitchens also refuted this idea when writing a few years ago about the notorious Ground Zero Mosque proposal:
“Some of what people are saying in this mosque controversy is very similar to what German media was saying about Jews in the 1920s and 1930s,” Imam Abdullah Antepli, Muslim chaplain at Duke University, told the New York Times. Yes, we all recall the Jewish suicide bombers of that period, as we recall the Jewish yells for holy war, the Jewish demands for the veiling of women and the stoning of homosexuals, and the Jewish burning of newspapers that published cartoons they did not like.
“Extremist Islamic leader compares the extermination of six million Jews during the Holocaust to the way Muslims are treated now,” by Brianne Tolj and Stephen Johnson, Daily Mail Australia, July 16, 2017 (thanks to The Religion of Peace):
A leader of a hardline Islamist group has compared the treatment of Muslims to the massacre of millions of Jewish people during the Holocaust.
Muslims have become an ‘existential threat’ in the world today, Hizb ut-Tahrir media representative Hamzah Qureshi was recently recorded telling fellow group members.
The growing fear of Islam is comparable to Germany’s declaration that the Jewish people ‘needed to go entirely’ almost 70 years ago, Mr Qureshi argued.
‘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,’ he began.
‘Numerous answers were proposed – resettlement, integration, assimilation, deportation and so on as Jews were labelled an obstacle to the German nation and the insidious enemy within.’
As fears grew, the Holocaust was offered as a ‘final solution’ to the ‘Jewish question,’ he said.
‘Today though brothers and sisters there is a “Muslim question”,’ he said.
‘The same answers that were given for the Jewish question are now being suggested for the Muslim version – integration, assimilation, deportation and so on. Muslims have become that existential threat, that enemy within and that persistent danger,’ Mr Qureshi said.
‘Muslims are told that in order to be accepted they must conform to a certain set of values different to their own.’
‘All this begs the confronting question. What will be the final solution to this ‘Muslim Question?’
Mr Qureshi’s comments come after fellow Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesman Uthman Badar was captured on camera saying Muslims who leave the religion should be put to death.
‘The ruling for apostates as such in Islam is clear, that apostates attract capital punishment and we don’t shy away from that,’ Badar said in Sydney in May. An apostate is someone who decides to leave Islam….