Mideast Expert Bostom: Hamas' Anti-Semitism Same as Nazis'

Thursday, 31 Jul 2014 03:42 PM

By Bill Hoffmann

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The anti-Semitic rantings being trumpeted by the terror group Hamas were also beloved in Nazi Germany as it tried to wipe out Europe's Jewish population during World War II, Middle East expert Dr. Andrew Bostom says.

"The Nazis were frankly great admirers of these anti-Semitic themes from Islam and did whatever they could to promote them,'' Bostom, a professor of medicine at Brown University, said Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

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"In fact, after the war, many key Nazis that escaped … not only went on to the Middle East, but converted to Islam and seemed very content with adopting Islam and its anti-Semitic themes.''

Bostom said it is just over 25 years since the birth of the Hamas covenant, which calls for the elimination of Jews, and which renowned historian David Litman labeled a "blatant blueprint for genocide.''

"David, to his credit, over the next two decades would repeatedly bring the covenant up and asked … for the U.N. to condemn it, for Muslim clerics to condemn [it], and of course it was to no avail,'' he said.

Bostom said there is now "a terrible propaganda war against Israel'' as it has attempted to maintain a humanitarian approach to its strikes against Hamas in Gaza.

Part of that propaganda war is a nonstop barrage of lies by Hamas about the casualty rate, he said.

"Every time one of these Gaza conflagrations comes up, after the fact the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] does a very intensive analysis of what the actual casualties were – they've published it in methodologies,'' Bostom said.

"What they find is that invariably the Palestinians, of course the Hamas and their collaborators and these so-called NGOs [non-governmental organizations] grossly distort the percentage of civilian casualties.

"When the final numbers are observed, they're actually no different than sadly what has been the phenomenon of human warfare in the modern [world], which is that roughly half the causalities are going to be civilians without any circumstances.''

Bostom said that if those numbers hold up in an area like Gaza, which is so densely populated, it would be "a testament to the care which the IDF has taken.''

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