PA Daily Brands U.S. Leaders Fascists, Nazis

In different articles this week, a Palestinian Authority daily defined Western leaders as copies of Hitler, Americans as fascists, and neo-conservatives as Nazis promoting "Aryan supremacy."

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Baruch Gordon, | updated: 18:23

The paper blames American foreign policy as the cause of Arab extremism.

In a March 4, 2006 article in the PA sponsored newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Editor-in-Chief Hafez Barghuthi equates Western institutions with the Gestapo of Hitler’s Third Reich.

"There is a new ideological Nazism which has started to dominate the West. It doesn't speak openly about its totalitarian Nazism, but carries it out in practice. I see in many minor and senior Western officials copies of Hitler. Many of the western institutions are as if they are managed by the Gestapo and the S.S.

"While the Jews suppose they are safe from this Nazism which is directed towards the people of the third-world and Latinos, they are mistaken. It is not possible that the wolfish Nazi feelings will not eventually turn against them, because the neo-conservative idea is derived from the remnants of the Nazi idea. It is an Aryan supremacy doctrine with new terminology."

According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the frequent hatred expressed towards the United States by the PA has significant impact on public opinion amidst its constituents. A recent European poll found that 65 percent of PA Arabs "support Al-Qaeda actions in the USA and Europe." [Fafo - Norwegian-based NGO, in Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, December 23, 2005]

PMW Director Itamar Marcus notes that the strong support of violent anti-American support comes in spite of hundreds of millions of dollars in annual US aid to the PA. Marcus asserts that the hatred was documented well before the US announced a freeze in funding, following January’s sweeping victory by Hamas in the Palestinian Legislative Council.

In another article from the same day, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida reports on a demonstration against the caricature of Muhammad. The rally was organized by the teachers 'Islamic bloc,' a Hamas party entity. Quoting speakers, the paper scorns the United States for introducing democratic ideology amongst the Muslims.

"The 'Islamic bloc' central district teachers' representative, Rafat Jabar said during a rally conducted by the teachers 'Islamic bloc' that the apology [for the caricature of Muhammad] is a farce, meant to distract from the criminal act committed by the West while insulting the honored messenger [Muhammad].

"Ziad Abu-Al-Haj said the West spent many years while introducing dubious elements amongst the Muslims, such as Democratic ideology, but this did not dissuade the Muslims from their Islamic preaching."

On March 8, 2006, Barghuthi writes, "The extremism in Arab societies is an outcome of American policy. Whoever wants to spread Democracy must be democratic in one's actions and policy. Washington cannot be democratic in the media and fascist in its dealing with the affairs of peoples."

"Washington has its own agenda, distinct domineering and imperialistic aspirations. The service of Democracy is not among them, rather the service of monopolistic companies and allied totalitarian regimes."

Cartoon text - Bush: "We strongly condemn these violations, and we will work for free, fair and democratic violations." Text top right: "Abu Ghraib part 2" [February 24, 2006, Al-Quds]

The hatred of the US was also expressed in anti-US political cartoons. The above cartoon presents the crimes of individual soldiers, who were punished for their actions, as Bush's personal "democracy."