CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - The anti-Semitic rhetoric of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Hezbollah spiritual leader Hassan Nasrallah, and the late Yasser Arafat, among many others, is evidence of the influence of Nazi ideology on Islam, according to a US historian.
University of Maryland Professor Jeffrey Herf believes the infusion of Nazi ideology to followers of Islam came into its fullness decades later.
"A confluence of Nazi anti-Semitism and Muslim fundamentalism did take place during the [Second World] war, which was a mixture of ideological affinity and shared political interests," Professor Herf said during a lecture at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
"When the Nazis broadcast propaganda in Arabic, Persian and Turkish to the Middle East, they were taking a narrative they had developed -- rooted in a paranoid fantasy of an international Jewish conspiracy -- and presenting it in a different context," he said.
"The Nazi hardliners saw an affinity between Nazi ideologies and that of a fundamentalist interpretation of Islam," he said.
When Jerusalem's Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini -- uncle of the late Yasser Arafat -- visited Hitler in Berlin in 1941, he opened the door for Nazi ideology to native Arabic speakers.
"As they had in Europe, the Arabic-language broadcasts claimed the war was a Jewish war and that an allied victory would mean Jewish domination of the Middle East," Herf explained.
A 1942 broadcast was titled, "Kill the Jew before they kill you," he said.
Source: The Jerusalem Post