In his January 17, 2018 column in the Al-Ghad daily, headed “How Are Trump and Netanyahu Any Different from Hitler?” Jihad Al-Mansi claimed that “the behavior of [U.S. President] Trump and [Israel Prime Minister] Netanyahu is much worse than anything done by Hitler.”
He writes that some claims about Hitler’s actions may be untrue, or else exaggerated in order to win world sympathy. Al-Mansi adds that if Hitler had won World War II, the world wouldn’t have called him a Nazi or a fascist, but would have respected him while remaining silent about the burning of the Jews.
The following are translated excerpts from his column:
“The U.S. sees itself as the leader when it comes to humanitarian values and tolerance based on freedom, justice, and equality, and the denunciation of hatred. But when its president [Donald Trump], speaks in a racist, fascist manner about countries in Central America and Africa, and views them as ‘shitholes,’ and when he is the one who has declared in the past that Muslims will be denied entry to the U.S., that many will be deported, that a wall will be built along the border with Mexico, and that women who have abortions will be punished, why, these types of statements surpass the racism and fascism of Hitler and Mussolini…
“And what about the racist declarations by Benjamin Netanyahu, the head of the oppressive Zionist entity, who said that the murder of any person by a Jew cannot be compared to the murder of a Jew by a non-Jew, or who, for example, described the UN as ‘a house of lies’ when the General Assembly was set to vote on a draft resolution calling on the U.S. to withdraw its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, and who said that Israel is totally opposed to this vote and that Jerusalem is the capital of the oppressive entity, despite all the international decisions that oppose this, in other words, in defiance of the UN and the entire world? Such statements are not very different from Hitler’s ideology that the world later referred to as Nazi, extremist, and racist.
“The enlightened world, devoid of racism and fascism, did not call Hitler a Nazi, a racist, or other terrible names just because he burned the Jews, but also because of the horrifying deeds that he perpetrated in Paris and in other countries [sic], and because of his hostile declarations about the peoples of the world. Therefore, I insist that the deeds of Trump and Netanyahu are far graver than the deeds committed by Hitler, some of which may have happened, but others perhaps never occurred, [or else] have been exaggerated so as to garner world sympathy for some cause or another. Why, burning [people] is not very different from the collective slaughter perpetrated against the Palestinian people by Zionism over the years, starting with Deir Yassin, Qibya and Al-Dawayima, continuing with Bahr el-Baqar, Sabra and Shatila, and Qana, and dozens of other barbaric massacres in which the number of women and children killed is much higher than the number of men. And if we count the number of martyrs who fell at the hands of Zionist terror gangs, it is possible that their number is higher than the number [of people] that were allegedly burned by Hitler – especially since the number of those burned is not known and there is no clear number, and since some claim that it was actually a very limited number that was inflated for various unknown reasons. Others say that the number is slightly higher, and there are those who totally doubt the veracity of these stories.
“I am not concerned here with an assessment of Hitler or with defending him, but I am raising a legitimate question about the silence of the world in the face of the racist declarations of Netanyahu and Trump, and the silence of the UN in view of such statements. Is this a case of ‘might is right’ and winner and loser?
“In light of these questions, I am more and more convinced that if Hitler had won the [second] World War, the world would not have called him a Nazi, terrorist, racist, and fascist, but a leader of a country worthy of respect and appreciation, and the world would have remained silent about his burning of Jews, and perhaps even the surviving Jews would have forgiven him for his deeds.”