There has been a noticeable rise in Egyptian anti-Semitism as the tensions between Gaza and Israel continue to come to a boil. These tensions resulted from Israel’s invasion of Gaza, which has fortified racism against Jewish people worldwide. While the inherent violence of these beliefs had already been somewhat clear, Twitter users are now espousing Egyptian anti-Semitism by creating posts that honor Adolf Hitler, one of the largest proponents of such views in all of history.
These views are being espoused through a new hashtag. Many posts speaking out against Jewish people are now ending in “#Hitlerwasright,” a clear indication that those posting the tweets are in favor of another Holocaust. This is not as surprising as one might first think. In fact, Egyptian anti-Semitism has proliferated the cities of Egypt to the point that Hitler’s name can be found just about anywhere. The sale of his book, Mein Kampf, has become commonplace. Landmarks have been named after him. Even in daily television programming, the name of Adolf Hitler occasionally pops up. Three-fourths of the populace is believe to harbor hatred against the Jews.
These findings come from the Anti-Defamation League, which works to learn more about racism in hopes to put an end to it. In this case, they have their work cut out for them. The problem is that Egyptian anti-Semitism has been around for a long time. While tens of thousands of Jews used to live in Egypt, that number has been reduced to less than one hundred. In other words, the country has forced over 99% of its Jewish population to leave. Now, more violent desires appear to be gripping the nation, the CairoScene reports.
The anti-Zionist former president of Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, was a part of the Muslim Brotherhood, a group centered on hatred for the Jews. Morsi has appeared in videos making speeches in which he propounded a growing sense of Egyptian anti-Semitism. The notion that the country has been run by numerous anti-Zionists, including one involved with the Muslim Brotherhood, is more terrifying when taking into account that the Brotherhood requested support from Hitler during the Second World War.
While Egyptian anti-Semitism may be growing, it is certainly nothing new. Hopefully, the new hashtag in favor of enacting Hitler’s views is something of a fad and does not actually reflect views that will proliferate the public consciousness. Many are of the belief that there does not need to be any further violence in the Middle East. If the growing Egyptian anti-Semitism truly does lead to increased violence in the Middle East, then it may be best to mitigate this problem before it grows out of hand.