Not many, even members of the Jewish community worldwide, are familiar with the fact that countries across the Middle East and North Africa once housed prospering and long-standing Jewish communities. In a previous article, TheBlaze detailed the struggles of the 2,700-year-old Iraqi Jewish community and its exile following the Nazi-inspired Farhud, or pogrom, in the 1941.
Jews have experienced similar persecution, attacks and eventually exile from Syria, Turkey, Morocco, Iran and Egypt as the flames of Islamic supremacy was fanned by the Nazis. What few know is that the Muslim Brotherhood was always right there in the thick of it.
Egyptian history professor Khaled Fahmi confirmed this fact during a January 3 interview on Al-Nahar TV in which he stated that the Muslim Brotherhood "bears much of the responsibility for the fleeing of the Jews from Egypt."
"All the writings of the Muslim Brotherhood," Fahmi began in a segment translated by MEMRI.
"If you grab a copy of their Al-Nazir newspaper [from the late 1930s], the editor-in-chief of which was Salah Al-Ashmawi, you will see that there were many anti-Jewish articles – articles that did not distinguish between Zionism and the Jews. An article published in 1938 accused the Jews, among many other things... The article was titled 'The Danger of the Jews to the Islamic and Christian world."
"It accused the Jews of being the cause of British colonialism in India. It claimed that the real colonialists in India were the Jews, not the British."
Fahmi confirmed that the blood libel occurred in 1938 and spanned through to the U.N. mandate and the creation of the Jewish State.
"Yes. There were many statements to this effect," he said.
"The conflict in Palestine also left its mark on Egypt. There were big skirmishes in 1945. The Jewish synagogue in the Mosky neighborhood was burned down, grenades were thrown, grenades were thrown, and people died."