Sunday, December 15, 2019

Robert Spencer, Geller Report: "Iraqi Kurdistan: Authorities Close “Hitler Restaurant” Despite Happy and Enthusiastic Clientele"

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Iraqi Kurdistan: Authorities Close “Hitler Restaurant” Despite Happy and Enthusiastic Clientele

In a blow to Nazi gourmands the world over, authorities in Iraqi Kurdistan, stung by international publicity, have closed the popular Hitler Restaurant until the owner changes its name. But according to Rebar Mohammed, the owner of the beloved eatery, this represented a swift and abrupt turnabout from how those authorities had reacted to the restaurant before the publicity hit: “Even when I started the paperwork seven months ago to register my restaurant’s name, I did not receive any negative reactions from the government or security forces. It was quite normal.”
Normal indeed, in Muslim countries. The popularity of the Hitler Restaurant was telling. Naming a restaurant after figure who is beloved among the eatery’s potential customers was, in the Iraq Kurdish city of Duhok, a canny move. This is because, thanks to Islam’s deeply rooted antisemitism, Hitler is indeed a popular individual in many Muslim countries.
There have been numerous illustrations of this popularity in recent years. In May, the President of the British Pakistani Youth Council praised Adolf Hitler for killing Jews. Last February, an Egyptian researcher declared: “We should erect a statue of Hitler for what he did to the Jews.” In Paris in July 2018, a Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar, long live Hitler, death to Jews” assaulted a Jewish man. In 2017, a UK: Muslim migrant paraded a “Hitler You Were Right” sign in Britain. In 2016, an Egyptian Muslim “human rights activist” said that Hitler was a “great man” who “exposed truth about Jews.”
And so on and on. RT reported in November 2017 that “visitors at a visual effects museum in Indonesia can pose for a snap with a wax Adolf Hitler, against a banner depicting the Auschwitz death camp.” Nothing to be concerned about: this ghastly display, RT tells us, was “seen as ‘fun’ by the museum.”

The wax Führer stood in front of “a wall-sized photo of the entrance to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp with the infamous inscription ‘Arbeit macht freit’ (Work sets you free).” The “moderate” Indonesians loved it: “the Hitler figure is ‘one of the favorite for our visitors to take selfies with,’ said a marketing officer in the museum who goes by the name of Warli.” Those who think this grotesque and offensive should relax: “Most of our visitors are having fun because they know this is just an entertainment museum.”
Hitler and Auschwitz. That’s entertainment, at least in Indonesia.
Where did this love for Hitler and hatred for Jews come from? The answer is clear, albeit as unpopular in the West as the Hitler Restaurant was popular in Duhok: both come from the Qur’an’s teachings about Jews. The Muslim holy book depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. 
Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS. Follow him on Twitter here. Like him on Facebook here.

ROBERT SPENCER is the director of Jihad Watch and a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center. He is the author of nineteen books, including the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) (Regnery Publishing) and The Truth About Muhammad (Regnery Publishing) and the bestselling The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS (Bombardier Books). Forthcoming in 2019 is The Palestinian Delusion: The Catastrophic History of the Middle East Peace Process (Bombardier Books).


Pamela Geller is the founder, editor and publisher of The Geller Report and President of the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) and Stop Islamization of America (SIOA). She is the author of Fatwa: Hunted in America (foreword by Geert Wilders) (Dangerous Books), The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration’s War on America (foreword by Ambassador John Bolton) (Simon & Schuster) and Stop the Islamization of America: A Practical Guide to the Resistance (WND Books). She is also a regular columnist for numerous publications.