Pro-Sharia-activist Linda Sarsour used a classic Nazi tactic employed against Jews when she urged her followers not to fall into the trap of “humanizing” Israelis. Dehumanization was a classic Nazi tactic used against Jews during WWII.
Clarion Project Sarsour made the comments while endorsing the many different anti-Israel strategies employed by activists. But the bottom line, she said, was:
“If you are on the side of the oppressor, or you are defending the oppressor or you are actually trying to humanize the oppressor, then that’s a problem, sisters and brothers, and we gotta be able to say that is not the position of the Muslim-American community.”
Dehumanization was a classic Nazi tactic used during World War II to turn the German people against the Jews, who were referred to as rats and vermin. David Livingstone Smith, co-founder and director of the Institute for Cognitive Science and Evolutionary Psychology at the University of New England, notes:
“For the Nazis, Jews were untermenschen — subhumans — and as such were excluded from the system of moral rights and obligations that bind humankind together. It’s wrong to kill a person, but permissible to exterminate a rat.”
The Qur’an depicts the Jews as inveterately evil and bent on destroying the well-being of the Muslims. They are under Allah’s curse (9:30), and Muslims should wage war against them and subjugate them under Islamic hegemony (9:29).