Fathi Shihab-Eddin headed up the Muslim Brotherhood’s Labor Dossier until the Brotherhood took over Egypt moving him into the Egyptian parliament and making him Chairman of the Culture, Tourism & Information Committee. He also heads the Supreme Press Council which allows him to choose the editors of state-owned newspapers in Egypt. All this makes him one of the major players in the Egyptian government and the Brotherhood. And these days the two are one and the same.
Fathi has some strong views about… well everything.
He wrote an article, which still appears on the official Muslim Brotherhood site, claiming that the Holocaust had been invented by US intelligence agencies during WW2 to make the Nazis look bad.
The myth of the Holocaust is an industry that America invented. U.S. intelligence agencies in cooperation with their counterparts in allied nations during World War II created it to destroy the image of their opponents in Germany, and to justify war and massive destruction against military and civilian facilities of the Axis powers, and especially to hit “Hiroshima and Nagasaki” with the atomic bomb.
The Holocaust was actually hardly mentioned in the US during the war, and FDR in particular showed no interest in discussing it. And none of that has anything to do with Japan, but no one ever said that the conspiracy theories of crazy Islamist bigots had any consistency.
Fathi goes on to claim that the six million Jews all really moved to the United States during the war (and oddly no one noticed) and that the number of Jews killed in the war was about the number who died in traffic accidents, quoting such holocaust denial authorities as Norman Finkelstein and David Irving.
Another article claims that Bernard Lewis is the Zionist Godfather plotting to divide up the Muslim world so that the Jews can fulfill their dream of a state from the Nile to the Euphrates. A state that would include Iraq, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Saudi Arabia. Or most of the Middle East. At which point all the dead Jews who have been secretly living in hiding in Nebraska until now, and having eight kids a piece, will charter a space shuttle to settle that territory.
In other articles, Fathi claims that America is the world’s greatest human rights violator because of its number of unwed mothers and that the Jews want to steal the water of the Nile River by building dams in Ethiopia and defending South Sudan from genocide. One article claims that the Coptic Church must stand with an Islamic Egypt because the real threat to it comes from foreign Christian missionaries and accuses Coptic refugees in the West who talk about Islamic persecution of Christians of being puppets of the World Council of Churches.
We repeat and say that Islamic law will only be a general law that applies to everyone equally. Sharia does not mean that Islam is a religion that would be imposed on the Copts and Muslims are entitled to argue that the imposition of Western laws derived from Western Christian religions means that Catholicism is being imposed on them.
As for the spread of Islamic values in the society and its institutions, Copts angry at being turned into second-class citizens should not believe that the proliferation of corruption and disintegration and pornography, theft, looting and loss of dignity and human rights will turn Copts into first-class citizens.
In still another article, Fathi quotes the Protocols of the Elders of Zion and describes September 11 as a Jewish Coup. And claims that the Jews were behind Al Gore’s defeat.
On the second Tuesday of December 2000, the so-called “coup judiciary” which was carried out by a gang of judges five conservatives in the U.S. Supreme Court throwing the presidential election to conservative candidate,” George Bush over his rival Al Gore by five compared to four judges in the court, and many of the liberal Americans believed that the Supreme Court “stole” the results of the presidential elections in broad daylight, and that the five judges feared the emergence of the truth prevent the counting of all votes, a measure unprecedented in the history of the United States.
Again Fathi is drawing from the propaganda of the left and incorporating it into a grander stream of anti-semitic conspiracy theories. This is a common pattern in the ravings of the Muslim Brotherhood which built its worldview on secondhand materials from European bigots and extremists and fused that with an Islamist agenda.
Fathi now has a great deal of influence over the Egyptian press. These are some of the views that he represents.