An Emirati king has likened the Holocaust to the deaths of Muslims in various wars, claiming that Jews used the Nazi genocide for sympathy and victimhood, while Muslims “move on”.
Princess Hend bint Faisal Al-Qasimi, a queen of the Al-Qasimi dynasty who rules Sharjah, the United Arab Emirates’ third-largest city, tweeted her complaint on Saturday, the latest in a long line of comments that included scathing criticism Israel and anti-Semitism.
The princess has a following of over 533,000 people on Twitter. Her tweets often go viral, attracting thousands of retweets and likes.
“6,636,235 Jews killed in World War II, killed in Europe,” she tweeted. “At least 12.5 million Muslims have died in wars in the past 25 years. You never hear a Muslim write a book or film, make a law that if you don’t sympathize with our plight, you’re less human. We forgive and move on.”
It was not clear where al-Qasimi got its figures on Muslim deaths from, although they may have been based on a Turkish scholar’s assessment published a few years ago.
On Sunday, she seized on the anti-Semitic myth that Jews control global affairs, including the international media, in her criticism of Israeli actions in Gaza.
6,636,235 Jews were killed in World War II, killed in Europe.
At least 12.5 million Muslims have died in wars over the past 25 years.
You never hear a Muslim write a book or film, make a law that if you don’t sympathize with our plight, you’re less human.
We forgive and move on.
— Hend FQ (@LadyVelvet_HFQ) August 6, 2022
“The media you control doesn’t want you to feel an ounce of sympathy for the dead babies, claiming that their terrorist fathers INTENDED TO USE them as HUMAN SHIELDS. nobody believes you Grow up. stop the war #Gaza,” she wrote.
A look at Al-Qasimi’s online presence on Twitter and elsewhere suggests that such statements are common.
In another post, she claimed that the Palestinians suffered “exactly the same” fate as the Jews during the Holocaust.
“We all cried about what the Nazis did to the Jews in Germany. Still, it’s funny that those same Jewish Zionists aren’t crying about EXACTLY THE SAME thing they’re doing to the Palestinians. Take their houses if they don’t leave, terrorize them and bomb them. The dead don’t speak.”
Israel accuses Gaza of “preparing” for Islamic Jihad. Therefore, she sees the bombing and killing of civilians and babies as perfectly understandable and justified.
The US calls this “self-defense”.
— Hend FQ (@LadyVelvet_HFQ) August 5, 2022
The princess’s hostile views are largely highlighted by her status as a senior member of the royal family in the United Arab Emirates, which has enjoyed a blossoming friendship with the Jewish state since the two countries signed a normalization agreement in 2020, according to US-backed Abraham -Agreement.
Her posts also stand out in a region where Holocaust denial is rampant.
Al-Qasimi first caught international media attention in 2020 for her outspoken views on Islamophobia on social media.
“Hate speech is the beginning of genocide,” she wrote in April 2020. “Gandhi once said, ‘An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind.’ Let’s learn from the bloody history that we have now documented in pictures and films. Understand that death begets death and love begets love. Prosperity begins with peace,” she added.
In November last year, she launched an online attack on prominent Indian TV presenter Sudhir Chaudhary, whom she accused of representing Islamophobic views.
In addition to her online presence, Al-Qasimi is a businesswoman, journalist and editor-in-chief of a lifestyle magazine.