MEMRI, an Israeli NGO that translates foreign media, is reporting that a Palestinian scholar has claimed in a Turkish TV interview that Jews instigated the war in Ukraine to establish a Jewish state in Ukraine, replacing Israel. According to the MEMRI report:
March 22, 2022 [Mraweh Nassar] explained that the Jews have been forsaken by America and the West, who have come to realize that the Zionist project is a failure that will come to an end within two years. He elaborated that the Israelis have thus realigned with Russia and China. In addition, Nassar said that the Jews have been “convinced that Palestine cannot be the state for the Jews” and now claim that Ukraine is a Jewish state and that the Temple and biblical Jerusalem are, in fact, located there.
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Mraweh Nassar is the Secretary-General of the Jerusalem Committee of the International Union of Muslim Scholars (IUMS), an international body of Muslim theologians based in Doha, Qatar, whose leadership is closely tied to the Global Muslim Brotherhood (GMB). Until recently, the IUMS was led by GMB spiritual guide Youssef Qaradawi. Several prominent European Muslim leaders tied to the GMB were IUMS members and/or have served as IUMS Trustees, including former Oxford University Islamic Studies professor Tariq Ramadan and Ahmed Jaballah, a senior leader in the French and Global Muslim Brotherhood.
During the interview, originally broadcast on the Turkish pro-Muslim Brotherhood Channel 9, Nassar also said the Holocaust was “false,” stating that the Germans didn’t kill nearly as many Jews as people claim. He also added that it was Jews who forsook the German Jews in WWII, much as they were forsaking Ukrainian Jews today. Earlier in March, Palestinian journalist Samir Al-Barghouti made a similar claim in the Qatari state daily Al-Watan, writing that the Jews had begun migrating to Ukraine to turn it into a place sacred to them and that the real reason for the Russian invasion of Ukraine was President Putin’s desire to prevent the Jews from establishing a presence on Russia’s border.
In a February 2021 interview with Channel 9, Nassar said that the world had to be “cleansed” of Jews before Muslims could have true peace, calling them “the most dangerous enemies.” In May 2021, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) reported that Nassar, again speaking on Channel 9, advocated killing all Jews living in Palestine, including men, women, and children. Also, in May 2021, the GIOR reported that the IUMS had posted a proposed Friday sermon on Jerusalem that included incitement to violence and jihad, adding that whoever was unable to come to the battlefront himself had to help the fighters with money.