Incitement: Spencer VP Calls U.S. Muslims 'Permanent Threat'


1. How does Jihad Watch's portrayal of Islam and Muslims as a "permanent threat" in the West differ from the classic anti-Semitism of Nazi Germany in the 1930s?

2. Is it "Jihad Watch" or "Der Stürmer"?

Der Stürmer (pronounced [deːɐ̯ ˈʃtʏʁmɐ], lit. "The Stormer/Attacker/Striker") was a weekly German tabloid-format newspaper published by Julius Streicher, the Gauleiter of Franconia, from 1923 to the end of World War II, with brief suspensions in publication due to legal difficulties. It was a significant part of Nazi propaganda and was vehemently anti-Semitic.[1] The paper was not an official publication of the Nazi party, but was published privately by Streicher.[2] For this reason, the paper did not display the Nazi party swastika in its logo.[2] The paper was a very lucrative business for Streicher, and made him a multi-millionaire.[2]

Unlike the Völkischer Beobachter (The Völkisch Observer), the official party paper which gave itself an outwardly serious appearance, Der Stürmer often ran material such as caricatures of Jews and accusations of blood libel,[1] as well as sexually explicit, anti-Catholic, anti-Communist, and anti-monarchist propaganda.

The newspaper originated at Nuremberg during Adolf Hitler's attempt to establish power and control. The first copy of Der Stürmer was published on 20 April 1923.[3] Der Stürmer’s circulation grew over time, distributing to a large percentage of the German population as well as Argentina, Brazil, Canada and the United States. The newspaper reached a peak circulation of 486 000 in 1937.[2]

Robert Spencer's board vice president, the mysterious "Hugh Fitzgerald" wrote:

Millions of Muslim migrants, now settled in Western Europe and even, to a thankfully much lesser degree, in North America. They give no signs of abandoning their loyalty to Islam and no signs of any permanent acceptance of the principles on which the Infidel nation-states in which they have been permitted to settle are built. They give no signs, en masse, of truly integating [sic] into a world which, of course, since every political, intellectual and moral principle of that world is flatly contradicted by Islam, of course they would not. Only a handful, who essentially abandon Islam (even if they pretend they have not, often calling themselves "cultural Muslims" by which they mean little more than a fond memory of certain kinds of cooking), can be intelligently integrated into Western societies. The rest remain a permanent source of disruption, misinformation, threat, and of course potential menace.


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