UAE royal: ‘Jews are hung up on the Holocaust’
Princess al-Qasimi’s running social media commentary stirs up anti-Israel and anti-Jewish sentiment
The princess of Sharjah invoked anti-Semitic tropes as she struck out at Israelis in a post referencing the weekend flareup between the Israeli military and the Gaza-based Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist group.
The Emirati royal went so far as to charge that Jews are too concerned about the Holocaust.
Princess Hend bint Faisal al-Qasimi, known for her anti-Semitic and anti-Israel social media stream, compared the deaths of Muslims in various wars to the Holocaust, and suggested that while Jews use the memory of the Nazi genocide to gain sympathy for Israel, the Muslims “move on.”
“6,636,235 Jews were killed in WW2, killed in Europe. At least 12.5M Muslims [have] died in wars in [the] past 25 years,” she wrote. “You never hear [of] a Muslim writing books, movies, [who] starts a law that if you don’t sympathize with our plight you are less of a human. We forgive & move on.”
Al-Qasimi did not give a source for her figure on Muslim deaths, though it might be based on the assessment of a Turkish scholar, published a few years ago.
The princess – a royal from the Al-Qasimi dynasty that rules Sharjah – the United Arab Emirates’ third-largest city, published a running commentary on the weekend’s Israel-PIJ skirmish to her half-a-million followers on Twitter. Al-Qasimi’s tweets often go viral, attracting thousands of retweets and likes.
On Sunday, al-Qasimi referenced the claim that Jews control global affairs, including the international media, while criticizing Israel’s airstrikes in Gaza.
She tweeted a day earlier: “The media that is controlled by you know who wants you to NOT EVEN FEEL AN OUNCE OF SYMPATHY FOR THE DEAD BABIES by claiming their terrorist Daddies DELIBERATELY USED them as HUMAN SHIELDS. No one believes you. Grow up. Stop the war. #Gaza.”
On Monday, she posted a video of visitors touring the Temple Mount compound, claiming “groups of Israeli settlers break into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa mosque on holy days of fasting & prayer after killing & injuring 100 Palestinians. This is disgusting.” She called the IDF servicemen guarding the visitors “occupation forces.”
In another post, she claimed that Palestinians are suffering the same fate as the Jews of World War II did.
“We’ve all cried at what the Nazis have done to the Jews in Germany. Yet, it’s funny how the very same Jewish Zionists don’t cry at the EXACT SAME thing that they are doing to the Palestinians,” she wrote. “Take their homes if they don’t leave, terrorize them & bomb it. The dead don’t speak.”
In a tweet last Saturday she wrote: “Israel frames Gaza for ‘preparing’ for an Islamic jihad. So, it sees bombing and killing civilians and babies as perfectly understandable and justified. The USA is calling this ‘self-defense.’ Wow. Just wow.”
Princess al-Qasimi’s hostile rhetoric is noteworthy as she is a senior member of the UAE royal family, while the UAE is growing its relationship with the Jewish state, following the signing of the Abraham Accords.
Al-Qasimi’s posts were well received in a region where Holocaust denial is rampant, but she first gained international attention two years ago for her posts about Islamophobia.
“Hate speech is the beginning of genocide,” she said in April 2020, adding, “Gandhi once said: ‘An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.’”
Last November, al-Qasimi attacked famous Indian television anchor Sudhir Chaudhary, accusing him of holding Islamophobic views.
Besides her online presence, al-Qasimi is a businesswoman, a journalist and the editor-in-chief of a lifestyle magazine.