Footage has emerged of Hizb ut-Tahrir spiritual leader Ismail al-Wahwah delivering a sermon, stating that ‘the only holocaust is the one that [the Jews] claim’.

By Gareth Narunsky
Australian Jewish News
February 14, 2010

ANOTHER tirade against Jews and Israel by Hizb ut-Tahrir spiritual leader Ismail al-Wahwah has surfaced, recorded on the eve of the recent 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

In footage uploaded to a Hizb ut-Tahrir YouTube channel on January 24 and translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), al-Wahwah sermonised, “The entire world – the media, the rulers, and the leaders – are flocking to the Jewish entity … They are also going to Poland and Germany, in order to commemorate the so-called Holocaust.”

Hizb ut-Tahrir Australian cleric Ismail al-Wahwah. PHOTO from The Australian.

“The only holocaust is the one that [the Jews] claim, exaggerate, blow out of proportion, lie about, and milk [the West] over in order to accomplish their goals. Otherwise, you will be accused of being antisemitic.”

He decried high-profile Islamic leaders who “went to Poland to pray for the Holocaust”, saying, “May Allah take you to the Holocaust!”

He also called Israel an “illegal, evil state”.

NSW Jewish Board of Deputies (JBOD) CEO Vic Alhadeff said that by “any reasonable measure”, the reported contents of the sermon “are grossly antisemitic and an appalling confusion of ignorance, bigotry and bizarre conspiracy theories”.

“The disparaging references to Jews and the Holocaust, under cover of an ostensible religious sermon, are utterly disgraceful.

“Such a repulsive and hateful worldview should never be given a public platform,” he said.

Al-Wahwah was arrested in Jordan in July 2018 and given a one-year sentence for inciting against the Hashemite regime.

In 2015, a video emerged in which he called all Jews corrupt and a “hidden evil”, and said, “The ember of jihad against the Jews will continue to burn.”

In another video, he said, “They [Jews] will pay with blood for blood, with tears for tears, and with destruction for destruction.”

It led JBOD to successfully campaign for an overhaul of NSW’s incitement laws after al-Wahwah avoided prosecution.