Henryk Broder is a Jewish writer who lives in Germany and is very,very critical.In that he is similar to other Jewish intellectuals like the famous Bat Yeor (born in Egypt,lives in UK),Alain Finkielkraut (France),Bernard-Henri Levy (France), Sir Martin Gilbert (England),Daniel Pipes (US),Bernard Lewis (US),Pamela Geller (US),David Horowitz (US).These are big,big names in their countries.
For many Muslims they are evil people even though their critiques are reasonable.They show the truth of the universal curse of Allah on the Jews in the Koran.
“They (Note:the Jews) have said, “God’s hand is fettered/chained.” Fettered are their hands, and they are cursed for what they have said. No, but His hands are outspread; He expends how He will. And what has been sent down to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief;
and We(Note:Allah) have cast between them enmity and hatred, till the Day of Resurrection. As often as they light a fire for war, God will extinguish it. They hasten about the earth, to do corruption there; and God loves not the workers of corruption.”
In fact,the Koran says the Jews are Prophet-Killers 9 Times
Introducing Henryk Broder
The principal points are:
1.Henryk Broder (born 1946) was born in Poland of Jewish parents who were survivors of the Holocaust.He writes in German but his native language is Polish,his parents spoke Polish at home by his own statement.Henryk is the Polish way of saying Heinrich(Henry)
2.He writes for the magazine Der Spiegel and the daily Berlin newspaper Der Tagesspiegel. He is co-editor of Der Jüdische Kalender (The Jewish Calendar), a compilation of quotes and texts relating to German Jewish culture, published annually.He is especially interested in Islam, Israel and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He sees a close relationship between German criticism of Israel’s policies and Judeophobia.He has written books which deal with the relations between Germans and Jews and about foreign policy with regard to Israel, Islam and the growing German Jewish community.
3.Ever since Operation Entebbe, Broder grew more and more critical of the German approach towards Israel and appeasement to Islamic threats.In Broder’s opinion, Antizionism is in essence anti-Semitic.
4.He supported the Iraq War from the beginning.
5.Broder has a polemical and blunt style and publishes the hate mail and heated exchanges between him and critics on his website at henryk-broder.com. The result of some of Broder’s polemics were lawsuits, some won and some lost by him.
His Bestseller 2006 book “Hurray!We’re Capitulating!”
That book was very critical of Islam as the excerpts from it in the links below show.Read:
In 2007 Henryk Broder announced his Conversion to Islam
It was all a satirical and sarcarstic joke on his part.“Hooray, I convert!” With those words Henryk Broder,then 61,announced his false conversion to Islam.He said the Shahada,the sentence you have to say to become a Muslim (“There is only one God and Muhammad is his prophet”) and adopted a new name,that of Mohammed Henryk Broder.
He said that for decades he had struggled with himself but was finally at peace and that:”I belong now to 1.3 billion Muslims around the world who are prone to chronic resentment and unpredictable reactions. I feel like I am finally come home. ”
The article is in German but can be translated to English using Google Translate
Despite the farce of his conversion to Islam many Muslim commentarors still believe it
Raymond Ibrahim on the Broder Conversion Affair
Raymond Ibrahim is an American scholar born of Egyptian parents.He speaks Arabic and is a Christian.He has a PhD in Islamic history.
While he was doing research for a thesis about the role of jihad in early Islamic conquests he expanded to politics and current events, reading Al-Qaeda and other Islamist organizations documents, and watching Al Jazeera.
He was immediately struck by the continuity between the words, deeds, and goals of the 7th century mujahidin (“jihadists”), whom he had been studying for years, and the nearly verbatim words, deeds, and goals of 21st century Islamic radicals. Since then, he has maintained that to truly understand contemporary Islam and Islamism, one must first understand early Islamic history and doctrine.
Ibrahim is the editor and translator of The Al-Qaeda Reader, which he published after discovering till then unknown Al-Qaeda treatises written in Arabic that he says “proves once and for all that, despite the propaganda of Al-Qaeda and its sympathizers, radical Islam’s war with the West is not finite and limited to political grievances—real or imagined—but is existential, transcending time and space and deeply rooted in faith”.
Ibrahim’s translation of an article by an Arab-Muslim intellectual
The Muslim shows contempt for the urban myth propagated by Muslims,even after it was known Broder’s conversion was false,that he had really converted.Here is Ibrahim’s translation and the original title in Arabic is “The Broder Dilemma and Inferiority Complex,” written by Muslim intellectual Khaled Montaser.
Khaled Montaser begins with:
“We Muslims have an inferiority complex and are terribly sensitive to the world, feeling that our Islamic religion needs constant, practically daily, confirmation by way of Europeans and Americans converting to Islam. What rapturous joy takes us when a European or American announces [their conversion to] Islam—proof that we are in a constant state of fear, alarm, and chronic anticipation for Western validation or American confirmation that our religion is “okay.””
He also later says:
“The dilemma which we Muslims imbibed from one end of the earth to the other—by way of our sons, our intellectuals, our youth, our elders, our men and our women—regards the German writer Henryk Broder. We celebrated him through our media and Internet sites, saying that he had converted to Islam, because he said “I have been saved from misguidance and have come to know the truth, returning to my natural state [fitriti, i.e., Islam].” Our writers and intellectuals portrayed Broder’s statement as a slap to Germany’s face, since he was one of the most critical opponents of Islam, but now he had announced his repentance.
Then the truth was immediately revealed and the embarrassing predicament which we imbibed of our own free will: for Broder is not to blame; he merely wrote a sarcastic article—but we are a people incapable of comprehending sarcasm, since it requires a bit of thinking and intellectualizing.”
To read the entire translation
Muslims websites that say,in 2010,that Broder had converted
Other Famous Cases of False Stories,of other Urban Legends
Broder’s conversion was a hoax,a parody,yet it is still propagated and believed by many Muslims.
The myth that tequila has a worm inside the bottle
Not true,at least for the real,original tequila from Mexico.It was later added as a publicity gimmick in the US.
The myth of the Indian rope trick
It is that for hundreds of years Indian magicians could make a rope stand straight,then a boy and then a man would climb up and disappear in front of everybody.It was invented by an American newspaper in the late 19th century.
The myth that Sadam’s soldiers killed a alot of babies in a Kuwait hospital when they invaded the country
Some even say more than 300 babies were killed.It was all invented by the 15 year old daughter,called Nariyah,of the Kuwaiti ambassador in the US.She said she had been a volunteer nurse and had seen it.