In 2005, Tillawi and anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist Mark Glenn co-founded the Crescent and The Cross Solidarity Movement, based in Careywood, Idaho. The group presents itself as a Muslim-Christian interfaith forum dedicated to Muslim-Christian co-existence but demonizes Jews, Judaism and Zionism. The Crescent and Cross Web site argues that Israel seeks to rule the world and refers to Zionism as “the AntiChrist agenda known as Zionism.”
The mission statement of the group says:
Christianity and Islam are not at war…. The present conflict between the two religions is an artificial conflict that has been deliberately constructed by a third party who stands to benefit from the two religions wiping each other out. This third party is the Zionist agenda that is using a ‘divide and conquer’ strategy and done with the interests of seeing that in the end the Jewish supremacist agenda reins over the world and its inhabitants. Zionism is an expansive, aggressive ideology steeped in racial supremacist themes. The ‘chosen people’ (as Jewish supremacists term themselves) believe that they have been blessed by God with the task of subduing the whole world…. what has happened is that the Zionist state of Israel, a Jewish supremacist entity that believes that it is destined to rule the world… has, through her interlocking network of loyal assistants, pitted these two worlds against each other in what is an unjust and unnecessary spilling of innocent blood… Our mission is to tell the truth about all the entities that are involved…
The Crescent and Cross played a role in the October 2007 “No More Wars for Israel Conference” and, in some on-line advertisements for the event, was listed as a host or co-host. The group issued an official statement about the conference on October 19, 2007, claiming that “Iraq was a war of aggression by a Neo-Con/Zionist-occupied United States government.” The statement also reiterated that Crescent and The Cross Solidarity Movement’s goals are: “to unite both Muslims and Christians under two main principles… that Islam and Christianity are not enemies, and second… [that] Muslims and Christians must be channeled to resist the forces of evil, identified as Zionists and Christian-Zionists.”
The Crescent and Cross Website contains links to the blogs of several Christian and Muslim anti-Semites, including those of Hesham Tillawi and Mark Glenn, and also has a link to the Web site of the anti-Semitic conspiracy-oriented newspaper American Free Press.
In addition to co-founding the Crescent and Cross Society, Tillawi consistently uses his cable television show Current Issues to showcase the views of various extremists, including white supremacists, Holocaust deniers and other anti-Semites. He often attempts to goad his guests into making anti-Semitic remarks by asking them leading questions. (Please see “In Their Own Words: Quotations from Hesham Tillawi and Guests.”)
Former Klansman David Duke appeared on Current Issues three times in October 2005 and twice in 2006 to peddle his brand of anti-Jewish hatred. On October 6, 2005, Duke warned that there is a “worldwide Jewish extremist media and government [effort]” to corrupt children with violence and promote drug use; to “destroy…the home and the family”; to wipe away “individual cultures and freedoms” and institute “a new age of darkness.”
Another guest on Tillawi’s show, Israel Shamir, a Russian-born Jewish convert to Christianity, has alleged that Jews are somehow aligned with demonic forces. “Call it anti-Christ, call it Satan, call it whatever,” Shamir said on Current Issues on December 15, 2005. “This kind of force tries to defeat Christ, and it is heavily armed with tools of Jews.”
Tillawi has hosted a number of Holocaust deniers on his show, including Bradley Smith, Fredrick Toben and Mark Weber. Smith, who has crusaded since the 1980s to promote Holocaust denial on college campuses, appeared on Tillawi’s show on March 2, 2006. Toben, a Holocaust denier from Australia, appeared on Tillawi’s show on September 22 and December 8, 2005 and on September 7, 2006. In the December 2005 interview, Toben propounded his theory that Jewish and Zionist forces invented the threat of Islamic terror to “squash dissent” and serve as a “decoy” distracting world attention from a different goal: demolishing the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem and replacing it with a rebuilt Temple of Solomon. Weber, who directs the California-based Institute for Historical Review, a Holocaust denial organization, was a guest on Tillawi’s show on June 23 and December 8, 2005, and March 6, 2007. When not trying to deny the Holocaust’s historical evidence, Weber attacks Holocaust commemoration efforts. “Holocaust remembrance is not a noble effort motivated by sincere concern for humanity,” Weber told Tillawi’s viewers. “This campaign is an expression of Jewish-Zionist power and it’s designed to further Jewish-Zionist interests.”
Tillawi has also interviewed other guests who make claims about Zionist influence and power. On a June 6, 2007 show, Khaled Amayreh, a West Bank-based Palestinian journalist who has written for al-Jazeera’s English language channel, stated that Zionists control al-Jazeera’s English language channel.