NAZIS AND ARABS
During his propaganda performance at Columbia University in New York City on September 24, 2007, Iran's anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denying President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, declared: "... assuming this [the Holocaust] happened, what does it have to do with the Palestinian people?"
Actually, quite a lot.
The Nazis could not have annihilated one-third of the Jewish people from the face of the Earth without the enthusiastic collaboration of their local allies among the Swiss, the French, the Italians, the Romanians, the Poles, the Lithuanians, the Latvians, the Estonians, the Hungarians, the Czechs, the Slovaks, the Serbs, the Croats, the Muslims of Bosnia, the Muslims of Kosovo, the Bulgarians, the Belarusians, the Ukrainians, the Dutch, the Belgians, the Norwegians, the Danes, the Swedes and, yes, the Arabs, including the “Palestinian” Arabs (with a large assist from Great Britain, tacitly supported by the United States).
In 1920, the League of Nations established a system of Mandates for the temporary governance, pending independence, of those non-sovereign territories, including the non-sovereign territory of Palestine, which had been occupied by the Ottoman Empire for approximately 400 years (with brief interruptions) prior to World War I. The League of Nations assigned its Mandate for Palestine to Great Britain as Mandatory trustee of that territory. The declared purpose of the Mandate for Palestine was the reconstitution of the Jewish National Home in the biblical Land of Israel through, inter alia, the facilitation by Great Britain of mass Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine.
At the outset, the Arab population of the western portion of Mandatory Palestine (i.e., the Land of Israel between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River), as well as the populations of the larger Arab and (non-Arab) Muslim worlds, violently opposed the planned resurrection of the historic Jewish Commonwealth, but this opposition sharply escalated after Jewish immigration from Germany to western Mandatory Palestine dramatically increased in the wake of Adolf Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor of Germany in 1933.
That same year, in reaction to the spike in Jewish immigration from Nazi Germany, the “Palestinian” Arabs perpetrated terror attacks against “Palestinian” Jews as well as British Mandatory authorities via mob violence, firebombings, shootings and knifings.
Soon Nazi Germany made common cause with the “Palestinian” Arabs. In particular, the 1936 - 1939 orgy of terrorism perpetrated by the Arabs against their Jewish neighbors and British Mandatory authorities was financed by Nazi Germany. The Nazis, in addition to providing clandestine funding and armaments to the leadership of that “Palestinian” Arab jihad, also infiltrated its agents into the western portion of Mandatory Palestine in order to provide tactical support to the jihad (which the Arabs denominated as the “Great Arab Revolt”).
The leader of the “Palestinian” Arab jihad was Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini. As the British-appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem (also head of the Supreme Muslim Council) and as the Arab-appointed Chairman of the Arab Higher Committee, al-Husseini was the paramount spiritual and political leader of the Arabs of the western portion of Mandatory Palestine. However, in 1937, after Mandatory authorities sought his arrest on account of his role in planning and implementing that jihad, he fled Mandatory Palestine for Nazi Germany, later helping to establish several Muslim Nazi battalions in Bosnia and Kosovo (which participated in the brutal deportation of local Jews to various death camps), assisting in the creation in 1941 of a short-lived Arab Nazi government in Iraq (which, at that time, had a substantial Jewish population), and becoming one of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler’s personal advisors on the annihilation of the Jewish people during World War II. During his stay in Nazi Germany, al-Husseini broadcast Nazi propaganda in Arabic to the countries of the Middle East, repeatedly declaring, inter alia, that World Jewry was the common enemy of Islam and Germany. In recognition of his ongoing services to Nazi Germany, al-Husseini received the rank of SS-Gruppenführer; and Hitler honorifically referred to him as the “Arab Führer”. After the War, he was given asylum in Egypt (where he was a co-founder of the League of Arab States, commonly known as the “Arab League”), and then in Lebanon. To this Day, he remains a hero to “Palestinian” Arabs. For example, on January 4, 2013, during a televised speech given to members of the Fatah faction of the Palestine Liberation Organization celebrating the 48th anniversary of the latter’s founding, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas praised al-Husseini and exhorted his audience to emulate his ideology and conduct.
Hitler cultivated Muslim and Arab favor. He permitted German Muslims to become and remain Nazi Party members throughout the War. He also declared that Arabs were “honorary Aryans”.
Declassified information from British and German archives confirm the close relationship that developed between Nazi Germany and the “Palestinian” Arabs during the jihad of 1936 - 1939, as coordinated by Nazi Germany’s (pre-World War II) embassy and consulates in western Mandatory Palestine. Reproduced below is the full text of an article from ynetnews.com, the English-language website of the Israeli newspaper Yediot Achronot, published on May 7, 2006, that summarizes and excerpts this information, as well as reveals the extent to which British policy on Jewish immigration to Mandatory Palestine was negatively influenced by Arab hostility thereto:
Nazis ‘shipped arms to Palestinians’
British National Archives unveil presence of Nazi S.S. agents in Mandatory Palestine, working closely with Palestinian leaders
By: Yaakov Lappin, ynetnew.com, 05.07.06
Historical documents in
A British Foreign Office report from 1939 reports
of “news of a consignment of arms from
British documents from the same period, and German records photographed by an American spy and sent to the British government, said that a number of Nazi agents were sent to Mandatory Palestine, in order to forge alliances with Palestinian leaders, and urge them to reject a partition of the land between the Jewish and Arab populations.
One Nazi agent, Adam Vollhardt,
German documents photographed and sent to
‘Arabs admire our Fuhrer’
“The Palestinian Arabs show on all levels a
great sympathy for the new
A second Nazi agent, Dr. Franz Reichart,
was reported to be actively working with Palestinian Arabs by the British
Criminal Investigation Division “to help coordinate Arab and German
propaganda.” Reichart was also head of the
German Telegraphic Agency in
German records show that the Nazis viewed the establishment of a Jewish state with great concern. A 1937 report from German General Consulate in Palestine said: “The formation of a Jewish state… is not in Germany’s interest because a (Jewish) Palestinian state would create additional national power bases for international Jewry such as for example the Vatican State for political Catholicism or Moscow for the Communists. Therefore, there is a German interest in strengthening the Arabs as a counterweight against such possible power growth of the Jews.”
Jewish refugees abandoned
The records also show that the news of increased Nazi-Arab cooperation panicked the British government, and caused it to cancel a plan in 1938 to bring to Palestine 20,000 German Jewish refugees, half of them children, facing danger from the Nazis.
Documents show that after deciding that the move
would upset Arab opinion,
“His Majesty’s Government asked His
Majesty’s Representatives in
“If war were to break out, no trouble that the Jews could occasion us, in Palestine or elsewhere, could weigh for a moment against the importance of winning Muslim opinion to our side,” Britain’s Minister for Coordination of Defence, Lord Chatfield, told the British cabinet in 1939, shortly before Britain reversed its decision to partition its mandate, promising instead all of the land to the Palestinian Arabs.
(The above article may also be accessed by using the link at http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3248081,00.html to view it.)
Although Great Britain’s decision, in 1938, to curry favor with the belligerent Arab population of western Mandatory Palestine, as well as with the larger Arab and (non-Arab) Muslim worlds, by impeding mass Jewish flight from Nazi Germany to western Mandatory Palestine constituted a serious breach of its Mandatory obligations to the Jewish people under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, such informal ad hoc decision-making did not yet represent a formal and absolute bar to further Jewish immigration.
However, in 1939, in order to assuage the growing “Palestinian” Arab rage against Great Britain for having facilitated Jewish immigration to western Mandatory Palestine, and as its official response to the sustained Arab hostility and violence towards the Jews of Mandatory Palestine, Great Britain -- with the tacit support of the United States -- published an infamous manifesto known as the Palestine White Paper of 1939 (also known as the MacDonald White Paper). The Palestine White Paper, which the League of Nations refused to approve, was issued and implemented by Great Britain, as Mandatory trustee, in rank violation of its fiduciary obligations to the Jewish people under the Mandate for Palestine, in that it illegally restricted, and subsequently barred, Jews who sought to flee Nazi-occupied Europe from reaching safe haven in the western portion of Mandatory Palestine.
An infamous example of Great Britain's Arab-compliant crusade against
Holocaust-era Jewish immigration is represented by the Struma Affair which
unfolded during Nazi Germany's 1942 Wannsee
Conference (convened by Hitler -- in response to the collective refusal, with
the exception of the Dominican Republic, subsequently joined by the
Philippines, of the World's other nations at the 1938 Evian Conference
to accept even modest Jewish immigration emanating from the territories then
controlled by Nazi Germany -- in order to determine and implement the final
tactical mechanisms for the planned annihilation of the Jewish people). In the Winter of 1942, the Struma, a 96
square meter and 100 year old barge, packed with almost 800 Jewish refugees,
including over 100 infants and other children, fled
Meanwhile, commencing in 1940, Vichy France (as occupier of Morocco, Algeria, and Tunisia) and fascist Italy (as occupier of Libya), both of which were allied with Nazi Germany during the War, began -- with the indispensable cooperation of local Arab officials and supportive Arab populations -- to systematically strip the Jews of North Africa of their civil rights, livelihoods, assets, and access to public facilities and services (paralleling the dehumanization process which was already well underway in Nazi Germany as well as in those European countries under Nazi occupation or hegemony). However, due to delaying tactics employed by Vichy France’s Governor of Tunisia, this process of dehumanization was not fully implemented in that country until it was occupied by Nazi Germany in 1942. Ultimately, more than 13,000 North African Jews were sent to myriad slave labor camps scattered throughout Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, staffed by Occupation officials and local Arabs, where thousands died of disease and starvation, while others were murdered by camp guards. Moreover, hundreds of Tunisian and Libyan Jews were deported to European slave labor camps. Only the Anglo-American invasion of North Africa, resulting in the defection of Vichy forces and the decimation of the Italo-German army, which surrendered to Allied forces in 1943, saved North Africa’s Jewish populations, at large, from eventually joining their European brethren as wholesale victims of the Holocaust.
Immediately after the issuance of United Nations General Assembly Resolution no. 181 (II) of November 29, 1947 (commonly known as the “Palestine Partition Plan”), as a result of their rejection of any Jewish sovereignty in any portion of Mandatory Palestine, local Arab militias drawn from Arab population centers throughout the biblical Land of Israel, as well as -- commencing in January 1948 -- hundreds of foreign Arabs and (non-Arab) Muslims who began to infiltrate the Land as part of the “Arab Liberation Army” created by the Arab League and commanded by Fawzi el-Kaukji, commenced a sustained jihad against the Jewish communities there with little interference -- and, sometimes, even with overt assistance -- from Great Britain, representing an exponential increase in the anti-Jewish violence that had periodically swept through the Land since the advent of the Mandate in 1920. In fact, from November 30, 1947 through March 31, 1948, almost 1,000 Jews were murdered by Arab militias who attacked both isolated Jewish villages and Jewish neighborhoods of mixed cities, regardless of whether they were situated outside or inside of the Partition Plan lines.
At the outset of this period, in an effort to isolate and starve the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem, the Arabs also instituted a blockade of the Tel Aviv – Jerusalem highway which severed the only road link between the Jewish neighborhoods of Jerusalem (which were encircled by Arab-controlled territory), then comprising more than 100,000 Jews (who then constituted more than 60% of Jerusalem’s population), and the Jewish-populated areas of the Mediterranean Sea coastal plain.
In the context of the Arab-Nazi connection, it is telling that many of the terrorists who were recruited to Mandatory Palestine by the Arab Liberation Army were demobilized Muslim Nazi soldiers from Bosnia and Kosovo. Moreover, el-Kaukji himself had been a participant in both the Nazi-financed Arab jihad in Mandatory Palestine of 1936 - 1939 and the Nazi Arab coup in Iraq of 1941, after which he had taken refuge in Nazi Germany for the duration of World War II.
Finally, on May 15, 1948, the local Arab militias and foreign infiltrators who had been conducting a jihad against the Jewish communities in the western portion of Mandatory Palestine since the issuance of the Palestine Partition Plan were joined by the invading armies of seven Arab countries (-- Lebanon, Syria, Transjordan, Egypt, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Yemen --), all of which attempted to annihilate the Jewish State within its nonviable 1947 Partition Plan lines.
That same day, commenting on the goals of the pan-Arab invasion of Israel, Abdul Rahman Hassan Azzam, more commonly known as Azzam Pasha, Secretary-General of the Arab League infamously declared:
This will be a war of extermination and a momentous massacre, which will be spoken about like the Mongolian massacres and the Crusades.
It is indisputable that the “Palestinian” Arabs and their external allies, in addition to being accomplices to the Holocaust, sought to complete in the Land of Israel the very annihilation that Nazi Germany had commenced in Europe and North Africa.
© Mark Rosenblit