There is documentary evidence that the Palestinian Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, aimed to kill the Jews, not just in Palestine, but in the Arab world, and had secret plans to set up extermination camps near Nablus, writes Dr Edy Cohen in the Jerusalem Post. After his part in bringing the pro-Nazi Rashid Ali government into power in Iraq, the Mufti spent WW2 in Berlin as Hitler's guest, broadcasting vicious propaganda from a shortwave transmitter. (With thanks: Eliyahu)
The mufti lived in Germany until May 1945, when the Second World War
came to an end. Throughout this entire period, the mufti was involved
in espionage, sabotage, terrorist activity against the British and the
Jews, as well as anti-Semitic propaganda.
As part of his alleged
struggle for independence for the Palestinian people, the mufti
attempted to prevent the arrival of European Jews to Palestine, as well
as the establishment of a national Jewish homeland in the Land of
Israel. At least that’s what he claimed in his memoirs.
is far from the truth. In actuality, the mufti was constantly engaged
in the deportation and extermination of Jews from Arab countries and
I recently discovered documents that attest to
the depth of the Arab world’s animosity toward the Jews and how the
Arabs incited against the Jews and spread propaganda. Many people have
asked just how closely the mufti identified conceptually and practically
to the Nazi approach regarding the extermination of the Jewish people.
are recordings of the mufti broadcasting from Berlin to the Arab world
in Arabic, in which he says, “Kill the Jews wherever you find them –
this is God’s will.”
On November 2, 1943 – the anniversary of
the Balfour Declaration – the mufti organized a protest in Berlin in
which thousands of Muslim immigrants to Germany participated. The
following is an excerpt from the speech the mufti gave at the protest:
“26 years ago the Jews received the Balfour Declaration so they could
build a national Jewish homeland. The British betrayed the Arabs and
Islam by supporting the Jews. Jews are selfish.
They think they
are the chosen people and that all the other people of the world are
meant to serve them. The Jews are the enemy of Islam – they are the
ones killed the prophet Mohammad!” The Mufti continues, “The Jewish
British minister [Benjamin] Disraeli bought the Suez Canal, thus paving
the way for the British to conquer Egypt. And Algerian Jews helped
France occupy Algeria. ...The Arabs – and especially the Muslims – must
expel the Jews from Arab countries.
This is the ultimate solution.
The prophet Mohammad used this solution 1,300 years ago.
Treaty of Versailles was a disaster for Germany and for the Arabs, but
the Germans know how to get rid of the Jews, and this is why the Arab
world has such close relations with Germany.
Germany never harmed the Muslims and is fighting against our common enemy – the Jews.
most important thing is that they have found the final solution to the
Jewish problem. Time is working against the Jews even though the
Allies are helping them.”
According to the mufti’s memoirs, he was aware of the Final Solution already in the summer of 1943.
March 19, 1943, the mufti made a speech from the Islamic Mosque in
Berlin in honor of the prophet Mohammad’s birthday, during which he
said, “The Jews have managed to use their influence to control the
British and the Americans. This is proven by the recent passing of a
bill in Congress allowing the Jews to build a national homeland in
“The Jews took advantage of the previous war to settle
in the Holy Land. The Jews are a threat not just in Palestine, but in
every Arab country, since this is where the Allies plan to resettle the
millions of Jews who were expelled from Europe. The Arabs must fight
with all their strength to put an end to this plot.”
above, we can clearly conclude that the mufti was aware of the Final
Solution and the plan to exterminate the Jewish people in Europe from
the beginning of the war. There is also documentation showing that the
mufti toured concentration camps in Poland with Heinrich Himmler.
Killing European Jews was not good enough for the mufti, though, and so
he planned to kill all the Jews in the Arab world and in Palestine.
While the mufti publicly called for Arab countries to expel Jews living
in them, he secretly planned to build extermination camps for Jews
from Arab countries and Palestine, so that he could implement the Final
Solution in the Middle East.
Haviv Kanaan, who was a
researcher, journalist and police commander during the British Mandate,
wrote many books about Nazi propaganda. After he retired from the
Police, Kanaan began working as a journalist for Haaretz and
researching the construction of the concentration camps in Palestine and
uncovered the mufti’s plan to build incinerators in the Dotan Valley.
Kanaan based his conclusion on the testimony of Faiz Bay Idrisi, who
was a senior Arab officer in the Mandate Police and a Jerusalem area
Idrisi is quoted as saying, “Chills go
through my body even today as I recall what I heard back then from
police officials and mufti supporters [when General Field Marshal Erwin
Rommel was about to enter Egypt as part of the 1942 El Alamein
Haj Amin Husseini was preparing to enter Jerusalem at
the head of the Muslim Arab Legion squadron he’d created for the army
of the Third Reich. The mufti’s grand plan was to build huge Auschwitz-
like crematoria near Nablus, to which Jews from Palestine, Iraq, Egypt,
Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and North Africa would be sent and then be
gassed, just like the Jews were by the SS in Europe.”
also tells how once, when he was carrying out his research, he met a
retired German diplomat who had refused to join the Nazi Party. He told
Kanaan, “I cannot say with certainty what lay in store for the Jews
living in the Land of Israel, but I do know that their entire existence
would have been at stake had Rommel succeeded in conquering the Middle
Kanaan’s full-length study was published in Haaretz on
March 2, 1970. Kanaan wrote a book about the El Alamein campaign called
200 days of fear – the Land of Israel against Rommel’s Army, in which
he describes how the Jews in Palestine prepared for a possible Nazi
attack from Egypt.
To collect information about the mufti’s
plans, Kanaan traveled to Germany where he met with officials who were
knowledgeable about them. In fact, after the defeat in the summer of
1942 at El Alamein as well as on other fronts, the mufti realized that
the Third Reich’s days were numbered, and so he prepared another plan:
conquest of the Middle East by the Nazi army, whose first order of
business would be the annihilation of the 250,000 Jews in Tel Aviv. The
mufti believed that the extermination of the Jews would stimulate the
Arabs in Palestine and Egypt to revolt against the British and carry
out a jihad (holy war).
These holy warriors would release the Arabs from tyranny of British and French colonialism.
uncovered proof that the Germans invested heavily in this program and
even established spy networks throughout the Arab world. Kanaan
describes how senior German officials such as Heinrich Himmler and
Hermann Goering took part in these discussions, although Hitler himself
was never involved. The fact that most Arab countries were pro-British
made it quite difficult to implement this program, and then the Third
Reich began to collapse on all fronts, making it practically
It’s no coincidence that just a few months after
Nazi Germany surrendered, on November 2, 1945, the anniversary of the
Balfour Declaration, many synagogues were burned down in Egypt and
dozens of Jews were killed on the streets of Cairo.
And it was
also no coincidence that on that same day, hundreds of Jews in Libya
were killed, nine synagogues were desecrated, and hundreds of Jewish
homes and shops were looted and burned down. There is no doubt that
these attacks on Egyptian and Libyan Jews, which took place exactly on
the anniversary of the Balfour Declaration, were the result of the
mufti’s machinations and his influence on leaders of the Arab world.
These events were the direct consequence of propaganda the mufti had
been circulating for years. Generations of Muslims, including the
Salameh family, were being raised on such beliefs. The mufti’s actions
had prepared the ground for attacks on Jews in Egypt, Iraq, Syria and
A plan to compensate Jews who escaped from Arab
countries due to harassment and persecution is currently being
discussed in the Knesset and in coordination with the US government.
It’s important that Israeli politicians not only understand the
historical background that led up to the displacement of Jews from Arab
counties, but also the direct connection between their fate and what
the Palestinians call the Nakba.
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No solution for Palestinians without justice for Jews by Edy Cohen