With thanks: Qumran
The Egyptian wartime King Farouk 'collaborated' with the Nazis and hoped for an Axis victory in North Africa.
A Point of No Return reader has unearthed a memorandum from the Library of the University of Michigan. It was sent to the UN in 1947 by the Nation Associates and testifies not only to the machinations of the Mufti, but to the record of collaboration between the Mufti, the Nazis and King Farouk of Egypt, a country then controlled by the British.
The Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was driven by 'personal
vindictiveness and hatred of Jews'. The memo corroborates the idea that he wanted to extend his active
association with the Nazi policy of extermination of the Jews of Europe
to Palestine and the Arab countries.
The Egyptian King Farouk has so far escaped being tarred with the Nazi brush. The document shows, however, that the Nazis were negotiating with King Farouk to flee to the German sphere. Farouk called for an Axis victory (in North Africa), and congratulated the pro-Nazi Iraqi army on its 1941 revolt against the British.
King Farouk expressed his gratitude to the Nazis when they warned him of a British plot on his life, and told a Nazi spy to convey his best wishes to the Mufti.
According to the memorandum, the Mufti repeatedly urged the Nazis to attack Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. However, General Goering turned down his request to bomb Jerusalem on the grounds that it was not a strategic target.
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