Saturday, May 16, 2015

Mufti planned to kill Jews in Arab world and Palestine

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.

But this is far from the truth. In actuality, the mufti was constantly engaged in the deportation and extermination of Jews from Arab countries and from Palestine.

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.

There 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.

“The 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.

The 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.

On 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 Palestine.

“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.”

From the 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 district commander.

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 campaign].

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.”

Kanaan 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 East.”

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.

Kanaan 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 impossible.

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 Lebanon.

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.

Read article in full

No solution for Palestinians without justice for Jews by Edy Cohen


Eliyahu m'Tsiyon said...

" Hitler himself was never involved."

of course hitler was not involved in details or execution of most of his policies. However, when he met the Mufti Husseini in Berlin on 28 November 1941, he promised him that it was his plan to extend the Final Solution to the Jews in Arab lands, after German troops had crossed the Caucasus, he said.

by Davsil said...

First, I didn't know that there were so many Muslim immigrants to Germany in the 1940s.

Second, this only proves the myth that the Nazis advocated a master race. If they really believed in a master race, they wouldn't have been allies of the Arabs, the Fascists of Italy, and the Japanese.

bataween said...

When it came to the Arabs, Hitler initially wrote some offensive passages in Mein Kampf. For pragmatic reasons, the Nazis realised they needed the Arabs as Allies during the 1930s, and Mein Kampf was revised accordingly.

The Bilateralist said...

The Nazis declared the Japanese to be "Honorary Aryans" so that they could fight 'alongside' of them. Once the war was over (If Hitler had won) there would have been a reckoning but the Aryan myth of racial superiority was unambiguous.

malakeh said...

From Miracle at El Alamein: The Story of the Rabbis who Stopped the Nazi Onslaught at the Gates of Eretz Yisrael by Zev T. Paretzky (2014).

This book recounts the actions and prayers of the faithful in the face of the Nazi onslaught on Palestine. They subscribed to the beliefs that "On Mt. Zion there will be a refuge" and that "The Prophets did not foretell a third destruction of the Temple" (p. 123, quoting Rabbi Herzog, the Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine, as cited on p.130 of Men of the Spririt (1964).)

The book details evidence of the Nazi plans, such as:
(1) Documentation of the Nazi Party (National Socialist Party - NSDAP) in Eretz Israel, 1928-1939
(2) The Mufti's veto of Dieter Wisliceny's 1942 plan to allow Jewish children into Palestine
(3) The Einsatzkommando in the Afrika Korps.

malakeh said...


Anonymous said...

(1) [The Yad Vashem site loads slowly. Paretzky's book maintains that British were unable to disband the Nazi party.] R.3 - Documentation of the Nazi Party (National Socialist Party - NSDAP) in Eretz Israel, 1928-1939

The first two chapters of the Nazi Party in Eretz Israel were established in Sharona and Jaffa in March 1933. Karl Ruf from Haifa set the chapters up, but during most of the time that the Nazi Party was active Cornelius Schwarz, from the Templar settlement, served as head of the party. In the summer of 1933 the party numbered 42 members, and in 1934, their numbers reached 239 (the largest chapter was in Jerusalem with 67 members). That same year, there were already active Nazi youth organizations, such as the Bund deutscher M├Ądel (League of German Girls), the Hitler-Jugend and Jungvolk, as well as Deutsche Arbeitsfront (the German Labor Front - the Nazi trade union organization). At the end of 1935, there were 82 members in the Nazi party. After the outbreak of World War II, the British disbanded the Nazi Party in Mandatory Palestine.

Nazi Party office correspondence, and that of related organizations (such as the Bund deutsche Familie- German Family League), circulars and propaganda pamphlets are included in the documentation. A large part of the correspondence and the documents deal with racial matters and include correspondence with the Nazi Party racial offices in Germany and Austria, primarily with the Sippenamt (Genealogical Office - Center for the National German Family) in Vienna. Some of the files deal with applications to this office to clarify the Jewish origin of various people.

Anonymous said...

(4) The book contains information on Palestine and Walter Rauff, a high-ranking Nazi colonel in Tunisia, [who] kept a detailed diary which sheds light into the meticulous planning against Jews and the approaching Allied Forces.