Palestinians, Muslims, far leftists, and many others, often say that ‘even if the Jewish Holocaust did happen, it was not the Palestinians fault’. It was ‘a European problem which should have been solved in Europe’. ‘Why didn’t the Jews build their Israel in Bavaria?’ as one Palestinian put it. ‘Why did they choose Palestine, when it was already full of Arabs?’
Is this lack of Palestinian complicity in the Holocaust really the case? Absolutely not. Even far- leftists must know at least something about the IslamoNazi and fanatical anti-Semite Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the ‘grand mufti of Jerusalem’ and ‘the principle leader of the Palestine national movement and a popular personality in the Arab world during most of the years of British rule over Palestine (1917-1948)’ (1). Above all of this, Husseini was the highest-ranking religious figure in Palestine at this time. He was elected as president of the Arab Higher Committee and was the first president of the ‘new government’ of Palestine. In other words, he was ‘Palestine’s national leader’ and ‘the voice of the Palestinian people’ (2).
I am going to be writing about a man who planned to build concentration camps for the Jews in Palestine. A personal friend of Hitler, Himmler and other high-ranking Nazis. A supporter of terrorism. A creator of Arab/Islamic Nazi parties which even used the Nazi salute and the swastika. A person who lived out the war years in Berlin with his Nazi friends. And so on.
However, it may seem unfair to hold today’s Palestinians accountable for the behaviour of a despicable character who died in 1974 as an old man (though he was politically active until around 1970). The fact is that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem is still popular in Palestine and in the Arab world generally. So much so that supreme defender of the Palestinian people and Western-academic/student favourite, Edward Said, had this to say about him:
‘Hajj Amin al-Husseini represented the Palestinian Arab national consensus, had the backing of the Palestinian political parties that functioned in Palestine, was recognised in some form by Arab governments as the voice of the Palestinian people.’
Edward Said was the man who mixed with various deconstructionists, post-structuralists, Foucauldians and post –modernists at many universities in the United States. To put is simply. This man was hip amongst all those white academics and students who simply adored brown people and exotic Islamists.
Another hip person with these very same people, and many others, was Yasser Arafat. He said that Husseini was ‘our hero’ and that he personally was ‘one of his troops’ (3). Despite that, Yasser definitely knew about Husseini’s collaborations with - and support of - the Nazis.
Even up till this very day Palestinians still display that well-known photograph of Husseini meeting Hitler in person. Many Palestinians still regards him as ‘the George Washington’ (4) of the Palestinian people.
Perhaps the most important point to hold throughout this piece is not just the strong connections between the Nazis and Arabs/Muslims, but the close connections between Islamic ideology, including the Koran itself, and Nazism. Fanatical anti-Semitism was just one very close connection; though it can be argued that it was the most important.
Husseini, Hitler and the Nazis
Husseini didn’t take long to catch on to the Hitler phenomenon. Soon after Hitler achieved power, in 1933, Husseini had this to say:
‘The Muslims inside and outside Palestine welcome the new regime of Germany and hope for the extension of the fascist anti-democratic, governmental system to other countries.’ (5)
This wasn’t just a case of inter-state diplomacy or anything like that. The British Government of the time no doubt also had some good things to say about Germany, just as today it is not overly critical of Iran, Saudi Arabia and so on. However, Husseini’s words go further than mere diplomacy. He recognised a kindred spirit in Hitler, as well as an ideological comrade. He clinches his position vis-à-vis the Nazis by making the stark commitment to a ‘fascist anti-democratic, governmental system’ and a desire to see such systems spread around the Muslim world. Note also that he does not mention Palestinians (many of whom saw themselves as Syrians or Jordanians at the time) or Arabs in this passage. It is the Muslims ‘inside and outside Palestine’ who ‘welcomed’ Hitler’s ‘new regime’. One can see that it was not only anti-Semitism which tied Husseini to Hitler’s Nazi regime. It was also his commitment to outright fascism.
Thus it was not long before Husseini formed his own Palestinian ‘Nazi scouts’ which were based on the ‘Hitler Youth’ (6). The swastika then became a popular symbol with the Palestinians as well as other Arabs – as it still is today.
Husseini, Hitler and the Jews
Husseini loved the Nazis so much that he spent the wars years in Berlin with Hitler. There he let Hitler know all the things he needed to know about the evil Jews of Palestine and beyond. Husseini was also taken on a guided tour of Auschwitz by Himmler. He was very impressed by that concentration camp. So much so that he sought to ‘solve the problems of the Jewish element in Palestine and other Arab countries’ by using ‘the same method’ that was being used ‘in the Axis countries’ (7). This pious Muslim man actually planned to return to Palestine when the Germans had won the war. Back home in Palestine he hoped to build a death camp, modelled on Auschwitz, near the town of Nablus. More to the point, Husseini wanted to get rid of ‘every last Jew’ (8). Husseini went into detail when he wrote:
‘Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: “The Jews are yours.”’ (9)
Despite the current vogue for stressing the fact that ‘anti-Zionism is not anti-Semitism’, Husseini himself didn’t make such a distinction. He wrote about the ‘racial aspirations’ of the Palestinians and other Arabs. He also asked the Axis powers to sort out the ‘Jewish problem’ of Palestine in accordance with the ‘racial interests of the Arabs and along lines similar to those used to solve the Jewish question in Germany’ .
This racism is not actually a complete surprise, however, when one considers, say, the racism of Saudi Arabs against Pakistanis, against those of the far east and against just about everyone who is not an Arab (including the Iranians). We can also see it the Arabic and Islamic Jihad against black Africans in the Sudan which has resulted in over two million deaths. (One can also often experience Asian and Muslim racism against black people here in England.) The non-racist credentials of Islam and Islamism are just a con and it is primarily used as an ideological weapon by the far left, as well as by those Islamists infected with far-left thinking… Oh yes, I forgot, racism was invented in the 19th century by the white man in response to the growth of capitalism and the rise of imperialism.
Husseini was not only a friend of Hitler and Himmler, he also became friends with Joseph Goebbels. Being the Nazi propaganda minister, Goebbels employed Husseini to broadcast, every day, pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic rants to the German and Muslim people. He was very good at this. This is one example:
‘Kill the Jews wherever you find them – this pleases Allah, history and religion.’
And do you know how he knew that killing Jews would please Allah? Because there is a passage in the Koran which is almost identical to the Nazi broadcast above:
‘… The last hour would not come unless the Muslims will fight against the Jews and the Muslims would kill them until the Jews would hide themselves behind a stone or a tree and a stone or a tree would say: Muslim, or the servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me; come and kill him...’ (Sahih Muslim, 41:6985)
It is also interesting to note the personification of ‘history’, or History, in Husseini’s words above. Just as the Islamists of today borrow much from far-leftist rhetoric, so Muslims in Husseini’s day, as well as Husseini himself, took much from the Nazis. That obsession with History was a particularly Nazi and Germanic thing and something which Hitler often referred to. In Hitler’s book History was basically Providence, whereas for Husseini it is Allah Himself who controls History (as in killing Jews ‘pleases Allah’). Husseini also borrowed yet more from Nazi rhetoric and ideology, all of which was suitably interspersed with passages and phrases from the Koran. For example, read this neat little mix of Islam and Nazism, which can be called IslamoNazism or IslamoFascism:
‘[The Jews] cannot mix with any other nation but live as parasites among the nations, suck out their blood… The divine anger and curse that the Holy Koran mentioned with reference to the Jews is because of this unique character of the Jews.’ (10)
What ‘divine anger and curse’ in the Koran was Husseini referring to? Well, there are so many examples to choose from. Perhaps it was this one:
‘But on account of their breaking their covenant We [Allah?] cursed [the Jews] and made their hearts hard; they altered the words from their places and they neglected a portion of what they were reminded of; and you shall always discover treachery in them excepting a few of them...’ (Koran, 5:13)
And let us not forget that Husseini also got up to his IslamoNazi business outside both Germany and Palestine. For example, he contributed to a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq. He also organised thousands of Muslims in the Balkans into military units. What did these units do? They killed Yugoslav Jews, Serbs and Gypsies. We can say, then, that Husseini may be partly responsible for the enmities which erupted in the Balkans in the 1990s. That is, in the Husseini case at least, Muslims were not always the innocent victimes in that region.
Far leftists and Muslims themselves are keen to tell us that Islamoterrorism is a response to what happened in Gaza in Dec/Jan 2008/9. If not those events alone, then also ‘the Occupation’ of 1967. However, we shouldn’t forget the ‘imposition’ of Israel itself on the Palestinians in 1947/8.
It can easily be argued that Islamoterrorism goes all the way back to Mohammed’s own Jihad. For example, his massacre of the Jews at Khaibar was pretty terroristic. And isn’t this passage from the Koran terroristic? –
‘The only reward of those who make war upon Allah and His messenger and strive after corruption in the land will be that they will be killed or crucified, or have their hands and feet on alternate sides cut off, or will be expelled out of the land. Such will be their degradation in the world, and in the Hereafter theirs will be an awful doom.’(5:33)
But let us stick to our own Husseini. His additions to Islamoterrorism began around 35 years before the creation of Israel, 50 years before the 1969 ‘Occupation’ and 90 years before the recent troubles in Gaza.
For example, after much vocal and practical encouragement from the Grand Mufti, there was a spurt of Islamic terrorism in 1936. Who were the victims this time? Jewish hospital patients; Jews at the cinema; Jews in their homes; and Jews out shopping. The Jews didn’t get it all though. Husseini’s Islamterrorists also bombed British offices. And just as the Iranian regime funds and supplies Hezbollah today, so the Nazis sent millions of pounds personally to the Mufti to feed these acts of terrorism against civilians. However, this particular brand of Islamterrorist bombings against the Jews had actually begun in the early 1920s.
Bombings weren’t enough for Husseini. He liked to massacre the Jews as well. For example, he instigated anti-Jewish riots throughout the 1920s. He had two messages to his fellow Palestinian Muslims:
Itbah al-Yahud. (‘Kill the Jews.’)
Nashrab dam al-Yahud. (‘We will drink the blood of the Jews.’)
Take the well-known Hebron massacre of 1929 – well-known to many but not, it seems, to far leftists and Muslims. In this instance, 45 Jews were killed or injured. The violence also spread throughout Palestine, with no little encouragement from Husseini. At the end, the death toll was 133.
Again, all this was far from being plain and pure anti-Zionism. It was also racial in nature. The British at the times realised this and said that there was ‘racial animosity on the part of the Arabs’. Not only that, but the Grand Mufti cited the Nazi’s second-favourite book (after Mein Kampf), The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, to lay the blame at the door of the Jews. Not surprisingly, this book, alongside Mein Kampf, is still a best seller in Palestine and the rest of the Arab world. (Not only that, but it can also be easily found in today’s Islamic bookshops in London and other places in the UK.)
So when pro-Palestinian Muslims and far leftists give the Nazi salute during marches against Israel, one does not quite know if they are accusing the Israelis of being Nazis or simply recognising and supporting the Palestinians own Nazi history. It is ironic, in any case, that so many pro-Hamas supporters accuse the Israelis of being ‘Nazis’.
What Husseini Actually Did to the Jews
We can now list Husseini’s main IslamoNazi and anti-Semitic achievements (there are many more):
i) He asked Hitler to exterminate the Jews of Europe as well seeking advice on how to kill his own Jews.
ii) He visited Auschwitz with Eichmann and urged Eichmann and Himmler to speed up the process of Jew-killing.
iii) He personally stopped 4,000 children, along with 500 adults, from leaving Europe and had them sent to Auschwitz to be gassed to death.
iv) He prevented two thousand Jews from leaving Hungary for Palestine. They too were sent to death camps.
v) He organised the killing of thousands of Bosnian Jews by Muslims – these Muslims were members of the Waffen-SS Nazi-Bosnian division.
All the facts above about Husseini’s role in the war haven’t been concocted by ‘Zionists’ or ‘pro-Israelis’. The Nazis themselves told us about his role. Take Eichmann’s deputy, speaking at the Nuremberg Trials:
‘The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and advisor of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of the plan… [I am] convinced that the mufti had “played a role in the decision to exterminate the European Jews”.’ (11)
However, whereas the deputy of Eichmann and many other Nazis were being prosecuted and then put to sleep during and after the Nuremberg Trials, our brave Husseini fled to Egypt, where he was given asylum by his fellow Muslims. What did he do there? He immediately organised many Nazis and Nazi sympathisers to carry on what they had they had started. But, this time, instead of killing the Jews of Europe, they planned to kill the Jews of Palestine and then Israel. Some of the asylum-seekers in Egypt at this time were former SS and Gestapo members. Islamic Egypt had given them asylum. These IslamoNazis and former SS and Gestapo members went on to kill many Jewish civilians. (Apparently, they also had a taste for mutilation and rape.)
All this is not just a history lesson – it is a reality lesson. For example, the fairy tale that all the violence and the bombings of the Islamoterrorists are to do with ‘Zionism’, ‘oppression’, ‘poverty’ and whatnot, and nothing at all to do with Islam and anti-Semitism, is simply a lie. I think that far-leftists and soft-bellied liberals should actually once in a while hear or read what the Islamists themselves have to say on these matters instead of relying on their daily diet of the Guardian, the New Statesman, Socialist Worker or whatever. Hassan Nasrallah, the leader of Hezbollah, for example, is quite honest about his anti-Semitism. He said:
‘If we search the entire world for a person more cowardly, despicable, weak and feeble in psyche, mind, ideology and religion, we would not find anyone like the Jew.’ (12)
The hard-core far-leftist will still say that this passage is not (intrinsically) racist. On the Marxist model, say, it could be said that ‘society’, or ‘capitalism’, or ‘Zionism’, made every Jew evil. (Perhaps Marx himself rationalised his own anti-Semitism this way.) However, Nasrallah himself finishes off his lovely spiel with this honest ‘confession’ (if, indeed, it is a confession):
‘Notice, I do not say “Israeli”.’
(1) Phillip Mattar, The Mufti of Jerusalem: Al-Hajj Amin al-Husayni and the Palestinian National Movement, 1988, p. xiii.)
(2) Ibid., p. 121
(3) Al-Quds, August 2nd, 2002
(4) Dalin and Rothmann, Icon of Evil, p. 105
(5) Chuck Morse, The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism, 2003, p. 33
(6) Ibid, p. 33
(7) Elpeleg, The Grand Mufti, 1993, p. 70
(8) Dalin and Rothmann, ibid, p. 5
(9) Sarah Honig, Jerusalem Post, April 6, 2001
(10) Dalin and Rothmann, ibid., p. 54
(11) Dalin and Rothmann, ibid., pp. 58, 61 and 62
(12) Jeffrey Goldberg, ‘In the Party of God’, New Yorker, October 14, 2002
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