Although Dimbleby claims his book is “neither a hymn to terrorism nor an apologia for the PLO” (Page 10) that is precisely what it is. Significantly Dimbleby fails to quote a single Israeli in his 254-page book and yet there are numerous quotes from interviews he conducted with Palestinians, including senior figures of the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO). And although they claim their aim is to establish ‘a secular, democratic state where Palestinians and Jews can live together in peace’, not once are these lies challenged.
Here is how Dimbleby puts it himself. “At the United Nations, Yasser Arafat stood before the world ‘bearing an olive branch and a freedom fighter’s gun’. He held out the vision of a secular, democratic state in which Jew and Arab could live together as equals in brotherhood.” (‘The Palestinians’, page 242.)
Compare this to the oft-repeated statement by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas that not a single Jew shall be allowed to live in a future Palestinian state, a view that has wide support throughout the Middle East, and especially Fatah/PLO which he leads. The Jerusalem Post of August 2010 cited a quote by Abbas as follows: "I'm willing to agree to a third party that would supervise the agreement, such as NATO forces, but I would not agree to having Jews among the NATO forces, or that there will live among us even a single Israeli on Palestinian land,” he was quoted by WAFA, the official Palestinian news agency. (‘Beware Palestinian apartheid’, Jerusalem Post, 4 August 2010. My emphasis added.)
This attitude, it must be said, has been prevalent amongst Arabs for many, many years. Indeed this was first brought to the world’s attention in the 1920s by the Palestinian Grand Mufti, Muhammed Amin al-Husseini – fifty years before Dimbleby produced his book.
In 1941 Husseini fled to Nazi Germany and in an excellent internet essay by Bill Warner he tells how Adolf Hitler made him Prime Minister-in-exile of a pro-Nazi government in Palestine, adding that the Muslim community in Germany hailed him as “The Fuhrer of the Arab world.” Warner adds: “In his memoirs, Husseini 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 the Jews. The answer I got was, ‘The Jews are yours.’” (My emphasis added.)
Hitler also granted Husseini radio time to broadcast anti-Semitic propaganda urging Arabs to rise up and “kill the Jews wherever you find them”. The following is typical of what Husseini said: “Arise, O sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion.”
Following the defeat of Hitler in 1945, Husseini fled Germany and lived for many years in Egypt where he was hailed a hero, something echoed by PLO leader Yassir Arafat when Husseini died in 1974.
Here’s a quote from the Palestine Facts internet essay ‘Who was the Grand Mufti, Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini?’: “Haj Amin al-Husseini eventually died in exile in 1974. He never returned to Jerusalem after his 1937 departure. His place as leader of the radical, nationalist Palestinian Arabs was taken by his nephew Mohammed Abdel-Raouf Arafat As Qudwa al-Husseini, better known as Yasser Arafat. In August 2002, Arafat gave an interview in which he referred to "our hero al-Husseini" as a symbol of Palestinian Arab resistance.”
By Spero Meliora – July 2011