Taboo subject: Arab-Nazi collaboration
I've discussed the World War II era collaboration between the Arabs (particularly, the 'Palestinians') and the Nazis many times on this blog. The reason you don't read a lot about that collaboration in the media is that the subject is taboo in the West, particularly in Germany
What Mr. Rössel says about Germany applies to most of the Western
world, where it is often claimed that the mufti's Hitler alliance later
discredited him in the region. Nothing could be further from the truth.
In the Mideast, Nazis were not only popular during but also after the
war—scores of them found refuge in the Arab world, including Eichman's
deputy, Alois Brunner, who escaped to Damascus. The German war criminals
became trusted military and security advisers in the region,
particularly of Nazi sympathizer Gamal Nasser, then Egypt's president.
The mufti himself escaped to Egypt in 1946. Far from being shunned for
his Nazi past, he was elected president of the National Palestinian
Council. The mufti was at the forefront of pushing the Arabs to reject
the 1948 United Nations partition plan and to wage a "war of
destruction" against the fledgling Jewish state. His great admirer,
Yasser Arafat, would later succeed him as Palestinian leader.
The other line of defense is that Arab collaboration with the Nazis
supposedly wasn't ideological but pragmatic, following the old dictum
that "the enemy of my enemy is my friend." This "excuse" not only fails
to consider what would have happened to the Jews and British in the
Mideast had the Arabs' German friends won. It also overlooks the mufti's
and his followers' virulent anti-Semitism, which continues to poison
the minds of many Muslims even today.
The mufti "invented a new form of
Jew-hatred by recasting it in an Islamic mold," according to German
scholar Matthias Küntzel. The mufti's fusion of European
anti-Semtism—particularly the genocidal variety—with Koranic views of
Jewish wickedness has become the hallmark of Islamists world-wide, from
al Qaeda to Hamas and Hezbollah. During his time in Berlin, the mufti
ran the Nazis' Arab-language propaganda radio program, which incited
Muslims in the Mideast to "kill the Jews wherever you find them. This
pleases God, history and religion." Among the many listeners was also
the man later known as Ayatollah Khomeini, who used to tune in to Radio
Berlin every evening, according to Amir Taheri's biography of the
Iranian leader. Khomeini's disciple Mahmoud Ahmadinejad still spews the
same venom pioneered by the mufti as do Islamic hate preachers around
Muslim Judeophobia is not—as is commonly claimed—a reaction to the
Mideast conflict but one of its main "root causes." It has been fueling
Arab rejection of a Jewish state long before Israel's creation.
"I am not a Mideast expert," Mr. Rössel told me, but "I wonder why
the people who so one-sidedly regard Israel as the region's main problem
never consider how the Mideast conflict would have developed had it not
been influenced by fascists, anti-Semites and people who had just
returned from their Nazi exile."
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Labels: Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, Nazi-Islamist connection, Yasser Arafat