The Mufti of Berlin: Arab-Nazi collaboration is a taboo topic in the West


In a previous post at Atlas here and in his article at American Thinker entitled "Kabaa
rage," Bostom writes of "conspiratorial Jew hatred, as part of the warp and woof of Islam's
foundational text and history  manifested itself repeatedly for more than a
millennium prior to the advent of Nazism. Invoking 'Nazis' does nothing to
explain phenomena such as the 13th century conspiratorial Jew hating
accusations, replete with Koranic references, leading to pogroms that accompanied
the assassination of Jewish vizier Sa'd ad-Dawla."

From the Jewish library:

Muslim leaders have repeatedly made clear their
animosity toward Jews and Judaism.
For example, on November 23, 1937, Saudi Arabia's King Ibn Saud told
British Colonel H.R.P. Dickson: "Our hatred for the Jews dates
from God's condemnation of them for their persecution and rejection of
Isa (Jesus) and their subsequent rejection of His chosen
Prophet." He added "that for a Muslim to kill a Jew, or for
him to be killed by a Jew ensures him an immediate entry into Heaven
and into the august presence of God Almighty."3

When Hitler
introduced the Nuremberg racial
in 1935, he received telegrams of congratulation from all
corners of the Arab world.4 Later, during
the war, one of his most ardent supporters was the Mufti
of Jerusalem

Jews were never permitted to live in Jordan.
Civil Law No. 6, which governed the Jordanian-occupied West Bank,
states explicitly: "Any man will be a Jordanian subject if he is
not Jewish."5

The Arab countries see to it that even young
schoolchildren are taught to hate Jews. The Syrian Minister of
Education wrote in 1968: "The hatred which we indoctrinate into
the minds of our children from their birth is sacred."6

One widespread myth about the Mideast conflict is that the Arabs are paying the price for Germany's sins. The notion that the Palestinians are the "second victims" of the Holocaust contains two falsehoods: It suggests that without Auschwitz, there would be no justification for Israel, ignoring 3,000 years of Jewish history in the land. It also suggests Arab innocence in German crimes, ignoring especially the fascist past of Palestinian leader Haj Amin al Husseini, who was not only Grand Mufti of Jerusalem but also Waffen SS recruiter and Nazi propagandist in Berlin. When a German journalist recently tried to shed some light on this history, he encountered the wrath of the Arab collaborators' German apologists.

Karl Rössel's exhibition "The Third World in the Second World War" was supposed to premier on Sept. 1 in the "Werkstatt der Kulturen," a publicly funded multicultural center in Berlin's heavily Turkish and Arab neighborhood of Neukölln. Outraged by the exhibition's small section on Arab complicity in Nazi crimes, Philippa Ebéné, who runs the center, cancelled the event. Among the facts Ms. Ebéné didn't want the visitors of her center to learn is that the Palestinian wartime leader "was one of the worst and fanatical fascists and anti-Semites," as Mr. Rössel put it to me.

The mufti orchestrated the 1920/1921 anti-Jewish riots in Palestine and the 1929 Arab pogroms that destroyed the ancient Jewish community of Hebron. An early admirer of Hitler, Husseini received Nazi funding—as did Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood—for his 1936-1939 Palestinian revolt, during which his thugs killed hundreds of British soldiers, Jews and also Arabs who rejected his Islamo-Nazi agenda. After participating in a failed fascist coup in Iraq, he fled to Berlin in 1941 as Hitler's personal guest. In the service of the Third Reich, the mufti recruited thousands of Muslims to the Waffen SS. He intervened with the Nazis to prevent the escape to Palestine of thousands of European Jews, who were sent instead to the death camps. He also conspired with the Nazis to bring the Holocaust to Palestine. Rommel's defeat in El Alamein spoiled these plans.

Hezbo nazi salite

Hezbollah terrorists practicing a familiar salute in 2008.

After canceling the exhibition, Ms. Ebéné clumsily tried to counter the impression that she had pre-emptively caved to Arab pressure. As a "non-white" person (her father is Cameroonian), she said, she didn't have to fear Arabs, an explanation that indirectly suggested that ordinary, "white," Germans might have reason to feel less safe speaking truth to Arabs.

Berlin's integration commissioner, Günter Piening, initially seemed to defend her. "We need, in a community like Neukölln, a differentiated presentation of the involvement of the Arabic world in the Second World War," Der Tagesspiegel quoted him as saying. He later said he was misquoted and following media criticism allowed a smaller version of the exhibit to be shown.

Mr. Rössel says this episode is typical of how German historians, Arabists and Islam scholars deny or downplay Arab-Nazi collaboration. 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.

Palestinian leader amin

Palestinian leader Haj Amin al Husseini inspecting a Muslim SS parade in 1944.

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.


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."

Not to worry, Mr. Rössel, the persecution of the Jews is an Islamic constant:

the founder of Islam, traveled
to Medina in 622 A.D. to attract followers to his new faith. When the
Jews of Medina refused to recognize Muhammad as their Prophet, two of
the major Jewish tribes were expelled. In 627, Muhammad's followers
killed between 600 and 900 of the men, and divided the surviving Jewish
women and children amongst themselves.23

The Muslim attitude toward Jews is reflected in
various verses throughout the Koran,
the holy book of the Islamic faith. "They [the Children of
Israel] were consigned to humiliation and wretchedness. They brought
the wrath of God upon themselves, and this because they used to deny
God's signs and kill His Prophets unjustly and because they disobeyed
and were transgressors" (Sura 2:61). According to the Koran, the
Jews try to introduce corruption (5:64), have always been disobedient
(5:78), and are enemies of Allah, the Prophet and the angels

Jews were generally viewed
with contempt by their Muslim neighbors; peaceful
coexistence between the two groups involved
the subordination and degradation of the Jews.
In the ninth century, Baghdad's Caliph al-Mutawakkil
designated a yellow badge for Jews, setting
a precedent that would be followed centuries
later in Nazi

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