A Few Notable Anniversaries on the Palestinians’ Big Day

With the nations of Europe and the rest of the world lining up to support the PLO bid to receive non-member state status at the UN General Assembly, it is worth noting two anniversaries of related but forgotten events.

Of course, everyone knows the obvious anniversary – Nov. 29, 1947 was the day the UN General Assembly passed the plan to recommend the partition the British Mandate of Palestine into a Jewish state and an Arab state. The Jews accepted the plan. The Arabs — both local and regional – rejected it. The local Arabs who 25 years later became known as “Palestinians,” responded to the passage of UNGA resolution 181 by launching a terror war against the Jews. Their war was commanded by Iraqi and Lebanese terror masters and supported by the British military and its Arab Legion from Transjordan.

On May 15, 1948 five foreign Arab armies invaded the just-declared Jewish state with the declared aim of annihilating all the Jews.

Now for a couple less known anniversaries.

On November 28, 1941 the religious and political leader of the Palestinian Arabs and one of the most influential leaders of the Arab world Haj Amin el Husseini met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin. Husseini had courted the Nazis since just after the Nazis rose to power in 1933. Husseini was forced to flee the British Mandate in 1937 when he expanded his fourth terror war against the Jews, that he began in 1936 to include the British as well.

He fled to Lebanon, and then in October 1939 he fled to Iraq. In April 1941 he fomented a pro-Nazi coup in Iraq. As the British — with massive unheralded assistance from the Jews from the land of Israel — were poised to enter Baghdad and restore the pro-British government, Husseini incited the Farhud, a 3-day pogrom against the Jews of Baghdad that took place over the festival of Shavuot. 150 Jews were murdered. A thousand were wounded and 900 Jewish homes were destroyed.

With the coup defeated and the Jews murdered, Husseini escaped to then pro-Nazi Iran and then in October to Germany by way of Italy. (He was flown out of Iran on an Italian Air Force plane, and feted by Mussolini when he landed in Rome).

He arrived in Berlin and two and a half weeks later he had a prolonged private meeting with Hitler. There, on November 28, 1941, two months before the Wannssee Conference, where the German high command received its first orders to annihilate European Jewry, Hitler told Husseini that he intended to eradicate the Jewish people from the face of Europe.

Husseini remained in Berlin through the end of the war and served as a Nazi agent. In Berlin he broadcast daily diatribes to the Arab world on German shortwave radio in Arabic. Specifically Husseini exhorted them to kill the Jews in the name of Allah and make common cause with the Nazis who would deliver them from the Jews, the British and the Americans.

In 1943 Husseini organized the Hazhar SS Division of Bosnian Muslims. His division carried out the massacre of 90 percent of the Bosnian Jewish community of 12,000.

In 1920 Husseini personally invented what later became known as the Palestinian national movement. He shaped its identity around the sole cause of destroying the Jewish presence in the land of Israel.

During the war Husseini used his broadcasts to shape the political and religious  consciousness of the Muslim world by fusing Islamic Jew hatred with annihilationist Nazi anti-Semitism. Whereas much of the Nazi anti-Semitic ideology was discredited in postwar Europe, it has remained the single most resonant theme of Arab politics since World War II.

In 1946, as his fellow Nazi war criminals were being tried in Nuremberg, Husseini made a triumphant return to Egypt where he was welcomed as a war hero by King Farouk, the Muslim Brotherhood and the young officers in the Egyptian army who fused Nazi national socialism with the Islamism of the Muslim Brotherhood and took over Egypt after deposing Farouk in 1951.

The founder of Palestinian nationalism’s singleminded dedication to the genocide of Jewry brings us to the second notable but forgotten anniversary we passed over this month.

On Nov. 12 1942 the British led forces  — with the massive and unreported support of Jewish commando and engineering units from the land of Israel — defeated Germany’s Afrika Corps led by Gen. Rommel in the second Battle of Alamein. With the German defeat, the specter of a German occupation of the Middle East was removed. Husseini and Himmler had planned that under German occupation, the Arabs would expand the Holocaust to the 800,000 Jews of the Arab world and the 450,000 Jews in the land of Israel. To this end, the Germans had organized the Einzatzgruppen Afrika unit attached to Rommel’s army. Under the command of SS LTC Walter Rauff, it was tasked with murdering Jews located in the areas that were to come under German occupation.

It is fitting that yesterday, on the anniversary of Hitler’s meeting with Husseini, Germany announced that it would not oppose Husseini’s heirs’ bid to receive UN recognition of a Palestinian state that seeks Israel’s destruction.

Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.

The more things change, the more they remain the same.

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  • http://stopkhadredmonton.wordpress.com/ stopkhadredmonton

    Wow. I did not know much of this – so thank-you. I am completely agast that Germany would abstain on today's UN Motion – as I understand Australia has also. What a serious betrayal. This must become the end of the UN which has become a joke.

  • gunner57

    Great article, Caroline. However, I do believe it was Einsatzgruppen Egypt not Afrika.

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Whether we are discussing the PA/Fatah terror junta or Hamas's Brotherhood Mafia, Islamists are the same world over, as well as throughout time.

    Anyone who believes that a PA State will be anything but a genocidal one is either delusional, willfully blind or malignant in intent – towards the survival of Israel!!

    And repeat after this blogger – there is NO such thing as a 'moderate' Islamist, and Abbas's terror tentacles are every bit as bloody handed as his mentor's – the godfather of modern terrorism, Arafat -http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/08/21/repeat-until-the-cows-come-home-there-is-no-moderate-islam-period-addendum-to-what-the-west-in-general-and-its-leaders-in-particular-know-about-islam-can-fill-less-than-a-thimble-m/

    So, not only are those who support this world menace violating many laws, but they are legal outlaws for doing so – http://adinakutnicki.com/2012/11/01/pa-statehood-

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel – http://www.adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Viator

    This information is well referenced in the book, "The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism: Adolf Hitler and Haj Amin el Husseini by Chuck Morse – World Net Daily Books. In it you will learn that Husseini actually designed the Final Solution that was enhanced by the Nazi's. al-Husseini was promised the office of Furhur of the Middle East if they met with success. Today you can see the Nazi influence on Islam and the affected countries. Just look at their uniforms, their marching and method of salute. Ignoring this problem will have dire consequences to the entire world.

    • yesjb

      You might also try "Nazi Palestine, the plans for the extermination of the Jews of Palestine" by Klaus-Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers. It deals extensively with the Mufti and machinations against the Jews.

  • Arlie

    I was aware that Iran and Hitler's Germany were allies but never heard of Husseini. Husseini has done more lasting damage than Hitler. Hitler was at last condemned but this Husseini (and probably many more as evil as he) has escaped being pointed out in history as another murder and propagandist of terror against the jewish people. I had a hard time following the article as the dates seemed to skip around, so the timeline is hard to follow but the information is enlightening. Thank you. How many more will be slaughtered before this evil political cult will be destroyed?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "I was aware that Iran and Hitler's Germany were allies but never heard of Husseini. Husseini has done more lasting damage than Hitler. Hitler was at last condemned but this Husseini (and probably many more as evil as he) has escaped being pointed out in history as another murder and propagandist of terror against the jewish people."

      As I said the other day, we wouldn't even demonize Hitler without Stalin's permission. If al Husseini had been an enemy of the left, there would be national consensus. He's a hero to the Muslims to this day and therefore there is NO WAY you can teach these facts of history in any school that expects to get away unscathed. Getting away unscathed is the goal of virtually every educator today.

  • Mickey UU

    By the way ,the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin El Husseini, was the uncle of Yassir Arafat.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "By the way ,the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin El Husseini, was the uncle of Yassir Arafat."

      It's much worse than that, he was also actually the adoptive parent of Arafat. Arafat was raised directly by al Husseini.

  • Ghostwriter

    Somehow,I'm not surprised by this. Not in the least.

  • PaulRevereNow

    Husseini was a slippery man–very hard to catch; he always managed to stay one step ahead of British intelligence. The Nazis were beginning to build concentration camps, for North African Jews, when the victory at El-Alamein put a stop to that; and the story of the Farhud is told in detail, in Edwin Black's book of the same name. However, its interesting that Haj Amin Husseini isn't well remembered or well respected in the Muslim world today.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "Husseini was a slippery man–very hard to catch; he always managed to stay one step ahead of British intelligence."

      Slippery politically, not because he was some great spy who knew how to evade. He was in bed with the British.

      "However, its interesting that Haj Amin Husseini isn't well remembered or well respected in the Muslim world today."

      I don't know how you figure that. Maybe they wish he had been more effective achieving his goals. He's only about as popular as Hitler.

  • BS77

    I fear for our nation and our world…..look at England….it has capitulated. It did not give into the Nazis back in the 1940s, but it looks like it would now. The West must awaken!!!

  • malicious12

    Wow…collaborated with Nazi's?. what a terrible human being. Want to tell us as well about Avraham Stern the jewish paramilitary leader who offered to actively take part in the war on the German side, in return of German approval of jewish immigration to Palestine and that was against the British, the people who that tried to save the European Jews?

    • objectivefactsmatter

      Does "12" stand in for "liar" in the case of your username?

  • http://twitter.com/aradenovic @aradenovic

    Excellent article! One typo: The Bosnian Muslim SS Division he helped to form was known as "Handzar" (local language) or "Handschar" (German) – I say this so people can look it up, it's a too-often overlooked part of history.

  • yesjb

    A simple-minded simplification from a simple mind!
    Husseini was responsible for murdering other Arabs, moderate ones, not only Jews to feed his own megolomania and power hunger. He was a staunch ally of Hitler always scheming the for the death of Jews in Arab lands and Europe. Hardly a comparison to one failed attempt to extricate Jewish children from Hitler's grasp.
    Your ignorance of history is abysmal, but then you really don't need to bother with facts.

    • reader

      This is not just a simple mind. Someone who compares a mass murderer SS General Al Husseini, the icon of "the Arab street," with Stern and claims that the British – who not only didn't give a rat's ass about the extermination of the European Jews, but denied the hunted European Jews safe haven in many cases – tried to safe the European Jews is simply a malicious Jew hater.

  • Prof. L. Wessell

    I am American who lives permanently in Germany. I understand Caroline Glick's disappointment with Germany. I do not agree with "C'est la même chose" when applied to Germany. Alas, it is more complicated than that. The simple assertion "that all is the same", particularly in evaluating the world as it is NOW, is inadequate. I can guarantee that 99.9% of the German population does not know the connection between Huseinni and Hitler, though endless tv documentaries do note a connection, but no real analysis. I must keep my remarks short and, hopefully, essential.

    Post WW II Germany (with some exceptions in the old GDR population) does not see itself as anti-Jewish. Au contraire, a feeling of expunged guilt is present. What do I mean? The German "national" sin was its militarism finding an extreme form in Nazi military action. A post war reaction has been that Gemans as a whole have become pacifistic (polls have determined that). This means that active use of military force is in itself seen as probably "sinful" (the terminology used is different). During the Cold War there was continual and often massive re-action against America, be it in Vietnam or in Pershing Missles in Germany. Chancelor Schmidt of the Social Democrats, lost his control of the party because he backed the American stationing of defensive atomic missles in Germany. My point: American use of military force, viz., violence was ipso facto wrong until proven otherwise. Since the Cold War is passed Israel is the one nation that needs to use military action. This means that Israel has inherited the wrath of German pacificism, a feeling necessary to expunge guilt. Add to this, the sympathy for victims of war, colateral damage (which was not so colateral during WW II–by both sides), solidifies the pacifistic predisposition. I will quickly apply this to the German non-resistance to the Palestine vote in the UN.

    The Israelis whacked the hell out of Hamas. Alas, some Palestinian children were hurt. Visions of such tragedies flooded German tv. Oh, Israel must defend itself, BUT … Relative to the Palestinians there is a guilt feeling. But what about anti-Semitism? The German left leaners have evolved a point of view (some times aided by leftist guests from Israel) that an essential distinction must be made between Jews in Israel as persons and criticism of the Israeli, viz., the Jewish State. Think back to Günther Grass's diatribe against Israel, not Iran. Despite doubtful literary value, Grass found surprising opinion support. Grass is no anti-Semetic, he is just against the "aggressive" policies of the Israeli State (just as he was against the "aggressive" policies of America during the Cold War). With the RADICAL distinction between Jews and Israel as a state, together with sympathy for the downtrodden Palestianis, coupled with ignorance of the history of "Palestinians" and Jews in Israel, and with a pacifistic predisposition to oppose the use of force (even when necessary), with all these poinst, we have the basis for Germany's failure to oppose the Palestinian attempts re the UN.

    I do hope I have been able to suggest a wider view point for understanding Germany. I also beg understanding for whatever spelling errors as it is 4 AM for me at the moment of writing this comment.

    • Caroline Glick

      The problem with Nazi Germany wasn't that it was militaristic. The problem is that it was evil. As a consequence, post-war Germany's decision to cope with its Nazi legacy by embracing pacifism and blaming militarism rather than embracing goodness was a feint. They didn't want to do the hard work of expunging the habits of evil that enabled Nazism to flourish as a natural outgrowth of German culture. So they pretended the problem was something unrelated. The Poles were militaristic. They didn't become Nazis. The French were militaristic. They didn't become Nazis.
      And by the way, Gunther Grass was a Nazi.
      Anti-Semitism is still a major animating force in Germany because the Germans never truly dealt with their obsession with Jews. They simply projected their anti-Semitism onto the Jewish state and then pretended the problem with Israel was that it wasn't pacifist. But really the problem with Israel is that it is Jewish, and as it happens righteous. And the more Israel is Israel, the more the Germans hate it.

  • Moe

    J-Street knows all about the Hitler connection but plays dumb. The Muslim Brotherhood hooked up with Hitler in the early 1930's. Hamas is a product of the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama is a supporter the Muslim Brotherhood. Hillary Clinton's top Chief of Staff Huma Abedin is the daughter of Muslim Brotherhood's highest leaders in Egypt. But go try to get these facts into the thick skull of American Jews who voted overwhelmingly for Obama, they refuse to hear it.

  • Izzy

    Let's not forget that George Soros, who collaborated with the Nazis against the Jews in Hitler's time, is a big contributor to J-Street, and J-Street not only kept the Soros contributions secret, but lied vehemently, claiming they received no such funding from Soros whatsover until they were finally found out. Pure sleaze.

  • http://twitter.com/DanKelso1 @DanKelso1

    I remember reading a good article about this.
    Nazis, Arabs planned Final Solution for pre-state Israel
    New study: Special SS squad formed for Jews of 'Palestine'
    Stan Goodenough
    April 10, 2006