The article highlighted and discussed here was written by Rafael Medoff of JNS.org and published by the algemeiner.
Nazi Germany’s effort to recruit supporters in the Arab world is attracting new attention among scholars.
With the 70th anniversary of a Palestinian Arab leader’s sabotage of a plan to rescue Jewish children from Europe coming up next month, Israeli scholar Edy Cohen spoke exclusively to JNS.org about his current research on the role of Nazi and Axis propaganda in the Middle East. Cohen, 41, is on the staff of the Israel State Archives.
During the Holocaust years, Haj Amin el-Husseini, better known as the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, lived in Berlin, where he recorded pro-Nazi radio broadcasts that were beamed to the Arab world and recruited Bosnian Muslims to join an all-Muslim unit of the SS. Seventy years ago, on May 13, 1943, Husseini caught wind of a plan to permit 4,000 Jewish children, accompanied by 500 adults, to travel to Palestine in exchange for the release of 20,000 German prisoners of war. Both the Germans and the British had agreed to the exchange, but the Germans backed down when the Mufti objected...
Cohen found an internal memo from British police headquarters in Jerusalem in 1939 reporting, “The Arab population in Palestine are listening to the Berlin Broadcasts in Arabic most attentively, particularly in town and village coffee shops where large crowds gather for the purpose.” The report stated that the “uneducated classes are undoubtedly being influenced” by the Nazi propaganda.It doesn't strike me that there is much new presented in this article, but I very much welcome historical research into the relationship between Arab nationalism and Nazi Germany. Dr. Medoff has written a book entitled FDR and the Holocaust: A Breach of Faith which I am looking forward to taking a gander at.
Every once in awhile I like to remind people that the National Socialist influence in the Arab world is a palpable thing and something that we need to be aware of. In a certain kind of way World War II never really ended for the Jews of the Middle East. The Nazis were defeated but their ideology was spread into the Arab and Muslim worlds and very much embedded into organizations like the Muslim Brotherhood and their offsprings, such as Hamas and Qaeda and Hezbollah and Islamic Jihad and all these vicious little groups.
Other scholars to look at on this question include:
Matthias Küntzel (Jihad and Jew-Hatred: Islamism, Nazism and the Roots of 9/11 - 2007)
Edwin Black (The Farhud: The Arab-Nazi Alliance in the Holocaust - 2010
Paul Berman (Terror and Liberalism - 2003, The Flight of the Intellectuals - 2010)
Jeffrey Herf (Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World - 2010)
There is plenty of other material out there, of course, but if anyone is interested in a fair scholarly look at the subject these gentlemen represent a good place to start.
The main thing that I want to say - and that almost nobody wants to hear - is that these ongoing efforts to murder Jews in the Middle East have nothing to do with "social justice."
I find it simply flabbergasting that so many western liberals (and I am a western liberal) think that Arab efforts to kill Jews are justified. They aren't and, yet, they still assume our support.
If the Arabs of the British Mandate had wanted something resembling social justice they would have accepted at least one of the numerous offers for statehood, but they did not.
Why is this so difficult for people to comprehend?