Tuesday, January 06, 2009

The Nazis and the Arabs

Whats the difference? The difference is the Arabs loved the Nazis, collaborated with them, fought with them and took many of their ideas; but they hate the Israelis. Thats the difference.

And if you think I'm lying, Haj Amin al-Husseini, leader of the most prominent faction of palestinian arabs during the run-in to World War Two, led a rebellion against British rule, which failed. I'll let Benny Morris pick up the story:

'The Palestinians, reeling from the suppression of their rebellion and largely unsympathetic to Western liberal, democratic values, grimly hoped for an Axis victory. In this, they were at one with most of the Arab world. The Palestinians, Khalil al-Sakakini, a Christian Jerusalem educator, jotted down in his diary, "rejoiced [as did 'the whole Arab world'] when the British bastion of Tobruk fell [in 1941] to the Germans." One of the first public opinion polls in Palestine, conducted by al-Sakakinis son, Sari Sakakini, on behalf of the American consulate in Jerusalem, in February 1941, found that 88% of the Palestinian Arabs favoured Germany and only 9% Britain. The exiled al-Husseini himself helped raise a brief anti-British revolt in Baghdad in spring 1941 and then fled to Berlin, where he served the Nazi regime for four years by broadcasting anti-British jihadist propaganda to the Middle East and recruiting Bosnian muslims for the Wehrmacht. He was deeply anti-semitic. He explained the Holocaust as owing to the Jews' sabotage of the German war effort in World War I and the millenia of Gentile anti-semitism as due to the Jews "character": "One of the most prominent facets of the Jewish character is their exaggerated conciet and selfishness, rooted in their belief that they are the chosen people of God. There is no limit to their covetousness and they prevent others from enjoying the Good... They have no pity and are known for their hatred, rivalry and hardness, as Allah described them in the Koran". (pp 21-22, 1948, Benny Morris)

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