Arab leaders had helped the Nazi Mass Murderers in the Holocaust
Another reason that the walt-mearsheimer claim is ridiculous, more important in fact than that there was a precedent for driving people into the sea, was the collaboration of Arab nationalist, pan-Arabist, and Arab pan-Islamist leaders with the Nazis in general and with the Holocaust in particular. The chief Arab Nazi collaborator was Haj Amin el-Husseini [al-Husayni], the British-appointed mufti of Jerusalem and the head of the Supreme Muslim Council in "palestine," a body set up by the British which had not existed before. Indeed the name "palestine" [or Filastin] had not been used by the Ottoman or Mamluk empires which ruled the country between the Crusades and the British conquest in 1917.
Somehow, Husseini, who was often called simply "the Mufti" when he was active and people knew who he was, has been forgotten. By "forgetting" Husseini anti-Israel propagandists in the guise of academics, of "leftists" or of statesmen, can pretend that the Arabs, the palestinian Arabs in particular, were innocent in the Holocaust and that therefore the Jews/Zionists were unfairly punishing the "palestinians" for what was a German or European crime. The truth is that the Arab nationalists collaborated in the Holocaust in Europe, Husseini in particular, and also slaughtered Jews in the Arab countries [search for Farhud on this blog]. Such massacres took place in Iraq, Libya, and elsewhere. Anwar Sadat and Gamal Abdul-Nasser and their Free Officers coterie collaborated with the Nazis. Even after the war, both Sadat and Nasser proudly affirmed their admiration for Hitler. In his book, Revolt on the Nile, Sadat expressed regret that the Nazis lost the war, and in particular he blamed Egyptian Jews for causing his and Nasser's pro-Nazi plot, in the framework of the Free Officers, to fail.
Husseini's role was described in 1947 by Bartley Crum, a noted American liberal and member of the Anglo-American Committee of Inquiry on Palestine .
Sir Frederick [a British member of the Anglo-American Committee] and I visited the war trials while we were in Nuremberg, and I spent some time talking to the American investigators who were reconstructing the Nazi conspiracy, for the prosecution, from the massive archives which the Allies had unearthed.Husseini sent a like letter to the Rumanian foreign minister [Rumania too was an Axis ally]. Instead of letting Jewish children leave the Nazi-fascist domain
I remembered Edgar Ansel Mowrer's scoop in London when he printed the text of an affidavit that incriminated the ex-Mufti [Husseini] in the mass murder of the Jews. I understood that there was a large file on the Mufti in the archives of the Allied War Crimes Commission . . .
. . . I visited Jackson [Mr Justice Jackson, Chief United States Prosecutor at the Nuremberg International War Crimes Tribunal] the next day. I mentioned the Mowrer affidavit to him. He replied that he was familiar with it, but . . . I could see that the subject was unpleasant to him, so I dropped it.
There were others much interested in seeing that the Mufti's story was told. An Army intelligence officer, at three o'clock one afternoon, made it possible for me to enter a room and sit down at a table upon which was a thick file of documents. . .
The record of the ex-Mufti's intrigues was fantastic. This file showed clearly that he had climaxed a record of Fascism, anti-British intrigues, and anti-Semitism by helping spearhead the extermination of European Jewry. I had my hands on a German document signed by an agent of the Mufti scarcely twenty-four hours before Germany surrendered. . . Adolf Eichmann, the Gestapo specialist in Jewish affairs, who had been the confidant of the Mufti. . . And Nazi records show that, accompanied by Eichmann, the Grand Mufti, incognito, visited the gas chambers of Auschwitz. . . ". . . the extermination of European Jewry." The Mufti told Wisliczeny [Dieter von Wisliczeny, a Nazi war criminal] that he "considered this [extermination] a comfortble solution to the Palestine problem." . . . Hitler had instructed that in any ransoming of concentration camp inmates, no Jews were to be included because an agreement had been reached with the Mufti that all Jews be exterminated. . . Negotiations were under way at that time for the ransom of the Jewish community of Bratislava. These negotiations broke down because the Mufti refused to countenance their being ransomed and as a result the entire community was liquidated. . . A letter from the Mufti to Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop, on July 25, 1944, complained of German clemency toward the Jews. . .
. . . On June 5, 1943, he protested to the Prime Minister of Bulgaria [an Axis ally] against a plan by the Bulgarian government allowing emigration [from the Nazi-fascist zones] of four thousand Jewish children. These children, he argued, presented "a degree of danger to Bulgaria whether they be kept in Bulgaria or be permitted to depart from that country." Instead, he said, they should be sent to a place in which they would be "under stringent control --as for instance, Poland." The Mufti's protest was successful. No children's transport left Bulgaria after July, 1943. [Bartley C Crum, Behind the Silken Curtain (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1947), pp 109-112]
This time he again suggested Poland, pointing out that they would be under what he called "active supervision," a euphemism for the gas chambers. [Crum, p 112]Whereas Husseini eagerly had Jewish children murdered in the Holocaust [ie, sent to Poland where Auschwitz was located], Arab propagandists and sympathizers of the Arab anti-Israel cause, like to accuse Israel of killing Arab children. However, when Arabs are doing the shooting they don't much mind. It seems that when Arabs shoot their own children [see here], that's OK.
Sources on the web for information on Arab collaboration in the Holocaust are here and here, to supply only a few of those sources available.
Remember Bartley Crum's book:
Bartley C Crum, Behind the Silken Curtain (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1947)
Note that Justice Jackson, the American chief prosecutor of the Nuremberg War Crimes Tribunal, did not want to prosecute Husseini. This was policy, the policy of the Big Four war time allies [the US, UK, France, USSR]. Husseini was under supervised residence in France after WW2 from May 1945. He was allowed to leave France in 1946 and return to the Middle East where he resumed his Judeophobic intrigues, including agitating for war on the Jews in Israel. So Walt-Mearsheimer are concealing the evidence when they pretend that the Arabs did not really intend to drive the Jews into the sea in the 1947-49 war. The Arabs --such as the Mufti Husseini-- intended a worse fate for the Jews. The fact that the Allies did not want to prosecute Husseini at Nuremberg --his pro-Holocaust doings notwithstanding-- belie two of Edward Said's usual arguments: 1) the Arabs were and are innocent, especially of harming the Jews, and especially of the Holocaust; 2) the major Western powers were always looking to harm the innocent Arabs, to restrain Arab nationalism, to besmirch Islam, etc.
Another important fact that Walt-Mearsheimer don't deal with is that the Arabs in the various Arab-Muslim-ruled lands oppressed, humiliated, economically exploited the Jews for a period of more than a thousand years. That fact too is significant and various posts on this blog have documented and illustrated it.
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