by Scott Kuhnen
Al-Banna and Nazi ideology shared similar views and a common enemy. They hated Jews, Democracy, western culture and they both had a dream to create an expansionist empire with a Führer or a Caliphate at the helm. Al-Banna became inspired by the Nazi party’s exploitation of Democracy as a tool to take power and wrote to Adolf Hitler frequently, eventually becoming a secret arm for Nazi Intelligence by the 1930’s. They established a propaganda minister, Hajj al-Amin Housseni, imitating the Nazi government.
The Muslim Brotherhood worked tirelessly to propagate Nazi propaganda by translating ‘Mein Kampf’ into ‘My Jihad’ and circulating the notorious anti-Semitic writing, ‘The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.”
When they instigated the 1929 riots that destroyed a 3000-year old Jewish community, they took pictures of the Jewish corpses and claimed that they were Arabs killed by Jews. Al-Amin Housseini continued his murderous spree until visiting Germany in 1941 which propelled him into the systematic extermination of Jews in Eastern Europe.
In 1936, riots broke out beginning a three- year period of violence and civil strife in Palestine, known as the “Arab Revolt.” During the revolt, Haj Amin started a campaign of murder against Jews and non-compliant Arabs. In 1937, he expressed solidarity with Nazi Germany, asking the Third Reich to oppose the establishment of a Jewish state, stop Jewish immigration to Palestine and provide arms to the Arab population. He represented a newly militant organization of Palestinian Arab nationalism. He killed Jews at every opportunity and was not willing to negotiate or make any kind of compromise for peace. He prevented the emigration of Hungarian Jews to Palestine by pleading to Eichmann in a letter, which eventually determined the fate of 400,000 Jews in Auschwitz.
“Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: The Jews are yours.” Former Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini
British Colonial forces arrested a few pawns and one major leader during the riots, but took no action against the Mufti. The New York times reported on June 14th, 1936 that the Mufti succeeded in convincing the British that he was working in their best interest and he was in a position to appease the Muslim masses. Believing his overture of peace, they give him their support while playing into his hands.
Husseini was such a good student of Adolf Hitler’s strategy of aggression and feigning peace that the British were turning back Jewish refugees that were fleeing the growing anti-Semitic hatred in Europe. To appease the Arabs, the Peel Commission violated the League of Nations Mandate to divide the land as the “Jewish National Home” into a much smaller portion. Then a year later, the Peel Commission issued another proposal for even a smaller portion than the one offered in the previous year. By 1939, the British issued the White Paper rejecting the idea of a Jewish National Home and severely restricting Jewish immigration. Two years later after the concessions by the British, Husseini and his supporters would strike the British again.
The Mideast was the only region where the British still had significant influence. Hitler and Husseini wanted to eliminate the British and Jews. It was a marriage made in Heaven.
By the time the world was thrust into war, The Third Reich had secretly developed the Muslim Brotherhood as an army in the Mideast. Today we can still see the Nazi salute being displayed in the radical Islamic groups throughout the world.
During the Nuremburg and Eichmann trials, it was revealed that Nazi Germany helped finance the Arab Revolt from 1936 through 1939. Eichmann’s deputy Dieter Wisliceny testified:
“The Mufti (al-Husseini) was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and adviser of Eichmann and Himmler in the execution of this plan…. He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz.”
Al-Husseini spent most of World War II as Hitler’s special guest in Berlin advocating the extermination of Jews on radio and recruiting Balkan Muslims for the infamous SS “mountain divisions” which massacred Jewish communities in the region.
After the collapse of Nazi Germany, he moved to Egypt where he was received as a national hero. He was indicted by Yugoslavia for war crimes, but escaped persecution and never faced trial because the Allies were afraid of causing an outbreak in the Arab world, disturbing the flow of oil. In addition, they needed the Nazi Muslims as a buffer against the Communists. The appearance of the Mujahideen in Afghanistan was a direct result of using the Nazi Muslims against Communism.
While in Egypt, he sponsored the 1948 war against the new State of Israel and the assassination of King Abdullah in 1951. He eventually died in exile in 1974 and was replaced by his nephew, Yasser Arafat. His ideology lives today in the Muslim Brotherhood and the numerous offshoots like Hamas, Muslim Association of Britain, Islamic Society of North America, and Muslim Youth of North America to the various branches of Al Qaeda throughout the world.
Leading up to Israel’s War of Independence, The Economist (London), a frequent critic of the Zionists, reported on October 2, 1948:
“Of the 62,000 Arabs who formerly lived in Haifa not more than 5000 or 6000 remained. Various factors influenced their decision to seek safety in flight. There is but little doubt that the most potent of the factors were the announcements made over the air by the Higher Arab Executive, urging the Arabs to quit….It was clearly intimated that those Arabs who remained in Haifa and accepted Jewish protection would be regarded as renegades.”
“The most potent of the factors [in the flight] were announcements made by the Palestinian-Arab Higher Committee, urging all Haifa Arabs to quit, intimating that those remaining would be regarded as renegades.”
Expecting a quick victory, the Arab National Committee intimidated the Arabs to leave and find refuge in neighboring countries until the war was over, promising that they would soon be able to return to their homes. In the memoirs of Syrian Prime Minister (1948 to 1949), he admitted the Arab role in persuading the refugees to leave:
“Since 1948 we have been demanding the return of the refugees to their homes. But we ourselves are the ones who encouraged them to leave. Only a few months separated our call to them to leave and our appeal to the United Nations to resolve on their return.”
The refugees are still being used today as propaganda tools to portray Israel as an evil occupation force. They are kept in ghettos for generations without a national identity. The Arabs forced over 600,000 Jews from their countries following the defeat of their armies. Israel absorbed the Jewish refugees; but the Arabs still refuse to absorb their own. The Syrian Prime Minister of 1949 acknowledges this fact by saying:
“We brought destruction upon the refugees, by calling on them to leave their homes.”
The Egyptians began to get nervous after the return of the Muslim Brotherhood so they ordered all members to leave Egypt or be imprisoned. They evacuated to Saudi Arabia and other Muslim nations to become teachers in the religious schools, eventually moving further into Europe. One leading ‘light’ of the Muslim Brotherhood was Abdullah Yusuf Azzam, whom became the teacher and mentor of Osama bin Laden. They combined the teachings of Wahhabiism with the doctrines of Nazism and began teaching violence and hatred to the future generations of terrorism.
After 70 years of reinforcing the Jewish scapegoat, a recent poll showed that the majority of Europeans believe terrorism would disappear if Israel were gone. Just recently, Obama expressed that Israel needs to return to pre-1967 borders. In 2009, he invited to the Muslim Brotherhood to his Cairo speech and called for Israel to stop the settlement building. After his election, he called for the splitting of Jerusalem.
We are still committing the same mistakes today as we did in the 1930s and after World War II. To believe the Palestinian leadership that peace will follow after succeeding concessions is a failure to heed the lessons of our past. One only has to look as far as Radical Islam’s slogan to see the folly in that assumption: “First the Saturday People, Then the Sunday People”