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Posted on August 2, 2001

Unfortunately, to the Palestinian people this question implies that they should pay the price for the collaboration of a single person with the Nazis! Although there were a minority of Palestinians who collaborated with the Nazis, a whole nation cannot pay the price for the choices of a few. It's not just that the Palestinian people (and most of the Arab countries as well) aided the allies with men and logistical support, they also ignored the call for Jihad, against the Allies, that was declared by al-Hajj Amin in April, 1941 (Righteous Victims, p. 165).

Since the Palestinian people were promised full independence in 1949, and strict limitation on Jewish immigration to Palestine, based on the 1939 White Paper, the Palestinian people had an incentive to help the Allies win the war. It should be noted that several Palestinian brigades were enlisted into the British Army, and the Palestinian resistance to the brutal British occupation almost completely ceased during and after WW II.

In general, the Palestinian people are proud of the fact that they were among the few who did not collaborate openly with Nazis. On the other hand, the peoples and governments of France, Italy, Japan, Romania, Croatia, Chechnya, Bulgaria, Switzerland, ... etc. all collaborated openly with the Nazis. Tragically, many of these peoples and governments happily pointed out their Jewish citizens to the Gestapo. So it's unfair, if not outright criminal, to exploit al-Hajj Amin's conduct in order to eternally condemn the Palestinian people as Nazis, while ignoring the choices made by most European peoples and governments who openly collaborated with the Nazis. At least the Palestinian people did not harbor nor cover up for Nazi war criminal as the US have done for decades, click here for details.

In that regard, it's worth noting that Josef Stalin, the Soviet premier and dictator, forcibly transferred the people of the Caucasus to Siberia as a collective punishment for their collaboration with the Nazis during WWII. However, the same people were allowed to return to their homes in 1958 when the scale of the war crime became known to Khruschev, Stalin's successor in the 1950s. If the people of the Caucasus were allowed to return to their homes under Communist rule, why can't the Palestinian refugees return to their homes under Israeli rule?

IRONICALLY, the shocking truth is that it has been proven that the Jewish Stern gang received funding and arms from the Italian Fascists to resist the British Mandate in Palestine. In fact, the Stern gang's collaboration with the Fascists and Nazis was going on while their Jewish brothers were being persecuted in Nazi concentration camps. It should also be noted that when the Americans, British, and their Arab allies were busy blocking the Desert Fox's (Erwin Rommel) advances in north Africa, the Stern gang's leader Yitzhak Shamir and the Irgun gang's leader Menachem Begin were busy ambushing British soldiers, blowing up the vital Haifa-Cairo railroad supply line, and terrorizing British and Palestinian civilians (Righteous Victims, p. 174). And when Yitzhak Shamir, Israel's future Prime Minister in the 1980s, was asked to explain their collaboration with the Fascists, he replied:

"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." (One Palestine Complete , p. 464).

Since these findings have only have only JUST started to surface lately (and are kept smothered in many Jewish communities), we feel it's necessary to directly quote one of the MOST pro-Israel historians, Martin Gilbert, who wrote:

"Avraham Stern who had formed a breakaway 'Irgun in Israel' movement (also known as the Stern Gang), tried to make contact with Fascist Italy in the hope that, if Mussolini were to conquer the Middle East, he would allow a Jewish State to be set up in Palestine. When Mussolini's troops were defeated in North Africa, Stern tried to make contacts with Nazi Germany, hoping to sign a pact with Hitler which would lead to a Jewish State once Hitler had defeated Britain. After two members of the Stern's Gang had killed the Tel Aviv [British] police chief and two of his officers, Stern himself was caught and killed. His followers [chief among them Yitzhak Shamir who led the Stern Gang after Stern's death] continued on their path of terror." (Israel: A History, p. 111-112)

What makes many Palestinians and Arabs EXTREMELY ANGRY is that the memories of the Holocaust are being exploited to paint Palestinians as Nazis. Such dangerous comparison and propaganda tactics are continuously fed to many Israeli school children from inception, especially upon visiting the Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem. It should be emphasized that many life size pictures of al-Hajj Amin standing alongside Hitler are on display at Yad Vashem, just West of Jerusalem not far from DEIR YASSIN. It's hypocritical to hold Palestinians responsible for the "ill fated" choice of al-Hajj Amin, while Israelis and Jews still blind themselves to the choices some of their leaders made during WW II.

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Posted by Brent on May 26, 2011 #134743

Some grammar corrections and more info: Again that crucial segment of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 about the indigenous Palestinian Arabs of the nation of Palestine: "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine". As for Arabs supporting the Axis powers in WWII this was mostly realpolitik and was because the Arabs were mad, angry, and against the evil British and French colonialist powers occupying their lands (the colonialist British Empire was occupying Palestine and Iraq and supporting the European Zionist Khazar colonialists stealing Palestine and the colonialist French were occupying Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and most of North Africa, etc.)

Also a funny point showing colonialist Zionist hypocrisy is how the Zionists still promote Anwar al-Sadat the late ruler of Egypt because Sadat sold out and signed a "peace treaty" (i.e. betrayed the Palestinians, gave away Egypt's natural gas to "Israel" at ridiculously low prices, and in general betrayed the Arab and Muslim world itself) with Zionist "Israel" in 1979. Yet Anwar al-Sadat was actually somewhat pro-Axis and pro-Nazi during WWII, because the colonialist British Empire was occupying Egypt still and had in place their corrupt puppet monarchy King Farouk of Egypt. Read: "As Egypt was under the occupation of the United Kingdom, Sadat was fascinated by Hitler’s Nazi German army for their quick ability to become a strategic threat to Britain." and "During the Second World War he was imprisoned by the British for his efforts to obtain help from the Axis Powers in expelling the occupying British forces." Note that the Zionist Jewish terrorist Menachem Begin (who was once a member of the fascist Zionist Jewish Betar movement of Vladimir "Ze'ev" Jabotinsky who Ben-Gurion even nicknamed "Vladimir Hitler", Betar also was closely allied with Benito Mussolini's fascist Italy) was then Zionist "Israeli" Prime Minister and signed this "peace treaty" with Sadat in 1979!
Posted by Brent on May 26, 2011 #134742

Again: So yes there were Palestinian Arab soldiers and brigades that fought for the British Empire and the "Allies" in WWII, again this is despite the fact that the British Empire was largely supportive of evil Zionist colonialism in its Middle East policy and was occupying the land of Palestine with the British Mandate of Palestine of 1920-1948. For the evil colonialist British Empire's support of Zionist colonialism/theft of Palestine away from the indigenous Palestinian Arabs see the Balfour Declaration of 1917 wherein the British Foreign Secretary "Lord" Arthur James Balfour promised the European Khazar Zionists a colonialist "Jewish homeland" but even Balfour himself made at least one specific caveat about indigenous Palestinian Arab rights in Palestine. Here is the text of the Balfour Declaration of 1917: "His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object, it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country."

Again that crucial segment of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 about the indigenous Palestinian Arabs of the nation of Palestine: "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine". As for Arabs supporting the Axis powers in WWII this was mostly realpolitik and was because the Arabs were made at the evil British and French colonialist powers occupying their land (the colonialist British Empire was occupying Palestine and Iraq and the colonialist French were occupying Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and most of North Africa, etc.)

This same realpolitik led many different non-Arab, non-Muslim peoples to work with and ally with the Nazi Germans and Axis powers in WWII to some degree. For example there was an Armenian legion of the Nazi SS called the Armenische Legion (the Armenians allied with the Nazi Germans because the Armenians didn't like the Soviet Russians, who joined the Allies in WWII after 1941, who were in control of Armenia at the time). There was a Nazi SS legion of Indians (from the nation of India) called the Indische legion led by a Hindu Indian who was angry about the continuing, brutal colonialist British occupation of India (aka the "British Raj"). There were Serbs that supported the Nazis from the ZBOR, the Serbian Chetniks (Serbian royalists), Pecanac Chetniks, Milan Nedic and his pro-Nazi Nedic's Serbia, the pro-Nazi Serbian State Guard of pro-Nazi Nedic's Serbia that looked over specific Nazi concentration camps in Nazi occupied Serbia (aka Nedic's Serbia). I could give tons of examples, again this was all realpolitik of people who were simply against the "Allies" (mostly because of the colonialism of Britain, France, the US government, and Soviet Russia) thus they saw it as "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Much like how the United States government supported Saddam Hussein's Baathist Iraq against Ayatollah Khomeini's revolutionary Iran in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), all government's tend to do a lot of realpolitik actions in their foreign policies.
Posted by Brent on May 25, 2011 #134739

Hi Stu, there were certainly Palestinian Arab brigades in the British military (despite the fact that Palestine was being occupied by the British Empire under the British Mandate of Palestine from 1920-1948). You can search and find a news article entitled "Bittersweet Remembrance Sunday for Palestinian veterans" AIN AL-HELWEH, By Jocelyne Zablit | AFP - November 14, 2010
Ain al-Hilweh is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Here are a few quotes from the article: "Mussa al-Hussein may have a hard time recalling dates and places, but the 86-year-old Palestinian does not miss a beat when asked for his ID number when he was in the British army in Palestine in World War II.

"5472," he fired off assuredly, sitting in his rundown home in the densely populated Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon.
...
"They will come on Remembrance Sunday from Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre, aged 80 or 90... they will travel three or fours hours to get here and they will stand in the sun with their medals on... proud ex-soldiers," Frances Guy, Britain's ambassador to Lebanon, told AFP.

Guy said given that the veterans had served less than 20 years in the British army, which withdrew the last of its troops from Palestine in May 1948, they were not entitled to a pension.

"The Palestinians are in a particular case because they were chased out of their homes immediately after they served with the British army, and if there is a way that we could help make the end of their lives more comfortable, then perhaps we should be doing that," she said.

The veterans, whose numbers have dwindled over the years, receive the equivalent 150 dollars annually from the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, a charity that provides assistance worldwide to needy ex-servicemen or women.
Several non-governmental organisations also provide medical and other assistance on a case by case basis.

But for Manhal Freih, 84, a twice-decorated veteran who joined the British army at the age of 16 and who now lives in the Burj al-Shemali refugee camp in the southern city of Tyre, the aid is all but negligible.
"We witnessed so much and suffered so much and in return we have received very little," said the blue-eyed Freih whose only keepsake from his military service is a cane.

end quote.
So yes there was a Palestinian Arab soldiers that fought for the British Empire and the "Allies" in WWII, again this is despite the fact that the British Empire was largely pro-Zionist in its Middle East policy and was occupying the land of Palestine with the British Mandate of Palestine of 1920-1948.
Posted by Stu on April 3, 2011 #132312

I am wondering if someone can clarify the issue of Palestinian soldiers fighting with the British Army. From what I read the "Palestinian Brigades" were also known as the "Jewish Brigades", so I am wondering if you are referring to them or to some other units I don't know of. I agree with the thrust of this article, but if there is an inaccuracy I feel it should be corrected.

On a side note regarding Bosnian Muslims, they were forbidden by their local clerics to assist the Nazis, and in order to recruit them the Nazis had to take the Grand Mufti there to convince them to sign up.
Posted by Webmaster on March 20, 2011 #131787

By Haaretz Service

Helen Thomas, former dean of the White House Press Corps, reportedly told Playboy in an interview for their April issue that Jews have power over the White House and Congress, who are in the pockets of the Israeli lobbies.

Thomas left her post at the White House after she publicly made anti-Israel comments last May, telling the Jews they should "get the hell out of Palestine."

The former reporter told Playboy that the Israeli lobbies "are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control."

When asked about her comments that ultimately cost her her job, Thomas told Playboy that "everybody knows my feelings about the Palestinians," adding "sure, the Israelis have a right to exist—but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians. Why shouldn’t I say it? I knew exactly what I was doing—I was going for broke. I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up."

Thomas also clarified that when she said the Jews should go back to Poland,Germany and America, that she was not referring to the concentration camps, but rather that "they should stay where they are because they’re not being persecuted—not since World War II, not since 1945."

However, when asked about the Holocaust, Thomas told the magazine that "there’s nothing wrong with remembering it [the Holocaust], but why do we have to constantly remember? We’re not at fault."

She then launched into criticism of Israel and its alleged oppression of the Palestinians, accusing the Jews of lacking introspection.

"Do the Jews ever look at themselves?" asked Thomas, "why are they always right? Because they have been oppressed throughout history, I know. And they have this persecution. That’s true, but they shouldn’t use that to dominate."

The former reporter told Playboy that she is not anti-Jewish, just anti – Israel, saying she thinks Jews are wonderful people. :I’m not anti-Jewish," clarified Thomas, "I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out."
Posted by Brent on May 30, 2010 #113958

Keeping in mind the close alliance between the Zionists and the Nazis (Haavara agreement, Stern Gang, Rudolf Kastner, etc.) a good quote on the issue of the Mufti Hajj Amin al-Husseini was made by Lenni Brenner in his work "51 Documents": "[A]s many readers will not recognize the Palestinian 'Grand Mufti' of Jerusalem, Amin al-Husayni, let me introduce him.
He tried to get rid of the threatening Zionist colonizers by allying himself first with Mussolini, then with Hitler. After the war, he was seen as a major war criminal for mobilizing Muslims in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia to fight on Hitler's side against the Red Army and Marshall Tito's partisans."
Posted by Mat Heywood on April 8, 2010 #109133

Hello,

I am a British Journalist and Film - maker, and I am researching a film about the Palestinian forces in the British Army during World War 2. I have tracked down two surviving Jewish veterans, and I am desperate to find a Palestinian colleague. If you know of a surviving veteran, or even a relative who knows their story, please feel free to email me at mat dot heywood 'at' gmail dot com
Any help would be most gratefully received, and if you have any questions I would be happy to explain more.
Posted by Abdul-Rahman on March 23, 2010 #107513

One interested in Nazi-Zionist collaboration should definitely read the works of the great secularist Jewish writer Lenni Brenner. Lenni Brenner's two best works on the subject of Zionist-Nazi collaboration are "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators" and "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis". He goes through issues like German Zionist Joachim Prinz speaking favorably of working with the Nazis in the early 1930s, the "Lehi" Stern Gang and Yitzhak Shamir offer, the Haavara agreement, and into issues of the Zionist Jew Rudolf Kastner (of "Kastner train" fame) collaborating with Nazi Adolf Eichmann.
Posted by Powerofnight on June 29, 2009 #81617

The fact that Jews and Zionist had their own deals and agreements with Nazi it is not much important or something consider surprise. they always did the same, and while Caesar of Russia was killing Jews for trying to assassinate him many other Jews served in his royal guards who led the executions. The point which a big story made from, about Hajj Ameen were in contact with Nazi and had directly met with Hitler. Is not surprising also and if I were in his place I would do the same. To understand why the Mufti did so and why some Palestinian even got their military training in Nazi Germany such famous name Hasan Salamah and thu al kofol Abdul Latif. We should understand the political seen at that period:
1.Palestinian been forced in 1939 to end their strike (longest strike ever 1936 to 1939) and the rest of violent action against occupation army by their brothers the Arab leaders such King Abdullah of Jordan and King Farooq of Egypt. This strike which causes the occupied army and allied Jewish a lot to make them begging for truce.
2.The continue British dream of Making Palestine a Jewish State by continue arming the Jewish gangs, give military train for Jewish youth inside British camps, and the non stop stealing of lands from Arabs to give it gift to Jewish. Also the continuation of (Legal)immigration.
These facts made any leader in Palestine to think twice before giving the Great liar Britain any comfort agreement. And trust them to give you your rights with golden spoon after all these years of lies and betrayal from 1915 will be really committing a suicide crime against whole nation.
If I was in his place I will look directly where it can hurt them and to hurt them badly I should look forward to their worst enemy.
Posted by Brent on March 24, 2008 #32608

Also study the Haavara agreement also called the "Transfer Agreement". In this agreement started around 1933 the Zionist Jewish organizations operating in Germany freely and openly collaborated with the ruling Nazi party in Germany. The Zionist Jewish organizations agreed to pay money to have the Nazis in return provide transportation of German Jews to Palestine. Once in Palestine the Zionist Jewish colonies were given access to purchasing of German farming supplies, etc. Around 60,000 German Jews invaded Palestine via the Haavara "Transfer" Agreement with the Nazis.
Posted by Brent on November 13, 2007 #23398

Correction: This little Waffen SS militia recruited and organized by al-Husseini was AGAIN Bosnian (not Arab) and was fighting Communists partisans in the Balkans during WWII.
Posted by Brent on November 13, 2007 #23397

al-Husseini's only roles were speaking into the Middle East on Nazi radio stations and militia organizing. Al-Husseini's only military role with the Nazis was forming a Bosnian Waffen SS unit of about 10,000 men to fight against Communist (Communism often equaled Jewish) partisans in the Balkans. This little Waffen SS militia recruited and organized by al-Husseini was against Bosnian (not Arab) and was fighting Communists partisans in the Balkans during WWII.
Posted by Brent on November 13, 2007 #23395

Zionist often overemphasis al-Husseini role with the Nazis: There, according to objective historians, the mufti helped the Germans with propaganda and recruiting among his fellow Muslims, steadfastly opposing any German actions that would facilitate Jewish emigration to Palestine (which National Socialist policy had earlier supported).

Those verifiable grievances have never been enough for Zionist publicists, however.
Posted by Brent on September 29, 2007 #21046

You also do a good job pointing out in your article that Husseini had was almost completely ignored that is why he ran away for some safety in Berlin. Husseini actually had the bravery to resist against the British Zionist controlled occupiers. Also on the comment list Gary makes a good point that after the war Husseini's relationship with the Nazis was considered of such little importance he wasn't even sought out by the Nuremburg show trial. The same Zionists again had leaders in the Lehi (Stern Gang) that worked with and got arms from Mussolini's Fascist Italy and offered the Nazis a military alliance. Among them the Zionist future "Israeli" PM Yitzhak Shamir (Yzternitzky)
Posted by Brent on September 29, 2007 #21045

The British army enlisted around 6,000 Palestinian Arab soldiers for the British military. These Palestinian soldiers put aside the hate them must have felt for the British Colonial occupiers of Palestine to fight against the Axis powers. Again these Palestinian Arab British forces were fighting with the same British who had the raving British Christian Zionist Lord Balfour. These same British were working hand and hand with the Zionist movement and would betray the Palestinian Arabs later.
Posted by Brent on August 8, 2007 #18973

Many Zionist Jews aided the Nazis and Axis powers during WWII. Jews like Avraham Stern, Yitzhak Shamir (real last name Yzernitzky), Begin, etc. Also the Arab nations mostly aided (with men+arms) the Allied powers in WWII. Also Palestinian brigades were in the British army in WWII!! Also Jewish groups+ org.'s during the WWII era were willing to send their Jewish bros and sis to death in hopes that more Jewish deaths would give them sympathy for a "state" after the war. A quote by WWII era Jewish Zionist Yitzhak Greenbaum "One Cow in Palestine, is worth more the all the Jews in Europe" they didn't give a crap about their Jews bros and sis they just had hope in being famous for having a "state" and power. See website Jews Not Zionists. Jews ran the Russian Bolsheviks and the USSR which killed 100 million+ non-Jews in Jewish run Gulags under Leon Trotsky (real name David Bronstein), Lenin, Genrikh Yagoda, Lazar Kaganovich (Jewish butcher of the Ukraine) etc. Go to website JewWatch.
Posted by Gary on May 6, 2007 #15505

Those critical of al-Hajj Amin Husseini should acquaint themselves with the circumstances and events that caused him to seek sanctuary in Hitler's Berlin, including being chased throughout the Middle East by the British for his role in the Palestinian resistance, e.g., the Great Rebellion of 1936. Nor should it be forgotten that following the war, his relationship with the Nazis was seen as being of such little consequence that he was never sought out by officials at Nuremberg. He lived out his last days in Beirut. Zionists continually point their fingers at al-Hajj Amin Husseini and unjustly malign him while ignoring the documented collusion with Nazis and Mussolini's thugs on the part of the Stern Gang (including future Israeli PM, Yitzhak Shamir - real name Yitzhak Yzernitzky) and its betrayal of fellow Jews in Europe.
Posted by خطاب on February 7, 2007 #13619

One can't say "never again" about the Shoah and allow things like Deir Yassin to happen. Unfortuantely, the Jewish suffering during the shoah is well known while the Palestinian experience during the al-Nakba has been kept from world scrutiny. How much collaboration existed between the Zionists and the Nazis during the war? Was the Shoah exacerbated by the Zionists failing to help their brothers in the hope for an Israeli state? Why aren't these things known? why is it so hard to find out about the Nakba and the Palestinian people? Why is one called anti-semitic if one criticises zionism? Sorry too many questions and not enough answers. But there wouldn't b a problem if we had the answers.