Analysis by Rachel Avraham on the Palestinian National Movement’s attachment to Nazism
For the second time within the last five months, Arutz Sheva has reported that Palestinian residents of Beit Umar have placed a Nazis flag in their village. Beit Umar is located near Hebron, which is considered one of the four holiest cities in the Jewish religion, as all three of the Jewish patriarchs and three out of the four Jewish matriarchs are buried there alongside Adam and Eve inside the Tomb of the Patriarchs. The village is also about a half an hour south of Jerusalem, the eternal capital city of the Jewish people. Numerous Jewish vehicles were forced to pass by the Nazis flag.
A similar incident took place in the same Palestinian village last May, when hundreds of Jewish residents of Gush Etzion were horrified to discover a Nazi flag waving over a Palestinian mosque. At that time, Uri Arnon, who saw the flag, told Tazpit News Agency, “I felt we were going back 75 years, losing our hold on the land. The Arabs no longer feel the need to hide their murderous tendencies, announcing out loud that they wish to destroy us.”
When the Nazis flag wove over the Palestinian mosque in Beit Umar last May, the Walid Shoebat Foundation, which is run by a Palestinian man named Walid Shoebat who used to be a PLO terrorist, yet has in recent years become an advocate for Israel, made a statement emphasizing that such Palestinian actions should not surprise any of us. The Walid Shoebat Foundation stated that the fact that a Nazi flag was waved over a Palestinian mosque “should be common knowledge but is continuously ignored – Islamic fundamentalists and Nazis are like-minded. That a Nazi flag would be flying over a Palestinian village near a Mosque should actually be less shocking than the fact that so many are shocked by it.”
The Palestinian National Movement’s link with Nazism
The Palestinian Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini was on the Nazis’ payroll as an agent and propagandist. His followers were so attached to Hitler that they even adopted the Nazi salute, waved pictures of Hitler, and placed swastikas on their written materials. The Grand Mufti was behind the Great Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 and countless other Arab terrorist attacks targeting the Jews of Mandatory Israel. He instigated the Farhud massacre that resulted in the slaughter of 800 members of the Baghdad Jewish community in 1941; actively urged European governments to transport Jews to death camps and to not permit Jews to leave Europe; and was involved in training pro-Nazis Bosnian forces, who committed countless atrocities. He also smuggled Nazi loot into Arab countries and even visited the Auschwitz death camp together with Adolph Eichmann.
While speaking at Bar Ilan University earlier in the month, Netanyahu demonstrated that Grand Mufti Haj Amin Al Husseini was “one of the initiators of the Holocaust of the Jews of Europe,” who constantly encouraged the Nazis to annihilate the Jewish people. “The Mufti is still a greatly admired figure in the Palestinian national movement,” said Netanyahu. “These are the weeds that need to be uprooted,” he said.
To date, Mein Kampf is a best seller within the Palestinian Authority. The Hamas Weekly Al Risala noted different foreign leaders which praised the Palestinians and the first foreign leader on that list was Adolph Hitler. The PLO Children’s Magazine Zayzafuna and Voice of Palestine Radio have similarly honored Hitler. The PA Daily Al Hayat Al Jadida even went as far as stating, “Had Hitler won, Nazism would be an honor that people would be competing to belong to, and not a disgrace punishable by law. Churchill and Roosevelt were alcoholics, and in their youth were questioned more than once about brawls they started in bars, while Hitler hated alcohol and was not addicted to it. He used to go to sleep early and wake up early, and was very organized. These facts have been turned upside down as well, and Satan has been dressed with angels’ wings.”
According to Palestinian Media Watch, “The name Hitler does not carry the stigma in PA society that it does in the West. To some Palestinians, the man and his name are worthy of admiration. While it may be surprising to Western observers to see official Palestinian sources presenting Hitler in a heroic light, it is important to note that the revulsion of Hitler that is taken for granted in the West is not true of Palestinian society. There are even Palestinians whose first name is Hitler.” It is this sort of mentality that leads to a Palestinian village waving a Nazis flag prominently inside of it.