Here is an excellent rebuke to supremacists, apologists and dhimmis by William Michael. Michael is a financial industry professional and freelance journalist, with a focus on terrorism and organized crime. He resides in New York City.
And don’t miss my column on this as well, “Philadelphia blacklists bus ads, enforces Shariah”
“My group is a human rights group… And these people [the Southern Poverty Law Center] are taken seriously? This is the morally inverted state of the world.”
- Pamela Geller, in response to being listed as a “hate group” by the SPLC
To the various critics of Pamela Geller’s and the Stop Islamization of America Campaign:
It says something about the advanced state of political correctness in this country, and the moral rot it causes, that a bus ad featuring a photograph of Amin al-Husseini, the once Mufti of Jerusalem, sitting across from Adolf Hitler, draws immensely shallow and ignorant criticism. (See “Spread Hummus, Not Hate.”) The story behind the Mufti and the parallels with today are eye-opening, shocking, and portend a very dangerous near-term future for the Middle East and the world.
We live in an age where the self-proclaimed “Islamic State” is raping women and children, murdering entire villages, destroying some humanity’s oldest landmarks, and threatening to conquer a vast territory, spanning from Spain to Africa to India. They do this in the name of jihad, the battle against the infidel, or unbeliever. The residents of this would-be Caliphate would be subject to Sharia law, the same draconian rule imposed by the Taliban. All cultural vibrancy, all decency, and a good number of the people would, and very possibly may, die. This isn’t so different than what happened to Europe from 1939-1945, and it is not merely coincidental.
The remainder of this letter will sketch the history of Amin al-Husseini’s complicity in multiple genocides, terror, and despotic rule of Palestine. If Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the so-called Emir Caliph of the Islamic State, has any role models, you can be sure Amin al-Husseini is among them.
The Nazi Haj, a Psychotic Oppressor of Palestine
The world not so long ago witnessed Baghdadi’s brand of fanatical religious genocide. A particularly odious man who was active in the early 20th century, the Palestinian Amin al-Husseini, blazed the trail for Baghdadi from the 1920s to the end of WWII. A closer look at his activities with the Third Reich may serve as a crystal ball, and a lesson on what evil does to the world when it is allowed to fester unchecked.
From the prominent Palestinian Husseini family, Amin al-Husseini rose to become Grand Mufti of Palestine through murder of his competition, and other devilish intrigues. During his tenure as the Mufti of Jerusalem (1921-1937), Husseini intimidated, ripped off, and murdered countless Palestinian Muslims. Operating more like a mob boss than a legitimate Mufti, he forcibly collected more than two million pounds from Muslims in the region, claiming that the funds were used for relief, the reconstruction of the Aqsa Mosque, and other alleged charitable works (Pearlman, 28). Yet he was unable to point to even one school, mosque, or hospital built with the funds, many which were collected a gunpoint. He did not even adequately support his own mujahedeen (holy warriors), who were left penniless after fighting the Mufti’s endless raids on non-compliant fellow Palestinian Muslims.
Below is only a fraction of a much larger list of the most prominent Palestinians who were murdered or attempted to be murdered by Amin al-Husseini and his gang, including:
Mayor of Hebron, Nase el Din Nasr, murdered 4th August, 1936.
Mukhtar (Headman) or Arab Birket Caesarea, murdered February, 1937.
Ibrahim Yousef, member of Tiberias Municipal Council, murdered April, 1937.
Mayor of Haifa, Hassan Bey Shukri, escaped assassination attempts May, 1936, and January, 1937.
His son-in-law, Secretary of Haifa Municipal Council, escaped attempt on his life February, 1937.
Mukhtar of Nablus, Suleiman Bey Toukan, fled the country December, 1937, after issuing a public appeal to the government to suppress terrorism.
Mukhtar of Migdal and his wife, murdered April, 1938.
Mukhtar of Mataleen, murdered April, 1938.
(Source: Pearlman, 22.)
The above list could continue on for at least another full page, but it would still not capture the thousands of Palestinians and their families who suffered through Husseini’s reign of terror over Palestine in the 1930s. That he has maintained a decent, even heroic reputation in the land he directly terrorized most is a testament to how well his true legacy has been obscured and deliberately kept hidden.
On an apocryphal side note, Husseini murdered several member of the prominent Palestinian Khalil Taha family, including “Haj Khalil Taha, head of the family, murdered in September, 1936, after refusing a second ‘donation’ to terrorist funds. In January 1937, his son, a prominent Haifa doctor, was murdered. Ibrahim Bey Khalil, an aged member of the family and leader of the Moslem Federation, was murdered September, 1937. Taha Mahmud Taha was murdered in May, 1938. There was no further opposition from the Taha family.” (Pearlman, 22).
Yes, when you eagerly embrace the cold-blooded killing of entire families, those around you tend to get the hint that they better submit. Again, we see this today in the territory controlled by the Islamic State.
Like any gangster, Husseini worked off intimidation and terror. He claimed the terror was necessary to fight the Jews; yet ironically the Jews of Palestine were much less likely to be affected by this marauding and bloodthirsty psychotic than his fellow Arabs and Muslims, whom always he claimed to be helping.
Pioneer in Mass Murder and Genocide, from Ottoman Armenia to Nazi Europe
Prior to his appointment to Mufti by the British, Amin al-Husseini studied at the School of Administration (in the Ottoman Empire) in the years before World War I, and joined the Ottoman Turkish Army in 1914. He was assigned to the 47th Brigade, stationed around the Greek Orthodox city of Smyrna, as an officer. It was there, presumably, where he learned and innovated the ways of modern, you might say cost-effective (drowning, starvation, mass shooting, etc.) genocide. His personal participation in the Armenian massacres would make his special pleading to Adolf Hitler to systematically kill all Jews, in a manner eerily similar to the Armenians two decades prior, evidently, very convincing.
Note that today, Turkey, instead of fighting the threat to all civilization, the “Islamic State” with unmitigated ferocity, is bombing Kurds. Erdogan’s AKP government approves of the jihad.
Husseini’s involvement with the Third Reich was more than ancillary, to say the least. Indeed, Husseini was a partner with several leading Nazis, and close personal friends with the architect of the Holocaust, Adolf Eichmann, as well as Chief of the S.S., Heinrich Himmler. An admirer of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich, Husseini was welcomed in Berlin in 1941, where he was provided residence on Berlin’s Klopstock Street. The Nazi government spared no expense at making his stay a comfortable one, including giving him “a full staff of servants, a chauffeured Mercedes limousine, and a monthly stipend in excess of $10,000, as well as four other residences and suites in two of Berlin’s most luxurious hotels. The Mufti was also given a generous monthly food budget, which would enable him to lavishly entertain the many leaders of radical Islam residing in or visiting Nazi Germany, whom the mufti would be able to use in mobilizing further Arab support for the Nazi cause” (Dalin and Rothman, 47).
A Favorite of Hitler’s Inner Circle
Below is a summary of Husseini’s collaboration with these high-ranking Nazis.
Adolf Hitler – Husseini met with the German Fuhrer in 1941, and “by all accounts [the] long hoped-for meeting went exceedingly well. The mufti had found his soul-mate in the German Fuhrer and thanked him profusely for his unbending to the radical Islamic cause” (Dalin and Rothman, 48). Their understanding was built on a mutual hatred of Jews, Communists, and the British. In Husseini, Hitler saw a future leader of a Nazi-dominated Middle East. They also shared the goal of physically eliminating all Jews, especially in Europe (Hitler) and Palestine (Husseini). The confluence of Nazism and jihad reached an apogee toward the end of war, when Muslim S.S. recruits began to view Hitler “the appearance of a Second Prophet” (McMeekin, 363).
Heinrich Himmler – The head of the Nazi security services and overseer of the Final Solution was a close personal friend of the Mufti. By 1943, Himmler had grown so fond of Husseini that he dedicated a picture of the two of them, inscribed “To His Eminence, the Grand Mufti, in Remembrance.” In response, Husseini wrote Himmler: “This memento of our first meeting which created the basis of our confiding, is of special value to me… [the picture will serve to remind me of an] understanding, great and energetic man.” The collaboration bore several rotten fruits. Three Waffen S.S. divisions were recruited from European Muslims in the Balkans. More than 100,000 Muslims joined the “Death’s Head” element of the Third Reich. The most infamous Waffen S.S. division, “Handschar” (“saber”), killed 90% of Bosnia’s Jews (12,600 of 14,000). So pleased was Himmler with the Handschar division’s “success” in Bosnia that he “established a special mullah military school in Dresden to train the Bosnian Muslim recruits” (McMeekin, 362). The alliance between Nazism and pan-Islamism [i.e., building a Caliphate] was cherished and nurtured by both sides of the equation; Husseini “formed his own ‘Imam School’ in Berlin, which trained German S.S. officers in the convergence of Nazi and Muslim ideas, which they could instill into their Muslim volunteers” (McMeekin, 362-3).
Josef Goebbels – A skilled propagandist in his own right, al-Husseini worked with the archetype of Nazi propaganda extensively. Goebbels seemed especially interested in the jihad aspect of Islam, and granted Husseini access to Nazi radio stations across the Middle East and over Japanese airwaves in the South Pacific. “I call on you, O Arabs, to unite as one, to organize and fight for your independence and your rights. Unite, O Arabs, and rise against our common enemy, treacherous England,” thundered one such broadcast. Another encouraged sabotage and murder: “In the name of the Koran and for the honour of Islam, to sabotage the oil pipe lines… [and] kill British troops” (McMeekin, 362). Prefiguring a theme of modern jihad, Husseini also glorified martyrdom in the name of Islam: “[Arab Muslims] could achieve eternal salvation by rising up and killing the Jewish infidels living in their countries” (McMeekin, 362). Through his radio broadcasts, Husseini was to incite pan-Islamic rebellions against the British Empire around the globe (Dalin and Rothman, 52-53). In 1941, he and Rashid Ali al-Gaylani infamously attempted a Nazi coup in Iraq to cast off the British-dominated colonial government.
Adolf Eichmann – The architect of the Final Solution found inspiration in Husseini. Although Nazi documentation of the Holocaust is notoriously sparse, it is known that Husseini visited Auschwitz through Eichmann and “encouraged the guards in charge of the [gas] chambers to be more diligent and efficient in their efforts” (Dalin and Rothman, 51). Husseini planned with Eichmann “Einsatzgruppe Agypten,” a “mobile S.S. [death] squad” stationed in Greece, to storm Cairo if Field Marshall Rommel had successfully taken Egypt (McMeekin, 362). Furthermore, he looked to Eichmann for technical assistance building similar death camps in Palestine, which would obviate the need to deport Palestinian Jews to Eastern Europe for extermination.
Joaquim von Ribbentrop – Prior to meeting with Hitler, Husseini held a pre-meeting with the Nazi foreign minister. He and the former champagne salesman became close allies. He pushed Ribbentrop to new heights of anti-Semitism, and “vigorously defended the Nazi anti-Semitism abroad and denounced foreign attempts to ‘interfere’ in German Judenpolitik at home” (Dalin and Rothman, 49). Through Ribbentrop, Husseini helped to end the Third Reich’s deportation policy of Jews to Palestine, sparing them the fate of death camps in the East. Wrote Ribbentrop to Husseini, “I send out my greetings to your Eminence and to those who are today in the capital of the Reich at the gathering under your chairmanship… Germany is tied to the Arab nation by old bonds of friendship and today more than ever we are allies. The removal of the so-called Jewish National Home, and freeing all Arab lands from oppression and exploitation of the Western powers is an unalterable part of the policy of the Greater German Reich. May the hour not be distant when the Arab nation shall be able to build its future and establish unity and full independence” (Dalin and Rothman, 49). Husseini and Ribbentrop founded the Anti-Jewish Action Board, for the purpose of assisting the “physical elimination of Jewry.”
An Unspeakable Legacy
In an affidavit at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials following the Second World War, Dr. Rudolph Kastner, leader of the Jewish Rescue and Relief Committee in Budapest, wrote, describing negotiations involving Hungarian Jews:
“They may go to any country but Palestine,” I was told by Eichmann, who, as leader of the Department IV.B. of the Reichsssicherheitshaupant, was personally responsible for the deportation and extermination of European Jews. At first, his argument for his negative attitude towards the emigration to Palestine was that he did not want to rouse the Arabs against the Reich. At last he said to me literally:
“I am a personal friend of the Grand Mufti. We have promised him that no European Jew would enter Palestine anymore. Do you understand now?”
Some days later, SS Hauptsturmfuehrer Dieter Wisliceny, a close collaborator of Eichmann, confidentially confirmed to me the above statement of his chief, and added:
“According to my opinion, the Grand Mufti, who has been in Berlin since 1941, played a role in the decision of the German Government to exterminate the European Jews, the importance of which must not be disregarded. He had repeatedly suggested to various authorities with whom he has been in contact, above all before Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler, the extermination of the European Jewry. He considered this as a comfortable solution of the Palestinian problem. In his messages broadcast from Berlin, he surpassed us in his anti-Jewish attacks. He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and has constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard say that, accompanied by Eichmann, he has visited incognito the gas chambers of Auschwitz.” (Dalin and Rothman, pg. 169)
The American government knew about and memorialized al Husseini’s involvement with the Nazis. In a document presented to the United Nations in 1947 entitled “U.S. Confirms Role of Mufti as Nazi Middle East Leader,” it was documented that Germany had provided arms to Husseini to foment revolts in Palestine against the British. This is consistent with Germany’s strategy in the First World War: to incite the “Mohammedans,” through the Turkish Caliph, to rise up against the British Empire.
Lessons for Today
Critics who call this campaign “hate speech” or “Islamophobia” miss the point of the campaign. Islamic jihad is total civilizational war, not at all different from the racially-driven war prosecuted by the fanatics of the Third Reich from 1939-1945. We don’t need to hypothesize on this point anymore; it’s in the headlines and the realities are shown to us daily in photographs and via video.
Amin al-Husseini avoided all prosecutions after the war. He went on to lead an active post-war life as an violent agitator, while the French, British, and Americans eventually forgot about him – or chose to, after the war had ended and the destruction of Europe was a “sunk cost.”
We may be looking at the beginning of conflict which will be as destructive as WW2 – look at Syria, look at Libya, think of what may soon become of Nigeria and Iraq. That is why the history of Amin al-Husseini, the enthusiastic Nazi collaborator, needs to be remembered now more than ever.
“Spread Hummus, Not Hate.” ?? If you critics were half serious, you’d educate yourselves and your fellow campaigners on the history of the Nazi Haj, Amin al-Husseini.
Dalin, David G., and Rothman, John F. Icon of Evil. New York: Random House, 2008.
McMeekin, Sean. The Berlin-Baghdad Express. United Kingdom: Penguin Books, 2010.
Pearlman, Maurice. Mufti of Jerusalem: The Story of Haj Amin El Husseini. London: Victor Gollancz LTD, 1947.