Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Anti-Semitic fellow-travelers

From a review of a book describing a connection between the Nazi regime and Islamist extremism in the person of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini:
Just after the Allies defeated Rommel’s forces at El Alamein during the Second World War, Arab-world listeners heard this exhortation from Radio Berlin:
“Arise, o sons of Arabia, fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion. That will save our honor.”
The speaker was Haj Amin Al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem. This man, more than any other individual, can be regarded as the “godfather” of modern-day Islamic terrorism. Every group that daily makes headlines with their atrocities—the Muslim Brotherhood, the PLO, Hamas, Al Qaeda among them—can trace its origins back to Al-Husseini. His hatred for Jews, but especially the Zionists in Palestine, never diminished in his lifetime (~1895-1974). ....

As a terrorist, Al-Husseini innovated suicide bombing, not just against Jews but also moderate Muslims who dared even to negotiate with the Zionists.

From 1937 onward, he was on the Nazi payroll; he moved to Berlin in 1941, being settled in a house taken from a Jew and treated throughout the war like a visiting potentate; he visited the extermination camps incognito, criticizing them for not being efficient enough in executing the “final solution”; he lived off the proceeds of the Sonderfund (money and valuables such as gold teeth taken from Holocaust victims) which he used to set up Bosnian-Muslim SS formations in the Balkans.

When the Third Reich collapsed in 1945, he fled to Egypt with hundreds of Nazis, using the Sonderfund and numbered Swiss bank accounts to finance the escape....
New Book Fills in Gaps in the History of Islamic Terrorism | The American Culture