Associated press

Haj Amin El-Husseini and Adolf – It’s a topic seldom addressed in polite society. Yet it cannot be ignored to gain understanding of how deeply rooted genocidal anti-Semitism is in Palestinian Arab nationalism: Palestinian Arab collaboration with the Nazis.

Agence France-Presse reports that a new study published in the volume “Deutsche – Juden – Völkermord. Der Holocaust als Geschichte und Gegenwart” (Wissenschaftliche Buchgesellschaft Darmstadt, 2006) by two German historians, Klaus Michael Mallmann and Martin Cüppers (University of Ludwigsburg), reveals that the Nazis made plans to extend their genocidal enterprise to the half-million Jews living in pre-Israel Palestine with th help of Palestinian Arabs.

Haj Amin El-Husseini reviewing Nazi troopsThe historians write they have found evidence that the Nazis maintained a unit in neighbouring Greece specially devoted to the extermination of Palestinian Jewry. Had German general Rommel not been defeated by the British in the battle of Alamein in Egypt, the special unit, Einsatzkommando Ägypten, would have entered Palestine and murdered its Jewish population, explain the authors, with the help of Palestinian Arabs.

“One of the Nazis’ main collaborators as well as an unconditional antisemite was the the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El-Husseiniâ€?, the historians point out and add that he reflected “exemplarily the decisive role played by Jew-hatred in German-Arab friendshipâ€?, the historians say. According to the study’s findings, Haj Amin el-Husseini prepared in minute detail the extermination of Jews during several meetings with Adolf Eichmann, the SS officer responsible for carrying out the Holocaust.

Haj Amin El-Husseini, a relative of Yasser Arafat, was the leader and father of Palestinian Arab nationalism, as well as a close ally of the Muslim Brotherhood. He was Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937 and spent the war in exile in Germany where he frequently met with the highest echelons of the Nazi party, including Adolf Hitler. During the war, he helped forming Muslim SS units in the Balkans. Though he was wanted for war crimes, France deported him after the war to Egypt. His memory is very much alive among Palestinians today and pictures of him are featured on the Palestinian Islamic Jihad website.

The two historians’ study is based on documents from the German Minstry of Foreign Affairs and the Military Archive Service in Freiburg.