The myth that Palestinian Arabs helped Jews in WW2.

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Many were shocked when US Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib said she “loves the fact” that her “Palestinian ancestors” were part an attempt “to create a safe haven for Jews” after the Holocaust [Recording of her interview – Holocaust remarks at 28:00].

Where did she pick up such a false record of history?  She is probably influenced by a myth which is widely disseminated by pro-Palestinian propagandists on social media.

Here’s an example:

“When the Jews entered in #Palestine as Refugees with no clothes and no shoes. Today they claim Palestine belongs to them.  Fact: Jews were kicked out of every country in Europe and Palestine was the only country to help and support helpless Jews”

Propaganda claiming that Palestinian Arabs helped and supported Jewish refugees during WW2. This post was shared 9100 times on Facebook.

BDS propagandists love spreading the false story that goes along these lines: “Palestinian Arabs welcomed Jewish World War II refugees into their land while the rest of the world shunned them. But those Jews took advantage of their hospitality and took over Palestine.”.

This is a popular theme in Arab, Muslim and BDS circles, is being shared thousands of times on social media, and seems to be influencing members of the US Congress so it deserves debunking.

  1. It’s not their land. Before 1918, the land was part of the Turkish Ottoman empire. Jews and Arabs lived there. Arabs were not sovereign.
  1. Palestine wasn’t a sovereign country. It was a British Mandate set up by the League of Nations for the purpose of constituting a Jewish National Home.
  1. The legally-binding Mandate of Palestine (Article 6) required the British Administration to facilitate Jewish immigration. Jews had (and still have) a legal right to immigrate to Palestine, no-one was doing them a favor.
  1. 1936–1939 Arab revolt. credit: Wikipedia commons.

    Palestinian Arabs didn’t welcome Jewish refugees. In fact, they violently opposed Jewish immigration. During the 1936–1939 Arab revolt, Palestinian Arabs in Mandatory Palestine rebelled against the British administration of the Palestine Mandate, demanding the end of Jewish immigration. The revolt included a wave of terrorism in which 300 Jews were murdered as well as 260 members of the British Security Forces.

  1. As a result of Arab violence, the British government published the White Paper of 1939, a policy which severely restricted Jewish immigration to 75,000 for 5 years, compared to 164,000 Jewish immigrants arrived in Palestine in the 4 years between 1933 and 1936. This meant that during World War II, which erupted just 4 months after the White Paper was published, only a small fraction of the Jews trying to escape from Europe were able to legally immigrate to Palestine. Millions were forced to remain in Europe and were later murdered by the Nazis.
  1. The Jews resorted to limited clandestine immigration (Aliyah Bet) and were often stopped by the British on the way to Palestine. The British held tens of thousands of Jews in detention camps in Cyprus and other locations. Over 1,600 drowned at sea.
  1. The main Palestinian Arab leader of the period, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem – Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was a close ally of Hitler. The Mufti opposed all immigration of Jews into Palestine, and during the war he campaigned against the transfer of Jewish refugees to Palestine. The Mufti’s numerous letters appealing to various governmental authorities to prevent Jewish refugees from emigrating to Palestine have been republished and widely cited as documentary evidence of his participative support for the Nazi genocide.
  • Husseini intervened on 13 May 1943 with the German Foreign Office and successfully blocked transfers of Jews from Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania to Palestine.
  • In June 1943 the Mufti recommended to the Hungarian minister that it would be better to send Jews in Hungary to concentration camps in Poland rather than let them find asylum in Palestine.
  • In September 1943, intense negotiations to rescue 500 Jewish children from the Arbe concentration camp collapsed due to the objection of al-Husseini who blocked the children’s departure to Turkey because they would end up in Palestine.
  • On 25 July 1944 Husseini wrote to the Hungarian foreign minister to register his objection to the release of certificates for 900 Jewish children and 100 adults for transfer to Palestine and recommended sending them to Poland instead.

Propaganda full of falsehood that distorts history is dangerous, especially on social media.

It spreads very quickly and apparently influences decision makers, like Democratic Rep. Rashida Tlaib.

It’s our duty to correct and debunk these lies.

 

 

 

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13 comments

  1. Leon Poddebsky

    The British had, for the first time in history, applied the formerly solely geographic term, “Palestine”, as the name of a political entity, namely, the League of Nations Mandated Jewish National Home, of which Britain was given temporary stewardship.

    The British referred to all persons, Jews and Arabs, living in The Jewish National Home as “Palestinians.

    The Jewish “Palestinians” welcomed Jewish refugees; the Arab “Palestinians” at best lobbied against them; at worst, massacred them.

    Today the descendants of those Arabs are massacring the truth.

    That massacre is being aided and abetted by their intersectional collaborators all over the world.

  2. Leon Poddebsky

    The famous photograph showing the Arab “Palestinian” fuhrer, Haj Amin el-Husseini, sitting cosily next to his friend, Adolf Hitler, whom he urged to carry out the Nazi genocide policy, needs to be widely disseminated, with appropriate commentary.

  3. Leon Poddebsky

    One of Haj Amin el-Husseini’s spiritual heirs, the “Sydney’Peace’ Prize” laureate, Ms Hanan Ashrawi, has just been banned from entry into the USA.
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    • Monica Wasiliski

      Good, a person like Ashrawi does not need to becoming to the United States to stir up terror, hate and discontent. We need to stop more from coming to our country and starting with denying her a Visa is a good start to putting a stop to the hatred she brings.

      • I am posting something soon about the USA which will make your blood boil.

        Check in the Israel section in a few hours.

  4. So many of the comments are false. The Grand Mufti was discredited and thrown out of Palestine. Yes, he went to Germany and talked to Hitler, but there was no discussion of the Mufti giving Hitler the idea of the Holocaust. The Israeli Times posted their whole conversation, which was recorded. The Mufti was one man, not the whole of Palestinians and he was not respected by Palestinian at this time.

    Also, Palestinians were both Muslim and Jewish, as well as Christian. You cannot label Palestinians as one monolithic opinion. My in-laws were Palestinian Jews who helped found Palestinian liberation movements. Some came from Europe and were indeed helped by Palestinian Arabs.

    Palestine was not named by the Romans, not by the British, not by Arafat The land was called Palestine during ancient Egyptian Times before there was an ancient Israel or Rome. It was in hieroglyphics.

    Palestine was a suzerain under the Ottomans, and largely independent. There was even a Palestinian Arab Congress. in 1919.

    Here’s the info the Israeli Times published:

    “This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked a wave of backlash when he argued that the Holocaust was the brainchild of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who, Netanyahu claimed, suggested killing the Jews (rather than merely expelling them) to Hitler during a 1941 visit to Berlin. As it happens, the full German record of the meeting between al-Husseini and Hitler, on Nov. 28, 1941, was published half a century ago, and is readily available online. It is a fascinating and important document. Not only does it make clear that Netanyahu’s accusation is false, but it also sheds light on the true origins of the Holocaust, and why Hitler undertook it when he did.
    http://time.com/4084301/hitler-grand-mufi-1941/

    • Pathetic attempt to deflect to Netanyahu won’t work. Rashida Tlaib lied and here are the facts that prove it:

      The wave of Palestinians Arab terrorism 1936–1939 in Mandatory Palestine rebelled against the British administration of the Palestine Mandate, demanding the end of Jewish immigration. The revolt included a wave of terrorism in which 300 Jews were murdered as well as 260 members of the British Security Forces.

      As a result of Arab terrorism, the British government published the White Paper of 1939, a policy which severely restricted Jewish immigration, keeping millions of Jews stuck in Nazi Europe where 6 millions of them were murdered.

      Palestinian Arab supreme leader the Grand Mufti al-Husseini intervened on 13 May 1943 with the German Foreign Office and successfully blocked transfers of Jews from Bulgaria, Hungary and Romania to Palestine.

      In June 1943 the Mufti recommended to the Hungarian minister that it would be better to send Jews in Hungary to concentration camps in Poland rather than let them find asylum in Palestine.

      In September 1943, intense negotiations to rescue 500 Jewish children from the Arbe concentration camp collapsed due to the objection of al-Husseini who blocked the children’s departure to Turkey because they would end up in Palestine.

      On 25 July 1944 Husseini wrote to the Hungarian foreign minister to register his objection to the release of certificates for 900 Jewish children and 100 adults for transfer to Palestine and recommended sending them to Poland instead.

    • Your comment is ridden with falsehoods and historical inaccuracies. Suzerainty is a situation in which a region or people controls the foreign policy and international relations of a tributary vassal state while allowing the subservient nation internal autonomy. The dominant entity in the suzerainty relationship, or the more powerful entity itself, is called a suzerain. The term suzerainty was originally used to refer to the relationship between the Ottoman Empire and its surrounding regions. It differs from sovereignty in that the tributary enjoys only some self-rule, often limited.

      A vassal state would have been the status of the area called Palestine if it had internal autonomy, but it did not. Prior to 1964, none of the Arabs in the Palestine territory had ever claimed statehood, even the status of a vassal state. At the beginning of the 17th century the Ottoman Empire contained 32 provinces and numerous vassal states. The territory of Palestine was simply land in one of these provinces.

      So Palestine was not even a vassal state. If there was any self-rule it was limited to tribal rule. The Arabs in Palestine were not a unique “people” but an indistinguishable part of the Arab People. They did not claim a capital in Palestine. In comparison, The Jewish People had had a sovereign state with a capital located within it for at least 400 years and governed as a vassal state for many more with its capital in Jerusalem.

  5. Leon Poddebsky

    No ancient Egyptian source refers to “”Palestine.” In ancient Egyptian sources the land which we call The Land of Israel was at various times called Haryusha (i.e., The Land of the Sand Dwellers), R’tnu, Tz’ahi, Huru, Kin’ani (Canaan).

    It was the ancient Greek historian, Herodotus, who referred to the entirety of the Land as “Palaistina,” a name derived from the name of the narrow coastal strip that is called Pleshet in the Tanach. The rulers and populace of that strip were invaders from the Greek sphere.

    The most influential and lionised nationalist religious Arab””Palestinian”” leader was Haj Amin el-Husseini, who visited Hitler at a time when the Nazi policy was still restricted to expelling the Jews from Europe. Husseini objected that if Germany merely expelled the Jews, they would come to “”Palestine,” so he urged Hitler to exterminate them.

    Do not forget that Nazi policy regarding the Jews was one of phased, incremental savagery:
    1st: isolating the Jews of Germany from society ( The 1935 Nuremberg Race Laws) and pogroms.
    2nd: expulsion from Germany.
    3rd : ghettoisation,pogroms and “wholesale” murder of Jews in the parts of Europe conquered by Germany.
    4th: when, however, the Nazis realised that these methods were “too slow and inefficient,”to exterminate the Jews in the short term, they embarked on their “industrial -scale” genocidal project.

    Decency demands that no one make excuses for the likes of Husseini and his faithful, obedient murderers of Jews.

  6. Leon Poddebsky

    Why does “Liadan’s” post remind me of the Egyptian cum “”Palestinian””, the late Yasser Arafat’s, assertions such as “there has never been a Jewish temple in Jerusalem,” ” Jesus was a ”’Palestinian””, “Peace, peace,peace, ” and Arafat’s other rhetoric of of similar quality?

  7. Speaking of propaganda & half truths

    • So you can’t debunk any of the facts included in the article, can you.

      • No he/she clearly can’t.

        This is a fake ID, with a fake email address who lives in the United States .

        In Philadelphia. Pennsylvania.

        They don’t realise they leave their calling card in the form of their IP address which is traceable.