A senior Palestinian official has told Russia's RT television that the Palestinians were “enthusiastic supporters of Germany" during World War II, saying it was a “common” position among Palestinians at the time.
In an interview last week, senior Palestine Liberation Organization official Farouq Qaddoumi said, “I don't think it would be wrong to say that we were enthusiastic supporters of Germany.”
Qaddoumi’s interview that originally aired on December 7th was translated on Wednesday by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). From its transcript:
Interviewer: You supported Hitler and his people.
Farouq Qaddoumi: Germany, yes. This was common among the Palestinians, especially since our enemy was Zionism, and we saw that Zionism was hostile to Germany, and vice versa.
Interviewer: There was a Nazi radio station in Arabic at the time, right?
Farouq Qaddoumi: I recall something like that.
Hajj Amin Al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem during the British Mandate that controlled Palestine before 1948, was a strong supporter of Adolf Hitler. PLO official Qaddoumi was apparently referring to Husseini’s radio broadcasts in support of Nazi Germany. Husseini recruited Muslims for the Waffen-SS and met with Hitler, as seen in this famous photograph:
Radical Palestinians to this day have evoked Nazi imagery in their fight against Israel, including a recent rally at Al-Quds University where Islamic Jihad supporters gave Nazi salutes.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in July said a future Palestinian state would allow no Israelis to remain as residents.
“In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli – civilian or soldier – on our lands,” Abbas told Egyptian journalists.
Abbas "has consistently said that any future Palestinian state would be free of Israelis and Jews, much like the Nazis wanted Germany to be ‘Judenrein’ (free of Jews),” Israel National News noted.