Islamo-Nazism in Palestine, Then and Now
Islamo-Nazism in Palestine, Then and Now

During the German occupation of Europe, the main leader of the Palestinian Arabs was the Mufti of Jerusalem, Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini. He saw major parallels between Islam and Nazism.

Al-Husseini identified seven important points of similarity between the two in a lecture to the members of the SS division of Bosnian Muslims which he had helped establish.[1]

The German researcher, Matthias Kuentzel, mentions the mutual common aims of Islam and Nazism in his book in German whose title translates as Jihad and Hatred of Jews,   

  • monotheism, unity of leadership, and the Führer principle
  • notions of obedience and discipline
  • fighting for honor and fighting to die in battle
  • attitude toward community: common interest precedes personal interest
  • valuing motherhood and the prohibition of abortion
  • attitude toward Jews – Islam and National Socialism are close to each other in the battle against Judaism
  • glorification of labor and creation –Islam protects and respects labor in every way[2]

During the Second World War, Al-Husseini planned – once the Germans had conquered Palestine – to establish an Auschwitz-type extermination complex, complete with a crematorium This would be built for the purpose of gassing the Jews from Palestine and Arab countries.[3]

For a long time the leader of the Palestinian Arab “moderates” was Ragheb bey el-Nashashibi, the mayor of Jerusalem. He also came out in favor of the mass murder of Jews. After the 1929 riots in Mandate-era Palestine, the non-Jewish French writer, Albert Londres, asked El-Nashashibi, why the Arabs had murdered the old, pious Jews in Hevron and Safed, with whom they had no quarrel.

The mayor answered: “In a war you behave like in a war. You don’t kill whom you want. You kill whom you find. Next time they will all be killed, young and old.” Later on, Londres spoke again to the mayor and tested him ironically by saying: “You cannot kill all the Jews. There are 150,000 of them.” Nashashibi answered “in a soft voice, ‘Oh no, it’ll take two days.’”[4]

Al-Husseini can be considered the predecessor of Hamas. For the basics on Hamas’ genocidal intentions, one can find some examples directly from its party program, the Hamas Charter. Article 7 of this document lays the groundwork for its mass murder ideology when it says that Hamas aspires to:

“the realization of Allah's promise, no matter how long that should take. The Prophet, Allah bless him and grant him salvation, has said:

"The Day of Judgement will not come about until Moslems fight the Jews (killing the Jews), when the Jew will hide behind stones and trees. The stones and trees will say O Moslems, O Abdulla, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him. Only the Gharkad tree…would not do that because it is one of the trees of the Jews." [5]

Halabiyah: "The Jews are like a spring - as long as you step on it with your foot it doesn't move. But if you lift your foot from the spring, it hurts you and punishes you.."
Whoever chooses to follow the more recent genocidal expressions of Hamas can best visit the website of Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). A recent example of Hamas’ Islamo-Nazism activity is a recorded statement by Hamas Chief of Staff Muhammad Deif, who announced during the Gaza war, "Today you [Israelis] are fighting divine soldiers, who love death for Allah like you love life, and who compete among themselves for Martyrdom like you flee from death.”  

PMW also mentions Hamas TV, that recently broadcast statements from Hamas leader and former Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh. He said, “We love death like our enemies love life! We love Martyrdom, the way in which [Hamas] leaders died."

Hamas TV also broadcast a sermon  repeating the Hamas ideology which claims that according to Islam, it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews. PMW quotes many similar statements calling for the murder of Israelis and Jews.[6]

Hamas does not hold the Palestinian monopoly for aiming at the genocide of Jews. The calls for mass murder of Jews can be found, be it in smaller numbers, in other Palestinian Arab media. An example of that was in 2000, when Dr. Ahmed Abu Halabiyah, Rector of Advanced Studies at the Islamic University of Gaza spoke on PA TV, the official channel of the Palestinian Authority (PA). He gave a Friday television sermon and his call was thus part of the governmental, academic, and religious spheres of the PA and Palestinian society.

Halabiyah said, “The Jews are the Jews.... They do not have any moderates or any advocates of peace. They are all liars. They must be butchered and must be killed.... The Jews are like a spring - as long as you step on it with your foot it doesn't move. But if you lift your foot from the spring, it hurts you and punishes you.... It is forbidden to have mercy in your hearts for the Jews in any place and in any land, make war on them anywhere that you find yourself.  Any place that you meet them, kill them.”[7]

Examples of Palestinian genocidal ambitions are unlimited. Many in Europe, including political parties, media and important actors of civil society, who claim to be critical toward Israel, remain silent about these calls for mass murder by the Palestinian Islamo-Nazis. Their silence renders them indirect helpers of these preachers of mass murder. 


[1] Matthias Küntzel, Djihad und Judenhass, (Freiburg: ça ira-Verlag, 2003), 39. [German]

[2] Ibid.

[3] Manfred Gerstenfeld interview with Nadav Shragai, “Libel: Israel Intends to Destroy the Al-Aksa Mosque”, Israel National News, 16 October 2013.

[4] Albert Londres, Le Juif Errant Est Arrivé (Paris: Arléa, 1997), 209. [French]



[7] Itamar Marcus and Barbara Crook, “Kill a Jew – Go to Heaven:  The Perception of the Jew in Palestinian Society”, Jewish Political Studies Review, Vol. 17, Nos. 3 & 4 (Fall 2005), 127.