(JNS) Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) insists on pushing her “nakba” lie and the U.N. has given it its stamp of approval. This makes me want to go back in time and review a period that seems to have been swept under the rug and forgotten. I will hit some of the highlights.
In July of 1937, the Zionists accepted a partition plan proposed by Earl Peel, an ex-British cabinet minister. The mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, demanded independence, the annulment of the Balfour Declaration and the removal of all Jews from then-Palestine.
The mufti then restarted the “revolt” he had begun in 1936 with pogroms against the Jews of Palestine. He embraced violence and called his forces the “Holy War Army.” Nine days after Peel’s proposal, the mufti called on the German consul in Jerusalem. The mufti expressed his support and sympathy for Nazism. The British tried arresting him, but he escaped Palestine dressed as a woman.
In 1941, the mufti made his way to Italy. On Oct. 27, Benito Mussolini received him. Mussolini, an ally of Hitler, said that if the Jews wanted their own country, “They should establish Tel Aviv in America.”
“We have here in Italy 45,000 Jews and there will be no place for them in Europe,” Mussolini said.
The mufti declared that he was “very satisfied by the meeting.”
On Nov. 28, 1941, the mufti visited Adolf Hitler. According to Simon Sebag Montefiore’s epic work Jerusalem, the exchange went as follows:
The mufti’s interpreter told Hitler that by Arab tradition coffee should be served. Hitler replied that he did not drink coffee. The interpreter told Hitler the mufti still expected coffee.
Montefiore states, “Hitler replied that even the High Command was not allowed to drink coffee in his presence: he then left the room, returning with an SS guard bearing lemonade.”
The mufti and Hitler then agreed to eradicate the Jews. According to Montefiore, Hitler said to the mufti that as soon as “German armies reached the southern exit of Caucasia, Germany’s objective would then solely be the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere.”
The mufti boasted that he supported the Nazis “because I was persuaded and still am that if Germany had carried the day, no trace of the Zionists would have remained in Palestine.”
SS Obersturmbannfuhrer Walter Rauff had been assigned to exterminate the Jews of Africa and Palestine, but Germany was defeated before the genocidal plan could be carried out.
On Nov. 29, 1947, the U.N. voted in favor of another “partition plan.” The Arabs again rejected it, while Israel accepted it. Arab mobs poured into Jerusalem, lynching Jews, firing guns, looting Jewish shops and screaming “butcher the Jews.” On Dec. 7, 1947 Zionist leader David Ben-Gurion’s convoy was ambushed.
On May 14, 1948 Israel declared statehood. U.S. President Harry S. Truman was praised by his lifelong friend Eddie Jacobson for having “helped create Israel.” Truman responded, “I am Cyrus! I am Cyrus!”
Six Arab countries then invaded the new State of Israel. Over 6,000 Israelis were killed in the war that followed.
From 1947-1949 Arab leaders, including the mufti, told the Arabs of Israel to leave their homes, promising they could return when the Jews had been wiped out.
The Jews tried to convince the Arabs to stay. Golda Meir went to Haifa to try to convince the city’s Arabs not to leave. But the Arabs left of their own volition.
Historical revisionists are purposefully trying to turn the world against Israel and the Jewish people. This cannot be allowed. We must constantly revisit our past truthfully to advance our civilization.
Dr. Joseph Frager is a lifelong activist and physician. He is chairman of Israel advocacy for the Rabbinical Alliance of America, chairman of the executive committee of American Friends of Ateret Cohanim and executive vice president of the Israel Heritage Foundation.