Posted on August 2, 2001
Since the Palestinian people were promised full independence in 1949, and strict limitation on Jewish immigration to Palestine, based on the 1939 White Paper, the Palestinian people had an incentive to help the Allies win the war. It should be noted that several Palestinian brigades were enlisted into the British Army, and the Palestinian resistance to the brutal British occupation almost completely ceased during and after WW II.
In general, the Palestinian people are proud of the fact that they were among the few who did not collaborate openly with Nazis. On the other hand, the peoples and governments of France, Italy, Japan, Romania, Croatia, Chechnya, Bulgaria, Switzerland, ... etc. all collaborated openly with the Nazis. Tragically, many of these peoples and governments happily pointed out their Jewish citizens to the Gestapo. So it's unfair, if not outright criminal, to exploit al-Hajj Amin's conduct in order to eternally condemn the Palestinian people as Nazis, while ignoring the choices made by most European peoples and governments who openly collaborated with the Nazis. At least the Palestinian people did not harbor nor cover up for Nazi war criminal as the US have done for decades, click here for details.
In that regard, it's worth noting that Josef Stalin, the Soviet premier and dictator, forcibly transferred the people of the Caucasus to Siberia as a collective punishment for their collaboration with the Nazis during WWII. However, the same people were allowed to return to their homes in 1958 when the scale of the war crime became known to Khruschev, Stalin's successor in the 1950s. If the people of the Caucasus were allowed to return to their homes under Communist rule, why can't the Palestinian refugees return to their homes under Israeli rule?
IRONICALLY, the shocking truth is that it has been proven that the Jewish Stern gang received funding and arms from the Italian Fascists to resist the British Mandate in Palestine. In fact, the Stern gang's collaboration with the Fascists and Nazis was going on while their Jewish brothers were being persecuted in Nazi concentration camps. It should also be noted that when the Americans, British, and their Arab allies were busy blocking the Desert Fox's (Erwin Rommel) advances in north Africa, the Stern gang's leader Yitzhak Shamir and the Irgun gang's leader Menachem Begin were busy ambushing British soldiers, blowing up the vital Haifa-Cairo railroad supply line, and terrorizing British and Palestinian civilians (Righteous Victims, p. 174). And when Yitzhak Shamir, Israel's future Prime Minister in the 1980s, was asked to explain their collaboration with the Fascists, he replied:
"The enemy of my enemy is my friend." (One Palestine Complete , p. 464).Since these findings have only have only JUST started to surface lately (and are kept smothered in many Jewish communities), we feel it's necessary to directly quote one of the MOST pro-Israel historians, Martin Gilbert, who wrote:
"Avraham Stern who had formed a breakaway 'Irgun in Israel' movement (also known as the Stern Gang), tried to make contact with Fascist Italy in the hope that, if Mussolini were to conquer the Middle East, he would allow a Jewish State to be set up in Palestine. When Mussolini's troops were defeated in North Africa, Stern tried to make contacts with Nazi Germany, hoping to sign a pact with Hitler which would lead to a Jewish State once Hitler had defeated Britain. After two members of the Stern's Gang had killed the Tel Aviv [British] police chief and two of his officers, Stern himself was caught and killed. His followers [chief among them Yitzhak Shamir who led the Stern Gang after Stern's death] continued on their path of terror." (Israel: A History, p. 111-112)What makes many Palestinians and Arabs EXTREMELY ANGRY is that the memories of the Holocaust are being exploited to paint Palestinians as Nazis. Such dangerous comparison and propaganda tactics are continuously fed to many Israeli school children from inception, especially upon visiting the Holocaust museum at Yad Vashem. It should be emphasized that many life size pictures of al-Hajj Amin standing alongside Hitler are on display at Yad Vashem, just West of Jerusalem not far from DEIR YASSIN. It's hypocritical to hold Palestinians responsible for the "ill fated" choice of al-Hajj Amin, while Israelis and Jews still blind themselves to the choices some of their leaders made during WW II.
Also a funny point showing colonialist Zionist hypocrisy is how the Zionists still promote Anwar al-Sadat the late ruler of Egypt because Sadat sold out and signed a "peace treaty" (i.e. betrayed the Palestinians, gave away Egypt's natural gas to "Israel" at ridiculously low prices, and in general betrayed the Arab and Muslim world itself) with Zionist "Israel" in 1979. Yet Anwar al-Sadat was actually somewhat pro-Axis and pro-Nazi during WWII, because the colonialist British Empire was occupying Egypt still and had in place their corrupt puppet monarchy King Farouk of Egypt. Read: "As Egypt was under the occupation of the United Kingdom, Sadat was fascinated by Hitler’s Nazi German army for their quick ability to become a strategic threat to Britain." and "During the Second World War he was imprisoned by the British for his efforts to obtain help from the Axis Powers in expelling the occupying British forces." Note that the Zionist Jewish terrorist Menachem Begin (who was once a member of the fascist Zionist Jewish Betar movement of Vladimir "Ze'ev" Jabotinsky who Ben-Gurion even nicknamed "Vladimir Hitler", Betar also was closely allied with Benito Mussolini's fascist Italy) was then Zionist "Israeli" Prime Minister and signed this "peace treaty" with Sadat in 1979!
Again that crucial segment of the Balfour Declaration of 1917 about the indigenous Palestinian Arabs of the nation of Palestine: "it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine". As for Arabs supporting the Axis powers in WWII this was mostly realpolitik and was because the Arabs were made at the evil British and French colonialist powers occupying their land (the colonialist British Empire was occupying Palestine and Iraq and the colonialist French were occupying Syria, Lebanon, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, and most of North Africa, etc.)
This same realpolitik led many different non-Arab, non-Muslim peoples to work with and ally with the Nazi Germans and Axis powers in WWII to some degree. For example there was an Armenian legion of the Nazi SS called the Armenische Legion (the Armenians allied with the Nazi Germans because the Armenians didn't like the Soviet Russians, who joined the Allies in WWII after 1941, who were in control of Armenia at the time). There was a Nazi SS legion of Indians (from the nation of India) called the Indische legion led by a Hindu Indian who was angry about the continuing, brutal colonialist British occupation of India (aka the "British Raj"). There were Serbs that supported the Nazis from the ZBOR, the Serbian Chetniks (Serbian royalists), Pecanac Chetniks, Milan Nedic and his pro-Nazi Nedic's Serbia, the pro-Nazi Serbian State Guard of pro-Nazi Nedic's Serbia that looked over specific Nazi concentration camps in Nazi occupied Serbia (aka Nedic's Serbia). I could give tons of examples, again this was all realpolitik of people who were simply against the "Allies" (mostly because of the colonialism of Britain, France, the US government, and Soviet Russia) thus they saw it as "the enemy of my enemy is my friend". Much like how the United States government supported Saddam Hussein's Baathist Iraq against Ayatollah Khomeini's revolutionary Iran in the Iran-Iraq war (1980-1988), all government's tend to do a lot of realpolitik actions in their foreign policies.
Ain al-Hilweh is the largest Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon. Here are a few quotes from the article: "Mussa al-Hussein may have a hard time recalling dates and places, but the 86-year-old Palestinian does not miss a beat when asked for his ID number when he was in the British army in Palestine in World War II.
"5472," he fired off assuredly, sitting in his rundown home in the densely populated Ain al-Helweh refugee camp in the Lebanese coastal city of Sidon.
"They will come on Remembrance Sunday from Tripoli, Sidon and Tyre, aged 80 or 90... they will travel three or fours hours to get here and they will stand in the sun with their medals on... proud ex-soldiers," Frances Guy, Britain's ambassador to Lebanon, told AFP.
Guy said given that the veterans had served less than 20 years in the British army, which withdrew the last of its troops from Palestine in May 1948, they were not entitled to a pension.
"The Palestinians are in a particular case because they were chased out of their homes immediately after they served with the British army, and if there is a way that we could help make the end of their lives more comfortable, then perhaps we should be doing that," she said.
The veterans, whose numbers have dwindled over the years, receive the equivalent 150 dollars annually from the Royal Commonwealth Ex-Services League, a charity that provides assistance worldwide to needy ex-servicemen or women.
Several non-governmental organisations also provide medical and other assistance on a case by case basis.
But for Manhal Freih, 84, a twice-decorated veteran who joined the British army at the age of 16 and who now lives in the Burj al-Shemali refugee camp in the southern city of Tyre, the aid is all but negligible.
"We witnessed so much and suffered so much and in return we have received very little," said the blue-eyed Freih whose only keepsake from his military service is a cane.
So yes there was a Palestinian Arab soldiers that fought for the British Empire and the "Allies" in WWII, again this is despite the fact that the British Empire was largely pro-Zionist in its Middle East policy and was occupying the land of Palestine with the British Mandate of Palestine of 1920-1948.
On a side note regarding Bosnian Muslims, they were forbidden by their local clerics to assist the Nazis, and in order to recruit them the Nazis had to take the Grand Mufti there to convince them to sign up.
Helen Thomas, former dean of the White House Press Corps, reportedly told Playboy in an interview for their April issue that Jews have power over the White House and Congress, who are in the pockets of the Israeli lobbies.
Thomas left her post at the White House after she publicly made anti-Israel comments last May, telling the Jews they should "get the hell out of Palestine."
The former reporter told Playboy that the Israeli lobbies "are funded by wealthy supporters, including those from Hollywood. Same thing with the financial markets. There’s total control."
When asked about her comments that ultimately cost her her job, Thomas told Playboy that "everybody knows my feelings about the Palestinians," adding "sure, the Israelis have a right to exist—but where they were born, not to come and take someone else’s home. I’ve had it up to here with the violations against the Palestinians. Why shouldn’t I say it? I knew exactly what I was doing—I was going for broke. I had reached the point of no return. You finally get fed up."
Thomas also clarified that when she said the Jews should go back to Poland,Germany and America, that she was not referring to the concentration camps, but rather that "they should stay where they are because they’re not being persecuted—not since World War II, not since 1945."
However, when asked about the Holocaust, Thomas told the magazine that "there’s nothing wrong with remembering it [the Holocaust], but why do we have to constantly remember? We’re not at fault."
She then launched into criticism of Israel and its alleged oppression of the Palestinians, accusing the Jews of lacking introspection.
"Do the Jews ever look at themselves?" asked Thomas, "why are they always right? Because they have been oppressed throughout history, I know. And they have this persecution. That’s true, but they shouldn’t use that to dominate."
The former reporter told Playboy that she is not anti-Jewish, just anti – Israel, saying she thinks Jews are wonderful people. :I’m not anti-Jewish," clarified Thomas, "I’m anti-Zionist. I am anti Israel taking what doesn’t belong to it. If you have a home and you’re kicked out of that home, you don’t come and kick someone else out."
He tried to get rid of the threatening Zionist colonizers by allying himself first with Mussolini, then with Hitler. After the war, he was seen as a major war criminal for mobilizing Muslims in the Soviet Union and Yugoslavia to fight on Hitler's side against the Red Army and Marshall Tito's partisans."
I am a British Journalist and Film - maker, and I am researching a film about the Palestinian forces in the British Army during World War 2. I have tracked down two surviving Jewish veterans, and I am desperate to find a Palestinian colleague. If you know of a surviving veteran, or even a relative who knows their story, please feel free to email me at mat dot heywood 'at' gmail dot com
Any help would be most gratefully received, and if you have any questions I would be happy to explain more.
1.Palestinian been forced in 1939 to end their strike (longest strike ever 1936 to 1939) and the rest of violent action against occupation army by their brothers the Arab leaders such King Abdullah of Jordan and King Farooq of Egypt. This strike which causes the occupied army and allied Jewish a lot to make them begging for truce.
2.The continue British dream of Making Palestine a Jewish State by continue arming the Jewish gangs, give military train for Jewish youth inside British camps, and the non stop stealing of lands from Arabs to give it gift to Jewish. Also the continuation of (Legal)immigration.
These facts made any leader in Palestine to think twice before giving the Great liar Britain any comfort agreement. And trust them to give you your rights with golden spoon after all these years of lies and betrayal from 1915 will be really committing a suicide crime against whole nation.
If I was in his place I will look directly where it can hurt them and to hurt them badly I should look forward to their worst enemy.
Those verifiable grievances have never been enough for Zionist publicists, however.