Thursday, December 08, 2005
Good ol' Ahmadinejad! Today, at the OIC conference in Mecca, Saudi Arabia he made the following remarks in a speech to the who's who of the Islamic world:
"Some European countries insist on saying that during World War II, Hitler burned millions of Jews and put them in concentration camps," Ahmadinejad said. "Any historian, commentator or scientist who doubts that is taken to prison or gets condemned."
"Let's assume what the Europeans say is true … Let's give some land to the Zionists in Europe or in Germany or Austria," he said. "They faced injustice in Europe, so why do the repercussions fall on the Palestinians?"ABC News: Iranian President Jabs at Israel Again
The OIC is historically a place where Jihadists and Jew haters can mouth off with impunity and be certain of getting the big standing O from the crowd. Last years' conference featured the remarks of Malaysian president Mahathir who railed away at how the Jews rule the world and how Islam should unite to annihilate them and the West. I'm sure Ahmadinejad's little screed went over quite well with his audience. Including Saudi King Abdullah who yesterday was making noises about moderation and tolerance.
Well, aside from some garden variety racist Holocaust denial, Ahmadinejad raises a point for discussion. Why indeed does the Muslim world bear any responsibility? Here's why. The Arab world is directly complicit in the Holocaust.
After WWI, the Palestine Mandate was given to Britain for the express purpose of creating a Jewish nation. Britain's first act was to take 80% of this land, give it to the Arabs as Trans-Jordan and forbid any Jews from living or settling there. The Zionist movement ws mollified by Britain with the promise that the rest of Palestine - everything else West of the Jordan River-would be the Jewish homeland. This promise was never kept. The British, during their tenure in Palestine put all kinds of arbitrary barriers on Jews migrating to Palestine, while allowing unlimited inmigration to Arabs from Syria, Egypt, and the Hejaz.
Of course, even 80% of what was supposed to be the Jewish homeland was not enough foir the Arabs to accept Jews living among them in peace and equality. The Arabs rioted and created such unrest that the British halted all Jewish immigration to the Holy Land on the eve of the Holocaust with the issuance of the White Paper in 1938 , when millions of Jews were trapped in Europe and left without a place to flee.
All during WWII, when a third of the Jewish population of Palestine was in uniform fighting for the allies, the British allowed unlimited migration from the Arab world into Israel. In 1944, Himmler attempted to make a deal with the Allies to exchange the Jewish population of Hungary, about 500,000 people, for a few trucks. The Americans signed on to the deal but the British vetoed it, explicitly because they were afraid of Arab rioting and did not want these Jews in Palestine. Hungary's Jews went to Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen instead of Israel.
During WWII,the Arabs largely sided with the Axis. The `Palestinian' leader, the British appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem spent most of the war in Europe recruiting Muslims from Bosnia and the Caucasus to fight in SS divisions for Hitler and the Nazis. And in Egypt, numerous veterans of the British 8th Army who fought and defeated the Nazis at El-Alamein have related how the Egyptians had Cairo all decked out in Nazi flags to welcome the German `liberators' when the British marched back into the city.
In spite of this, the British equipped and trained the Arab armies that attempted to massacre the Jews of Israel in 1948. The most effective Arab fighting force in that war, the Jordanian Arab legion, was led by British officers under the notorious Jew hater Colonel John Glubb (`Glubb Pasha').
Anyone interested in the full sordid story should read Lucy Dawidowicz's `The War against the Jews' Amazon.com: The War Against the Jews : 1933-1945: Books and Joan Peter's `From Time immemorial'Amazon.com: From Time Immemorial: The Origins of the Arab-Jewish Conflict over Palestine: Books
Answer your question Ahmadinejad? Not that it matters. The battle lines were drawn a long time ago.