The Farhoud Remembered

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Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al Husseini among Bosnian volunteers of the Waffen SS, November 1943

Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin al Husseini among Bosnian volunteers of the Waffen SS, November 1943, image via Bundesarchiv (Wikimedia Commons)

BESA Center Perspectives Paper No. 484, June 2, 2017

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Seventy-six years after the mass massacre of the Baghdad Jews, in which the then-leader of the Palestinian Arabs, Hajj Amin Husseini, was deeply involved, his heirs to the Palestinian leadership still sustain an anti-Israel and anti-Jewish campaign of racial and political incitement unparalleled in scope and intensity since Nazi Germany.

On the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, June 1-2, 1941 (5701 on the Hebrew calendar), the Muslim residents of Baghdad carried out a savage pogrom against their Jewish compatriots. In this pogrom, known by its Arabic name al-Farhoud, about 200 Jews were murdered and thousands wounded. Jewish property was plundered and many homes set ablaze.

Within a week, the British ousted the pro-Nazi government of General Rashid Ali, which had seized power in a coup d’état two months earlier, and restored the legal Iraqi government. That government appointed a commission of inquiry into the pogrom, which determined that the Nazi propaganda of Radio Berlin had been one of the massacre’s foremost instigators. The commission’s report also identified the main individuals who had impelled the assault. It pointed to the extensive activity of Dr. Fritz Grobba, the German ambassador to Baghdad, and to the activity of the former mufti of Jerusalem, Hajj Amin Husseini, who had fled to Iraq from Mandatory Palestine in October 1939 (after a short spell in Beirut) and begun inciting against the Iraqi Jews. The mufti had also worked with Iraqi subversive elements, including Rashid Ali, to overthrow Iraq’s ruling Hashemite monarchy and install a pro-Nazi regime.

In an attempt to win Arab and Muslim hearts and minds, the first Arab-language Nazi radio station was launched in Berlin prior to the outbreak of the Second World War, broadcasting anti-British, anti-American, anti-Soviet, and particularly anti-Semitic propaganda. It thus helped spread radical anti-Semitism in the Middle East, where it found common ground with the anti-Jewish tendencies in Islam. The messages in the propaganda broadcasts were designed to achieve certain goals, such as winning the Arab population’s sympathy for the Nazis and the Führer; inciting against the British and French presence in the Middle East; stoking Arab national sentiments; and, last but not least, wildly inciting against the Jews, who were accused inter alia of stealing the Arabs’ money and being behind all the Arab world’s woes.

This propaganda mill employed many teams of both civilian and military personnel, including writers, translators, academics, and Middle East experts. Among others, the broadcasts featured Arab immigrants and leaders. The mythic broadcaster and director of the Arabic station was the journalist Yunus Bahri, who reached Berlin after fleeing his native Iraq, where he had been sentenced to death for pro-Nazi activity. He was recruited by Grobba and opened his broadcasts with his famous line, “The Arab Lord Haw-Haw, this is Berlin, greetings to the Arabs.”

Known for his virulent anti-Semitism, Bahri stated proudly in a memoir he wrote after the war, “I was the first Arab to collaborate with the Nazis.” His hatred towards Jews was so intense that he was summoned for a reprimand in Propaganda Minister Goebbels’s office because of his excessively vitriolic attacks on Jews and especially his constant use of the term “Jewish criminals.”

Four days before the Farhoud, Bahri stated on Radio Berlin:

Judaism, which is compounded of Zionism and Freemasonry, has created a fortress in England behind which it carries out its crimes. The Arabs fought the Jews and expelled them from the Arabian Peninsula 1,400 years ago. The Prophet Muhammad was the first to expel them. In our time, the Arabs witness what the Jews have done under English sponsorship. The Jews have declared that they want to establish a national home in Palestine which is an inseparable part of the Arab homeland. The Arabs of Iraq now see what the Jews of Basra are capable of doing under English directives. The Arabs take note of the declarations of the English statesmen, particularly the latest two by Churchill and Smuts. Smuts said that he and England owe thanks to the Jews for their help in the war. These words have hardened the Jews’ determination to fight the Arabs, in the certainty that after the war they would be allowed to establish the Hebrew state…. The Jews are an abomination everywhere. And recall the verse in the Koran: “The greatest enemies of humanity are those who trust the Jews.”

In broadcasts after the pogrom, Bahri justified the massacre and accused the Iraqi Jews of obtaining and disseminating propaganda material from the British embassy in Baghdad. He also charged them with providing the British embassy with military information about the Iraqi army. With such malicious fabrications he lent legitimacy to the Farhoud massacre.

Bahri was too self-laudatory about being the first Arab to collaborate with the Nazis. The Mufti had beaten him to it long before. Within weeks of Hitler’s rise to power, he rushed to the German consul in Jerusalem to assure him that “the Muslims in Palestine and elsewhere were enthusiastic about the new regime in Germany and looked forward to the spread of fascism throughout the region.”

Hajj Amin had been deeply implicated in the widespread massacre of Jews in Mandatory Palestine – from the April 1920 Jerusalem pogrom, for which he was sentenced to 10 years in prison by a British military court but managed to flee the country, to the 1929 riots in which 133 Jews were murdered and hundreds injured, to the 1936-39 “revolt” in which hundreds of Jews were murdered. Against this backdrop, it was only natural for him to play a central role in the Farhoud, both in inciting the local Iraqi population against their Jewish compatriots and through his close involvement with the Rashid Ali regime.

It comes as no surprise, then, that in his memoirs the mufti blamed the Iraqi Jews for the failure of the pro-Nazi “revolution” (which in turn forced him to flee to Tehran, whence he came to Berlin where he spent the rest of the war years), thus implicitly justifying the Farhoud. As he wrote:

The fifth column played a large role in the failure that the movement [the Rashid Ali regime] suffered in Iraq. This column consisted of different elements, of which the main one was Iraqi Jewry…. During the war, Jews who were employed in the telephone service would record the important and official conversations on reels and pass them to the British embassy in Baghdad. The Jews in the postal and telegraphic authority did the same. They hurriedly sent the embassy the telegrams and letters that reached them.

Regrettably, seventy-six years after the Farhoud, it appears that the mufti’s heirs to the Palestinian leadership have learned nothing and forgotten nothing. When Mahmoud Abbas stood beside President Trump on the White House lawn and declared to one and all that the Palestinians educate their children for peaceful coexistence with Israel, not a muscle twitched in his face. In fact, during its 20-year-long control of the Palestinian population of the West Bank and Gaza as part of the Oslo “peace” process, Abbas’s Palestinian Authority, not to mention Hamas, has subjected its subjects to a relentless hate campaign of racial and political incitement unparalleled in scope and intensity since Nazi Germany. That campaign not only delegitimizes the idea of Jewish statehood but also propagates the murder of Jews simply for being Jews. And if history teaches us anything, it is that the translation of such words into action is all too easy.

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WATCH: The Six Day War is Alive with Animation

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Before the 1967 Six Day War between Israel and the surrounding Arab nations, who was the underdog and who was the bully?

Between 1948, when the State of Israel gained independence, and the IDF’s stunning military victory in June 1967, was there a viable ceasefire in place?

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As such, the report concluded that the curriculum does not meet the UNESCO-derived standards of peace and tolerance in education.

The latest Palestinian Authority elementary school textbooks are even more radical than previous editions, according to a report just issued by the Institute for Monitoring Peace and Cultural Tolerance in School Education.

The report was based on examination of elementary- school grades 1 through 4 and high-school grades 11 and 12 of the 2016-2017 PA’s educational curriculum. Continue reading

Mysteries of Ark’s Journey Revealed as Excavation Begins at Site of Ark of Covenant

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And it came to pass, while the ark abode in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the Lord.
– 1 Samuel 7:2

This summer, archaeologists will begin the first-ever excavation of the major Biblical site where the Ark of the Covenant was kept for two decades before King David conveyed it to Jerusalem.

The site, known in Hebrew as Kiryat Ye’arim and often transliterated at Kiriath Jearim, is mentioned over a dozen times in the Bible as a Judean town near Jerusalem during the period of Biblical history associated with the judges and King David. Today, it remains one of the last such Biblical landmarks unstudied. Continue reading

Netanyahu Clan Performing Biblical Mitzvah of the Kings

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The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7

At the inauguration of a Bible study conference on Tuesday, Sara Netanyahu, the wife of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, described her family’s powerful connection to Bible study, which, in fact, embodies a Torah commandment incumbent upon rulers of Israel. Continue reading

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This is the ordinance of the law which the Lord hath commanded, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring thee a red heifer without spot, wherein is no blemish, and upon which never came yoke: – Numbers 19:2

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MK Glick on Attending Trump Inauguration: We Are Living in a Biblical Era

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Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. – Joshua 1:6

In an historic first, a delegation of Israeli parliament members attended an American president’s inauguration last week, signaling a decided change in both the political and spiritual relationships between Americans and Israelis, and Jews and Christians. Continue reading

Holy Temple Menorah Service Reenacted On Hanukkah [PHOTOS]

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And thou shalt make a candlestick of pure gold: of beaten work shall the candlestick be made: his shaft, and his branches, his bowls, his knops, and his flowers, shall be of the same. – Exodus 25:31 (KJV)

Hundreds of people gathered in the Old City of Jerusalem on Thursday evening to participate in a special menorah lighting ceremony and  for the Hanukkah holiday, organized by the Temple Institute and the United Temple Movement

The menorah, made of wood covered in gold and standing at about four feet tall, has seven branches, modeled after the Menorah that stood in the two Jewish Temples as well as the Tabernacle. The oil used to light the menorah was prepared one month ago in the manner specified by the Torah, with special care used to maintain its ritual purity.

A Kohen (priest) lights the menorah replica on the holiday of Hanukkah in the Old City of Jerusalem (Photo: The Temple Movement)

The menorah was whisked away to be lit several more times in sites that were as close to the Temple Mount as Jews are permitted to go, rekindling the light the Maccabees first lit 2,000 years ago after their victory over the Greek army.

2016 marks the first year that this impressive menorah, used in previous Temple reenactments, was lit in ceremonies during the Hanukkah holiday. Rabbi Hillel Weiss, spokesman for the nascent Sanhedrin, explained the urgency that led to this year’s unprecedented spate of menorah lightings surrounding the Temple Mount.

The Kohanim (priests) blow silver trumpets in honor of the menorah lighting replicating the Temple Service.

“On the eve of Hanukkah, President Barack Obama, via the United Nations, declared that the Jews have no Biblical right to Israel. Just three months ago, UNESCO tried to erase any connection between the Jews and their holiest site on the Temple Mount,” said Rabbi Weiss. “At the ceremony, we reenacted the blowing of the trumpets for Rosh Chodesh (new moon). This is the same trumpet blast that is the call to battle. This year, lighting the menorah was a part of the Jewish battle for their Biblical right to the land, in precisely the same way it was for the Maccabees 2,000 years ago.”

Since it is made of wood, the replica is technically not kosher for use as the menorah in the Temple, which must be made entirely of metal. The gold menorah intended to be installed permanently in the Third Temple upon its construction is on display in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. Made to Biblical specifications, it is not portable and cannot be used for reenactments. Standing approximately six feet tall, it weighs half a ton, and contains 45 kilograms (approximately 99 lbs) of 24 karat gold valued at approximately three million dollars.

Kohanim recite the priestly blessing during a reenactment of the menorah lighting that would take place in the Holy Temple. (Photo: The Temple Movement)

Rabbi Yisrael Ariel hosted the evening and explained every step of the reenactment to those gathered. The reenactment ceremony included setting up a model of the altar and lighting the menorah in the manner specified in the Torah. In addition, exercises in preparation for performing the daily sacrifice, the additional sacrifice brought on in honor of the new moon, and sacrifices brought by the heads of the tribes were performed. Only photos of the animals were used and none were harmed in the reenactment.

Kohanim hold cardboard images of the animals that would be used in the Temple service. (Photo: The Temple Movement)
Kohanim hold cardboard images of the animals that would be used in the Temple service. (Photo: The Temple Movement)

The Kohanim (priests) wore garments adhering to Biblical specifications and silver trumpets, prepared for use in the Holy Temple were accompanied the proceedings. Before the sacrifice exercise, the Kohanim carried out the ritual lottery to determine which of them would merit to perform each function.

Kohanim cast lots to determine who will perform the reenactments of the Holy Temple services. (Photo: The Temple Movement)

Immediately after the initial ceremony, which took place in the Cardo, the menorah was rushed to the Mount of Olives, where it was lit at a site overlooking and adjacent to the Temple Mount.

Rabbi Aharon Yitzchak Shtern, rabbi of Har Tzion lights the menorah replica atop the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount (Photo: The Temple Movement)

Joshua Wander, coordinator for the Mount of Olives menorah lighting, explained the reason for the additional ceremony.

“We have to reassert our Biblical right to the Temple Mount or we will lose it,” Wander emphasized. “Until now, the Israeli government has been unwilling to do so, but sometimes, current events are God’s way of pushing us to a place we wouldn’t go by choice.”

Joshua Wander holds the menorah replica as he stands at the Mount of Olives overlooking the Temple Mount (Photo: Joshua Wander)

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“We’ve had Muslims in America since George Washington.” So claimed Hillary Clinton during the second presidential debate. This was part of her response to Donald Trump’s proposed temporary ban on Muslim immigration, which appears to have metamorphosed into “extreme vetting.”

Some analysts trotted out the familiar lines about Muhammad Hamilton and Abdullah Hancock. At the risk of stating something I may not have stated before, Mrs. Clinton was right. Muslims who had been enslaved by other Muslims (against the dictates of Islam not to enslave fellow believers), as well as Muslims kidnapped and press-ganged into slavery by non-Muslims, were enslaved in the US at the time of the Founding. Continue reading