Islamo-Nazism is factual, not hyperbole. The Farhud and the Palestinian ‘cause’

Nazism continues to inspire the Palestinians. by Lyn Julius in JNS.org May 31, 2023.

Have you heard of the Farhud? Chances are you haven’t. This anti-Jewish massacre—Farhud means “forced dispossession” in Arabic—took place 82 years ago this week in Iraq. Yet a recent poll found that only 7% of Israelis have heard about it. 

Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al Husseini was
a Waffen SS recruiter and Nazi propagandist in Berlin
On June 1-2, 1941, at least 180 Jews were murdered in Baghdad and Basra—the figure could have been as many as 600—2,000 were wounded and 900 homes and 586 Jewish-owned businesses were destroyed.

There was looting, rape and mutilation. Stories abound of babies murdered and Jewish hospital patients being refused treatment or poisoned. The dead were hurriedly buried in a mass grave. The Farhud sounded the death knell for the ancient Jewish community of Iraq.

Iraqi-Jewish refugee, Joseph Samuels recounts how the Nazi connection with the Muslim leaders turned Muslims violently against their neighbors in a pogrom "Farhud," in 1941. The Jews had no where to flee from Iraq until Palestine, beginning 1947.

More “Farhuds” decimated other Jewish communities in Arab countries, leading to a mass exodus. Most of these Jews fled to Israel, where they and their descendants comprise over half the Jewish population.

Besides the general ignorance of the Farhud, the Palestinian role in it is almost unknown. In fact, the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, helped lay the groundwork for the massacre.

The Farhud, in other words, was proof that anti-Zionist “resistance” to the Jews of Palestine had spilled over into unabashed antisemitism directed against the Jews of the Arab world.  

The Mufti himself spent two years in Iraq beginning in 1939. He arrived with 400 Syrians and Palestinians, most of them teachers. In April, 1941, the Mufti backed a pro-Nazi coup led by Rashid Ali al-Gilani and four military officers. 

Theirs was the only Arab regime to sign a treaty with Nazi Germany. Throughout the Middle East, Arab public opinion was mostly pro-German. A poll carried out on behalf of the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem in Feb. 1941 found that 88% of Palestinian Arabs wanted the Nazis to win the war.

Ms. Sarah Idan, the former Miss Iraq contestant in Miss Universe 2017 Competition acknowledges the roots of the pan-Muslim political opposition to Israel in the German Nazi involvement with Iraq and Egypt.