Collaborators, Traitors & Nazi Supporters: Arab / Muslim World
“We were racists. We admired the Nazis. We were immersed in reading Nazi literature and books… We were the first who thought of a translation of Mein Kampf. Anyone who lived in Damascus at that time was witness to the Arab inclination toward Nazism.”
Some authors have argued that Arab collaboration with the Nazis supposedly wasn’t ideological but pragmatic, following the old dictum that “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.” This overlooks the mufti’s and his followers’ virulent anti-Semitism. A study carried out in December 1941 revealed that fully 60 percent of Palestine’s Arab population supported the Nazis.
During this time the Mufti and other Arabs continued contributing to the Axis propaganda efforts. For instance, on 3 November 1943 the Berlin-based radio program “Voice of Free Arabism” broadcast a condemnation of Jewish Zionist settlement in Palestine which contained the following:
“Should we not curse the time that has allowed this low race to realize their desires from such countries as Britain, America, and Russia? The Jews kindled this war in the interests of Zionism … the world will never be at peace until the Jewish race is exterminated. Otherwise wars will always exist. The Jews are the germs, which have caused all the trouble in the world.”