Ex-Mufti, Criminal Ally
State Dept. Conceals Promised White
Paper Book; Uses Whitewash Instead
On Mar. 19, 1942, the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem spoke to the
Arab world by Rome radio and said: If, God forbid, America and
her allies are victorious in this war . . . then the world will become
hell, God forbid. But Allah is too just and merciful to grant such murderous
violators any victory.
After a long struggle and supreme sacrifices, the murderous
violators became victors. They entered Germany while the ex-Mufti
was still there with the bags of gold he had received from Hitler. He
escaped to Switzerland, was expelled from there back to Germany, was
captured by the French army and placed under house arrest; then he escaped
from France to Cairo on a false passport, and became the head of the
Arab Higher Committee.
On Aug. 28, 1946, Dean Acheson, then Acting Secretary
of State, announced that the State Dept. is preparing a White
Paper concerning the activities of the ex-Mufti of Jerusalem.
Acheson said the publication would be in the form of a book, which would
cover all the documents concerning the ex-Mufti seized from German files.
This While Paper has not yet been published, although
17 months have passed.
What keeps the State Dept. from publishing it? Who is
interested in the delay? Are all the documents safe?
* * *
In October, 1941 Gen. Wavell, commander of the British
Middle Eastern forces, offered a $100,000 (25,000 pounds) reward for
the capture of the ex-Mufti, dead or alive. This offer has not been
withdrawn and therefore it still stands. Nevertheless, the British Government
allies itself with the ex-Mufti and the Arab Higher Committee which
he heads, and follows him on everything that concerns Palestine.
In August, 1945, Yugoslavia asked that the ex-Mufti be
placed on the official list of war criminals. What is the reason for
the failure to bring him to trial in Germany, where he was captured
when Germany collapsed?
If the State Dept. is not subservient to this war criminal,
why does it keep back documents it is bound to publish? Officials of
the State Dept. who conceal documents that would be useful at present
during the trials of war criminals are guilty of shielding the criminal
and become fellow culprits.
What, can be the facts that the friends of the ex-Mufti
in the State Dept. should find It necessary to add the information to
the unpublished archives, instead of releasing it without delay, as
I promised by Dean Acheson over 17 months ago? This protected person
is a fugitive from justice, and has been since 1937, being under a still
valid warrant of arrest of the Palestine government for the assassination
of Jews, Arabs, and British, including Galilee Commissioner Andrews.
Since then he has lost his Muftiship, to which he was never elected
by the Arabs, but merely appointed, ignoramus that he is (he never finished
a single course in the Cairo Theological University and was expelled)
through the intrigue of Gen. Storrs, later of evil Cyprus fame.
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The ex·Mufti escaped from Jerusalem and Palestine in the
garb of a woman. In Syria he was on Mussolinis payroll. When,
with the beginning of the war, his position in Syria, a French mandate,
became insecure, he escaped to Iraq. There he worked hard
and succeeded in bringing Iraq into the war against the Allies, the
declaration of war having been made on May 2, 1941. At that time the
Nazis entered Greece and Egypt.
When the revolt was crushed (mainly by the Jewish volunteers
from Palestine), the ex-Mufti escaped to Iran and hid himself in the
Japanese Embassy there. From Teheran he escaped to Italy, where his
arrival was announced by the Fascist radio as a great and happy
event; in November, 1941, he arrived in Berlin and was received
by Hitler. In 1942 the ex-Mufti organized the Arab Legion that fought
the American invasion in Africa (on Apr. 10, 1946, Representative Celler
referred to 3,000 members of the Arab Legion that were held prisoners
of war at Camp Opelika in Alabama).
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On Dec. 29, 1942 the ex-Mufti sent a telegram of congratulations
to Emperor Hirohito, assuring the latter that the Arabs were praying
for the final victory of Japanese arms.
By the end of 1943 the ex-Mufti had organized Bosnian
Black Legions to fight the Allies. He also bears a heavy
responsibility for the annihilation of European Jewry, according to
Nazi testimony given at Nuremberg. He visited the gas chambers; he wrote
to the Cabinet Ministers of Hungary and Romania asking them to send
the Jews from their countries to the concentration camps in Poland.
Thus according to the Charter of the International Tribunal
at Nuremberg, the ex-Mufti is a criminal on all three counts, for crimes
against peace, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.
If the ex-Mufti is not only not brought to Nuremberg,
but is permitted to continue his murderous career, then we will do well
to reflect once more upon his words quoted at the beginning of this
article. Did not the world really become hell?