December 18, 2023

Roots of Hamas ‘eye-opening’

The Militant article by Terry Evans on the pro-Hitler roots of Hamas is eye-opening, particularly the role played by the Arab Higher Executive Committee of Palestine in 1948. This group organized anti-Jewish militias using “German POWs who had escaped, Bosnians who had served in the Nazi Muslim Legion, Croat Ustasha fascists and Serb Chetnik terrorists who fled Yugoslavia, and former soldiers in Rommel’s Africa Korps.”

One of the leaders of the Mufti’s Jihad Army was Hassan Salameh, a major in the German Wehrmacht during the war. Alongside him was Abd al-Qadir al-Husseini, who helped defend the pro-Nazi regime in Baghdad. A second guerrilla group, the Arab Liberation Army, was also led by a former Wehrmacht officer, Fawzi al-Qawuqji.

As Evans recounts, many members of Muslim SS divisions, which killed Jews and unarmed civilians in Bosnia and Croatia during the war, moved to Beirut to participate in the invasion at the behest of Amin al-Husseini.

Bill Kalman
Vancouver, Washington

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