Regarding Joseph Massad’s article “The Last of the Semites”

By Lenni Brenner

May 23, 2013. In the early 1980's Lenni Brenner rediscovered the betrayals of the Zionist leadership in the 1930's with regard to Nazism and Fascism and wrote about it in his books "Zionism in the Age of the Dictators", "The Iron Wall" and "51 Documents: Zionist Collaboration with the Nazis". I asked him to comment about the Joseph Massad's lastest article which has raised quite a furor in the blogosphere- Stanley Heller

Al Jazeera English must be condemned for deleting Joseph Massad’s article “The Last of the Semites” from its website. Now that it has reappeared on the site, Zionists will try to refute it. This also means that progressive anti-Zionists must examine it objectively for its strengths and weaknesses.

Massad correctly declares that the World Zionist Organization struck “a deal with the Nazis…. It was in 1933 that the infamous Transfer (Ha'avara) Agreement was signed between the Zionists and the Nazi government to facilitate the transfer of German Jews and their property to Palestine and which broke the international Jewish boycott of Nazi Germany started by American Jews. It was in this spirit that Nazi envoys were dispatched to Palestine to report on the successes of Jewish colonization of the country. Adolf Eichmann returned from his 1937 trip to Palestine full of fantastic stories about the achievements of the racially-separatist Ashkenazi Kibbutz, one of which he visited on Mount Carmel as a guest of the Zionists.”

The Nazis made the Ha’avara Agreement to get Jews out of Germany, but Hitler was never for a Zionist state. In Mein Kampf, he wrote:

“For while the Zionists try to make the rest of the world believe that the national consciousness of the Jew finds its satisfaction in the creation of a Palestinian state, the Jews again slyly dupe the dumb goyim. It doesn’t even enter their heads to build up a Jewish state for the purpose of living there; all they want is a central organization for their international world swindle, endowed with its own sovereign rights and removed from the intervention of other states: a haven for convicted scoundrels and a university for budding crooks.”

Eichmann’s enthusiasm was not shared by Germany’s Foreign Minister. On June 1, 1937 he cabled his diplomats in London, Jerusalem and Baghdad: a Zionist state would not be in Germany’s interest. It “would create an additional position of power under international law for international Jewry, somewhat like the Vatican State for political Catholicism or Moscow for the Comintern.”

Germany therefore had “an interest in strengthening the Arab world,” but “it is not to be expected, of course, that direct German intervention would influence essentially the development of the Palestine question.” The Palestinians were to get no more than token support.

When the Mufti of Jerusalem appeared at the German consulate on July 15, 1937, the Consul notified his superiors: “The Grand Mufti stressed Arab sympathy for the new Germany and expressed the hope that Germany was sympathetic toward the Arab fight against Jewry and was prepared to support it.”

The Consul responded that “it was perhaps tactically in the interests of the Arabs if German sympathy for Arab aspirations were not too marked in German statements.”

The Mufti then sent an agent to Berlin with an offer. If Germany would “support the Arab independence movement ideologically and materially,” the Mufti would respond by “disseminating National Socialist ideas in the Arab-Islamic world.”

In 1938 the Abwehr Intelligence Division put the Mufti on its payroll. Later, during WWII, he met with Hitler to oppose release of any Jews from the death camps for fear that they would end up in Palestine. He organized Muslim SS troops against the Soviets and Yugoslav partisans. After the war, Zionists used his pro-Nazism to build American support for the creation of Israel.

In 1983 I published Zionism In The Age Of The Dictators. It detailed the Ha’avara Agreement and Eichmann’s visit to Palestine as the guest of the German Zionist Federation. I also told of the Mufti’s role because, if I hadn’t done so, Zionists would have used the evasion to divert attention from what was said re WZO collaboration with Nazism.

If Massad’s article now get’s public attention, Zionists will respond by citing the Mufti’s role and asking why Massad didn’t even mention him. Be sure that many people will say ‘good question’ and discount what Massad told them about the Zionists.

Massad also tells us that “Post-War West German governments… presented themselves as opening a new page in their relationship with Jews” by funding and arming Israel. But, by doing so, “every West German government (and every German government since unification in1990) has continued the pro-Zionist Nazi policies unabated.”

This is definitely incorrect. Post-war German governments’ support for Israel is clearly not a continuation of Mein Kampf’s emphatic opposition to a Zionist state or the deal with the WZO. Ha’avara helped Hitler get rid of Germany’s Jews. But since 1949 any Jew, or descendant of a Jew who fled Nazi Germany has the right to become a naturalized German. At least 100,000 Israelis have German passports and over 50,000 Jews, including 15,000 Israelis, now live in Berlin.

Germany’s1948 politicians loudly supported the new Israeli state primarily to show the world that they had broken with Hitler’s anti-Semitism. Today Angela Merkel’s UN delegate almost always votes with the US on Israel-Palestine resolutions because she is imperial Washington’s ally, not out of any continuation of Nazi hyper-racism.

Left anti-Zionists sometimes get criticized for ‘lack of balance’ if they don’t criticize Palestinians while attacking Israeli policies. Faulting Palestinians merely to show that we are not one-sided is an adaptation to pro-Zionist opinion. But we are obligated to give the public the whole picture of any aspect of the Zionist-Palestinian conflict. Indeed let’s turn the argument around. Zionists constantly denounce the Mufti. But aren’t they demonstrating ‘lack of balance’ when they either don’t discuss or even defend the Ha’avara pact?