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1914: Ottomans abolished periodical racist 'Falastin'

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Submitted by Noora (United States), Apr 6, 2021 at 23:43

Janrense Boonstra, 'Antisemitism, a History Portrayed, SDU / Anne Frank Foundation,' 1989, p. 101

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem

In 1914, the periodical Falastin – with its extremist Arab nationalist slant - was abolished by the Ottoman authorities because of its racist hate propaganda. The periodical had agitated against the immigration of Jewish refugees from Russia.

In the Twenties, the publication reappeared and led campaigns against Jewish immigration.

As a result of anti-Jewish propaganda and terror, the British government took measures between the Twenties and the Forties to restrict Jewish immigration to Palestine.

In 1921, an extremist, pan-Arab nationalist , Haji Amin al-Huseini, was appointed Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, a religious leader.

Three weeks after his appointment , he led a pogrom in which forty-three Jews were murdered.

From the beginning of the Second World War the Mufti led a rebellion of Iraqis, Syrians and Lebanese with support from Nazi Germany against the Allied Forces.

On 20 January 1941, the Mufti wrote to Hitler from Baghdad as follows: (Palestine) is a case of creating an obstacle to the unity and independence of the Arab countries by pitting them directly against the Jews of the entire world, dangerous enemies, whose secret...


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