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Wasef Kamal - Nazi helper

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Submitted by Charles (United States), Jan 4, 2023 at 10:17

Wasef Kamal (Wasif Kamal)

واصف كمال ואסיף / ואצף כמאל

*From Mandatory Palestine - Eretz Yisrael, Nablus.

* At the 1936 Arab riots.

* Participated in the Arab-Nazi Rashid Ali al-Kilani's coup.

* An agent for the Nazis when in Turkey. The German Secret Service paid him a salary.

* Linked with the two translators of 'Mein Kampf' into Arabic:

1. Yunis al-Sab'awi (يونس السبعاوي).

2. Kamel Mrowa (كامل مروّه, Mroue, Mroueh, pronounced Kaamel Mruwweh).

* In 1943 he went to Italy and Germany where he served as one of the closest collaborators of the Mufti.

* The Nufti, together with Fawzi Kaukji and Wasef Kamal, helped organize Muslim SS-units in the Balkan.
* Wasef Kamal was 'one of the few Arab leaders excluded from the amnesty of November 1946, because he is regarded as dangerous.'


Congressional Record: Proceedings and Debates of the ... Congress. United States: U.S. Government Printing Office, 1947. p.2821.

Rolbant, Samuel. 'The Arabs: Politics and People.' (Amal, 1948), p.20.

Wasef Kamal.

Wasef Kamal, member of a well - known Nablus family and a teacher by profession, is notorious for his extremist propaganda among his students and for his association with the Istaklil Party during the disturbances in Palestine in and after 1936. He was a member of the National Committee in Nablus and played a role in the organization of the 1936 riots. He was a member of the National Committee in Nablus and played a role in the organization of the 1936 riots. Arrested in that year, he soon escaped to Transjordan and later to Iraq. An ally of the Mufti, he played an important role in the Iraqi rebellion of 1941 against the British.

From Iraq, he escaped to Turkey. During the first part of the war he remained in Turkey as an agent of the German Secret Service from which he received a salary. In 1943 he went to Italy and Germany where he served as one of the closest collaborators of the Mufti.

He returned to Syria in April 1946. He was one of the few Arab leaders excluded from the amnesty of November 1946, because he is regarded as dangerous.

In April, 1947, Wasef Kamal was appointed by the Arab Higher Committee as a member of a propaganda delegation to the United States. Having arrived in the United States he has been in attendance at the sessions of the United Nations.

Rasem Khalidi.

Rasem Khalidi, member of a well-known Jerusalem family and a former Palestine government official, has been one of the closest collaborators of the Husseini family, and particularly of the Mufti. In 1936, at the outbreak of the Axis-sponsored Palestinian Arab uprisings, he was a member of the most intimate inner circle of Haj Amin el-Husseini.

In 1937, after the dissolution of the Arab Higher Committee, he was a member of an underground committee which directed Arab terrorism in Palestine. After his arrest in 1938, he fled to Syria and then to Iraq, where he joined the Mufti in organizing the Iraqi rebellion of 1941. After its failure he fled to Ankara and thence to Italy and Germany. In the midst of the war, in 1943, he served as an announcer on the Axis-Arabic radio station in Athens. Since 1944 he has been a member of the Mufti's personal entourage, first in Berlin and later in Paris.

In July 1945, he returned to Egypt and in November 1946 was included in the Palestine Government's amnesty.


Alon, Mati, 'Holocaust and Redemption.' (Trafford, 2003). p. 207. [https://books.google.com/books?id=u1i0dz6p9O4C&pg=PA207]:

He, together with Fawzi Kaukji and Wasef Kamal, helped organize Muslim SS-units in the Balkan, which helped to liquidate Jews and partisans. Husseini furnished Arab volunteers for the Waffen-SS and personally intervened with high Nazi officials, to assure the extermination of thousands of Jewish children.


Masarat - The Palestinian Center for Policy Research & Strategic Studies


Masarat, Saqr Abu Fakhr, 08 May 2016:

Wasef Kamal from Nablus to Damascus

He was a member of the first national committee in Nablus, which, immediately after its election, called for a general strike to begin on 1/4/1936 and not stop until Jewish immigration stopped. At that time, he was arrested and taken to Sarafand prison, where he remained until 11/10/1936. After the assassination of the governor of the Northern District, General Andrews, the British police began to pursue him and his comrades, so he managed to escape and take refuge in Damascus. From Damascus, he worked on securing arms and money and sending them to the ..., then he infiltrated northern Palestine and joined the leadership of Abu Ibrahim al-Kabeer, based on a decision from the secret "Arab Movement", and fought against the British and Zionist forces.

In the year 1935 Farid Zain al-Din (Syrian of Lebanese origin) was the principal of An-Najah School. He was able to organize a secret gathering in the school that embraced the idea of ​​Arab unity ... Farid Zain al-Din was a member of the secret "Arab Movement" founded by Constantine Zureik in Beirut at that time. As a result of the unity of ideas between the members of the Palestinian secret assembly and the Arab movement, a meeting was held in Haifa on May 8, 1937. It was attended by Constantine Zureik, Fouad Mufrej, Adel Oseiran, Wasef Kamal, Farid al-Saad, and Farid Yaish. The assembly joined the movement. Accordingly, the leadership council of the Arab movement was reconstituted, so Wassef Kamal became the "corner of the interior" in its council of staff.

He lived in Damascus until the outbreak of World War II, when the French Mandate authorities began to tighten the screws ... at the request of Britain, so he was forced to leave Syria for Iraq. In Baghdad, he was asked to teach English and European history in the Military High School, which qualifies students to enter the Military College. He was able to organize clandestine groups in this high school, among whose members were Abdul Salam Aref, and he was able to attract a number of students to the "Arab Movement," including Yunus Al-Sabawi, Salim Al-Nuaimi, Naji Maarouf, Jaber Al-Omar, and Abdul-Hamid Al-Hilali. Meanwhile, he participated in Rashid Ali al-Kilani's ... in 1941. After the failure .. he was forced to secretly leave Baghdad for Syria.

He had hardly rested in Syria until the British forces entered it to expel the Vichy French forces from it... the Italian consulate in Aleppo.. granted him a travel document in the name of "Wasef Al-Saeed" as a "Libyan" from Tripoli in the west. Thus, he was able to enter Turkey and reside in Istanbul. However, the Turkish authorities arrested him and asked him to leave Turkey. ... the German embassy in Istanbul.. he obtained a visa to enter Germany. Immediately, he left Istanbul to Berlin by train, accompanied by Kamel Marwa (Mrowa كامل مروّه / Mroue / Mroueh / Kaamel Mruwweh), Rashad Al-Barbir and Muhyiddin Al-Taweel, then moved to Rome, which was reached by Haj Amin Al-Husseini and Rashid Ali Al-Kilani.

And when Italy and Germany fell at the hands of the Allies... American intelligence men were tracking him everywhere.. he .. send his picture to the Syrian ambassador in Paris, Adnan al-Atassi, who obtained a travel document for him in the name of "Mahmoud al-Qadamani." With this document, he left Rome for Paris, then to Beirut and Damascus again. In Damascus, Haj Amin Al-Husseini chose him to be a member of the Palestinian delegation to the Round Table Conference in London. However, the British authorities refused to grant him an entry visa because he participated in the fighting against their forces in Palestine in the 1936 ...


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