Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Palestinian Authority's Support for Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Continues the Trend of Palestinian Arab Support for Tyranny

It is not surprising that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas supports Russia's invasion of Ukraine, because Abbas' connection to Russia/the former Soviet Union extends back for several decades:

Abbas has a close personal relationship with Russia that mirrors the historically warm ties between Moscow and the PLO.

In the early 1980s, Abbas studied in the Soviet Union, where he was awarded a doctorate for a dissertation falsely alleging that the Zionist movement was just as culpable as the Nazi regime for the Holocaust during World War II.

In 2016, Israeli researchers at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem discovered a Soviet-era document that listed Abbas as an agent for the KGB spy agency--an allegation the Palestinian leader dismissed as an Israeli fabrication.

The document, confirmed as authentic by the Churchill Archives Centre at the University of Cambridge in the UK, identified Abbas as "Krotov"--the Russian word for "mole." The entry for Abbas described him as "born 1935, origin Palestine, member of the executive committee of Fatah, PLO, Damascus, agent of the KGB."

Abba Eban, Israel's Foreign Minister from 1966-1974, once declared--in exasperation at the Arab refusal to make peace with Israel no matter the terms--"The Arabs never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity." That is a very charitable way of describing the behavior of many Arab/Islamic governments; it would be more accurate to say that the Arab/Islamic nations rarely miss an opportunity to ally themselves with tyrants and terrorists of all stripes. 

Here are just a few illustrative examples:

PLO leader Yasser Arafat was a KGB sponsored-terrorist according to Ion Mihai Pacepa, who served as the chief of Romanian intelligence in the 1970s and thus has firsthand knowledge of the PLO's intimate--and profitable--connections with the Soviet Union, Romania, and other Eastern Bloc nations.

Egyptian leader Anwar Sadat, mythologized as a man of peace, wrote an adulatory letter to Adolf Hitler

Dear Hitler: I salute you from the depths of my heart. Though you have apparently lost your war, you are the real winner, for you succeeded in breaking the lines between Churchill and his accomplices. True, you have made a few mistakes by fighting on too many fronts, but you have become an eternal leader of Germany and no one ought to be surprised if you will rise to power again or if the world will see another great Hitler.

Sadat's admiration of Hitler should not surprise anyone, because Egypt provided "a place in the sun for the Nazi elite," and Egypt and Syria have long been pro-Nazi countries that sheltered Nazi war criminals: 

In fact, the list of some habitu├ęs of Cairo in the 1950s and the 1960s reads like a who's who of Nazi Germany, featuring as it did the rescuer of Mussolini, Otto Skorzeny; the ace Stuka pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel; the leader of a notorious SS penal unit, Oskar Dirlewanger; and the particularly odious and violently anti-Semitic stooge of Goebbels, Johannes von Leers.

What made the relationship between these former Nazis and the Egyptians and Syrians so successful was that it was a genuinely two-way deal. The Arabs offered the Nazis a haven, as well as a market for all their nefarious dealings in arms and black market currency. The Nazis, meanwhile, were able to provide technical and military experts, as well as the knowhow of establishing the instruments of repression.

However, below the back scratching lay a deep and dark underpinning to the relationship between the crescent and the swastika. That was, of course, a hatred of the Jews, and in particular, a desire to see the eradication of Israel.

That shared exterminationist desire had been born during the war itself, when the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husayni, had made his home in the luxurious Hotel Adlon in Berlin in 1941, and had impressed Hitler with his hatred of the Jews. The Mufti lobbied the Nazis hard to kick the British out of the Middle East, and he was instrumental in raising recruits for a largely Muslim unit of the SS called the 13th Armed Mountain Division of the SS Handschar.

In addition, throughout the war in North Africa, German intelligence had worked closely with the Egyptians, and the Mufti is thought to have been a key intermediary between King Farouk and Hitler himself. If further evidence were needed that the roots of the Nazi-Arab affair were required, then it is worth considering the fact that both Nasser and his successor, Anwar Sadat, had been wartime agents for the Germans.

Widespread Palestinian Arab support for Saddam Hussein is well-documented, as is the unfettered public joy expressed by Palestinian Arabs after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

In the early 2000s, Arafat received $2.5 million from Moammar Khadafy's Libya in support of Arab terrorism against Israel. Around that time, Arafat and Abbas played a perverse version of "good cop, bad cop," with Abbas pretending that he wanted peace but was powerless to stop "extremists," when the reality was that Abbas did nothing substantive to stop Arafat from continuing to finance terrorist attacks. 

No, the Palestinian Authority's support for Russian tyranny and Russian war crimes is not at all surprising, nor is it surprising that media outlets and self-proclaimed "progressives" continue to vilify Israel while giving aid and comfort to Arab/Islamic terrorists.

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