Nazi Flag Flies in Palestinian Village

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JERUSALEM, Israel -- Earlier this week, Israelis driving to work were shocked to see a Nazi flag flying openly in Beit Omar, a Palestinian Arab village on the outskirts of Hebron.

The flag, hoisted near a mosque in the village, was clearly visible from the main road used by Israelis and Palestinians. The Tazpit Press Service photographed the flag and talked with a few local residents about their reaction.

"I felt we were going back 75 years, losing our hold on the land," resident Uri Arnon told Tazpit. "The Arabs no longer feel the need to hide their murderous tendencies, announcing out loud that they wish to destroy us."

Beit Omar is located in Area B, which is under joint Palestinian and Israeli control. The Palestinian Authority administers the day-to-day civilian issues, and Israel is responsible for security.

Even before the re-establishment of Israel as a modern nation-state in 1948, Palestinian Arab leadership has viewed the Nazi movement favorably.

Sympathy toward the Nazis is not a new phenomenon among Palestinian Arabs.

History and Inside Israel Analysis

Haj Amin al-Husseini, appointed grand mufti of Jerusalem during the British Mandate, was unabashedly anti-Jewish. He incited hatred among the Arab population, fomenting the 1929 massacre of the Jewish community in Hebron.

In 1941, al-Husseini asked Hitler to help quash the establishment of a Jewish state, in part by helping to fund an uprising against the Jewish population. 

When the Third Reich rose to power, he solicited support for the regime among Muslims here, encouraging them to enlist in the Nazi SS.

Present-day Palestinian leadership has never denounced al-Husseini for his affiliation with the Nazis. On the contrary, he's afforded a position of honor. 

In November 1959, al-Husseini urged leaders of the surrounding Arab nations to unite against "Jewish aggression and imperialism" and oppose the partition of "Palestine."

Al-Husseini passed his hatred of the Jewish people on to his nephew Yasser Arafat, who in turn passed it on to the next generation of Palestinian Arabs.

The current leader of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, was Arafat's aide for many years. Abbas did his doctoral thesis on Holocaust denial.

The Nazi flag that flew earlier this week alongside a mosque in Beit Omar is simply the latest iteration of that legacy.

And this is just one facet of a complex reality that makes a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority so elusive.

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