The National Association of Jewish Combat Veterans was also opposed to both Zionism and the Left. But it was the Zionists to which the Nazis looked as representatives of German Jewry, as both Nazism and Zionism shared a common aim: opposition to Jewish assimilation. Lenni Brenner writes of this commonality of interests:
…Believing that the ideological similarities between the two movements – their contempt for liberalism, their common volkish racism and, of course, their mutual conviction that Germany could never be the homeland of its Jews – could induce the Nazis to support them, the ZVfD solicited the patronage of Adolf Hitler, not once but repeatedly, after 1933.
Brenner cites Rabbi Joachim Prinz, a leading Zionist in Germany who was to become president of the American Jewish Congress, in regard to the German Zionist Federation welcoming the advent of Nazi Germany as a repudiation of German-Jewish assimilation:
In 1937, after leaving Berlin for America, Rabbi Joachim Prinz wrote of his experiences in Germany and alluded to a memorandum which, it is now known, was sent to the Nazi Party by the ZVfD on 21 June 1933. Prinz’s article candidly describes the Zionist mood in the first months of 1933:
Everyone in Germany knew that only the Zionists could responsibly represent the Jews in dealings with the Nazi government. We all felt sure that one day the government would arrange a round table conference with the Jews, at which – after the riots and atrocities of the revolution had passed – the new status of German Jewry could be considered. The government announced very solemnly that there was no country in the world which tried to solve the Jewish problem as seriously as did Germany. Solution of the Jewish question? It was our Zionist dream! We never denied the existence of the Jewish question! Dissimilation? It was our own appeal! … In a statement notable for its pride and dignity, we called for a conference.
Zionists Obstructed Efforts to Evacuate Jews
Several efforts were made to evacuate Jews from Europe before the situation became dire as a consequence of war. The German Government was willing to assist in the facilitation of Jewish emigrants to the USA and European countries or colonies. The Zionists rejected all such efforts as detracting from the aim of herding the Jews to Palestine, even if it meant fewer Jews would be evacuated. Israeli author Tom Segev quotes Zionist leader David Ben Gurion as stating:
I was not well versed on matters of saving the Jews of Nazi-occupied Europe, even though I was chairman of the Jewish Agency. The heart of my activity was enlisting Jewry in the demand to establish a Jewish state.
Ben Gurion’s attitude towards Hitler was that: “We want Hitler to be destroyed, but as long as he exists, we are interested in exploiting that for the good of Palestine.”
When an international conference was convened in Evian, France, to discuss the problem of Jewish refugees, Ben Gurion warned that opening up other countries to Jewish refugees would weaken Zionist demands that they be evacuated to Palestine. Citing Ben Gurion’s Memoirs, Segev quotes him as stating:
If I knew that it was possible to save all the [Jewish] children in Germany by transporting them to England, but only half of them by transporting them to Palestine, I would choose the second – because we face not only the reckoning of those children, but the historical reckoning of the Jewish people.
This was in December 1938, just after the so-called “Crystal Night” anti-Jewish riots in Germany. Ben Gurion explained: “Like every Jew, I am interested in saving every Jew wherever possible, but nothing takes precedence over saving the Hebrew nation in its land.”
Segev states that the tendency of the Zionists was to see Jewish immigration as the means of establishing the Jewish state rather than as a means of rescuing Jews. Ben Gurion said that he would prefer young workers rather than old people or children; he wanted the children to be born in Palestine. Hence, during the 1930s most immigration permits were issued to young unmarried male “pioneers.” While a small number of permits were allocated to children, the Jewish Agency stipulated that these should exclude retarded children. In 1936, a special fund was established in Palestine for the RETURN of incurably ill Jews to Europe, because they had become a “burden” on the community and its social institutions.
However, Europe’s Jews were not enthusiastic about going to Palestine to establish a Jewish state. Even in Poland there were few takers for permits from the Jewish Agency. Moshe Shertok of the Jewish Agency suggested creating a panic in Poland to encourage Jews to leave for Palestine. Such an attitude would also explain why few Jews were accepted even into the USA even though Roosevelt was surrounded by advisers such as Henry Morgenthau Jnr., Bernard Baruch, and Felix Frankfurter.
Zionist bombs in Iraq
Zionists have continued to foster and exaggerate anti-Semitism, and this has included the manufacturing of “false flag incidents.” The following account by Zionist veteran Naeim Giladi should become widely known. It is a complete expose of the Zionist modus operandi in regards to anti-Semitism.
A particularly significant event was the creation of fake anti-Semitic incidents in Iraq to push Iraqi Jews into emigrating to Palestine. This was exposed by a former Israeli agent and Iraqi Jew Naeim Giladi, who had played a role in the operation, author of Ben Gurion’s Scandals: How the Haganah & the Mossad Eliminated Jews. Giladi’s article “The Jews of Iraq” provides a synopsis of the operations that the reader is urged to peruse in full online, from which I quote.
Giladi, as an 18-year-old Zionist idealist in 1947, was caught by the Iraqi authorities smuggling Jews into Iran en route to Palestine. At the time, Giladi was not interested in the two and a half thousand years of Jewish history in Iraq, but his subsequent assessment indicates how completely Jews were a part of Iraqi society:
Although Jews, like other minorities in what became Iraq, experienced periods of oppression and discrimination depending on the rulers of the period, their general trajectory over two and one-half millennia was upward. Under the late Ottoman rule, for example, Jewish social and religious institutions, schools, and medical facilities flourished without outside interference, and Jews were prominent in government and business.
Perhaps the scornful attitudes of Giladi’s father when he found out his son was a member of the Zionist underground was indicative of the attitude of most Iraqi Jews towards Zionism, but the situation changed:
About 125,000 Jews left Iraq for Israel in the late 1940s and into 1952, most because they had been lied to and put into a panic by what I came to learn were Zionist bombs.
With the declaration of the Zionist State in 1948, an Iraqi detachment were among the Arabs who fought against the Zionist interlopers.