Mohammed Amin al-Husseini (1897-1974) was a Palestinian Arab nationalist and Muslim leader in Mandatory Palestine. He was appointed as the grand Mufti of Jerusalem in 1921 by the British High Commissioner to shill for the British Colonial Empire. But in 1935, he rebelled against the British in support of the 1936–39 Arab revolt in Palestine.

According to Wikiquote he is alleged to have said:

Arise, o sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion. That will save our honor.

The Wikiquote page references a 2011 Frontpage magazine article article as source. That article merely says it was a "March 1, 1944 broadcast" without reference. It gives a broken link as the source of the article.

Did Amin al-Husaini say, "slaughter Jews wherever you find them"?

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    The Internet Archive has a saved version of the Frontpage article, here. I searched the page but could not find the terms "Arise, o sons of Arabia" so... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
    – Shokhet
    Mar 20, 2017 at 20:29
  • @DavePhD You're right. I mis-typed my comment; I meant the source of the Frontpage article, which was included in the post as "a broken link."
    – Shokhet
    Mar 20, 2017 at 20:41
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    Please don't use the comments to give us your view on the question. It's not what they are for.
    – Sklivvz
    Mar 21, 2017 at 9:48
  • @oddthinking - is there a specific reason you omitted the "Mufty of Jerusalem" part of clarifying who he was? If not i'll edit it in as it seems important context
    – user5341
    Mar 21, 2017 at 16:17
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    @Oddthinking - your last paragraph is not quite right. The outrageousness of the statement among Muslims pre-1900 is much higher than before Mufti's reign - while occasional local persecution occurred, Jews were treated relatively less-genocidally by Islamic countries despite discrimination; before 1850 (and even before 1910 or so) with some exceptions. One can argue that Mufti was actually the driving force behind the anti-Semitic Arab/Muslim sentiment.
    – user5341
    Mar 21, 2017 at 23:14

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He would regularly broadcast in Arabic from Berlin, and these transmissions were relayed to other axis radio transmitters for the Arab world to hear.

In March of 1944, speaking on Berlin radio he said:

Arabs! Arise as one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honor. God is with you.

Some sources say March 1st others say March 4th.


Asia and the Americas (1946)

The Central European Observer (1946) (says "March 1, 1944")

Mufti of Jerusalem; the story of Haj Amin el Husseini (1947) (says "12.30 hours on 1st March, 1944")

Behind the Silken Curtain (1947) (says "on March 4, 1944, when the United States Monitoring Service heard him broadcast")

Phylon: Atlanta University Review of Race and Culture, vol. 9, page 319 (1948) (alternative JSTOR link)(says "March 4, 1944, over Radio Berlin again")

Reconstructionist (1948)

Congressional Record (1948)

According to The Mufti and the Fuehrer: the rise and fall of Haj Amin el-Husseini a more complete quotation is:

No one ever thought that 140,000,000 Americans would become the hands of the Jews....How would the Americans dare to Judaize Palestine while the Arabs are still alive?...The wicked American intentions toward the Arabs are now clear, and there remain no doubts that they are endeavoring to establish a Jewish empire in the Arab world. More than 400,000,000 Arabs [?] oppose this criminal American movement.... Arabs! Rise as one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honor. God is with you.

More recent sources indicate that the primary source is:

Weekly Review of Foreign Broadcasts, F.C.C. [Federal Communications Commission], No. 118 3/4/44, Near and Middle East,” United States National Archives, College Park, Record Group 165, MID, Regional File, 1922-44, Palestine, entry 77, Box 2719, folder 2930

In other words, the primary source is stored at this location: https://www.archives.gov/dc-metro/college-park

Particularly, see at https://www.archives.gov/research/holocaust/finding-aid/military/rg-165.html#Intelligence the listing of 3335 boxes under:

Formerly Security-Classified Intelligence Reference Publications ("Regional File") Received From U.S. Military Attaches, Military and Civilian Agencies of the United States, Foreign Governments, and Other Sources, 1922-1944 (Entry 77)

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    @Mohammad the article you linked to doesn't indicate the US spread a lot of lies, or even any lies, about the enemy.
    – Golden Cuy
    Mar 20, 2017 at 8:25
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    Did he say it in English? If not could you also quote the original text?
    – ChrisW
    Mar 20, 2017 at 17:33
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    Thank you. It's not that I don't believe you. I only asked because many of the questions about quotes that I've answered on this site are mistranslated or taken out of context.
    – ChrisW
    Mar 20, 2017 at 17:48
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    Do these all come from only one primary source, the US government? Mar 21, 2017 at 6:24
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    Did he actually say "Jews" - or did he say something like "infidels", "pagans" or "idolators"; and this was then interpreted to mean Jews? Because the quote seems very close to the "Sword verse" - sure 009.005 of the Koran - and that isn't about Jews and Christians (since they're both "People of the Book), but about "idolators" - people who worship "graven images" (which the Ten Commandments of the Bible also forbids). And not all idolators, only those that's been allowed into a muslim country from a country that's suddenly turned unfriendly. Mar 21, 2017 at 18:51

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