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The Militant, 7 September 1946

Two Faces of Stalinism on Arab-Jewish Problem

From The Militant, Vol. X No. 36, 7 September 1946, p. 3.
Transcribed & marked up by Einde O’Callaghan for ETOL.


“Let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” This Biblical admonition is being applied with great zeal by the Kremlin. Thus the American Communist (Stalinist) Party and the Arab Communist (Stalinist) Party have diametrically opposite positions on a question of great importance to the Jews and Arabs.

In an article praising “The Grand Mufti,” the Arab Stalinist weekly Al-Ittihad, declared in the June 23, 1946 issue:

“Our struggling nation honors those who sacrifice themselves. The Arab nation in Palestine has shown vitality and faithfulness to its interests and those who work for them. Arab Palestine from end to end celebrated the good news (of the Mufti’s arrival in Egypt) ... Arab Palestine expressed its feelings in its celebrations and demonstrations for every man who it is sure served his country faithfully. In these expressions the nation provides us with a great lesson that it does not pay attention to words but honors deeds and glorifies and honors their doers. Our nation has proved that it has not forgotten nor will forget those who struggled, passed through trials and made sacrifices for their homeland.”

The August 28, 1946, Daily Worker printed a cartoon of this same Grand Mufti signing the swastika as his signature accepting an “Invitation to London.” An accompanying editorial demands:

“Who is this Mufti? He’s a notorious war criminal, who openly collaborated with Hitler. He was one of those Arab leaders who thought Hitler would win the war. The Mufti’s aids served as liaison officers with the Nazi Army in Yugoslavia and the Soviet Caucasus. The Mufti’s record was one of irreconcilable hostility to the Jewish people and the United Nations. Instead of clapping him into jail, the British rulers are now about to shake hands with him around the conference table! That tells volumes about the British leaders and their policies.”

These two quotations also tell volumes about the Stalinist leaders and their policies.

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