- Anti-Jewish Measures

In the 1930s, in the buildup to World War II, Syria’s economy is in crisis anti-Semitism is on the rise. Anti-Jewish measures are introduced, and nearly 3,000 Jews move to Israel. Nazi propaganda, including the publication of Mein Kampf in Arabic, and incitement by the Mufti of Jerusalem spreads, leading to 5,000 more Jews leaving. During the war, the Nazis occupy France and by extension, it’s colonies, including Syria. One prominent Muslim leader declared: “the Germans know how to get rid of the Jews. We should learn from them.”

“When Germany entered France, whatever belonged to France indirectly belonged to Germany. So Syria, at one time, we had a bombardment for a whole week. Airplane bombarding. At one time, German were seen in Aleppo. German soldiers.” – Leo Tawil, Episode 6

(Image of the Grand Mufti meeting with Hitler. Courtesy of the National Archives)

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