Photo Credit: Images by Nati Shohat/Flash90 and Matty Stern/U.S. Embassy Tel Aviv
Jibril Rajoub and Jason Greenblatt

On Thursday night, Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump’s Special Representative for International Negotiations tweeted: “Jibril Rajoub, a Senior Fatah Palestinian official says: ‘Since the 1967 [war], we have been living in camps similar to Nazi camps…’ My reply: Those Jews who were slaughtered in the Nazi death camps & those who survived actual Nazi camps, deserve an apology for this outrageous comment”

“There is no comparison whatsoever,” Greenblatt added. “The shamefulness of his rhetoric is only eclipsed by the deafening silence resulting from the lack of condemnation from the PA and from others.”


Back on February 9, Fatah Central Committee member Jibril Rajoub told Saudi Al-Arabiya Network: “The way to achieve regional stability and global peace is to end the suffering of the Palestinian people and to confront this occupation that rejects the international law and rejects all the Arab and Islamic efforts to end the conflict by recognizing Israel on the condition that a Palestinian state is established.”

“What does it mean that Netanyahu will be welcomed at the Warsaw [Summit]?” Rajoub reasoned. “Their goal is to remind us of the Holocaust and Auschwitz. In every city in Palestine, from Rafah to Jenin, there is an Israeli Auschwitz for the massacre of Palestinians… What else could it possibly mean? On top of that, nobody invited us or asked us to come. Only when they failed to build international support, did they invite us by writing ‘Dear Colleagues’ on an invitation they sent through an ambassador.”

Palestinian Nazi sympathizers circa 1937

One Bogdan B, a Greenblatt follower on Twitter, uploaded this 1937 image of Palestinian Arab Nazi sympathizers, discovered by Victor Lomantsov. The flags in the picture bear the inscription: “Palästina.” There are doubts as to any of the men in the pictures being actual members of a Nazi organization or serving in the German Nazi army, since their uniforms are distinctly British. But the sentiment is clear: “We are proud Nazi Palestinians.”

And now for the inevitable lesson in things PLO:

In 1968, Jibril Rajoub was arrested by the Shin Bet at age 15 on suspicion of aiding fleeing Egyptian officers, and spent four months in prison. While in prison, he met a local Fatah leader who recommended that he be accepted into the organization, which was then secretive. After his release from Israeli prison, he joined Fatah to build up terror cells in the Hebron hills.

In September 1970, Rajoub was arrested for throwing a grenade at an Israeli army bus near Hebron. He was tried and convicted of this attack and of membership in an armed group, and sentenced life in prison.

In 1985, Rajoub was one of 1,150 Arab prisoners freed in exchange for three Israeli hostages held by Ahmed Jibril’s Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine – General Command.

Rajoub was soon arrested again for resuming terrorist activities, and went on a 30-day hunger strike and was hospitalized. He was released seven months later.

In September 1986, he was arrested again for terrorist activity, and imprisoned until March 1987.

He continued to work on building terror cells and was arrested in December 1987, during the First Intifada, and was deported to Lebanon in January 1988.

He relocated to Tunisia, where he became a lieutenant Yasser Arafat. He was believed to mastermind a 1992 plot to assassinate Ariel Sharon.

And then (drum roll), in 1994, Rajoub was allowed to return to Judea and Samaria from his exile in north Africa, following the signing of the Oslo Accords.

One must wonder how much trouble we would have been spared—not to speak of death and destruction—had somebody on the IDF side had the wisdom to eliminate Jibril Rajoub back when he was but a lad of 15.