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Jewish and Israeli Support

for Bosnian Muslims
By Yahalom Kashny
May 1, 2011.

Bosnian Jewish community loved and adored former President of the Republic of Bosnia-
Herzegovina, Alija Izetbegovic. In World War II, Izetbegovic was member of the anti-fascist
Yugoslav Partisans who fought against Croatian and Serbian Nazi-collaborationists known as
the Chetniks and Ustashas.

According to eye-witnesses: “Serb army went into family tombs in the Jewish cemetery.000 German Nazis in Bosnia. Jewish people fought in the Army of the Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina. and Dalmatia. the Muslim-led Bosnian government attracted considerable support from Jews. in 1943. Side by side with their Muslim neighbours. they actually built rudimentary elevators so that the soldiers would rise from the tombs. who bore member No. kill civilians. which is located on a hill so it can face Jerusalem. Several prominent Bosnian Jews joined the republican forces at the start of the war. 24 October 2003): “Thanks to the pluralism championed by Izetbegovic. They are still doing this. numerous mainstream Jewish organizations and leaders forcefully adopted the Bosnian cause. They joined the ranks of the Bosnian Army. In the West. and thus contributed to the defense of the country from Serbian aggression. Serbs completely desecrated the entire Sarajevo’s Jewish cemetery. Bosnian Muslims captured and destroyed 2. explained in an interview that appeared inKentucky New Area on 5 September 1992: “Jews are fighting in the Bosnian army – side by side with Muslims.During World War II.” Nazi hunter Simon Wiesenthal lobbied the United Nations lift arms embargo and provide weapons to Bosnian Muslims so they could defend themselves from brutal Serbian terrorism in Bosnia (Bangor Daily News. The brigade was loyal to Croatian anti-fascist leaderJosip Broz Tito and his Jewish deputy Mose Pijade. David Kamhi. shoot in every direction. The Jewish Daily. 001 of the so-called Muslim Green Berets. is a Serbian stronghold. Serb militiamen have placed a heavy machine-gun in its chapel. including the cantor of the synagogue.” Sadly. According to Stephen Schwartz (Forward. fighting shoulder to shoulder with their Bosniak allies against the Serbs. and then disappear back into the earth. The 16th Bosnian Muslim Partisan Brigade was particularly notable in destroying short-lived Muslim Handjar Division and inflicting deadly losses to German Nazis and Italian Fascists in Bosnia. In these tombs. Bosnian Muslims protected Jews and fought against Nazis and their collaborators. Herzegovina. The president of the Jewish Community in Bosnia-Herzegovina. 18 June 1993). David Kamhi. both within the republic and in other nations. was the first to join Bosniak “Green Berets” in the besieged Sarajevo.” . the cemetery is in a very strategic position. During the Serbian aggression on Bosnia-Herzegovina. with tombs dating to the 16th century. The Jewish graveyard. former head of the Jewish community. Jewish community did not think twice. They are in the police force and work in civil defense. including the Chapel and remains of Jews who were buried there in tombs. For example. honorable Ivan Ceresnjes.

and the West turns away.Distinguished holocaust scholar. Holocaust survivor Henry Siegman actively protested Serbian obsession with eradication of Bosnia’s Muslim population. 16 April 1992). he wrote: “A Muslim people are targeted for extinction. Jewish Council for Public Affairs in the United States issued several resolutions condemning Serbian war crimes and calling discriminatory arms embargo on Bosnia-Herzegovina to be lifted so that Bosnia may properly defend itself. Robert Jay Lifton. Dervis Korkut. Wiesel publicly protested the systematic slaughter of 8.” In the Holocaust. mass relocation. It’s even been conceptualized by Serbian nationalists as so-called ‘ethnic cleansing. I ask you to stay here. It is as complete and as cynical an abandonment as that of the Jews in World War II. On July 6th. as many as 1000 Jews gathered around Alija Izetbegovic to celebrate the Passover holiday (Toledo Blade. pigheaded liar for denying the masssacre. and that does constitute genocide.000 Bosniaks in Srebrenica calling the Serb leader. Radovan Karadzic. Dr. It is as believable as the argument that European countries and America could do nothing to help the Jews in the 1930s. Minister of Foreign Affairs of Bosnia and Herzegovina and a prominent Bosnian Jew. This is also your country. a right of every independent nation. Bosnian Muslims risked their lives to save Jews and Jewish manuscripts. Korkut gave it to a Muslim cleric in Zenica.’ That term signifies mass killing. “I ask you not to leave Bosnia.” The Mayor of Jerusalem Teddy Kollek and the holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel both signed the petition urging the World to bomb the Serbs in 1993 and lift the discriminatory arms embargo against the Bosniaks. where it was hidden under the floorboards of a mosque. he concluded: “What’s happening there [in Bosnia] merits the use of the word genocide. During the Bosnian war. On 28 February 1993. There is an effort to systematically destroy an entire group. who at risk to his own life to smuggled the Haggadah out of Sarajevo. On 11 July 1993. Sarajevo Haggadah was hidden from the Nazis and their collaborators by a Bosnian Muslim librarian. There is no rationalizing this brutal immorality… What we are witnessing is the West’s total abandonment of Bosnia’s Muslims to the destruction programmed for them.” he added. “Our wish is that this country should be a tolerant community of religions and nations. Sven Alkalaj. even while those governments were turning away from their shores shiploads of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany.” Izetbegovic said. was the first to describe the events in Bosnia as Genocide. visited Srebrenica on the occassion of the 14th anniversary of the . The notion that America and its allies are helpless to do anything about this human and political disaster is a palpable lie. as it has been for centuries. 2009.

Srebrenica genocide. Ceric and the holocaust survivor Ida Grinspan of France recently visited Auschwitz concentration camp to pay respect to the victims of the Holocaust and pray for their souls. Chief Muslim cleric. Mustafa Ceric. is busy upholding the dignity for the victims of the Holocaust. Alkalaj called for the Srebrenica memorial to be held every single month. He is a distinguished member of the Committee on Conscience. Dr. When the Jews were expelled from Spain. In support of victims of the Bosnian Genocide. Bosnian Muslims welcomed them to their homes and saved them from persecution. Dr. . and not just once per year. In the age of an increased levels of hatred and antisemitism. 17 March 1993). Bosnian Muslim have always loved Jews. And let us not forget: Israel was the first country in the entire world to help Bosnian Muslims by accepting Bosniak refugees in February 1993 (The Jewish Post & News.