Swiss Nazi funded Palestinian terror

June 7, 2013

The documentary “Terror’s Advocate” about French lawyer Jacques Verges spends a few minutes examining the role of Francois Genoud, an unreformed Nazi from Switzerland, in sponsoring Palestinian terrorism and the legal defense funds of prominent Islamic terrorists from the 1950s to the 1970s:

Wikipedia, which calls Genoud “a noted Swiss financier and a principal benefactor of the Nazi diaspora,” also compiles additional details on Genoud’s support for “Arab liberation” (internal citations omitted):

Genoud became a passionate supporter of Arab liberation causes, funding many nationalist and left-wing organisations.

Algerian Liberation Front

While in Egypt in the 1950s, through contacts in Gamal Abdel Nasser’s government, he was introduced to the leaders of the Algerian Liberation Front, which he would eventually finance by 1954 after originally supplying weapons.  In 1958 he founded the Arab Commercial Bank, which would be active in lending to Arab nationalist groups and as the chief repository for the Algerian National Liberation Front.


In the 1960s Genoud began supplying arms for Palestinian causes. The Lausanne-based New European Order organisation, met in Barcelona in April 1969 where Palestinian groups received financial support and Genoud placed them in contact with former Nazis who would assist their military training, including pledged support designated for the Palestinian Liberation Organisation. He was a close associate of Dr. George Habash and Jacques Verges, and in September 1969 he contributed finances for the legal expenses of three Palestinians from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine following their attack on an El Al flight in Zurich, where he personally sat at their defense table.

Genoud died in 1996.

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