Only half wrong
Far too many in the media and especially among his Israeli opponents are letting their Netanyuphobia cloud their judgement. The Israeli Prime Minister is, by far, not the only world leader to ever get his historical facts mixed up and life is not the term paper of Nazi–Arab Collaboration 101. The correct parts of his statement are far more important than his mixing up his dates.
The Arab countries were firmly convinced that Germany would win the war and that the Arab cause would then prosper. The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely the English, the Jews and the Communists. Therefore they were prepared to cooperate with Germany with all their hearts and stood ready to participate in the war, not only negatively by the commission of acts of sabotage and the instigation of revolutions, but also positively by the formation of an Arab Legion.
Official German record of the meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, on November 28, 1941, at the Reich Chancellory in Berlin.
It’s quite amazing how many of Bibi’s domestic opponents have seized on one error to publicly brand him a fool and liar and thus provide ammunition for the outside media and Israel’s enemies. This only serves to help the current ‘Intifada’ if it is in fact one, by diverting attention from Palestinian direct responsibility for the current violence and the long term Jew Hatred that has little to do with settlement, occupation or oppression. It does have a great deal to do with Haj Amin al Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem.
Al Husseini and the roots of the current conflict
One of my favourite words for the Israel/Jewish–Arab, Palestinian/Muslim conflict in the Middle East is irony. Perhaps the greatest irony is the way it has shifted from a right-wing issue to a left-wing issue. Something for the lefties who claim to support Palestine to ponder.
The Prime Minister of Israel was incorrect in claiming the Mufti converted Hitler to genocide. He should acknowledge this and we must move on. The German was persuaded long before he met the Arab.
However to say that he wasn’t extremely influential in persuading the Germans to genocide or that he is irrelevant to the current situation is simply false. So many of Israel’s critics from the left seem to know so little. Netanyahu was not completely wrong about this point.
If he didn’t convince Hitler, how about Heydrich, Himmler and Eichmann? At one point the Nazis seriously discussed expulsion of the Jews, perhaps in return for ransom. There is evidence al Husseini strongly campaigned against that and persuaded Eichman not to go along.
It is a historical fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini was an accomplice whose collaboration with Adolf Hitler played an important role in the Holocaust. He was the foremost extra-European adviser in the process to destroy the Jews of Europe.
Middle East Forum scholar, historian and author Wolfgang G. Schwanitz
However the connection goes much earlier. Al Husseini may not have been the first to use the non existent threat to al Aqsa as means of incitement to violence but he definitely was the major publicist. Likewise he would have approved of stabbing as the method.
Arise, o sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights. Slaughter Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion. That will save our honor.
Haj Amin al Husseini
The line from the Mufti to today goes through Yasser Arafat directly to Mahmud Abbas.
Claims that Arafat was related to the Jerusalem Husseini clan through his mother have been disputed by the Palestinian historian Said Aburish. In an unauthorized biography, Aburish claims that “The young Arafat sought to establish his Palestinian credentials and promote his eventual claim to leadership… [and] could not afford to admit any facts which might reduce his Palestinian identity. …Arafat insistently perpetuated the legend that he had been born in Jerusalem and was related to the important Husseini clan of that city.”
Whatever the truth of that there is no doubt Arafat regarded al Husseini as a mentor and teacher. The young Arafat may also have performed terrorism on the Mufti’s orders.
As unrepentant Holocaust denier Mahmud Abbas said, let’s not forget Haj Amin al Husseini and let’s not forget our true enemy is not Binyamin Netanyahu.
- Full official record: What the mufti said to Hitler, Documents on German Foreign Policy 1918-1945, Series D, Vol XIII, London, 1964 republished Times of Israel, 21 October 2015
- Amin al-Husseini, Tell Children the Truth, undated
(includes the largest gallery of photographs about the Mufti I have seen)
- Al-Husseini’s critical role in instigating the Holocaust, Hillel Fendl, Arutz Sheva, 21 October 2015