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Historical Evidence Shows Mufti Did Advise Hitler on Extermination of Jews

October 22, 2015

Historical Evidence Shows Mufti Did Advise Hitler on Extermination of Jews, Says Middle East Forum Scholar, Author and Leading Holocaust Expert Wolfgang G. Schwanitz

Noted expert and Middle East Forum scholar Dr. Wolfgang Schwanitz responds to criticism of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Schwanitz, a leading expert on ties between Nazis and Islam, says the mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe.

Philadelphia, PA (PRWEB) October 21, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has drawn criticism for comments about the role of al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem played in conceiving and perpetrating the Holocaust. Indeed, leading Nazi aides testified that al-Husaini was one of the instigators of the genocide. In his 1999 autobiography, a senior Nazi official admitted how he advised Hitler and other leading Nazis, and that he acquired full knowledge of the ongoing mass murder.

Middle East Forum scholar, historian and author Wolfgang G. Schwanitz added, "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."

Although Schwanitz heard for the first time the dialogue between Hitler and al-Husaini as told by Netanyahu, Hitler was the key architect of the Final Solution. But indeed, it is absurd to ignore the role played by al-Hajj Amin al-Husaini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler and other leading Nazis to exterminate European Jewry. According to the foremost expert on the ties between Nazis and Islamists, there is much evidence that al-Husaini's primary goal was blocking all of the ways out of Europe. He pushed Hitler to slam the last doors of a burning house shut.

In their 2014 book Nazis, Islamists and the Making of the Modern Middle East, published by Yale University Press, Schwanitz and co-author Barry Rubin delve into the deep ties between Hitler and the Grand Mufti:

"At their meeting [on November 28, 1941, Hitler and al-Husaini] concluded the pact of Jewish genocide in Europe and the Middle East, and immediately afterward, Hitler gave the order to prepare for the Holocaust. The next day invitations went out to thirteen Nazis for the Wannsee Conference to begin organizing the logistics of this mass murder."

The highly acclaimed book also examined the Grand Mufti's efforts to prevent Europe's Jews from finding refuge in the land that would become Israel:

"And since any European Jews let out of Europe might later go to Palestine, al-Husaini made it clear that if Hitler wanted Muslims and Arabs as allies he must close Europe's exits to Jews. At the same time, al-Husaini and Arab rulers also told Britain that if it wanted to keep Arabs and Muslims from being enemies, it must close entrance to Palestine to all Jews. By succeeding on both fronts, al-Husaini contributed to the Holocaust doubly, directly, and from the start."

About the Middle East Forum
The Middle East Forum, a Philadelphia-based think tank, is dedicated to defining American interests in the Middle East and protecting America from Islamist threats. It achieves its goals through intellectual, activist, and philanthropic efforts. For more information, visit http://www.meforum.org/



Al-Hussein's Role In Instigating The Holocaust

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has drawn much flack for saying that the Mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea of exterminating European Jewry but there is in fact much evidence of the Mufti's very significant involvement in the diabolical scheme.

Speaking to the 37th Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Netanyahu wished to show that the desire to kill Jews among Palestinian Arabs did not begin today. Netanyahu told the Zionist Congress that attacks on Jews in the 1920's "were instigated by a call of the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was later sought for war crimes in the Nuremberg trials because he had a central role in fomenting the final solution."

Netanyahu said that Hitler didn't yet want to exterminate the Jews, but wished rather to expel them but "al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here [to the Land of Israel.' "So what should I do with them?" he asked. He said, `Burn them.` And he was sought during the Nuremberg trials for prosecution."

Coincidentally, MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute) publicized just today remarks by a leading Islamist cleric on the official TV station of Hamas, in which he said that Hamas would "not leave a single Jew, dead or alive... on the land of Islam and the Muslims."

After a public outcry against Netanyahu for implying that Hitler was less than responsible for the Holocaust Arab MK Ahmed Tibi even said sarcastically that Netanyahu might actually be a Holocaust denier the Prime Minister clarified his remarks, and even added some important historical context.

On his way to Berlin to meet with German Chancellor Angela Merkel this afternoon, Netanyahu said at the airport that though it is absurd to assume that he intended to absolve Hitler of responsibility for "his diabolical destruction of European Jewry, it is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini [in] encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others to exterminate European Jewry."

Netanyahu quoted the testimony of Adolf Eichmann's deputy at the Nuremberg trials after World War II, who said: "The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question."
Eichmann's deputy also said: "The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry, and was a partner and advisor to Eichmann and Hitler in carrying out this plan."
The book Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Barry Rubin and Wolfgang G. Schwanitz (Yale University Press), details the "lasting political alliance [that] was forged among Third Reich leaders, Arab nationalists, and Muslim religious authorities" and "the full scope of Palestinian leader Amin al-Husaini's support of Hitler's genocidal plans against European and Middle Eastern Jews."

Israel's public TV station broadcast on its central Mabat news program this evening a historian who stated emphatically that it was the Mufti who suggested to Hitler to exterminate the Jews.

"My intention was not to absolve Hitler of his responsibility," the Prime Minister said, "but rather to show that the forefathers of the Palestinian nation, without the so-called 'occupation' and without settlements, even then aspired to systematic incitement to exterminate the Jews. Unfortunately, Haj Amin al-Husseini is still a revered figure in Palestinian society, he appears in textbooks and it is taught that he is one of the founding fathers of the nation - and this incitement that started then with him, inciting the murder of Jews, continues [today]. Not in the same format, but in a different one."

Even if it was Hitler himself who came up with the idea of exterminating Jewry, it is important - in light of the support shown by PA leaders for the current wave of murderous terrorism - to understand the decades-old roots of Arab support for killing Jews.


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