Netanyahu blames Muslim leader for inspiring Hitler’s Holocaust

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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The Israeli prime minister's political opposition, historians and Palestinians quickly condemned him for distorting the historical record of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem's meeting with Hitler.

  • Husseini famously flew to visit Hitler in Berlin in 1941, and Netanyahu said that meeting was instrumental in the Nazi leader’s decision to launch a campaign to annihilate the Jews.

    I believe that understates the historical record. It is my understanding that Husseini spent a considerable amount of time in Germany during the war and even toured concentration camps.

  • Jack

    When ‘Nazi Jihad’ aired on The History Channel about a month ago, I actually said to my wife, “This must have been made in conjunction with the Israeli government.”
    Now Netanyahu is basically recapping the whole program.

  • larry

    Genocide was going on in full force long before the death camps were constructed. “Holocaust by bullet” started pratically after the fall of Poland and well into the invasion of the USSR.

    The Mufti didn’t attend the Wansee conference. Where the idea of death camps was conceived right before they broke for lunch.

    Netanyahu is another politician trying to invoke the Holocaust as cover for an agenda that is rather unsavory. Expansion of settlements, turning a blind eye to refugees on Israel’s doorstep, attacks on the civil liberties of Israeli Arabs.

  • Paula

    Thank you for this comment Larry. Netanyahu is shameless. Will he point to the Muslims who hid Jews during the war? As this notes, the number of Jews in Albania actually increased during the war, as Jews sought refuge there. http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-london-22176928

  • The Great God Pan

    “Palestinian officials said Netanyahu appeared to be absolving Hitler of the murder of six millionJews in order to lay the blame on Muslims.”

    More like Palestinian officials and their internet parrots are absolving the Mufti of his support for and collaboration with the Nazi regime.

    Regardless of who came up with the idea for the Holocaust when, Husseini supported the pre-Holocaust Jewish boycotts in Germany, made Axis propaganda broadcasts, recruited Bosnians for the SS, called for “Arab countries to solve the question of the Jewish elements…as [it] was solved in Germany and Italy,” sought to have Jewish refugees redirected to Polish concentration camps so they wouldn’t come to Palestine, and on and on.

    The extent of his support and collaboration exceeds this site’s character limit for user posts.

  • George Nixon Shuler

    Like all Likudniks, Netanyahu will say whatever it takes to spur right-wing Americans to support his aggression, so this should be no surprise. He is simply doing what Likud always does as they beat the drums for conquest.

    Of course, the truth is another more secularist Islamic regime was the inspiration for the Holocaust: the Turkish genocide of Armenian Christians by the Ataturk regime in 1915 which they still refuse to acknowledge. While horrific, this atrocity and the fact the Turks got away with it inspired the Nazis they could do the same. At the time, one reason they did was because the Armenians were darker-skinned – like their present day descendants, the Khardashians. Most of the European Jews were white.

  • Garson Abuita

    Looks like Netanyahu uses the same sources as Ben Carson. The good news, though, is that the PLO’s chief negotiator stated that Hitler was the world’s worst war criminal and was responsible for the murder of 6 million Jews.

  • larry

    A bit of correction is needed here. Ataturk did not take power until after The Great War. Turkey was ruled by Enver Pasha and “The Young Turks”. People who tried to invoke global jihad against France and the UK. They were not secularists. It was just that Muslims served on both sides of the conflict.

  • observer

    With these kind of statements from Israel leadership. It is time for the US to distance itself from Israel, withhold the $3 + Billion annual aid, special privileges, stop vetoing UN resolutions, and push the Israelis into to real settlement with the Palestinians.

  • Jack

    Wrong, “Jack.” While Netanyahu is incorrect about the Mufti being the actual source of the Final Solution — Hitler was — the Grand Mufti did spend WW II in Berlin where he did encourage the Holocaust to be accelerated.

    But more disturbing than Netanyahu’s error is the Palestinian leap to defend the Mufti, who was a vile Islamist radical who supported the extermination of the Jews.

  • Jack

    All people, including Netanyahu, should point to anybody who hid Jews during the war, including any Muslims.

    The problem is the Grand Mufti wasn’t one of them.

    And again, while Bibi is incorrect that the Grand Mufti came up with the idea of the Holocaust, he is right that the Grand Mufti, while in Berlin during WW II, was a cheerleader for the Holocaust.