Netanyahu's New Canard: Israeli Prime Minister Tries To Whitewash Hitler
07 November 2015
By Khalid Amayreh
In a new outburst of brash lying, Israeli Prime Minister
Binyamin Netanyahu has claimed that it was Haj Amin Husseini, the Mufti of
Jerusalem, who convinced Nazi leader Adolph Hitler to exterminate Jews during
the Second World War.
"Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time; he only wanted to
expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you
expel them, they'll all come here (to Palestine),'" Netanyahu claimed in a
speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem.
According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: "What should I do with them?" and
the mufti replied: "Burn them."
The vast majority of historians, Jewish, German and others alike, reject
Netanyahu's claims out of hand.
According to Uri Avnery, Hitler and Husseini didn't have a particularly good
"Adolph Hitler, who took his racism seriously, applied it to all Semites. He
could not stand Arabs either. Contrary to legend, he disliked the Grand Mufti
of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who had fled to Germany. After meeting
him once for a photo-opportunity arranged by the Nazi propaganda machine, he
never agreed to meet him again."
Netanyahu's remarks are viewed as a kind of exoneration of the Fuhrer of
having sought and planned "the final solution" by shifting responsibility for
the holocaust to the Palestinians.
According to Haaretz, Netanyahu's remarks were quick to spark a social media
In 2012, Netanyahu made a similar claim during a Knesset speech, where he
described Husseini as "one of the leading architects" of the final solution.
In an article published Wednesday on the Electronic Intifada website, on
Netanyahu's latest remarks, Palestinian writer and intellectual Ali Abu
Ni'ama cited several Jewish sources belying and refuting Netanyahu's
For example, in The War Against the Jews, by Lucy Davidowicz, the author
writes about the preparations among Hitler's top lieutenants to carry out the
genocide: ''Sometime during that eventful summer of 1941, perhaps even as
early as May, Himmler summoned Höss to Berlin and, in privacy, told him 'that
the Führer had given the order for a Final Solution of the Jewish Question,'
and that 'we, the SS, must carry out the order.'''
She adds: ''In the late summer of 1941, addressing the assembled men of the
Einsatzkommandos at Nikolayev, he [Himmler] 'repeated to them the liquidation
order, and pointed out that the leaders and men who were taking part in the
liquidation bore no personal responsibility for the execution of this order.
The responsibility was his alone, and the Führer's.'''
Khalid Amayreh is a veteran
Palestinian journalist and political commentator living in the West Bank.