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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 chemistry.

"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 storm.

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.

Ignorant lies

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 allegations.

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.  


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