Saturday, October 24, 2015

Netanyahu and the Nazi Mufti (Updated)

Michael L.

Update:  I am told by reasonable sources that the original image accompanying this piece was not actually of Palestinian-Arabs.  It seems that I very well have made a mistake.  Until I can verify one way or the other it is better to err on the side of caution and simply remove the image.

{Cross-posted at Jews Down Under and the Elder of Ziyon.}

I feel reasonably certain that there is not a single individual on the planet today under more intense political pressure than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

If the guy blinks in the rain he gets smacked around from people throughout the world for not doing it correctly.  I have never seen such persistent malice directed toward a western-style political figure.  I am not even sure that Richard Nixon received this kind of unending abuse... even at the hands of Hunter S. Thompson.  And, the thing of it is, what terrible crimes can you really lay at the guy's feet?

The man started no wars.  Even last summer's strangely named Operation Protective Edge was a response to thousands of rocket attacks into southern Israel that went on for years without international complaint.  His older brother, Yoni, was the lead in the elite Israeli army commando unit Sayeret Matkal that stormed Entebbi, Uganda, saving all those kidnapped people, and the only Israeli to have died in that operation.  This makes Benjamin Netanyahu the younger brother not only of an Israeli national hero, but of a Jewish national hero, as well.

Now there is hysteria because he had the audacity to suggest that it was the Nazi Mufti of Jerusalem that convinced Hitler to slaughter the Jews.

The fact of the matter is that the Mufti was all in favor of slaughtering the Jews in the Middle East to the very last man, woman, and child, unless they were willing to submit to Muslim rule, perhaps even then.

University of Maryland historian, Jeffrey Herf, has some words:
In his now famous comments at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on October 20th, Netanyahu claimed that Haj Amin al-Husseini convinced Hitler to change his anti-Jewish policy from one of expulsion to one of extermination. 
“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [of the meeting between the mufti and the Nazi leader]. He wanted to expel the Jews,” Netanyahu said. “And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here [to mandatory Palestine],’” continued the prime minister. “‘So what should I do with them?’ He [Hitler] asked,” according to Netanyahu. “He [Husseini] said, ‘Burn them.’” 
In the Knesset in 2012, the Prime Minister asserted that Husseini “was one of the leading architects of the Final Solution,” and that “he, more than anybody else, convinced [Hitler] to execute the Final Solution, and not let the Jews leave [Europe]. Because, God forbid, they would come here. Rather that they would be annihilated, burned, there.”
Jeffrey Herf is an important historian of Nazi Germany and he denies that the Mufti convinced Hitler to exterminate the Jews rather than deport them.

Herf is one of the prominent scholars, along with Matthias Küntzel and Paul Berman, among a few others, that is analyzing the connection between Nazi ideology and the rise of Islamic Jihadism in the twentieth-century via organizations such as the Muslim Brotherhood and their little off-spring such as Hamas and the Islamic State (ISIS, ISIL).  What he suggests is that Netanyahu overreached in an effort to "push back against efforts to diminish Husseini’s role as a collaborator and ideological soulmate with Nazi Germany."

As far as I am concerned, good for Netanyahu.  It was the Mufti who screamed for Jewish blood in the 1920s for "defiling" al-Aqsa, just as the filthy-footed dictator Abbas does today.

Herf assures us that "while (the Mufti) agreed with Hitler about fundamental ideological issues, he was in no position to have a major influence on decision-making about German policy toward the Jews in Europe."

Nonetheless, Mohammed Effendi Amin al-Husseini, the Nazi Mufti, was important to Hitler's plans in carrying out the Final Solution in the Land of Israel and throughout the Middle East.  Hitler's intention was to hand the baton over to Husseini once the Axis powers defeated the Allies in the Middle East.

In his self-defense Netanyahu said this:
My intention was not to absolve Hitler of his responsibility, but rather to show that the forefathers of the Palestinian nation, without a country and without the so-called ‘occupation’, without land and without settlements, even then aspired to systematic incitement to exterminate the Jews.
Netanyahu is correct.

This is not a war over land rights.  This is not even a war wherein both sides desire to fight one another.  The Jews do not want this fight and are willing to share the tiny Jewish homeland.  The Jews in Israel are far more interested in creating computer software, medical technology, good food, unnecessary litigation, and Natalie Portmans, than they are in trying to stave off violently-crazed, Koranically-obsessed Arabs.

Herf notes:
The lies that Mahmoud Abbas and others have told in recent weeks about Israel’s supposed desire to somehow infringe on the rights of Muslims to pray at the Al Aksa Mosque have their origins in lies that are now at least 75 years old. 
It goes on and on and on and on.

Mahmoud Abbas tells Israeli-Arabs - as Arafat did before him and as the Mufti did before him -  that Jews want to conquer Al-Aqsa... which is, frankly, looking more and more like a perfectly dandy idea, if you ask me.  In the 1920s, as they have done every decade, they draw the knives against old Jewish women and 13 year old Jewish boys on bicycles.  One of the Mufti's major contributions toward the persecution and murder of the Jews during the Holocaust, aside from encouraging the British exclusion of Jews from "Palestine" with the White Paper of 1939, was his war time radio broadcasts in Arabic throughout the Middle East, calling on his fellow Arabs to launch themselves upon head-chopping sprees against their Jewish neighbors.

As Caroline Glick notes in an article for the Jerusalem Post entitled, Crazy like a fox:
Husseini used his position as well to scuttle British attempts to trade German prisoners of war for Jews. In one such documented episode, in 1943 Husseini appealed to SS commander Heinrich Himmler to cancel a deal to exchange 4,500 Jewish children and 500 Jewish adults from Hungary, Slovakia, Romania and Bulgaria to cancel the deal and send the Jews to Auschwitz.

Himmler bowed to his appeal. The Jews were sent to the gas chambers.
Glick also speculates that Netanyahu's gaffe may have been anything but:
Due to his “gaffe,” every Western media outlet reported on Husseini’s actions. Some even mentioned that in his PhD dissertation, current Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas said the Holocaust was both a myth and a joint Zionist-Nazi project. For most Westerners, this is the first they’ve heard of the fact that the Palestinian’s George Washington was a Nazi war criminal.

Like I said, crazy as a fox.
Whatever Netanyahu's intentions, people must be made to understand that the roots of the Palestinian National Movement are fascistic, violently anti-Semitic, and deeply influenced not only by Koranically-based hatred toward Jews, but also by forms of early-mid twentieth-century anti-Jewish racism of the type that the Nazis excelled at and spread into the Arab world.

The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Arafat's uncle and the father of Palestinian-Arab nationalism, may not have convinced Hitler to undertake the Holocaust in Europe, but he was an enthusiastic supporter of the project and hoped to import not Jews, but the Holocaust, itself, into the Middle East.

If the Palestinian-Arabs had gotten their way during World War II there would be very few Jews left in this world.  There are, in fact, very few Jews left in the world as it is, mainly due to Muslim and European racist efforts to trim Jewish numbers over the course of many centuries.

There are somewhere around thirteen to fourteen million Jewish souls worldwide, today.  If the Mufti had his way there would be none of us left and this is the "George Washington", as Glick puts it, of the Palestinian National Movement.

The man was a racist and a murderer and his followers were Nazis.

Whatever Netanyahu may have gotten wrong, he certainly has that right.


  1. I think that is right and that Caroline was on to something - crazy like a fox.


  3. The White House was quick to deflect attention from the Mufti's role. Obama probably doesn't like the implication that some of his friends fell from that same poisoned fruit tree.
    Notice that the incitement that saturates Palestinian Arab society from the top down was never worth a comment from State while Netanyahu's comments on the Mufti's very real genocidally anti-Semitic role in the Holocaust and end to Jewish lifeline to "Palestine" were condemned immediately for "incitement."
    Funny how Obama never sees his own foreign policy choices as an incitement, or at the very least, an inducement to go after Israelis, Israel, and Jews.

  4. Microagressions? Oh yes, you mean having a cow over some small perceived slight. What does that remind us of?

  5. I mentioned earlier that the morans at dKos were having a field day with this. One clown posts:

    "Trying to smear the Palestinian people as Nazi sympathizers because of the actions of one person is disgusting - apart from it being illogical. But apparently that is not beneath some people."

    ONE PERSON? To quote Bibi.."Are we on the same planet?" See all the pics/videos; look at who is an honoured founding father at mass Palestinian rallies; look at the constant Palestinian love for Hitler and Nazism......

    One person my ass you idiot revisionist Kossack moran.

    1. As somebody pointed out ( I stupidly can't remember who it was) the reason the Left have gone so mad about this is because it challenges the "narrative" that all Palestinian aggression and hostility to Israeli Jews is because of the "occupation" and the "settlements" etc. etc.
      It is highly inconvenient for the actual history and facts to surface, in any way.
      That does lead me to wondering whether it was a deliberate " gaffe".
      It's interesting to think whether he was knowingly prepared to take the outpouring of anger and ridicule that happened in order to, at least, get the story of that time talked about.
      It should be talked about.
      It's fairly staggering that it is so little known or examined.

    2. " DKos looks like a place where people go to get stupid."

      It works.

  6. "In an interview with Russia Today TV on December 7, Farouq Qaddoumi, the former political bureau head of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), said that Arabs were “enthusiastic supporters” of the Nazis during World War II. ....."

  7. Jerusalem mufti: " Temple Mount never housed Jewish shrine."

    Oh, and the Al-Aqsa Mosque has been there
    "since the creation of the world."

    Cue outrage and rebukes from the White House. And the media.

  8. Palmyra never existed either. There was nothing before the light of Islam.

    1. Jacob,

      to my mind there is nothing more infuriating than the descruction of antiquities.

      We all saw Palmyra coming... and going... and nobody cared.

      It's the denial of history.

      The falsificaton of history.

      The out-of-pocket creation of fake history for violent political purposes.

      And neither president of the Harvard Law Review, Barack Obama, nor Sec. State John Kerry know the slightest difference.

  9. The New York Times will be the first major American newspaper of the current age to adopt holocaust denial as an official policy. The DNC next year will in fact openly discuss holocaust denial and/or the extermination of Jews as their platform planks. They won't be adopted this time but probably will be in 2020.