Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Hitler, al-Husseini and Hungarian Jewry

(this post has been, and will be, updated)

Prime Minister Binyamim Netanyahu is under fire:

The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has attracted a storm of criticism for an incendiary speech [only The Guardian would use 'incendiary' in a Holocaust-related story against a Jew - YM] in which he accused the second world war Palestinian grand mufti of Jerusalem of “inspiring the Holocaust”.  The comments* – made by Netanyahu in a speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem in the context of the current violence between Israelis and Palestinians– were condemned as incorrect by historians and by Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog for trivialising the Holocaust. On the Palestinian side, senior official Saeb Erekat described the remarks as absolving Adolf Hitler.In his speech Netanyahu purported to describe a meeting between Haj Amin al-Husseini and Hitler in November 1941. “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he 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].’” According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: “What should I do with them?” and the mufti replied: “Burn them.”

"And this attack and other attacks on the Jewish community in 1920, 1921, 1929, 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. He flew to Berlin. Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, "If you expel them, they'll all come here." "So what should I do with them?" he asked. He said, "Burn them." And he was sought in, during the Nuremberg trials for prosecution. He escaped it and later died of cancer, after the war, died of cancer in Cairo. But this is what Haj Amin al-Husseini said. He said, ":The Jews seek to destroy the Temple Mount." My grandfather in 1920 seeks to destroy…? Sorry, the al-Aqsa Mosque. So this lie is about a hundred years old. It fomented many, many attacks. The Temple Mount stands. The a l-Aqsa Mosque stands. But the lie stands too, persists."


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Wednesday he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler's mind. The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them.


Zionist Union chairman Isaac Herzog took to Facebook, criticizing the premier for "factual errors."

"Even the son of a historian needs to get history right," Herzog wrote. "Yesterday, Netanyahu told the Zionist Congress that the Nazis didn't want to exterminate the Jews, but instead were seeking to expel them, and that it was the mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, who gave the tyrant Hitler the idea [to commit genocide]."

"This is a dangerous distortion of history, and I demand that Netanyahu correct this immediately since he is trivialiazing the Holocaust," Herzog wrote.  "[Netanyahu] is minimizing Nazism and the role played by that awful tyrant, Adolf Hitler, in the terrible tragedy that befell our people in the Holocaust," the opposition chief wrote. "[The premier's comments] play into the hands of Holocaust deniers and pits them against the Palestinians."

Zevaha Galon of the left-wing Meretz party said Netanyahu's remarks show "the depths to which this man has sunk."

Being that the Mufti was a Nazi sympathizer from 1933 and that contacts between the Mufti and Nazi leaders preceded by years the 1941 decision, I really do not think anyone can exclude a possibility that the Mufti indicated that he demanded of the Nazis to deal with the Jewish Question on European soil and not allow any more Jews into the Palestine Mandate.

But more importantly, the fact is that the Mufti explicitly contributed to the 1944 demise of Hungarian Jewry by a fiery extermination method.

From Bernard Wasserstein's book, Britain and the Jews of Europe, 1939-1945, page 266:

And I have been sent this now from Barry Rubin's book

(meeting transcript here)


Sorry, I forgot the poisoning the water operation in 1944.

P.S.  and leave it to revisionist historian Saeb Erekat to befoul matter.

And here is Netanyahu's statement of clarification, (Communicated by the PM's Media Advisor) today, (Wednesday 21 Oct. 2015) before departing to Berlin:

...absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry. Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made ​​the decision. It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentropp, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry. There is much evidence about this, including the testimony of Eichmann's deputy at the Nuremberg trials, not now, but after World War II. He 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, added:

'The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan'.

The attempt by certain scholars and people to be apologists for the key and important role of Haj Amin al-Husseini, is clear. Many other researchers cite this testimony and others regarding the role of Haj Amin al Husseini. 

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.

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. Not in the same format, but in a different one and this is the root of the problem. To stop the murders, it is necessary to stop the incitement. 

What is important is to recognize the historical facts and not ignore them, not then and not today". 

Some other findings:

in June 1941, Hitler briefly mentioned his vague hope of “exploiting the Arab Freedom Movement” after the Soviets were defeated, and in November he agreed to meet Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, to talk about his “uncompromising fight against the Jews”.


During 1938, a booklet Muhammad Sabri edited, Islam, Judentum, Bolschewismus (Islam, Jewry, Bolshevism), was published in Berlin by Junker-Duennhaupt [Dünnhaupt]. Sabri’s booklet included Hajj Amin el-Husseini’s 1937 declaration—also deemed by some as a “fatwa” (an Islamic religious ruling)—appealing to the worldwide Muslim umma. El-Husseini’s declaration was extracted and reprinted, separately, by the Nazi regime as Islam und Judentum (Islam and Jewry), and distributed to Muslim SS units in Bosnia, Croatia, and the Soviet Union. As I detailed in a 2103 monograph, which provided, and riveted upon, the first full English translation of el-Husseini’s 1937 “religious edict” (“fatwa’) about the Jews (available here; and as a free pdf here), the former Mufti of Jerusalem exclusively invoked traditionalist Islamic themes, familiar to the Muslim masses, to incite their annihilationist Islamic Jew-hatred. Reiterating foundational Jew-hating motifs from the Koran itself, and embodied by the inflammatory words and murderous actions of Islam’s prophet Muhammad (in the “hadith” or traditions, and earliest piousMuslim biographies of Muhammad), el-Husseini’s traditional Islamic Jew-hatred has remained a staple of contemporary Palestinian Muslim religious discourse, through the present.


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.



YMedad said...

YV sent me this

Rubin and Schwanitz based their book on original German documents and minutes of meetings.
Everybody is talking about the November meeting between Hitler and Husseini but Barry listed meetings in March and June 1941.
The Mufti pushed for a total ban on Jewish emigration during these meetings. This led Hitler to search for other ways to get rid of the Jews.

Actuality, History said...

After Netanyahu said erroneously that Hitler’s extermination plan came after ge met with Mufti. Which is totally not true. Hitler, Nazis has the final solution long before , of course.
Ihaan Tharoor , in Washington Post then wrote a piece in October 22, 2015, taking advantage of Netantahu's words.

However Tharoor also erred when he tried to minimize why the Mufti allied with Hitler. He intentionally omitted racist Jihadi fatwa by Mufti, his calls over the radio [ , , , ] to the Muslim world to “Kill the J.. wherever they are..This pleases Allah.” Not Zionists. But any J. Wherever he is on the planet. Plain and simple.
That is way beyond any political alliances.
The ex Mufti of Palestine al-Hussein was anti-Any-Jew and called for extermination.
Despite Hitler’s demagogic “praise” for this particular Arab’s look and asserting he is not pure Arab in blood...[ , ], yet, he still refused to shake his hands [ ]
Have no doubt Hitler would have wiped out Arabs after Jews, 24 February 2007


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Anonymous said...

March 31, 1933, the Mufti already approaches German consul to forge contact with the Nazi regime, congratulates Hitler regime and expresses against democracies;
April and June 1933, two separate approaches that consul to form an Arab Nazi Party, at the time, they are rejected; May 1933, 'Falastin' paper calls Hitler "noble," justifies him on persecuted the Jews; Sep 1933, E. Bendak, editor of Sawt Al Shaab receives instructions from a group of Germans & Arabs on "conducting Nazi propaganda" in Palestine.
He was instrumental in organizing the Arab Fascist Party at Bethlehem, harassing the Jews and in Nov., Nazis reveal contacts with Arab riot leaders; pan-arab pan-Muslim leader al-Husseini, his propaganda is spread also at 'Falastin' paper;
had incited massacres in the 1920s against Jews - moslty non-Zionist Jews were butchered; his gangs killed upto 7,000 moderate Arabs and hundreds of Jews in 1936-9;
March 1935, train from Afula to Haifa after an Arab gathering, had swastika drawn with the Nazi phrase;
that year, Arabs in Haifa found Arab Nazi club called 'Red Moon';
1935/6 with Jamal Husseini Tthe Mufti founded Futuwwa - modeled on Hiller-Youth;
had asked Fascist Italy to assist in poisoning Tel Aviv water in 1936;
that year, Arabs in Berlin boycotted Jews; the shout of 'Heil Hitler' became a catchword which rang insolently over all Palestine;
around that time, he neets Nazi banker Francois Genoud, ;
Jan 1937, Istiqlal's Awni Abd al-Hadi: "Arabs Like Nazis";
in that year, German consul in Jerusalem Dohleh: "Palestinian Arabs in all social strata have great sympathies for the new Germany and its Führer…";
1936/7 Mein Kampf translated - a best seller by many Arabs in Palestine;
May 1937, Palestine Arabs celebrated Muhamnad's birthday "Hitler and Duce Cheered";
the Mufti authored an anti-Jewish (interwoven in/as a jihad) booklet, disseminating it Bloudan Sep 1937 conference, before it opened, the Arab Higher Committe 'warned' any Arab county from taking in Jews; in 1939 John Gunther: "The greatest contemporary Arab hero is - Adolf Hitler";
with D. al-Miqdadi, A. Zuaiter, F. Grobba, al-Husseini incited Iraqis 1937-41 before the 'Farhoud' pogrom (instigated also by al-Sabawi, led by fascistic al-Muthanna/Futuwwa and soldiers): mass rape, throwing children into water in front of parents, upto a 1,000 died with cruelty; met Hitler - made a pact;
1940-1, Ahmad Shukeiri would write on these times that 'they' cheered, prayed for Hitler; 1941-5 stayed in Berlin with 60 other Arab-Nazis;
broadcast venom to the Muslim world, including to kill the Jews wherever they are; led/inspired Muslims fighting for Hitler in the SS (also used his 1937 hate booklet to incite them);
toured concentration camps; planned crematoria in Dotan Valley;
interfered against thousands of Jewish children from escaping from Eastern Europe to Palestine;
February 1941 poll showed 88% of Palestine-Arabs suported the Axis;
August 1942 CIA report from Egypt: majority of Palestine-Arabs are anti-Jewish awaiting Rommel;
Dec 21, 1942 letter by Nazi representatives: "Arabs in Palestine were waiting for Hitler to come to Palestine and expel all the Jews";
al-Husseini's "disciples" Ahmad Shukeiri & Issa Nakhleh. Shukeiri helped Hitler / his propaganda during the war;
had justified the Holocaust in 1946 and promoted neo-Nazi group in Nov. 1962 (while citing a NYT 16 Sep. piece. That article talks about their Nazism) before Saudis sacked him fromnl UN post; infamous for his "none of them will suvive" assertion pre Six-Day war. Issa Nakhleh glorified Hitler regime in the 1950s while in Argentina;
had denied the Holocaust in 1972/8 and worked with neo-Nazis throughout 1960-80s.
Many ex-Nazi fighters joined in 1947/8 to help the Arabs against the Jews.
Eichmann himself, assisted in Fedayeen in the 1950s.
Neo-Nazis helped Palestinian terrorists at least in the 1970s/80s.