Did Haj Amin Al – Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and father of the “Palestinian” movement, inspire the Germans to exterminate millions of Jewish men, women and children to prevent them from fleeing to Mandate Palestine? According to the Israeli Prime Minister they did. Was he wrong in his interpretation of the historical record: The facts?
In his speech, Netanyahu referred to this exchange between Adolf Hitler and the mufti regarding the elimination of the Jews of Europe. The mufti worried that the loathsome Jews would come to Middle East. He presented Hitler with a clear alternative to ethnically cleansing Jews from Europe.
Hitler: ‘So what should I do with them?’
Mufti: ‘Burn them’.
Did the mufti mean it when he told Hitler to “Burn them”?
Maybe the mufti didn’t inspire the Nazi Holocaust. Maybe. Would that make him any less genocidal, less culpable — and therefore not a Nazi war criminal as so many media outlets are now obscenely suggesting? Think again.
In fact, the Palestinian mufti had his own plan for burning the Jews he so despised — his own Final Solution, which included building a huge Auschwitz near Nablus with its own crematorium. His plan was for all the Jews living throughout the Middle East (as they had for millennium) to be brought there, imprisoned and disposed of through incineration:
The controversy over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s remarks on Jerusalem Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini’s role in the extermination of European Jewry has promoted veteran journalist Haviv Kanaan to recall the malicious plan the mufti devised.
Kanaan published an article in Haaretz in 1970 in which he reviewed the senior Muslim clergyman’s actions in 1942, when the Jewish community in then-British Mandate Palestine was preparing for the possibility of a Nazi invasion. Kanaan said that in 1968, while researching his article, he met with Faiz Bay Idrisi, a senior Arab officer in the Mandate Police, who spoke of al-Husseini’s intention to build a crematorium in the northwest Samarian hills.
“Even today, as I recall what I heard from police officials and mufti supporters, chills go through my body,” Idrisi told Kanaan at the time, recalling how in case of a German invasion “Haj Amin Husseini was gearing to enter Jerusalem at the head of the Muslim Arab Legion squadron he’d created for the Third Reich. The mufti’s plan was to build a huge Auschwitz-like crematorium in the Dotan Valley, near Nablus, to which Jews from Palestine, Iraq, Egypt, Yemen, Syria, Lebanon, and North Africa would be imprisoned and exterminated, just like the Jews in the death camps in Europe.”
This should come as no surprise in light of al-Husseini’s known views and actions during the Holocaust, and prior to it.
Haj Amin al-Husseini was born in Jerusalem in 1895 to a wealthy family of landowners. His father also served as the grand mufti of Jerusalem and his uncles headed the Arab Higher Committee in British-Mandate Palestine.
Al-Husseini was appointed grand mufti in 1921. An inflammatory address he gave in August 1929 sparked mass anti-Jewish violence, which resulted in the massacre of dozens of Jews by Arab mobs.
John Chancellor, the British high commissioner at the time, held al-Husseini responsible for the massacres.
Shortly after Hitler’s rise to power, al-Husseini sent a message to the German envoy in Jerusalem, expressing support for the new Nazi regime. He received generous funding from the Nazis in return.
In 1937, al-Husseini was ousted from office. He fled to Lebanon, and from there to Syria, all while maintaining his ties with the Nazi regime. In 1941, the Muslim clergyman arrived in Berlin, where he met with Hitler and the senior Nazi leadership, who assured him that once the Middle East is conquered, “Germany’s sole purpose would be to obliterate the Jewish population occupying the Arab space under the auspices of the British.”
Another voice lending merit to Netanyahu’s remark is author Wolfgang Schwanitz, who penned the book “Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East.” Schwanitz also argues that Hitler’s meeting with al-Husseini played a critical role in inspiring the Holocaust.
“It’s a historical fact that the grand mufti was an accomplice in this. … He was the top non-European adviser to Hitler on the process of eliminating Europe’s Jews,” Schwanitz said. “It would be absurd to discount the mufti’s role in encouraging Hitler and other Nazi officials to carry out the final solution.”