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The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, has attracted a storm of criticism for an incendiary speech in which he accused the second world war Palestinian grand mufti of Jerusalem of having suggested the genocide of the Jews to Adolf Hitler.
The comments in a speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem came in the context of the current violence between Israelis and Palestinians and were condemned by historians and the Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, for trivialising the Holocaust.
On the Palestinian side, senior official Saeb Erekat described the remarks as absolving Hitler.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has re-affirmed her country's responsibility for the Holocaust, following controversial comments by Israel's prime minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu was criticised for saying Adolf Hitler had only wanted to expel Jews from Europe but that a Palestinian leader, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, told him to "burn them."
Speaking at a joint news conference with Mr Netanyahu, Mrs Merkel said she was "very clear in [her] mind" that German soldiers were responsible.
originally posted by: combatmaster
a reply to: corvuscorrax
Maybe it wasnt true then...
But lets not pretend that todays palestinian leaders aren't hellbent on a final solution for jews in israel!
Herzog noted that the Holocaust had begun by the time the grand mufti met Hitler in November 1941.
“Perhaps we should exhume the corpses of the 33,771 Jews murdered in Babi Yar in September 1941, two months before the Mufti and Hitler met, and bring them up to speed on the fact that the Nazis had no intention of destroying them,” Galon wrote.
Babi Yar was a site outside Ukraine’s capital where German troops carried out a mass killing of Jews and local collaborators.
Husseini was a religious and political leader of the Arab population in Palestine during the British Mandatory period between the two world wars. He fomented deadly riots over the Zionists coming to Palestine, opposed mass migration of Jews, and allied with Hitler and the Nazis during World War II, in part because of his opposition to British rule. The mufti spent the war in Berlin, broadcasting Arabic-language propaganda and incitement against Jews and the Allies.
“Husseini supported the extermination of the Jews, he tried to prevent rescuing of Jews, he recruited Arabs for the SS. He was an abominable person, but this must not minimize the scale of Hitler’s guilt.”