Published On: Wed, Oct 21st, 2015

Netanyahu misleading: Mufti persuaded Hitler to exterminate Jews

Holocaust victims, historians and Palestinians condemned Netanyahu's comments as not only historically inaccurate but also play into the hands of Holocaust deniers.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday at the 37th Zionist Congress that Nazi murderer Adolf Hitler did not initially plan to exterminate the Jews and wanted to expel the Jews from Europe, but he was was convinced by the grand mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin Al-Husseini,  to exterminate the Jews. Historians said definitively on Wednesday that this was not the case.

Netanyahu said, “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.

“Hitler then asked, ‘What should I do with them?’ and the mufti replied, ‘Burn them.'”

Holocaust victims, historians and Palestinians condemned Netanyahu’s comments. They stressed that Netanyahu’s comments are not only historically inaccurate but also play into the hands of Holocaust deniers.

 

Yad Vashem chief historian Prof Dina Porat told  YNET NEWS, “You cannot say that it was the mufti who gave Hitler the idea to kill or burn Jews. It’s not true. Their meeting occurred after a series of events that point to this.”

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog wrote on his Facebook page, “This is a dangerous historical distortion and I demand Netanyahu correct it immediately as it minimizes the Holocaust, Nazism and Adolf Hitler’s role in our people’s terrible disaster. A historian’s son must be accurate about history. Netanyahu has forgotten that he’s not only the prime minister of Israel but the prime minister of the Jewish people’s government.

“You don’t have to teach me how the mufti hated Israel. The grand mufti gave the order to kill my grandfather, Rabbi Herzog, and actively supported Hitler. But Hitler alone was the one who wrote Mein Kampf and implemented the final solution.”

PLO Secretary General Saeb Erekat told “Newsweek, ” “Netanyahu hates Palestinians so much that he is willing to absolve Hitler of the murder of six million Jews.”

 

 

 

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