Opposition Blasts Netanyahu for ‘Distorting’ Holocaust History

What is Herzog talking about? “Mein Kampf” first appeared in 1925 (volume I)/1926 (volume II), not 1939. It’s true that the first unabridged English edition was published in 1939, but that can hardly be germane to the contact between Hitler and the Grand Mufti. That al Husseini was an ardent supporter of Hitler and the Final Solution cannot be denied, but to hold the view that Hitler needed al Husseini’s help or inspiration to hatch this hermuncular plot is silly. Palestinian leadership actively supported the Final Solution but they did not invent it.

Erekat’s protest that opposition to Nazism is deeply rooted in Palestinian history is true only in the sense that it it was so deeply rooted that no one had ever been aware of its existence until now. Why did Erekat say this? Why did he interject this comment into what otherwise might seem to be in-house wrangling. Because support of the Palestinian cause rests in part on the myth that before 1947-1948 relations between the Zionists and the Palestinians had been fine. Only the creation of Israel, with its attendant crimes, disturbed the idyllic relationship between the two groups. The implication being that if Israel were to disappear all would be well again. But let’s not forget such examples if Palestinian ethnic cleansing of Jews in the 1920s in Hebron and Silwan. Let’s not forget that the Grand Mufti was Hitler’s guest in Germany and openly advocated the genocide of the Jews, not just those Jews residing in Palestine.

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Israel’s opposition head and Zionist Union leader Isaac Herzog strongly criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday for the premier’s claims that the Grand 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. Read more: http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/1.681544

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