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Israel’s Netanyahu Blames Palestinian Mufti for Convincing Hitler to Exterminate Jews

Israel’s Netanyahu Blames Palestinian Mufti for Convincing Hitler to Exterminate Jews

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, for the holocaust that led to the deaths of millions of Jews during World War II.

In comments at the 37th World Zionist Congress, Netanyahu explained that Adolf Hitler never wanted to exterminate the Jews in Germany.

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here [to Palestine]’,” says Netanyahu, adding that Hitler had met al-Husseini in November 1941.

Netyanyahu then explained that Hitler asked al-Husseini what he should with with the Jews, with the Mufi replying “Burn them.” Following the controversial comments, Germany was quick to reassert that it was responsible for the holocaust. Chancellor Angela Merkel stated that the Nazis were ‘very clearly’ responsible for the killing of Europe’s Jews, adding that “We abide by our responsibility as Germany for the Shoa [Holocaust].”

Further criticizing the Prime Minister’s comments, Professor Dina Porat, the leading historian at Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust, said that Netanyahu’s comments were incorrect.

Hajj Amin al-Husseini meeting with Adolf Hitler in 1941
Hajj Amin al-Husseini meeting with Adolf Hitler in 1941

Palestinian officials also criticized the comments as inflammatory, with Saeb Erekat stating that “It is a sad day in history when the leader of the Israeli government hates his neighbour so much that he is willing to absolve the most notorious war criminal in history, Adolf Hitler, of the murder of six million Jews.”

On social media, Netanyahu faced ridicule from across the world. Novelist Linda Grant said that the comments were so “toxic” that he effectively “brought the whole Jewish world down on his head” by “exonerating” Hitler.  

Other social media users have started a ‘Blame it on the Mufti’ meme, with users blaming the Mufti from things such as becoming vegan to why Joe Biden decided to not run in the United States presidency race.

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