Netanyahu Says Palestinian Nationalist More Responsible for Holocaust Than Hitler


On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu considered the possibility that a Palestinian nationalist — and not German Nazi Party leader Adolf Hitler — was responsible for the Holocaust.

Netanyahu made the comments in his address to the World Zionist Conference in Jerusalem. According to the Times of Israel, he said that Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini, a Palestinian nationalist who was Grand Mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1937, convinced Hitler to change his mind about expelling the Jews from Europe when the former complained that they would all come to Jerusalem. The two had met in Berlin near the end of 1941.

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time [of the meeting between the mufti and the Nazi leader]. He wanted to expel the Jews,” Netanyahu said. “And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here [to mandatory Palestine],’” continued the prime minister.

“‘So what should I do with them?’ He [Hitler] asked,” according to Netanyahu. “He [Husseini] said, ‘Burn them.’”

Needless to say, many Holocaust historians were not happy with the prime minister’s revisionist history. Israeli historian Tom Segev told the paper that the idea was “entirely absurd,” and that Husseini never convinced Hitler to exterminate the Jews instead of expelling them.

“One can surely say that [Husseini] was a war criminal,” said the historian, “but one cannot say Hitler needed his advice.”

In addition, Netanyahu’s detractors pointed out that Hitler had discussed his genocidal notions as early as 1939 — years before the start of World War II and the Nazi’s “Final Solution.”

Check out the clip above, via YouTube.

[h/t Gawker]
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