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October 22, 2015 8:14 am

Netanyahu Defends Holocaust Comments, Cites Nazi Testimony

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said testimony from Eichmann's deputy backs his claims that a Palestinian Mufti convinced Hitler to massacre Jews in Europe. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Tuesday. Photo: Twitter.

Before embarking on an official visit to Germany, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday clarified comments he had made during an address to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem the day before.

On Tuesday, Netanyahu caused a storm when he claimed that the Holocaust was “instigated” by Palestinian Grand Mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who convinced Hitler to “burn” the Jews. The Israeli prime minister said Hitler’s original intention had been to expel them, but changed his mind as a result of al-Husseini’s pressure.

Netanyahu took issue with critics for trying to claim that he was trying to let the Nazis off the hook.

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“It is absurd. I had no intention to absolve Hitler of responsibility for his diabolical destruction of European Jewry,” Netanyahu said. “Hitler was responsible for the Final Solution to exterminate six million Jews. He made ​​the decision.”

However, he said, “It is equally absurd to ignore the role played by the Mufti, Haj Amin al -Husseini, a war criminal, for encouraging and urging Hitler, Ribbentrop, Himmler and others, to exterminate European Jewry.”

Netanyahu also defended his remarks by pointing to the Nuremberg trial testimony of Dieter Wisliceny, SS officer Adolf Eichmann’s deputy. Wisliceny had said that the Mufti was “instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored.”

“The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan,” Wisliceny said. “He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question.”

Netanyahu said that though many researchers cite Wisliceny’s testimony in relation to al-Husseini’s role in instigating the Holocaust, he believes there is a clear attempt by certain scholars and others to be “apologists” for the Mufti. He stressed the importance of “recogniz[ing] the historical facts and not ignor[ing] them, not then and not today.”

“Unfortunately, Haj Amin al-Husseini is still a revered figure in Palestinian society,” Netanyahu added, “he appears in textbooks, and it is taught that he is one of the founding fathers of the nation, and this incitement that started then with him — inciting the murder of Jews — continues. Not in the same format, but in a different one, and this is the root of the problem. To stop the murders, it is necessary to stop the incitement.”

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    “A straw man is a common form of argument and is an informal fallacy based on giving the impression of refuting an opponent’s argument, while actually refuting an argument which was not advanced by that opponent.”

    Once again another attack from the Obama administration is mounted against Netanyahu, Here we see White House spokesman Eric Schultz set up Netanyahu with a straw man .
    argument to attack Netanyahu,
    clearly we can Netanyahu was not absolving Hitler from responsibility of the Holocaust, nor was Netanyahu presenting inflammatory rhetoric, but in context with recent statements of the likes of John Kerry claiming that settlements are responsible for the Latest wave of Palestinian Terror attacks and Ban Ki-moon claiming that by Israel retreating to a more indefensible position will end Palestinian violence, rather than the Palestinians ending their violence and terrorism first, some form of rebuttal is required.

    I think it obvious as mentioned in the article that Netanyahu was attempting to show that Arab Palestinian incitement and violence goes back decades, is rooted in anti-Semitism, and rather than Israeli policies being a cause of Palestinian terrorism, it is the existence of Israel itself that the Palestinians oppose.

    While those who oppose Netanyahu have quickly rallied to condemn him, it does highlight how slow and reluctant in comparison such condemnation is to fall on the likes of Abbas and co who are constantly inciting their people to violence against Jewish people.

    While Netanyahu perhaps could of found a less controversial alternative to highlight a hundred years or more of Arab Palestinian violence towards the Jewish people , it really is not as controversial as some would like it to be,

    The Grand mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini was involved in many violent riots in Mandated Palestine against the Jewish people, sentenced to jail time for his part in helping to lead the 1920 Jerusalem riots but then released , he spent many years inciting against the Jewish Palestinians and fled from arrest in 1937 after the the 1936–39 Arab revolt
    Husseini supported an anti-British rebellion in Iraq and became the rebels envoy to Germany and Italy, once again after pogrom’s and another failed revolt al-Husseini was taken under Italian protection and conveyed through Turkey to Axis Europe,
    from early as 31st march 1933 Al-Husseini initiated contact with Germany (Two months after Hitler was appointed Chancellor of Germany)
    Al-Husseini arrived in Rome on 10 October 1941,Back in the summer of 1940 and again in February 1941, al-Husseini submitted to the Nazi German Government a draft declaration of German-Arab cooperation etc.

    So plenty of evidence that Al-Husseini had much in common with Hitler and there was ever increasing contact with the Nazi regime prior to Al-Husseini meeting Hitler in Person. So one does not actually have to meet someone in person to have exerted or established influence in that persons domain.

    “Before the war, the Nazis considered mass deportation of German (and subsequently the European) Jewry from Europe. Hitler’s agreement to the 1938–9 Schacht Plan, and the continued flight of thousands of Jews from Hitler’s clutches for an extended period when the Schacht Plan came to nothing, indicate that the preference for a concerted genocide of the type that came later did not yet exist.[90]”

    “Although it was clear by late 1941 that the SS hierarchy was determined to embark on a policy of killing all the Jews under German control, there was still opposition to this policy within the Nazi regime, although the motive was economic, not humanitarian”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust

    So although Al-Husseini did not meet Hitler personally until November 1941, it can not be proved that Al-Husseini did not have a measure influence, In fact –

    “Throughout World War II, al-Husseini worked for the Axis Powers as a broadcaster in propaganda targeting Arab public opinion. He was thereby joined by other Arabs such as Fawzi al-Qawuqji[209] and Hasan Salama. The Mufti was paid “an absolute fortune” of 50,000 marks a month (when a German field marshal was making 25,000 marks a year),[210] the equivalent today of $12,000,000 a year.[126] Walter Winchell called him “the Arabian Lord Haw-Haw”.[211]”

    “Husseini, having been petitioned by the Bosnian Muslim leaders, was well informed of their plight.[226] Dissatisfied with low enlistenment, Himmler asked the mufti to intervene.[227] Husseini negotiated, made several requests, mostly ignored by the SS, and conducted several visits to the area.[228] His speeches and charismatic authority proved instrumental in improving enlistment notably.[“

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amin_al-Husseini

    So the Mufti received in one month (including expenses presumably) what a German field marshal received in two years , So Al-Husseini’s measure of influence was indeed great.

    Dieter Wisliceny – SS officer Adolf Eichmann’s deputy-

    “During implementation of the Final Solution, his task was the ghettoization and liquidation of several important Jewish communities in Nazi-occupied Europe, including those of Greece, Hungary and Slovakia. Wisliceny also re-introduced the yellow star in occupied countries, the yellow star being used to distinguish Jews from non-Jews. He was involved in the deportation of the Hungarian Jews in 1944.
    Wisliceny was an important witness at the Nuremberg trials, and his testimony would later prove important in the prosecution of Adolf Eichmann for war crimes in Israel in 1961. Wisliceny was extradited to Czechoslovakia, where he was tried and hanged for war crimes in 1948.[1]”

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dieter_Wisliceny

    Wisliceny appears also to be controversial in that, it is reported he stated at the Nuremberg Trial’s that “’The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question’

    ‘The Mufti was one of the instigators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan’

    without spending a lot of time on it I have been unable to find such statements in the Nuremberg Trial Proceedings Volume 4, perhaps there are others or perhaps it was not from the Nuremberg trial but his own trial in Czechoslovakia.

    http://avalon.law.yale.edu/imt/01-03-46.asp

    However in the ST Petersburg times – September 15 1947, no such claim is made but that the article states –

    “Ever since the war’s end, when allies captured certain Nazi documents and witnesses, The State department has sensational evidence of the Part the which the Grand Mufti played in the cold blooded murder of 5,000,000 (early estimate presumably) Jews.”

    “Since the state department has refrained from publishing documents bearing on one of the most important and controversial subjects before the united nations, this column herewith publishes the most pertinent of them “

    “Evidence the Grand Mufti conspired to exterminate European Jewry is given in the testimony of Dieter Von Wisliceny”

    “The Mufti was instrumental in the decision to exterminate the Jews of Europe. The importance of his role must not be ignored. The Mufti repeatedly proposed to the authorities, primarily Hitler, Ribbentropp and Himmler, to exterminate the Jews of Europe. He considered it a suitable solution for the Palestinian question”

    “The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and advisor of Eichmann and Himmler in execution of this plan…He was one of Eichmann’s best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz. “

    ETC –

    https://news.google.com/newspapers?id=agNZAAAAIBAJ&sjid=4E4DAAAAIBAJ&dq=he+had+visited+incognito+the+gas+chamber+of+auschwitz&pg=2403,457546&hl=en

    this case are the testimonies provided by Wisliceny at Nuremberg and from prison in Bratislava”

    “Lying about the dating of Orders: the Wisliceny Testimonies”

    ”There is nothing in this statement that says Hitler’s order was given at the same time as it was transmitted to Wisliceny. Himmler’s order refers to a decision to implement the Final Solution with immediate effect, but implementation is not the same as the original decision. Both of Wisliceny’s statements are compatible with a Hitler decision in December in principle to murder the Jews, followed by a further decision by Hitler or Himmler in April to begin full-scale implementation, which Himmler then modified by temporarily exempting labour that was now needed in SS camps to replace Soviet POW labour.”

    The Grand Mufti met Hitler on the 28th November 1941

    a Hitler decision in December 1941 in principle to murder the Jews

    Wannsee Conference on 20 January 1942 -The conference’s initial purpose was to discuss plans for a comprehensive solution to the “Jewish question in Europe
    followed by a further decision by Hitler or Himmler in April 1942 to begin full-scale implementation

    http://holocaustcontroversies.blogspot.co.nz/2014/03/lying-about-dating-of-orders-wisliceny.html

    So while yes mass murder was already in progress by the Nazi’s , it does not appear to become an official policy of extermination until after Hitler met with the influential Grand Mufti

    ————————————————

    as an aside –Nothings changed in a hundred years , deceit by Arab Palestinian leadership to incite violence against the Jewish People

    October 11, 1929

    “Einstein Brands Mufti’s Allegation As Distortion”

    Upon his return to Berlin, Prof. Albert Einstein branded as “a gross distortion” an alleged quotation from the scientist made by the Grand Mufti in a recent interview in Jerusalem. The Mufti asserted that Prof. Einstein had said that the Jewish people without the Temple is like a body without a head.

    Lord Melchett recently denied in London the Mufti’s quotation of an alleged statement by him that he would not rest until the Temple had been restored to the Jewish people.

    http://www.jta.org/1929/10/11/archive/einstein-brands-muftis-allegation-as-distortion

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      I should of made some alterations to match this article, sorry my reply is formed around another article elsewhere and I just C&p it, anyways there it is.

  • Observer

    Haj Amin went further. He:
    – helped organize the Muslim Skandebeg and Handschar SS divisions, perpetrating genocide in the Balkans
    – in Athens, planned an Einsatzgruppe Aegypt to eliminate the Jews of the Mideast
    – instigated the Iraqi ro-Nazi coup and subsequent Farhud

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