Monday 28 November 2011

70th anniversary of Hitler and Mufti of Jerusalem meeting at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin

On  28 November 1941, the Mufti of JerusalemHaj Amine El-Husseini, Yasser Arafat's uncle, was invited to meet Adolf Hitler at the Reich Chancellery in Berlin where he was living at the time.  Two other high-ranking Nazi criminals Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Affairs minister, and Fritz GrobbaBerlin's envoy to the Middle East and former ambassador to Saudi Arabia and Irak, also attended the meeting.  After the war, the Mufti boasted to Edward Saab, Le Monde's correspondent in Lebanon, of the role he had played in the Holocaust (6 million European Jews - including one and a half million children - were exterminated by the Nazis and their accomplices):

"It seems that my interview with Eichmann undermined efforts deployed at the time with the Führer to stop the genocide of the Jews." [1]
"After seeing the evidence, the International Court reported the following:

"It has been proved to us that the Mufti aimed at the implementation of the Final Solution, viz., the extermination of European Jewry, and there is no doubt that, had Hitler succeeded in conquering Palestine, the Jewish population of there as well would have been subject to total extermination, with the support of the Mufti.""

Eichman's deputy, Dieter Wisliceny, went on to speak at the Tribunal of the Mufti and his entourage:

"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 the 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 chambers of Auschwitz." [2]

See: The Hezbollah Nazi legacy, by Joël Rubinfeld
Nazi salute adopted by Palestinian terrorist groups and Lebanese Hezbollah.
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[1] "Il semble que mon entrevue avec Eichmann ait compromis les démarches déployées à l'époque auprès du Führer pour arrêter le génocide des juifs". Interview by Edouard Saab, and reported by him in Le Monde (06/07/1974) in an article titled "Haj Amine El-Husseini is dead"). Quoted by Nathan WeinstockTerre promise, trop promise - génèse du conflit israélo-palestinien, 1882-1948,  Éditions Odile Jacob, 2011, p. 290

[2] Jonathan TriggHitler's Jihadis : Muslim volunteers of the Waffen-SS, Stroud, Gloucestershire : History Press, 2008 (pp. 203-04).

Cross-posted in French HERE.

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