MembersNo, Sir! The Palestinian Mufti’s Role in the Holocaust Was Not Negligible

There is debate in Israel over the role of the founder of the Palestinian nationalistic movement, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in the Nazi Holocaust

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Holocaust, Haj Amin al-Husseini, Nazi Germany
The dreaded "Gate of Death" at Auschwitz-Birkenau. Photo: Yossi Zeliger/Flash90

This debate has become political. It all started with the report that Yad Vashem had removed from its displays the famous photograph of Palestinian leader Haj Amin al-Husseini, Mufti of Jerusalem, with Adolf Hitler in Berlin at the height of World War II.

Yad Vashem claims that the Mufti’s role in the Holocaust was marginal and negligible, and as such the museum’s director Dani Dayan felt the photo should come down. Dayan suggested that to leave it up would only fuel anti-Palestinian propaganda, and in his estimation unfairly so due to al-Husseini’s insignificance to the subject matter.

 

Let’s do our homework, please

In recent years I have been writing a book based on personally researching the Arabic-language documents from the Mufti’s own archive, from the years when he was in Germany. In this archive most of his deeds against the Jewish people are exposed. The title of the book is The Mufti and the Jews: The Involvement...

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