About the Argument that the Palestinians are in No Way Responsible for the Holocaust
It asks why they have to pay for Europe’s sin of judeophobia and genocide.They did not kill any Jews.The best solution is to give the Jews a part of Germany as a homeland.But the Palestinian people had as their leader a man who was an ally of Hitler,knew of the Holocaust and worst of all was protected by the Palestinians and other Muslims after the WW II.
Today among the Palestinians the Grand Mufti is still considered a hero,a great patriot,a freedom-fighter,a brave nationalist agaisnt the British and the Jews.
Also we know the Nazis came close to winning in North Africa and thus conquering Palestine.It then had 500,000 Jews of which 350,000 were foreigners and only 150,000 had been born there and they would have been liquidated,with the approval of the Grand Mufti….and the Grand Mufti had the approval of the Palestinians,they accepted him as their chief.
Al-Hussaini as the Highest Islamic Religious Authority in Palestine
Hadj Amin Al-Hussaini(1895-1974),born in Jerusalem, was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and also the highest political leader of the Palestinians.He father had been the mufti of Jerusalem and Al-Hussaini got the position in 1921.He held it till 1948,in spite of having fled Palestine from the British in 1937.Grand Mufti is the highest religious position in Paletine and the one in charge of Jerusalem’s Islamic holy places, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque.
Al-Hussaini as the Highest Arab Political Authority in Palestine
In 1936 he became chairman of the Arab Higher Committee,its highest political institution for an Arab.He participated in the Great Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 that left 5,000 Arabs dead and at least 100 Jews.But he had to flee in 1937 from Palestine.
After WW II he was elected to the presidency of the National Palestinian Council in 1948 even though he was a wanted war criminal at the time.He was wanted for war crimes by Yugoslavia and for collaborating with Hitler by the British.
What is a Mufti?
A mufti is a Sunni Islamic scholar who is an interpreter or expounder of Islamic law (Sharia).He is religious scholar who can issue a religious verdict(fatwa).Among the Shias the title is mullah,not mufti,but it is the same thing.To be a mufti a Sunni has to be an expert on:
1.Mastering the science of the principles of jurisprudence
2.Mastering the science of Hadith(sayings and actions of Muhammad and his companions)
3.Mastering the science of the Objectives of Sharia.
4.Mastering legal maxims
5.Mastering the science of comparative religions,
6.Mastering the foundations of social sciences,
7.Knowing Arabic, and
8.Having sufficient knowledge of social realities.
Grand Mufti as the Highest Religious Authority in a Sunni Muslim Country
The most important of the muftis is the highest religious authority.Many Sunni Muslim countries have had and have a Grand Mufti,for example:
1.Abdul Aziz ibn Abdillah Ali ash-Shaykh,present Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.
2.Abd al-Aziz ibn Abd Allah ibn Baaz,former Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia.
3.Sarfraz Ahmed Naeemi,former Grand Mufti of Pakistan,died June 12,2009.
4.Mohammed Rashid Qabbani,present Grand Mufti of Lebanon.
5.Ahmad Bader Hassoun, present Grand Mufti of Syria.
6.Mohammed Tantaoui,official Mufti of Egypt from 1986-1996.
7.Ali Gomaa, present Mufti of Egypt.
8.Nazim Haqqani, Grand Mufti of Cyprus.
9.Ahmed al Haddad, present Mufti of Dubai.
10.Absattar Derbisali, present Grand Mufti of Kazakstan
11.Rawil Gaynetdin, present Grand Mufti of Russia.
12.Soheib Bencheikh, former Grand Mufti of the Mosque of Marseille.
13.Ahmed bin Mohammed al-Khalili, present Grand Mufti of Oman.
Confirmation of the Fact by Edward Said,the Palestinians’ Most Famous Intellectual
Edward Said(1935-2003) was the most important Palestinian intellectual of the 20th century.He is famous for his work “Orientalism” which however is not good as an academic work,as is brilliantly shown in Ibn Warraq’s (an ex-Muslim) critique of it in “Defending the West:A Critique of Edward Said’s Orientalism”(2007).
Edward Said was not a Muslim,he was a nominal Christian.He said that the Grand Mufti was the leader of the Palestinians in the book “Blaming the Victims:Spurious Scholarship and the Palestinian Question“.In 1936 the Arabs of Palestine created the Arab Higher Committee and Said wrote:
“This committee [the Arab Higher Committee], chaired by Palestine’s national leader, Hajj Amin al-Husseini, represented the Palestinian Arab national consensus, had the backing of the Palestinian political parties that functioned in Palestine, and was recognized in some form by Arab governments as the voice of the Palestinian people.”
An Ally of Hitler
The Grand Mufti finally found refuge in Nazi Germany in 1941,where he met Hitler.He was given a radio program in Berlin where year after year he made speeches in Arabic to the Muslims.After the war he escaped and found protection in Muslim countries,even though he had helped Hitler.
After WW II the Grand Mufti wrote his memoirs where he stated:
“Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was:”The Jews are yours“.”"
In his memoirs he says that Heinrich Himmler,the one in charge of the Holocaust, in the summer of 1943,told him regarding the Jews:”Till now we have exterminated (in Arabic, abadna) around three million of them”.
Astonishing Book by Two German Scholars
Klaus Michael Mallmann from Stuttgart University and Martin Cüppers from the University of Ludwigsburg have written a book written in 2006 and translated into English in 2010 as “Nazi Palestine:Plans for the Extermination of the Jews in Palestine” based on historical documents where they show that in the event of the British being defeated in Egypt by General Erwin Rommel’s Afrika Korps the Nazis were going to kill the Jews of Palestine.
Starting from the summer of 1942, an “SS Einsatz Gruppe Egypt” was established after the model of the mass-murder Einsatzgruppen active on the East Front, which had already murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews. The one established in Egypt was led by SS-Obersturmbannführer Walter Rauff and he had a whole staff with him, experienced in the murder of Jews.Their order: To continue “the destruction of the Jews begun in Europe with the energetic assistance of Arab collaborators” in the Near East.
According to Mallmann and Cuppers, the main Nazi ally locally was the Arab National Movement, and especially the Palestinian national movement, under the guidance of the exiled Amin al-Husseini Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and uncle of the later Palestinian president Yassir Arafat.
Articles about the Mallmann and Cuppers Book
Speeches by Al-Hussai from Germany during WW II
In the Islamic Central Institute (in Berlin) on Nov. 2, 1943 (Note:it is after being told by Himmler of 3 million dead Jews)he called on Muslims to follow the example of National Socialist Germany, since the latter “knew how to save itself from the evil done by the Jews….It had precisely identified the Jews and decided to find a definitive solution to the Jewish menace. In order to eliminate their evildoing from the world.”
In a speech during the war he also said:”Rise, O sons of Arabia. Fight for your sacred rights.Kill Jews wherever you find them. Their spilled blood pleases Allah, our history and religion.”
Al-Hussaini knew that 6 Million Jews had been Killed by the Nazis
On September 21, 1944 in his own radio program given to him by the Nazis and done in Berlin he said:”Is it not in your power, O Arabs, to repulse the Jews whose number does not exceed eleven millions?”
In 1939 there were 17 million Jews in the world.Yet in 1944 the Grand Mufti said they were no more than 11 million.People then thought he had made a mistake.No,he knew 6 million Jews had been killed.
Koranic Reasons why the Grand Mufti hated the Jews so much
Again,Al-Hussaini was a religious expert.He knew the Koran,he was more than the most important political figure of the Palestinians,he was their highest religious authority.The Koran in general puts the Jews in a very negative light.Read:
And certainly the Grand Mufti knew of the universal curse by Allah on the Jews “till the Day of Resurrection“.He refers to it in November 2,1943 radio speech where he said:”The anger and the divine curse of which the Holy Koran speaks regarding them.”
“They (Note:the Jews) have said, “God’s hand is fettered.” (Note:Allah has no power,is impotent).
Fettered are their hands, and they are cursed for what they have said. No, but His hands are outspread; He expends how He will. And what has been sent down to you from your Lord will surely increase many of them in insolence and unbelief.
And We (Note:Allah) have cast between them enmity and hatred, till the Day of Resurrection.
As often as they light a fire for war, God will extinguish it. They hasten about the earth, to do corruption there; and God loves not the workers of corruption.”
The Number of Jews killed by the Grand Mufti (only some 19,000)
It is about 19,000 Jews.Since we know:
1.That in 1943 he helped form the infamous SS Waffen Handschar group of soldiers,a Bosnian military unit for the Nazis,of which almost 20,000 were Muslim,or almost 90%.This group killed 90% of all the Jews of Bosnia.That is too say 12,600 out of 14,000 Jews.
2.The Germans wanted to exchange 4,000 Jewish children and 500 Jewish adults from Bulgaria,Hungary and Romania for German prisoners.They were to be sent to Palestine, but Al-Husseini intervened to prevent it.They were sent to the extermination camp.That was in May 13, 1943.
3.The same thing in another case where 900 Jewish children and 100 Jewish adults were to be allowed to leave Hungary.He thought they might go to Palestine.That was on July 25,1944, he wrote to the Hungarian foreign minister and convinced him to send them to Poland.
4.In September 1943 negotiations to rescue 500 Jewish children from the town of Arbe in Croatia collapsed due to the objection of the Grand Mufti who blocked the children’s departure to Turkey because they would end up in Palestine.(Daniel Carpi,” The Rescue of Jews in the Italian Zone of Occupied Croatia”, page 39)
The Grand Mufti has Denied that he knew about the Holocaust
The Koran says to tell the truth,like in:
“And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when you know.”
Yet there is a chance to tell untruth if one is in a bad situation:
“Anyone who, after accepting faith in Allah, utters unbelief, except under compulsion, his heart remaining firm in faith,but such as open their breast to unbelief, on them is wrath from Allah, and theirs will be a dreadful penalty.”
It refers to saying Islam is false or aspects of it but for the Grand Mufti destroying the evil Jews who were trying to take Palestine from the Muslims was doing the will of Allah,working for Islam.That included helping Hitler even if Hitler wanted to kill all the Jews.
2011 Article by a Scholar that he did know about the Holocaust
Recently some have begun to doubt Al-Hussaini knew about the Holocaust.Al-Hussaini has publicly said he did not.Was he telling the truth?Here is a serious article by German scholar Wolfgang Scwanitz who argues that he did,based on evidence:
There is this startling article:
“The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem admits in Testimony:”The Jews did not Steal Arab Land in Israel”
Other Articles about him and his Adventures
Extracts from Two Books about the Grand Mufti
The first is by David Dalin,an American rabbi,from his book “Icon of Evil:Hitler’s Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam”(2009).
The book is a twin to his famous book “The Myth of Hitler’s Pope:Pope Pius XII and his Secret War against the Nazis”(2005).
The second is from the book “The Mufti and the Fuhrer” (1965) by Joseph Schechtman