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al-Husseini and Hitler, 1941

Shit-fer-brains Bibi punches the "Palestinians were Nazis" button again, 
gets international blow-back this time  

In the online crowd I generally run with, it is pretty much verbotten to even vaguely suggest that the Palestinians own even the slightest part of the blame for the violent Israeli occupation of Palestine. You know, it's the whole "every victim is blameless" mind-set -- the same mind-set in which one is not permitted to suggest that a culture that adores and promotes sluts like Miley Cyrus and Madonna advertising their crotches on stage has any causal connection to rape statistics.  Political correctness changes colors from one group to another, but in virtually every crowd there are self-appointed PC police who will try to cut off any discussions of cause-effect where the suggested cause offends them or their sensibilities, never mind how strong the connection is factually.

A good example of this is a new blog called "Plato's Guns" run by an anonymous group of what appears to be Hezzbollah operatives or supporters. They go by the handle "Taxi."  "Taxi" claims to be in Lebanon, but their writing is in perfect English and employs American idioms, and it looks like their url registration and hosting is in the States. So there's not telling who they are or where they are.   

Initially, "Taxi" made a big deal about how their blog was not going to censor comments; they promised an open forum.  Apparently, they had been run off of the immensely popular Jewish pro-Palestine site, Mondoweiss, and P-Guns was determined to be different.  Many of us who were not happy with the way Phil Weiss was running Mondoweiss enthusiastically welcomed P-Guns as a place for open, uncensored dialog on the emotional, complex issues of Palesrael.  

But as it turned out, P-Guns turned out to be just another rancid Palestinian/Islam propaganda site that does not tolerate any criticism of Muslims or Palestinians.  Their PC party-line is that there is only one group of vicious morons in the Middle East and that's the Jews, everybody else is their victim.  Earlier this week "Taxi" began promoting and defending a skinhead's incitement to start shooting Jews, and that's when I reached my limit.  I let "Taxi" know what I thought about P-Guns promoting genocide, and I took a walk.  "Taxi" quickly took down my exit comment, here.    

The P-Guns post that precipitated my spat with "Taxi" was about Amin al-Husseini (Husayni), who became a  household name this week after Bibi Netyanhu claimed in a speech  to the World Zionists Conference that the Jewish Holocaust was really al-Husseini's idea, not Hitler's.  Like most of the world I gasped "WTF sort of bullshit is Bibi spouting now??" when I read his accusation.  Christopher Browning, writing for Foreign Policy, used fewer cuss words.  He called Bibi's accusations "a mendacious attempt to exploit the Holocaust politically," which is the same thing as "WTF sort of bullshit is Bibi spouting now?"   Either way, both of us echoed the general tenor of the anti-Israel side of the Blogosphere.

But ole' Bibi piqued my curiosity and so I did a few hours of research on this al-Husseini guy.  I have to agree with Bibi on a number of points he made, and I have to say that Bibi raising the issue of the Nazi-Palestinian connection can only help us all understand the causes of Israeli apartheid a little bit better.  For one thing it helps us understand why the UK and US turned against the Palestinians after WWII, Harry Truman's evident sub-par IQ notwithstanding.  But, from my analysis I have to conclude that, once again, Bibi shot himself in the foot.  His comments are not just wrong-headed, they are, for the most part, wrong factually. 

Some background

By rigging elections in 1921, the British essentially appointed Amin al-Husseini as Grand Mufti of Palestine in 1922.  Now, ya' gotta' ask:  "Grand Mufti -- what the hell is that?" Sounds like the name of a big purple puppet from Sesame Street, or the name of one of the girls who dance on the pole in the Iron Butterfly in Columbus, Ohio.  No -- Grand Mufti was actually a lifetime gig set up the the British to help promote the fiction that the Arabs were involved in the process of running Palestine while the Jews surreptitiously became their overlords. If you haven't noticed, one of the major problems today's Palestinians have is finding one with enough brains and guts to act as a responsible leader in the face of enormous challenges. The British, apparently, had the same problem in 1921.  But let's fast-forward to 2015. 

Here are the accusations Bibi made this week with respect to al-Husseini, verbatim as provided by the Government of Israel (GoI) Prime Minister's Office:

And this attack [1920 attack on the Jewish immigration office in Jaffa] and other attacks on the Jewish community in 1920, 1921, 1929, were instigated by a call of the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was later sought for war crimes in the Nuremberg trials because he had a central role in fomenting the final solution. He flew to Berlin. Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, "If you expel them, they'll all come here." "So what should I do with them?" he asked. He said, "Burn them." And he was sought in, during the Nuremberg trials for prosecution. He escaped it and later died of cancer, after the war, died of cancer in Cairo. But this is what Haj Amin al-Husseini said. He said, ":The Jews seek to destroy the Temple Mount." My grandfather in 1920 seeks to destroy…? Sorry, the al-Aqsa Mosque.

Bullet List Analysis

In order to decipher this babble, I have broken it down into four enumerated paraphrases summarizing what I understand Bibi's relevant allegations to be.  I paraphrase because Bibi's statement is scattered and his thoughts are not linear either as a timeline or as statements of cause and effect.  I also offer a bullet-list analysis of each allegation:

1.   Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, instigated attacks on Jews in Palestine in 1920, 1921, 1929.

  • 1920:  al-Husseini didn't become mufti until 1922, so the statement is obviously false w/ respect to the 1920 attacks. He did get busted for instigating the 1920 riots as a regular non-mufti Palestinian, but the British made him Grand Mufti anyway two years later.  Bibi's insinuation that al-Husseini instigated the attacks as Grand Mufti is bullshit.  

  • 1921:  The riots in 1921 are called the "Jaffa riots."  They were not instigated by any Muslim or mufti but started as a turf fight between two Jewish groups -- the Jewish Communist Party and Ahdut HaAvoda.  When the Jews turned on the cops, Arabs and Christians stepped in to help the cops. Some Arabs got hurt and a bunch of them went on a rampage.  Jaffa had its own mufti and was was definitely not under al-Husseini's jurisdiction, even if al-Husseini had been mufti at the time. Bibi presents no evidence that al-Husseini was in any way involved in these riots, and I can't find any evidence. Bibi says his dad was a part of these riots -- probably one of the Jews who should have been busted and sent back to Russia, or wherever the hell he came from, in Helen Thomas' words. 

  • 1929:  Although the underlying causes are complex, the "Wailing-Wall Riots" started on Aug23| 1929 after a number of Arabs were murdered in the Jewish quarter of Jerusalem. It was a Friday.  The British governor asked Grand Mufti al-Husseini to deliver the Friday sermon and call for calm, which he did.  Extremist Muslims denounced him as an "infidel."  Rioting broke out.  The British report on the riots concluded that al-Husseini could not be held responsible and that he tried to prevent the riots and, failing that, reestablish order.

  • Jews misrepresent the 1929 riots as Arab on Jews.  A typical, twisted mischaracterization of what happened.  The murdered Arabs came first, and the numbers of Arabs and Jews killed over the next few days was virtually even at about 140 each.  And so it sounds a lot more like a Jewish attack on the Arabs to me.

  • Conclusion:  Look, before the Jews began flooding into Palestine, there were no Jaffa riots or Wailing-wall Riots.  Palestine was a peaceful place and the Jews, Arabs, and Christians living there got along just fine.  To blame these riots on the Palestinians is nuts, and Bibi's blaming them on al-Huessini specifically is bullshit. 

2.  Amin al-Husseini was "sought for war crimes" in the Nuremberg trials and then he flew to Berlin.

  • It is not clear what Bibi means by "sought for war crimes."  After WWII there was never any doubt about where al-Husseini was -- he was not like the rabbis who get busted for kiddie-rape in the US and abscond to Israel. He was not like a lot of top Nazis who threw throw away their monocles, fled to Egypt, changed their names, converted to Islam, and disappeared forever.  Al-Husseini's whereabouts were always known. He was in French custody from May05-May20|1945, and then he took a TWA flight to Cairo.  He spent the rest of his life in Egypt completely in the open. Sought?      

  • Bibi's implication that that al-Husseini "flew to Berlin" after or as a result of the Nuremberg trials is patently inane.  

  • Al-Husseini traveled to Berlin from Italy on Nov06|1941 at the invitation of the Nazis. At that point he was already on the run from the Allies for organizing the Arabs in Palestine and Iraq to fight the British and Jews.  

  • The Nuremberg Trials did not begin until late 1945.  

  • Conclusion:  Bibi has his timeline totally screwed.  

3.   Amin al-Husseini escaped prosecution in the Nuremberg trials and later died of cancer in Cairo.  

  • There was no attempt to prosecute al-Husseini at Nuremberg, and so it's not clear that he "escaped prosecution."  The British had a list of "war criminals" and rumor has it that al-Husseini was on that list, and there appears to be ample reasons for prosecuting him as a Nazi war criminal (see below).  But the French, who were loosely "holding" al-Husseini under house arrest in May|1945, refused to extradite him.  Then they looked the other way while al-Husseini boarded a TWA flight to Cario where he was protected like dozens of other Nazi ghouls including "Doctor Death" Dr. Aribert Heim (Mauthausen), Dr. Hans Eisele (Buchenwald), and Erich Weinmann. Most of these Nazis hiding in Egypt converted to Islam and lived out the rest of their natural lives incognito. Al-Husseini stayed in the public light as Grand Mufti. 

  • Al-Husseini continued his violence against the Jews from Egypt and became the mentor and surrogate father to Yasser Arafat, who continued to thrive on violence against Jews once al-Husseini was gone. 

  • Al-Husseini died of cancer in Cario, as Bibi said.  What Bibi failed to say was that al-Husseini lived openly in Cairo and Heliopolis and even became the head of the All-Palestine Government in 1948.  The British never cancelled his gig as Grand Mufti.  He died at the age of 77, in 1974, which is to say that, apparently, neither Mossad nor Weisenthal were very motivated to get him, which may (or may not) say something about the veracity of Bibi's comments. 

  • Conclusion:  Bibi's facts are twisted. He sounds like Glenn Beck who takes partial truths and explodes them into huge falsehoods.  Bibi and Beck have a lot in common.  It's called demagoguery.    

4.  Amin al-Husseini talked a reluctant Hitler into massacring Jews - i.e., the Jewish Holocaust.  

  • There can be no legitimate question about al-Husseini being a nasty, blood-thirsty Muslim who hated Jews and wanted them all eliminated.  He seems to have been fairly moderate up until the 1930's, and then, about the time of the Aliyah Bet, when 250,000  Jews started illegally flooding into Israel to escape the Nazis, he flipped-out, turning into a proponent of violent resistance to the Jews taking over Palestine, which even Mahatma Ghandi found to be not all that unreasonable, given the circumstances.

The same God rules the Arab heart who rules the Jewish heart... They will find the world opinion in their favor in their religious aspiration. There are hundreds of ways of reasoning with the Arabs, if they will only discard the help of the British bayonet. As it is, they are co-sharers with the British in despoiling a people who have done no wrong to them. I am not defending the Arab excesses. I wish they had chosen the way of non-violence in resisting what they rightly regarded as an unwarrantable encroachment upon their country. But according to the accepted canons of right and wrong, nothing can be said against the Arab resistance in the face of overwhelming odds. -- Mahatma Ghandi, 1938

  • There can be no doubt that al-Husseini aided and abetted the Nazi program to to eliminate the Jews.  Al-Husseini was himself a Nazi, he formed a brigade of Nazi Muslims, and he actively promoted the extermination of Jews. The nature of his relationship with Dieter Wisciceny and Adolf Eichmann is not clear, but he definitely boogied in their circle.   

  • Because Bibi is all screwed up on his timeline, his assertion that al-Husseini convinced Hitler to exterminate the Jews is completely screwed, too. Al-Husseini never met Hitler until Nov28|1941.  There is a written record of that meeting, and, contrary to Bibi's implication, the written record says nothing about al-Husseini trying to talk Hitler into "burning" or otherwise genociding the Jews. (What they said off the record is anybody's guess, and nobody talks much about how many meetings there were between the two men over the next four years.)    

  • Experts deride Bibi's story that the "final solution" -- the German euphemism for killing all of the Jews --was al-Husseini's idea.  The "final solution"  was already under way before al-Husseini arrived in Germany.  Sep29|1941 is noted as the beginning of Hitler's attempts to exterminate the Jews.  On that date Nazi Sonderkommando 4a troops began butchering 33,771 Ukrainian Jews in the Babi Yar ravine outside of Keiv.  By the end of the war the ravine would hold more than 150,000 bodies of Jews, Roma, and Soviet soldiers, all butchered by the Nazis.  It is also noted that the Nazis had already started construction on two death camps before al-Husseini and Hitler sat down for a cup of tea on Nov28|1941.

  • Conclusion:  Bibi's allegation that the mufti talked the Nazis into killing all the Jews is absolutely absurd.  The timeline is all wrong, there is no evidence supporting the allegation, it makes no sense.  Bibi wants the world to believe that Hitler at the apex of his power was suddenly going to be persuaded by a powerless, homeless, camel-jockey from Palestine to perpetrate the most heinous crime in history.  Hitler and his ghouls were more than capable of conceiving and carrying out the Jewish Holocaust without al-Husseini's advice or encouragement.  They were way ahead of him.  This is not to say that al-Husseini didn't give such advice and encouragement; it's only to say that al-Husseini didn't talk Hitler into the plan as Bibi asserts.   

Take this message home

It seems to me that pro-Palestinian folks are missing the main point here, and it's one they don't want to face up to: It was because of al-Husseini's Nazism that America turned its back on the Palestinians in 1948.  It was because of the gratuitous violence of al-Husseini and his blood-thirsty protegee Yasser Arafat, that Americans kept turning their backs on the Palestinians right through the 1990's.  As Bibi clumsily points out, al-Husseini didn't get a Nuremberg necktie, but if he had, Palestinians would be a lot better off today.

It is only recently that Americans -- without whose support Israeli apartheid cannot survive -- are beginning to see Palestinians as victims of the i-Jews' land-grabbing, apartheid policies, and terrorism.  The i-Jews have long pushed the button Bibi was trying to push this week -- associating the Palestinians with the Nazis.  But within the context of this softer, contemporary view of the Palestinians and the harder view of i-Jews, Bibi's playing the Nazi card was the wrong move and any points Bibi could have hoped to have scored were swamped by the international blow-back.  Open mouth, insert foot.  Again. 






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