Ok... now I know the world has gone stark raving bonkers, when the Prime Minister of Israel is saying things like "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews." Talk about Holocaust revisionism! I literally had to read that one several times, and even rub my eyes to make sure that this was, indeed, the headline on the Israeli newspaper, Ha'Aretz, but, just in case you're blinking and rubbing your eyes too, here it is, courtesy of Ms. C.V.:
And just in case the headline wasn't enough for you, here's some of the article's reportage:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Tuesday he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler's mind. The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them.
In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: "Hitler didn't want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, 'If you expel them, they'll all come here (to Palestine).' According to Netanyahu, Hitler then asked: "What should I do with them?" and the mufti replied: "Burn them."
Netanyahu's remarks were quick to spark a social media storm, though Netanyahu made a similar claim during a Knesset speech in 2012, where he described the Husseini as "one of the leading architects" of the final solution.
OK...Granted, there's always the possibility that Mr. Netanyahu, who certainly has his political opponents in Israel, could be cited out of context and that one has here a typical bit of yellow journalism.
But nonetheless, the Prime Minister's remarks are quoted, and, moreover, the Prime Minister is quoting the Grand Mufti, and a firestorm is brewing over them. And isn't it peculiarly telling that there's more of a firestorm about Netanyahu quoting the Grand Mufti, than there is about the contents of the Grand Mufti's remarks themselves?
Now, as someone who's written more than a few chapters in a few books about the links between Nazis and wacked-out Islam, that Grand Mufti al-Husseini may have said such a thing comes as no surprise to me. What do we expect from a man whose relative was Yasser Arafat, and from a man who maintained close ties to the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood and raised Muslim units for the Waffen SS during World War Two? But typically for the lobotomized and addle-minded myopia of genocidal maniacs like Husseini and Hitler (we could probably throw Pope Innocent III in here too, though for an entirely different reason, like the Albigensian crusade), such programs must be 100% successful to be successful, otherwise, the backlash is amazing and lo and behold you get a climate of world opinion that says the Jews must have a homeland, and that homeland has to be smack dab in the middle of your homeland.
Woops. Funny how that worked out.
All this to say, I expect such craziness from the likes of al-Husseini and Hitler, but from the Prime Minister of Israel itself!?!? Hitler didn't come up with the idea on his rotten murderous black-hearted own? He had to have it whispered into his grasping and murderous ears by the Grand Mufti? I'm sorry Mr. Prime Minister, but such a view makes very short shrift of the numerous and clear indications that the genocide of European Jewry and pretty much anyone else the Nazis didn't like was clearly on 'Dolf's mind long before the Grand Mufti had tea with "the Leader" on Nov 28 1941. The atrocities of the Reichskristallnacht in 1938 are known to virtually anyone with a passing familiarity with pre-war Nazi Germany. The SS Einsatzgruppen and their murders of Jews (and again, anyone else the Nazis didn't like) as the Wehrmacht drove into Poland in 1939 are well-known, as are the similar atrocities committed by the Einsatzgruppen during the first months of the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union when Jews (or again, anyone else the Nazis didn't like) were simply rounded up, lined up before mass graves, and summarily shot simply for the "crime" of being Jewish. And again, this was months before Al-Husseini's Afternoon Tea with 'Dolf at Berchtesgaden.
My point, lest it be missed, is that there is every indication that the Nazi leadership intended the genocide long before Al-Husseini arrived in Berlin for his meeting with 'Dolf on the 28th of November, 1941! And I also highly doubt that Scramble Brains was looking for approval for his actions from the Grand Mufti either. It is much more likely that the Nazi leader, cynical and amoral man that he was, was merely gauging the state of opinion in the Middle East for what he already intended to do. Then there's the very strange case of Rudolf Hess, and the indications that he knew of those plans, and may have been attempting to head them off when he flew to Scotland in May of 1941, again, long before the Grand Mufti's Tea at Berchtesgaden.
But I suspect there's another nasty agenda here, and that agenda is to fasten the Genocide of the Jews, not on Adolf Hitler and the Nazis, but on the Palestinians in the form of the Grand Mufti so that a new Herrenvolk can ride roughshod over Palestinians, driving the latter into more and more radicalism, and so the vicious circle begun millennia ago by Yahwism, with the whole "chosen people/Herrenvolk" motif, can go on...and on and on...and on...... and on... One may predict where this form of "justice" may lead, for just as Germany had to pay reparations of one sort or another for the genocide, the same, it strikes me, may eventually be argued for the Palestinians if Mr. Netanyahu's ghastly "historical logic" is followed through to the end. It's called, if I remember correctly (and I may be a little confused as to who is doing what to whom here, but then again, I always had a lot of trouble with that Isaac and Ishmael stuff in Sunday school), a jizyah?
I'm sorry Mr. Prime Minister: while I am certainly not sympathetic with any stated intention from any quarter - Nazi or Grand Mufti or Ayatollah or anyone else - to exterminate Israel, or that it should not have a right to exist, by the same token, I am not sympathetic to any program or propaganda device to fasten the genocide of Jews during the Second World War on Palestinians in the form of Al Husseini either. If that's the game, count me out.
See you on the flip side...