Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tony Greenstein refutes the Historical Revisionism of Netanyahu

                                                            Hitler hosts the Mufti

Netanyahu Exonerates Hitler of Responsibility for the Holocaust

Netanyahu claims that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was Responsible for Giving Hitler the Idea for the Final Solution!

At the World Zionist Organisation Congress on 20th October, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu made what, even by his standards was an outrageous claim.  

Hitler was initially only in favour of expelling Jews from Europe (what was known as the Madgascar Plan) and that it was the Mufti who persuaded him of the merits of exterminating them.

When I first heard Netanyahu’s statement, I immediately thought of a similar claim by Pastor John Hagee, the President of Christians United for Israel.  

Hagee, a virulent anti-Semite, had stated in a sermon that Hitler was a “hunter” sent by God to drive the Jews to Israel. [CBS News, 23.5.08. Hagee: Pro-Israel, Anti-Semitic?] 

It would appear that Hitler was in fact an agent of the Mufti not god!

It is a claim that will be grist to the mill for holocaust deniers.  But what Netanyahu is doing is what Zionist historians have been doing for over 60 years, which is to try and make the Palestinians and their leader major partners in the Holocaust and by extension to claim that Arab hostility to Zionism has nothing to do with settler colonialism, land theft and the expulsion of the refugees.  

It’s all because the Palestinians and Arabs hate Jews.  

In other words anti-Zionism is nothing more than anti-Semitism.

The Zionist holocaust memorial museum in Jerusalem, Yad Vashem has played a full part in this.  They have a whole wall devoted to the Mufti of Jerusalem.  In the Holocaust Encyclopedia, the section devoted to the Mufti is only slightly shorter than that accorded to Hitler and larger than the combined size of the entries for Goebbels and Goering, Heydrich and Himmler.  

As Israeli  historian, Tom Segev noted, the only image of a Palestinian in Yad Vashem ‘(is) a photo featured prominently on a wall depicting the Mufti sieg heiling a group of Nazi storm troopers’.  

Its purpose is to ensure that ‘the visitor is left to conclude that there is much in common between the Nazis’ plan to destroy the Jews and the Arabs’ enmity to Israel.’ [Segev, The Seventh  Million, p.425]

The Mufti was a minor war criminal but the idea that he instigated the final solution is absurd.   

If anyone was a major war criminal it was Walter Rauff, the father of the gas chambers who invented the mobile gas trucks, first used in the T4 Euthanasia programme and then the Final Solution.  

Rauff had the blood of some 100,000 Jews on his hands and tried, when the Nazis occupied Tunisia in 1943, to build an extermination camp at Kairoun and murder its Jews.  After the war he became an Israeli agent and Israel later helped him to escape to South America.  [ ‘In the service of the Jewish state’, Shraga Elam, Dennis Whitehead, Ha’aretz 29.3.07] 

The Mufti  was responsible for recruiting 3 Muslim Divisions in Bosnia but they were primarily concerned with fighting the Serb Chetniks.  

They had no involvement in the Jewish deportations, bar handing over some 210 Jews from New Albania (Kosovo) to the SS.  Indeed such was their attitude to the Jewish Question that they were sent for retraining to France where they promptly deserted to the Resistance!  

The only example of a rebellion within the ranks of the SS.  [Stephen Schwartz, ‘The Jews, the Serbs and the Truth,’ 21.3.05.,  see also Gilbert Achchar pp. 143-144, The Arabs & the Holocaust].  

What Netanyahu doesn’t mention is the 3 declarations issued by senior Muslim clerics in Bosnia against Croat-Nazi measures against the Jews and Serbs – in Mostar in 1941, Banja Luka on 12.11.41 and Sarajevo in October 1941. 

Muslim Albania was the only Nazi occupied country in Europe where the number of Jews at the end of the year (2,000) was greater than the number at the beginning (200).  Not one Jew was deported from Albania under Nazi occupation.

A transcript of the meeting between Hitler and the Mufti on November 28 1941 is contained in Walter Lacquer's Israel-Arab Reader There is no mention of the Mufti urging Hitler to exterminate the Jews.  He was only informed of the final solution in the summer of 1943 by Himmler.
The Mufti was concerned, in his talk with Hitler, that Germany make a declaration that it supported the independence of the Arab countries - Syria, Iraq, Palestine - and Hitler refused to do this because he said it would cause problems in France and strengthen the supporters of de Gaulle who would see it as a threat to the French Empire.  

In reality Hitler had no intention of supporting Arab independence.

If Germany had conquered the Arab countries it would simply have supplanted Britain and France as the imperialist power.  

The Arabs were considered lower on the racial ladder than the Jews.

When the Mufti’s met with Hitler, the final solution had already begun, with the invasion of Russia (Operation Barbarossa) in June 1941.  

By this time, the mass shooting of some 1 million Jews, by the Einsatzgruppen and Einsatzkommando killing squads, which operated in the rear of the Wehrmacht in White Russia and Ukraine, had taken place.  

Over 33,000 Jews at Babi Yar outside Kiev had already been murdered at the end of September 1941.

But if what Netanyahu said was true then he should hang his head in shame because it was the Zionists who made Haj al Amin Husseini the Mufti after he came 4th in the election to the post of Grand Mufti in 1921. 

The British High Commissioner Sir Herbert Samuel, who had been instrumental in lobbying for the Balfour Declaration, appointed him because the Zionists loved this chauvinist and feudal Arab leader. [Nathan Weinstock, p. 117 Zionism: A False Messiah, Inklinks, 1969 citing Yehoshua Porath, The Emergence of the Palestinian Arab National Movement 1918-1929, London, 1974 pp. 189-93] 

The Palestinians considered the Mufti a collaborator with the British after the Revolt of 1936-39.  

At no stage had the Palestinians elected the Haj al-Amin Husseini. He had been imposed on them by the British and the Zionists.

At the beginning of December 1941 the first extermination camp Chelmno had begun operations using carbon monoxide gas in mobile trucks and Belzec was to start its work in March 1942. Experimentation with murder by gas had taken place in September 1941 in Auschwitz when 850 Poles and Russian prisoners of war were murdered.

On 12 December 1941, according to Goebbel’s diaries, Adolf Hitler made a speech in Berlin to Nazi leaders.  Goebbels recorded in his diary that ‘With regard to the Jewish Question the Fuehrer is determined to make a clean sweep. 

He prophesized that if they brought about another world war, they would experience their annihilation. This was no empty talk. The world war is here. 

The annihilation of the Jews must be the necessary consequence. This question is to be viewed without sentimentality. We’re not to have sympathy with the Jews, but only sympathy with our German people.’  [Diary entry of Josef Goebbels, 13 December 1941, quoted in Ian Kershaw, Fateful Choices: Ten Decisions That Changed The World, 1940-1941, Allen Lane, 2007, p. 431]  

If we are to believe Netanyahu, this speech only came about as a result of Hitler’s meeting with the Mufti.

In Mein Kampf, written in 1923-4, Hitler stated that the ‘sacrifice of millions at the front’ in the first world war would have been prevented if ‘twelve or fifteen thousand of these Hebrew corrupters of the people had been held under poison gas.’ii

In his 'Prophecy' speech on January 30 1939, which Hitler repeated at least 3 times, he spoke explicitly about annihilating the Jewish race.

“Today I will once more be a prophet. If the international Jewish financiers inside and outside Europe should again succeed in plunging the nations into a world war, the result will not be the Bolshevisation of the earth and thus the victory of Jewry, but the annihilation (vernichtung) of the Jewish race throughout Europe.” Reitlinger, The Final Solution p.24., p.593 fn. 44. January 30, 1939; January 30 1942; September 30 1942, February 24th, March 21st and November 9th 1943. 

What led to the final solution was the T4 programme, whereby thousands, some estimate over 1/2 million, disabled Germans were murdered in 6 killing centres in Germany itself, before the Catholic Bishop Galen of Munster spoke out against it and Hitler was forced to end the programme, though it continued as the Wild Euthenasia in the concentration camps.  [see Hitler’s Forgotten Victims, Suzanne Evans]

The whole Zionist outlook is based on the rewriting of history.  The ‘return’ of Jews to Palestine, the denial of the Nakba and the holocaust is no exception to this.  

Previously this has meant trying to portray itself as having led the Resistance to the Nazis in Europe whereas it was in fact a movement of collaboration – from Ha'avara in 1933 to the Kasztner Affair in 1944 in Hungary.  

The Jewish groups and currents which led the Resistance were primarily the Bund in Poland and the Communists Jews in France and Belgium.  

It should therefore come as no surprise that Netanyahu now seeks to exonerate the Nazis of the major portion of the blame and instead allocate responsibility to the Palestinians!

Tony Greenstein



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