Month: October 2015

Mufti imitated Turkish ideas of extermination

In this Arutz Sheva interview , Dr Edy Cohen (pictured) adds his voice to those of historians who have  waded in to theNetanyahu-Mufti controversy. The Mufti would have been inspired by the Armenian genocide to exterminate Jews; when in exile in Iraq (1939 – 41), he set up a party whose constitution states all Jews must be expelled from Arab countries, Dr Cohen claims.

“The Prime Minister’s remarks were not far from reality,” he told Arutz Sheva. “There was a plan by the Mufti to burn the Jews from Arab countries
and Jews in Palestine after the German victory in the battle of El
Alamein in 1943. Haj Amin al-Husseini was an officer in the Turkish
army. I have no proof, but apparently he knew about the Armenian
Genocide and drew his ideas from that. None of the historians have
referred to that.”

Dr. Cohen quoted the Mufti’s words in Arabic against Iraqi Jews, whom
he called a “fifth column” who provided information to British
intelligence, and said that he played a part in the Farhud – the pogrom
against the Jewish population of Baghdad on June 1 and 2, 1941, following the British victory in the Anglo-Iraqi War.

“The Mufti was responsible for the killing of hundreds of Jews; he planned to build incinerators in the Dotan Valley
to implement the ‘Final Solution’ in the Middle East,” said Dr. Cohen.
“He took that idea from the Turks. Why do many people ignore the facts
rather than reading what the Mufti himself wrote in Arabic? ‘I did not
cooperate with the Nazis out of the belief in Nazism, but on the
assumption that they would win the war and there will be no traces of
any Jews in Palestine and in the Arab countries.'”

“When the Mufti was in Iraq, he established up ‘Hizb al Umma’ party,
and the party’s constitution states that all Jews must be expelled from Arab countries
as Mohammed did. For me, the Mufti is like Hitler,” said Dr. Cohen, who
stressed that, while he could not commit as to the content of the
conversation between the Mufti and Hitler, it is clear that “both were
inspired by each other. They both wanted to eliminate the Jews in Europe
and Palestine. There was an unwritten plan that Hitler will focus on
the European Jews and the Mufti on the Jews from Arab lands and in

Netanyahu last week suggested that Adolf Hitler was not planning to
“annihilate” the Jews until he met al-Husseini in 1941, in a comment
that was sharply criticized by his political opponents and the White
House which Thursday night condemned his “inflammatory rhetoric.”

The prime minister later doubled down, clarifying he did not absolve the genocidal Hitler of any responsibility.

Several historians have already backed Netanyahu’s comments, such as Middle East Forum scholar Dr. Wolfgang Schwanitz who said last week,
“It is a historical fact that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem al-Hajj Amin
al-Husseini was an accomplice whose collaboration with Adolf Hitler
played an important role in the Holocaust. He was the foremost
extra-European adviser in the process to destroy the Jews of Europe.”

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Mufti ensured that mass murder became genocide

 Of all the articles dealing with the Netanyahu-Mufti controversy, this one by Melanie Phillips in the Jerusalem Post is possibly the best.  She explains that Netanyahu was fundamentally right:   it is thanks to the Mufti’s intervention, that mass murder became genocide.

The Grand  Mufti meets Hitler in November 1941

When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the role played
in the Holocaust by the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini,
he cannot have imagined the reaction he would detonate.

What he
said was this: “He [Husseini] 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 [Hitler] asked.

He [Husseini] said, ‘Burn them.’” In the subsequent global firestorm,
Netanyahu was denounced for exonerating Hitler. It was said he had
claimed the mufti had given Hitler the idea of exterminating the Jews
when the two met in November 1941; that he was cynically trying to
tarnish today’s Palestinians; even that he was a Holocaust denier.

His subsequent protest that he had no intention of absolving Hitler of
responsibility fell on deaf ears. Even those who acknowledged that the
mufti had allied with the Nazis insisted Netanyahu had turned history
back to front.

Most of this reaction, however, is at best wide of
the mark and at worst quite obscene. For Netanyahu was fundamentally

There can be no doubt he spoke too loosely. He has
provided no source for the words he quoted from both Husseini and Hitler
at that November 1941 meeting. And he should have acknowledged that the
mass murder of European Jews was already well under way, and that
Hitler had talked about exterminating the Jews since the 1920s.

But mass murder is not the same as genocide. And the precise moment when
Hitler decided to exterminate the whole of European Jewry – the “Final
Solution” – has long been disputed by historians.

For even while
the Nazis were rounding up Jews for slaughter they were also deporting
them – more than 500,000 between 1933 and 1941. And recently unearthed
documentary evidence suggests that the mufti and Hitler egged each other
on in a mutual genocidal frenzy.

A book published last year,
Nazis, Islamists, and the Making of the Modern Middle East, by Barry
Rubin and Wolfgang Schwanitz
, argues that the mufti’s alliance with
Hitler turned the extermination of the whole of European Jewry into a
strategic imperative.

As late as July 1941, according to Hermann
Göring, Hitler thought the last of the Jews could be removed from
Germany by “emigration or evacuation.”

The authors write: “Yet
since other countries refused to take many or any Jewish refugees,
Palestine was the only possible refuge, as designated by the League of
Nations in 1922. If that last safe haven was closed, mass murder would
be Hitler’s only alternative.”

Rubin and Schwanitz make clear
that the November 1941 meeting between Hitler and Husseini merely
continued a dialogue that had started earlier that year about the
mufti’s opposition to Hitler’s deportation of European Jews.

February 1941, Hitler had received al-Husaini’s proposal for an alliance
of which one condition – paragraph seven – was that Germany stop Jewish
emigration from Europe. After Hitler promised al-Husaini on March 11 to
do so, Germany’s expulsion of the Jews was impossible and only mass
murder remained.

“… After agreeing in early June to meet
al-Husaini to discuss the issue, Hitler ordered SS leader Reinhard
Heydrich on July 31, 1941 to prepare an ‘overall solution for the Jewish
question in Europe.’ On October 31, he ended the legal emigration of
Jews from German-ruled areas.

But the specific final decision had not yet been taken.”

On November 28, Hitler met the mufti in Berlin. “Behind closed doors,
Hitler promised al-Husaini that Arab aspirations would be fulfilled.
Once ‘we win’ the battle against world Jewry, Hitler said, Germany would
eliminate the Jews in the Middle East, too.” The following day, “he
ordered Heydrich to organise a conference within ten days to prepare
‘the final solution of the Jewish question.’” As the book also shows,
the mufti was making common cause with Hitler long before 1941. By 1936,
he was courting the Nazis for arms and money. In 1940, he sent Hitler a
nine-page letter detailing a proposed alliance. The Palestine question,
he said, united them in their joint hatred of the British and the Jews.
He proposed to make Syria, Lebanon, Palestine and Transjordan a single
federated state with a Nazi-style system. In return, he wanted Hitler’s
help to wipe out all Jews in the Middle East.

Evidence that the
mufti played a key role in the Holocaust was provided at the Nuremberg
Tribunal by Eichmann’s close associate in the extermination program,
Dieter Wisliceny. He said: “The mufti was one of the instigators of the
systematic extermination of European Jewry and was a partner and adviser
to Eichmann and Hitler for carrying out this plan.”

This was
corroborated at the tribunal by two witnesses, Andrej Steiner and Rudolf
Kasztner, who confirmed that Wisliceny had talked about Husseini in
these terms during the war.

Read article in full 

Leading German scholar: ‘Mufti advised Nazis ‘

Some useful links: 

Israel, Nazis and Palestinians by Francisco Gil-White 

Netanyahu was right to draw parallels between Nazis and Arab leaders by Seth Lipsky (New York Post)

Dr Edy Cohen on Youtube (Hebrew)

The Mufti and the Holocaust revisited: Ben Cohen  (Algemeiner)

Arabs and Nazis by Elliott Green(Think -Israel) 

Mufti advised Nazis by Wolfgang Schwanitz(Middle East Forum) 

Is Netanyahu really wrong? by Sheri Oz(Times of Israel) 

Haj Amin al-Husseini and antisemitism in the Arab world by Sarah Levin(Times of Israel) 

Mufti was an even greater Nazi criminal than Eichmann(Arutz Sheva)

Mufti’s initiatory experience in the extermination of European Jewry by Rob Harris(Crethi Plethi)

La croix gammee et le turban (TV review by Veronique Chemla) 

Iraqi-Jewish journo wins unexpected award

The last thing Sandy Rashty expected was to be presented with the Young Journalist of the Year Award by an Asian media group. Sandy, who works for the UK Jewish Chronicle, has written about the cultural complexities of being the British-born daughter of Iraqi Jews forced to leave homes, businesses and personal possessions in 1970. Mazaltob Sandy!

Sandy Rashty: alien background


We’ve all seen it before.

People win an award, walk up to the stage, say then never expected
such a thing to ever happen – and then proceed to whip out a neat set of
pre-prepared ‘thank you ever so much’ notes.

Last night, I was presented with the Young Journalist of the Year
Award at the GG2 annual awards ceremony – an event that recognises the
contributions of ethnic minorities to Britain.

Truly, I never expected to win.

I never expected an event sponsored by an Asian media group to
recognise the contributions of a Jewish journalist. Why should they?

Nevertheless, shortlisted for the award, I happily attended the ceremony – bringing my bouncy mother along for good measure.

After all, it was down to her that I’d been shortlisted.

Ever since I joined the JC, I have written about the cultural
complexities that come with being the British-born daughter of Iraqi
Jewish parents – people who had been forced to flee Baghdad in the 1970s
in the wake of increasing antisemitism and persecution.

I have told the untold story of my grandfather who was imprisoned by
Saddam Hussein’s government for being a “Zionist spy” (just FYI, he
wasn’t). I have told the story of my family, who were forced to leave
their businesses, homes and most personal possessions behind in a bid to
make a safe escape in the dark of the night through Kurdistan, Iran and
Turkey – before seeking refuge in Israel or any European country that
would have them.

I have performed impersonations of my distinctly Middle Eastern family – who sing Rosh Hashana and Chanucah songs in Arabic.

It’s a background alien to most – which is why I felt I had little chance of winning.

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3,000 Moroccans condemn hate demonstration

 A scene from the antisemitic demonstration in Casablanca: top-hatted ‘Jews’ prepare to ‘destroy’ the mosque of Omar with axes

At least 3,000 Moroccans signed a petition condemning what they said
was incitement to murder Jews on full display during a Palestinian solidarity demonstration in Casablanca this week. The Algemeiner quotes a report in the Egyptian newspaper Youm7.

The petition urged Moroccan authorities to hold rally organizers
accountable for the mock executions of Jews and other inciting displays,
which it called illegal. Also identified by the petition, which was
titled “Moroccan Citizens Gathered Against Incitement to Kill Jews in
Morocco,” were demonstrators dressed as Palestinians, with assault
rifles pointed at others dressed as Orthodox Jews, and children
trampling on the Star of David.

Video footage from the demonstration, reported by The Algemeiner, showed
children marching and shouting “Death to Israel!” and “We will
sacrifice our soul and our blood to you, Al-Aqsa,” in reference to the
holy site also known as the Temple Mount.

Signatories expressed concern about the reaction of Morocco’s Jewish
community, which today numbers under 3, 000, and said the demonstration
had offended many Muslims as well. They said antisemitism threatened the
pluralism and tolerance enshrined in Moroccan law.

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Moroccan Muslim condemns the hateful Casablanca demonstrations

Moroccan protesters take aim at top-hatted ‘Jews’ 

Antisemitism on rise in Morocco, Wiesenthal Center says

Moroccan protesters take aim at top-hatted ‘Jews’

A still image from a video of a pro-Palestinian demonstration in
Casablanca, Morocco, in which ‘Jews’ are held at gunpoint by
keffiyeh-clad protesters, October 25, 2015. (screen capture:

This MEMRI video clip is of a pro-Palestinian demonstration in the Moroccan city of Casablanca. It
featured men dressed as Orthodox Jews who were being led at gunpoint by
masked men wearing keffiyehs. The demonstration was shocking in its blatant antisemitism. Report by The Jerusalem Post:

The demonstration was held Sunday
with permission from local police, according to a report which appeared
Sunday on the news website It also featured a
video of the event, which drew many thousands of participants.

the video, two men wearing keffiyehs, or Arab headdresses that are
popular with Palestinian rioters and militants, are seen toting what
appear to be toy rifles behind two bearded men wearing black robes and
top hats during a march that also featured Palestinian flags, including a
very large one carried by dozens of people, and a model of al-Aksa
mosque located on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.

Expressions of
anti-Semitism are relatively rare in Morocco, whose king and government
have invested millions of dollars in recent years in restoring Jewish
heritage sites. In February, the restoration project was honored at an
event in Paris attended by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls.

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