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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  • Facts:

    1. Despite atrocities occurring thoughout 1940-1941, the Germans made no definitive decisions until the Mufti met Hitler:
    1939 January – Evacuation (Madagascar) Plan
    1940 July – Germans abandon plans (to increase evacuations to Poland, and to expand Warsaw Ghetto) in view of Madgascar Plan
    1940 December – Plans changed to evacuation to Poland/USSR
    1941 November 28 – Meeting Mufti-Hitler
    1941 December – Hitler decides elimination definitively
    1942 January – Wannsee Conference – detailed elimination plans

    2. In Balkans, Mufti organised 3 SS divisions (Handschar, Skandebeg are two) to commit genocide. After the war, Mufti indicted by Yugoslavia for genocide.

    3. Mufti went to Athens to plan Einsatzgruppe Aegypt, which was to eliminate the Jews of the Mideast. The only reason his plans were not carried out, was Rommel's defeat at el Alamein.

    4. Israeli journalist Kanaan has written of plans for a crematorium in Palestine.

    5. Massive Arab collaboration in Holocaust documented by Satloff on the USHMM site.

    6. Netanyahu is spot on – Arab plans for Jews have been genocidal for a century and continue so, expecially for Jews who do not submit to dhimmitude.


    Leading historian [Wolfgang Schwanitz] backs Netanyahu over Mufti's Holocaust role

    Historian [Edy Cohen]: The Mufti planned to burn Jews
    Dr. Edy Cohen of Bar-Ilan University says that Netanyahu's comments on the Mufti and the Holocaust have a basis in history.

    Publication of the US Holocaust Memoral Museum: Plans for Extermination of Jews of Palestine

    Website of the US Holocaust Memoral Museum: Arab Collaboration in the Holocaust


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