Removal of Mufti Picture is a Stain on Holocaust Remembrance

by Ezequiel Doiny

On August 31, 2023 Arutz 7 reported “Education Minister Yoav Kisch is seeking to sack Yad Vashem chairman Dani Dayan and replace him with someone affiliated with the Likud party, Channel 12 News reported.  According to the report, today (Wednesday), Kish sent a scathing letter to Dayan in which he claimed: “The Yad Vashem management headed by you acted illegally.”  In the letter, Kisch claimed that unauthorized parties voted in Yad Vashem’s board meetings and that a number of board members were appointed illegally and were not approved by the appointment review committee. Despite this, they are present at and participate in the meetings and votes of the Yad Vashem board…”

Dani Dayan deserves to be replaced also since he removed  the photograph of the meeting in 1941 between Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler from Yad Vashem. He said that as long as he is in charge ” the photo will not be returned”.

On February 14, 2022 Ellie Cohanim and Maya Carlin wrote in Israel Hayom “The Yad Vashem chairman recently released a statement defending the Israeli Holocaust museum’s decision no longer to display a photograph of an infamous meeting in 1941 between Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler.  

“The chairman argued that being forced to include the contested photograph is “tantamount to partaking in the debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”  In fact, the move, which glosses over the role that the mufti played in recruiting troops for the Nazis and personally helping to spread Nazi ideology throughout the Middle East and North Africa, prevents museum visitors from viewing a primary source with deep historical and present-day relevance…
“…Therefore, the marginalization of his contributions to the Nazi wartime efforts is ludicrous and sets a dangerous precedent. Erasing him from Yad Vashem’s exhibit also minimizes the history of how Nazi ideology was imported into the Muslim and Arab world, where it festers in many corners of that world to this very day.”  

In February 2022 Shalom Polack wrote in Arutz 7 “…

In place of the large and prominent Hitler-Husseini photo there is only a very small one in a dark corner that the public does not see, of Himmler, who the general public does not recognize, with Husseini. Hitler is not connected with Husseini in Yad Vashem.   I had a meeting with Mr. Dayan and asked him to return the photograph to the wall it had been on for years.. He was adamantly against doing so. He told me, that when I become chairman of Yad Vashem, I can decide and that as long as he is in charge the photo will not be returned,  He accused me of having a political agenda and not an interest in history…”

In the video the below you can see Al Husseini meeting Hitler.

In this Tablet article you can see pictures of the mufti Al-Husseini visiting a nazi concentration camp.

On March 1, 2015 Joseph Spoerl wrote a paper published in Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs where he  presented sufficient evidence that Hajj Amin al-Husseini played an important role in the Holocaust “This paper has presented sufficient evidence to refute the common Palestinian argument, stated by Omar Barghouti, that “Palestinians—and Arabs more generally—bear no responsibility whatsoever for the Holocaust.” In fact, we have shown that Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the most influential and popular leader among the Palestinian Arabs from 1920 through 1949, played an important role in the Holocaust that in no way diminished his standing among the Arab and Palestinian masses after 1945.

“Had Rommel defeated the British in Egypt in 1942, or had Hajj Amin al-Husseini sufficient forces to defeat the Zionists in 1947–1948, there is no question that many Palestinian Arabs would have participated in a massacre of the Jews of Palestine.  

“Moreover, the widespread adoption of Hajj Amin al-Husseini’s antisemitic rhetoric by Palestinian, Arab, and Muslim leaders shows another kind of complicity in the Holocaust. When Hamas and Muslim Brotherhood leaders say that Hitler gave the Jews the punishment they deserved, they are vicariously participating in and endorsing the Holocaust. When they deny the humanity of the Jews, or refer to Jews as sub-humans (“brothers of pigs and monkeys,” “microbes”), or identify the Jews as the source of all corruption on earth, or assert that the Jews are out to destroy Islam, they provide a warrant for genocide. Scholars of genocide note that dehumanizing language is one of the early stages of genocide. 

“According to expert Gregory Stanton, “denial of the humanity of others is the step that permits killing with impunity.”191 Stanton also observes that the Genocide Convention identifies incitement to commit genocide as a punishable offense alongside of genocide itself.192 

“From Hajj Amin al-Husseini in the 1930s to the leaders of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood today, dehumanization of Jews and public incitement of genocide have become rhetorical staples of Palestinian and Arab society. 

“Jeffrey Herf has pointed out that Hajj Amin al-Husseini’s world-view made him “a true comrade in arms and ideological soul mate” of Hitler. Their meeting on November 28, 1941 “was not a clash of civilizations but a meeting of hearts and minds, and a convergence from different starting points.”193 

“The rhetoric of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood shows that these groups share the same world-view of al-Husseini that made the latter fond of Hitler. Hence, Hamas and the Brotherhood are also Hitler’s “ideological soul mates.” 

“World-views matter: Hitler’s world-view led to war and genocide.194 There is no reason to expect less from Hamas, the Muslim Brotherhood, and similar Islamist groups (Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, the Iranian regime, Al-Qaeda, Lashkar-e-Taiba,195 etc.).  

“The fact that Germany largely overcame its Nazi past after 1945 was an essential step toward reassuring its neighbors that it was no longer a military threat and made it possible for Germany eventually to be integrated into NATO and the European Union, thereby ensuring the peace and security of the continent. Similarly, a more honest and self-critical approach to their own history and culture on the part of Palestinians and Arabs is a necessary condition for peace with their Jewish neighbors.

“The rhetoric of the Mufti in the 1930s and 1940s shows that Palestinian Arab hostility to the Zionist project was not based simply on a principled defense of the right of national self-determination but on a visceral hatred for Jews.

“The persistence of such hatred in Palestinian society has done much to undermine efforts at reconciliation and the “peace process” and has persuaded many Israeli Jews that they have no real partner for peace on the Palestinian side.  

“New York Times correspondent Steven Erlanger has noted perceptively that the war between Hamas and Israel in Gaza in 2014 “is really just another round in the unresolved Arab-Israeli War of 1948–49.”196 If we pay careful attention to the ideology, rhetoric, and objectives of Israel’s enemy in Gaza, it is clear that they are identical to those of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the ideological soulmate of Adolf Hitler who led the Palestinians to war in 1948.”

(PLEASE READ THE FULL PAPER with evidence that Hajj Amin al-Husseini played an important role in the Holocaust in the link below)

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