In his speech at the recent World Zionist Congress, Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu claimed that the World War II Palestinian grand mufti was responsible for inspiring the Holocaust. Germany addressed the claims saying: “It must never be forgotten that responsibility lies with Germany.”
The claims have sparked a controversial debate. Apparently, “Hitler only wanted to expel them, a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars.”
According to Netanyahu: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate Jews,” says RT.
“We’re responsible for the Holocaust, not Palestinian mufti,” says Germany.
Netanyahu speech before the World Zionist Congress:
The comments were made several days after Netanyahu made a reference to a meeting between Adolf Hitler and the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in Berlin in 1941. The meeting between al-Husseini and Hitler was allegedly fundamental for the path Nazi leaders chose in relation to the Jews in World War II.
The Israeli prime minister sparked controversy with his speech between historians and the Israeli opposition leader, Isaac Herzog, according to The Guardian.
According to The New York Times, Netanyahu defended himself against all claims and said: “My intention was not to absolve Hitler of his responsibility, but rather to show that the forefathers of the Palestinian nation, without a country and without the so-called occupation, without land and without settlements, even then aspired to systematic incitement to exterminate the Jews.”
Among those who are skeptical about Netanyahu’s interpretation of history is the head of the Institute of Holocaust Research at Bar-Ilan University, Prof. Dan Michman, who is the head of Israel’s Holocaust memorial center at Yad Vad Vashem.
German spokesman Steffen Seibert, speaking for Chancellor Angela Merkel, said: “All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust. I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”
Litvak of Tel Aviv University said:
Hitler did not need Husseini to convince him.
This recent debate sparked by Netanyahu’s comments comes amid back and forth of accusations between Palestinian and Israeli officials. Both sides are pointing at materials on social media that are heating up both the Israeli and Palestinian people against one another.