Voices of Palestine: Haj Amin al-Husseini

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Editor’s note: Below is the latest profile of Frontpage’s new series, “Voices of Palestine,” which will illuminate the core beliefs, in their own words, of leading figures in the Palestinian death cult. Click the following to view the profiles of Ahmad Bahr, Mahmoud al-Zahar, Ibrahim Mudayris and Yasser Ghalban.

Appointed Mufti of Jerusalem by the British High Commissioner in May 1921, Haj Amin al-Husseini was the founder of the Palestinian Arab movement. He relied upon virulent anti-Jewish incitement to garner popular support. Throughout his public career, the Mufti used traditional Koranic anti-Jewish motifs to arouse the Arab street. For example, during the incitement which led to the 1929 Arab revolt in Palestine, he called for combating and slaughtering “the Jews”, not merely Zionists. In fact, most of the Jewish victims of the 1929 Arab revolt were Jews from the centuries old dhimmi communities (e.g., in Hebron), as opposed to recent settlers identified with the Zionist movement.

With the ascent of Nazi Germany in the 1930s, the Mufti and his coterie intensified their anti-Semitic activities to secure support from Hitler’s Germany, Bosnian Muslims, and the overall Arab Muslim world, for a jihad to annihilate the Jews of Palestine. Following his expulsion from Palestine by the British, the Mufti organized a brutal anti-Jewish pogrom in Baghdad (1941), concurrent with his failed effort to install a pro-Nazi Iraqi government.

Escaping to Europe after this unsuccessful coup attempt, the Mufti spent the remainder of World War II in Germany and Italy. From this sanctuary, he provided active support for the Germans by recruiting Bosnian Muslims, in addition to Muslim minorities from the Caucasus, for dedicated Nazi SS units. The Mufti’s objectives for these recruits, and Muslims in general, were made explicit during his multiple wartime radio broadcasts from Berlin, heard throughout the Arab world: an international campaign of genocide against the Jews.

For example, during his March 1, 1944 broadcast he stated: “Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion.” Haj Amin made an especially important contribution to the German war effort in Yugoslovia where the Bosnian Muslim SS units he recruited (in particular the Handzar Division) brutally suppressed local Nazi resistance movements. The Mufti’s pamphlet entitled, “Islam and the Jews”, was published by the Nazis in Croatian and German for distribution during the war to these Bosnian Muslim SS units. This hateful propaganda served to incite the slaughter of Jews, and (Serb) Christians as well.

Indeed, the Bosnian Muslim Handzar SS Division was responsible for the destruction of whole Bosnian Jewish and Serbian communities, including the massacre of Jews and Serbs, and the deportation of survivors to Auschwitz for extermination. However, these heinous crimes, for which the Mufti bears direct responsibility, had only a limited impact on the overall destruction of European Jewry when compared with his nefarious wartime campaign to prevent Jewish emigration from Europe to Palestine. Invoking the personal support of such prominent Nazis as Himmler and Eichmann, the Mufti’s relentless hectoring of German, Rumanian, and Hungarian government officials caused the cancellation of an estimated 480,000 exit visas which had been granted to Jews (80,000 from Rumania, and 400,000 from Hungary). As a result, these hapless individuals were deported to Nazi concentration camps.

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  • KarshiKhanabad

    FPM should re-publish that informative photo of the Mufti and Hitler's grip-and-grin. Haj Amin al-Husseini is the father of every intifada from 1929 to the present. Mein Kampf is a bestseller in the Arab world to this day. Uniformed Palestinian and Iranian terrorists march in goosestep and give the stiffarmed Nazi salute. Islam is steeped in fascist imagery and groupthink. "O Hitler of blessed memory!" the Muslims cry, "Your work was left unfinished!"

    What say you, Herr Flipside?

    "Three hundred million Arab Muslims versus seven million Israeli Jews. Would someone please do the math?"

  • Jayson Rex

    Past mistakes should be corrected rather than reinforced by current behavior. Israel must be ready to expel ALL Arabs from Cisjordan, without discriminating against any of them – whether from Gaza region or the so-called West Bank area. Since Egypt will not accept them, nor any other Arab country, re-occupying Sinai will provide more than enough empty space for all "Palestinians" to live in safety and comfort, whether Hamas or Fatah sympathizers or other terrorist faction.

    We must keep in mind that as long as there is a single Arab left west of the Jordan river the State of Israel will continue to be in mortal danger. And such a situation cannot be tolerated a day longer, so sorry.  

    • Larry

      Don't give the other arab failed states a choice about accepting the sewer slime they created. Shovel it across their borders and tell them it's the fault, their creation, deal with it.

      As for taking Sinai back, Egypt has no historical claim on it, and Israel has handed it over twice, only to see it used as a base to attack Israel and Israeli interests. Time to take back and keep it.

  • Cynic

    ” had only a limited impact on the overall destruction of European Jewry when compared with his nefarious wartime campaign to prevent Jewish emigration from Europe to Palestine. ”

    He certainly was very successful because the British aided him in his endeavours by locking the door to Palestine and keeping the Jews prisoner in Europe and easy pickings for Hitler.

  • Pierre

    It had been better to give the name "Palestine" to our country insteasd of Israel…
    Do you imagine the confusion of our enemis and of their abettors??

  • jacob

    So just to show the kind of nation ENGLAND is and in all honesty, it shouldn't
    happen to better people than to have the Muslim plague right there, to pay at
    least for the death of so many Jews at the hands of the NAZIS, thanks to their
    closing the doors of the MANDATE in deference to the Arabs, to the hundreds
    of thousands of Jews trying to escape from the Nazis

    Of course, it doesn't fall far from our politicians, as it is known that GEORGE
    Marshall opposed TRUMAN's backing the creation of the State of Israel, on
    the grounds that American interests lied with the Arabs and not with the Jews


  • jacob

    Whether the rotten and biased UN, good only to condemn Israel 24/7/365, the EU
    and our FUHRER like it or else, it is time for Israel to take off the kid gloves and go
    for broke….
    Hamas must be liquidated no matter what the cost and this time without the
    stupid "Rules of Engagement" it doesn't abide by anyway….
    Time and again has been proven that the best defense is the attack, proven ad
    nauseam at the Six Days War
    Next should be HIZBALLAH and,since the Lebanese are part of it, let them
    harvest what they allowed to be planted.
    If in 2006 they bombed northern Israel at will, imagine now with the 100,000 they
    claim to have…

    And as to the Syrian hyena, ASSAD knows damned well what to expect if he

  • FriendofGaryCooper

    Haj Amin el-Husseini was a strange-looking, evil little man; whom the Jews AND the British pursued, until he made his escape from Iraq in 1941, just after the Farhud.(Arabic for
    pogrom) Somehow, Husseini was always going out the back door; when agents of the Yishuv were breaking down the front door. But it gets worse. In the 1920's, a few years before the 1929 Hebron massacre, Chaim Weizmann's brother in law built the Palestine Hotel;
    under contract with Husseini. The shell of this building still stands; right across the street from the Old Muslim cemetery, in City Center, Jerusalem. Husseini died at age 79, in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1974.

  • UCSPanther

    The story of al-Husseini is a small, but very important piece of WWII history that still is playing out to this day…

  • Ghostwriter

    Haj Amin al-Husseini was an absolute monster. He deserve to be hung alongside his Nazi pals. Flipside would probably love this creep. Husseini hated Jews about as much as he does.

    • KarshiKhanabad

      Hamas and al-Fatah need to get in touch with their inner Nazi. Haj Amin al-Husseini and many of his Arab brethren had red/blonde hair and blue eyes which endeared them to their Aryan masters in Berlin and they as a result longed to be seen as German officers and German field commanders. Look up his kinsman Abdul Khader al-Husseini who was killed underestimating the fighting ability of the hated Jews.

  • Marty

    Just another garden variety palestinian genocidal sociopath and Jew-hater. These people are boring. They all do the same predictable thing: yelling and condemning Jews for achieving breakthroughs in science, technology, and overall human decency. al-husseini is despicable, but he left a strong if odious legacy that remains part of palestinian culture. Pity he lived a long if useless life. he certainly emulated the pedophile mohamad in his enthusiasm for mass murder and the assassination of political opponents. It's surprising that hamas hasn't named a city after him. Its probably waiting to do that after destroying Israel.

  • hammar

    Mohammed been dead and rottening in hell for 15 centuries or so….death is their faith.

  • Jim Przedzienkowski

    The term 'Polish concentration camp' is incorrect. The Nazi Germans established the 'concentration camps' on occupied Polish soil. The camps were not Polish as implied by the comment. Please correct the remark.

  • steve

    I am writing this letter to express the strongest possible objection against a completely false phrase a "polish death camp".
    This insulting phrase shows a broad historical ignorance and lack of basic knowledge about the history of World War II.

  • pfc

    There was no such thing like "Polish concentration camps". Although placed in Poland, these camps were german, since established by the Germans. I don't know whether it is a deliberate lie or a simple mistake, but it ought to be corrected immediately.

  • SonderKommando

    I dunno anythin bout polish concentrate camps but i think you poeple shud go back to 2002 and talk to "Andrew G. Bostom, MD, MS, is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Brown University Medical School." whose article is quoted here and in ourjerusalem website.
    cheers and i'm happy you don't have concentration camps in poland anymore

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  • winniec

    Husseini was great uncle of Yassir Arafat who changed his family name. Husseini was a friend of the Muslim Brotherhood. Many innocents have died due this evil, genocidal ideologue.