Voices of Palestine: Haj Amin al-Husseini

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A United Nations Assembly document presented in 1947 which contained the Mufti’s June 28, 1943 letter to the Hungarian Foreign Minister requesting the deportation of Hungarian Jews to Poland, includes this stark, telling annotation: “As a Sequel to This Request 400,000 Jews Were Subsequently Killed”.

The Mufti escaped to the Middle East after the war to avoid capture and possible prosecution for war crimes. The Mufti was unrelenting in his espousal of a virulent Judeophobic hatred as the focal tenet of his ideology in the aftermath of World War II, and the creation of the State of Israel. The esteemed journalist and writer David Pryce-Jones elucidated the pre-eminent status of anti-Semitism in the Mufti’s bitter legacy: “These, then, were the images and preconceptions to which Haj Amin could appeal once he became the leading Palestinian power holder.

In memoirs written at the end of his life, when the bankruptcy of these images and preconceptions was starkly visible, he was still speaking of the Jews as ‘..notorious for perfidy and falsification and distortion and cruelty of which the noble Koran provides the strongest testimony against them..’. His hatred for Jews was instinctive, tribal; he wished to cut them down, declaring to their face, ‘..Nothing but the sword will decide the future of this country..’. That this came true amid calamity and ruin was Haj Amin’s memorial to posterity”.

Pryce-Jones insights underscore the profound impact of the Mufti’s personal convictions and hateful messages on the development of Arab and Palestinian political culture in the latter half of the 20th century, to the present. It is undeniable that the Mufti’s virulent anti-Semitism continues to influence Arab policy toward Israel. Not surprisingly, Yasser Arafat, beginning at the age of 16, worked for the Mufti performing terrorist operations. Arafat still considers the Mufti his primary spiritual and political mentor.

This profile was adapted from the article “Arab Muslim Anti-Semitism,” written by Andrew G. Bostom and published by FrontPageMagazine.com on November 25, 2002.

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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.