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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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