Netanyahu Claims Palestinians Instigated the Holocaust

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu recently remarked in a public speech that the idea for the Holocaust was not actually Adolf Hitler’s, initially. Instead, Netanyahu claims, the Final Solution — the systematic elimination of all Jews in Europe — was the idea of a Palestinian leader. By Netanyahu’s account, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem traveled to Germany to meet with Hitler and at that point convinced the Nazi leader to begin the Holocaust.

This may sound like a shocking revelation. There’s just one problem: It’s simply not true. Since Netanyahu’s speech, scholars have come out to shoot down the Israeli leader’s remarks. It is accurate that in late 1941 Hajj Amin al-Husseini met with Adolf Hitler in Berlin. However, according to the top scholar at Yad Vashem, Israel’s center for Holocaust research, this meeting came well after Hitler’s systematic extermination of Jews had already begun.

Another scholar, a professor from Tel Aviv University, says the Final Solution was first put forth in 1939, two years before the mufti’s meeting with Hitler. Though the plan at that time was to leave European Jews to die in the Ural Mountains, Stalin’s refusal to surrender to Germany prompted the Nazis to consider other methods of exterminating European Jews. Even the Israeli Defense Minister, Moshe Ya’alon, has come forward to protest Netanyahu’s claims, remarking that “history clearly shows that Hitler initiated” the Holocaust.

Perhaps the biggest embarrassment for Netanyahu has come in the form of a rebuke from German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who said the German people were “very clear in our minds” about where the responsibility for the Holocaust falls.

Why is all of this important? In making these patently untrue claims, Netanyahu seems to be returning to his practice of demonizing Palestinians. Earlier this year Netanyahu claimed his opposition in the recent elections were backed by Arabs who were seeking to undermine Israel. As a son of a historian, it would be difficult to chalk this latest remark up to mere ignorance.

Netanyahu’s historical revisionism is dangerous. While Husseini was far from being a man to be admired, having been an undeniably unwavering supporter of Nazi Germany and antisemitism, he and the Palestinians did not “instigate” the Holocaust. However, for Benjamin Netanyahu, reshaping history to portray Palestinians as the originators of antisemitic genocide frames them as being irreconcilable adversaries, helping justify dismissing a peaceful two-state solution.

And as tensions rise and spates of violence are becoming frequent in the West Bank, it is important that the world not allow the atrocities of the 2014 conflict in Gaza to be repeated. Though there is strong evidence that Israeli forces committed war crimes that included the targeting of hospitals and civilians, the world largely remained passive as have Israeli voters (who collectively decided to keep Netanyahu and the conservative Likud party in power earlier this year).

Perhaps this is because those who refuse to find a peaceful, two-state solution, like Benjamin Netanyahu, have continually found success in dehumanizing the Palestinians — even when it means rewriting one of the darkest moments in human history.

Photo Credit: U.S. Dept. of Defense / Wikimedia Commons

109 comments

Jack Y
Jack Y5 months ago

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Jack Y
Jack Y5 months ago

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John J
John J5 months ago

thanks for sharing

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John J
John J5 months ago

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Georgina Elizab McAlliste
.3 years ago

He should be locked up somewhere and the key throwen away..

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 3 years ago

Bomb that square-headed SOB into a million pieces!!

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Fredrik Malm
Fredrik Malm3 years ago

Hitler was inspired by islam. The similarities between islam nazism is to many to ignore and he had the grand mufti as a guest and spiritual advisor.

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Kathryn Irby
Past Member 3 years ago

Square-headed Bibi wants "peace" just as Adolph Hitler did!! President Obama, it's only common sense to drop a drone-strike directly above that Pompous-Ass War Monger's Square Head!!! What's the hold-up?? After all, you love him about as much as I do!

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Nimue Pendragon

Well he would say that, wouldn't he? He's finally flipped his lid. Un-freaking-believable.

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