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Netanyahu on the Holocaust - How desperate can he get?

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Netanyahu on the Holocaust - How desperate can he get?

Why now? Why at this dangerous moment of acute Israeli-Palestinian tension did Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister, chose to revise the most sensitive moment in history, to place a Palestinian, as the central instigator of the vilest industrial bloodletting in human history.

In a speech to the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu claimed that in 1941, the then Mufti of Jerusalem Hajj Amin Al-Husseini "flew to Berlin. Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, "If you expel them, they'll all come here." "So what should I do with them?" he asked. He said, "Burn them."

For sure the Mufti was deeply anti-Jewish. He had long lost his standing among most Palestinians by the time he started embedding himself with the Axis powers.

Yet in the minutes of the Mufti’s one and only meeting with Hitler in November 1941 (months after plans for the final solution were already in place), there was no mention of killing all the Jews. World famous holocaust historians such as Deborah Lipstadt, the Dorot professor of modern Jewish history and Holocaust studies at Emory University, have trashed the idea as historically inaccurate.

This Holocaust revisionism by Netanyahu is arguably even Holocaust denial, by asserting that Hitler actually only wanted to deport Jews but the Mufti persuaded him otherwise.



For such a savvy, sharp and experienced media operator, fully aware of Jewish history and suffering, could this be accidental? Not for a second.

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The message - the Mufti, the embodiment in this view of all Palestinians, was in effect worse than Hitler. Netanyahu is arguing effectively that Hitler was a reluctant Jew killer who needed a Palestinian to plant the seeds of this in his head. It is also as many have argued a disgraceful abuse of the Holocaust for clear political purposes.

Historic responsibility
Netanyahu was forced into what was not a retraction at all or even an apology, but more of an explanation. Bibi has rarely ever admitted he was wrong about anything so he claimed that he “didn't mean to absolve Hitler of responsibility but to show that the father of the Palestinian nation wanted to destroy the Jews even without territories, without occupation, and without settlements.” Somehow the Mufti has been promoted to the “Father of the Palestinian nation”, a novel title for sure. But note - Netanyahu did refer to a Palestinian nation, a first as far as I can recall.

The German reaction shows just how breathtaking Bibi’s comments were. A spokesperson for Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel was compelled to confirm "We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.” Yes, Germany officially had to remind an Israeli Prime Minister that Germany has the historic responsibility for this genocide.

Netanyahu was attempting to push the narrative that Palestinians are historically anti-Jewish and that incitement is not a recent issue but one that preceded the state of Israel and certainly the occupation of 1967. In other words, he wants to challenge the idea that incitement is not a product of 48 years of occupation but in fact the cause of occupation and conflict.

For such a savvy, sharp and experienced media operator, fully aware of Jewish history and suffering, could this be accidental? Not for a second. This was a set piece speech.

Selling a line
Ultimately, this like the whole issue of incitement itself is a massive distraction and clearly Netanyahu wants to divert everyone from the core issues. From the outset Netanyahu, his ministers and associated hasbaristas have tried to sell the line that the current escalation of violence is all due to Palestinian incitement and that it was Mahmoud Abbas the Palestinian Prime Minister who was the arch culprit. And just to add another example of abusing the Holocaust for political ends, the Israeli Energy Minister claimed that “the level and intensity of the incitement and the level of anti-Semitism is the same level as Hitler.” And yes there has been inexcusable anti-Jewish statements and literature (above all from Hamas sources) as there have been unacceptable anti-Palestinian statements even by Israeli ministers.

Step forward the first spoiler to this - the Israeli internal security service no less. Shin Bet made clear that Abbas had not been inciting violence and “is even instructing his security forces to prevent terror attacks as much as possible."
Undeterred Israeli ministers continued as if this had not been said. The trouble is that this incitement argument simply did not get any traction internationally and for good reason.

International agencies, human right groups and the United Nations for more than two years have warned that Israel had escalated its use of lethal force, increased the humble of home demolitions and expanded settlements at a phenomenal rate. The U.S. Secretary of State, John Kerry said that this was due to the settlements issue.

Actually the settlements issue is just one part of the issue but John Kerry cannot say that. He cannot even utter the word for fear of the outcry. It is of course - occupation. Across the West Bank the occupation has intensified, more lands and water have been taken from the Palestinians. And like nearly every foreign occupation in history, it engenders and triggers a violent reaction.

Stabbing of Israeli civilians is wrong. Period. Yet Netanyahu wants the world to believe that this is all due to Palestinian incitement. The reality is that the young Palestinians of the post-Oslo generation no longer listen to any Palestinian leader not least the octogenarian Mahmoud Abbas. He could not incite them to get out of bed let alone throw stones.

For both Palestinians and Israelis what has incited anger has not been words, it has been actions. Israelis are furious with the stabbings, as they are with the rocket attacks on their cities and towns and in the past, the suicide bombings. This is understandable. What has incited Palestinians amongst many things is the occupation, including the attacks on them, the disproportionate bombing and blockade of Gaza, the mass arrests, the night raids and the daily denial of their rights and freedoms.

Netanyahu did not convince the world over the last month that incitement was the key, so his reaction is to scream louder and stretch the boundaries of credibility even further. It shows how desperate he is. He has no definable strategy to end the stabbings and restore any measure of calm even if he wanted to.

It has all the hallmarks of another leader stuck in his ivory tower for too long - he is Israel’s second longest serving Prime Minister. He is so overconfident in his oratorical ability to persuade he believed that he could turn Congress against the Iran deal and now sell a revision of the Holocaust to the world and even the Jewish people. But speeches are not strategy and Netanyahu has nothing to fall back on. For its own sake, Israel needs new leadership as well as a new course.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/views/news/middle-east/2015/10/22/Netanyahu-s-hollow-course-on-the-Holocaust-.html
 

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And here comes the response


Germany stresses holocaust responsibility after Netanyahu’s claim




Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and German Chancellor Merkel hold joint news conference in Berlin. (Reuters)

AFP, BerlinWednesday, 21 October 2015
Germany on Wednesday stressed its inherent responsibility in the Holocaust, after Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu stirred controversy over his claim a Palestinian leader gave Hitler the idea of exterminating Jews.

Asked to comment on Netanyahu’s allegation, government spokesman Steffen Seibert said he would not speak directly on the claim.

But he added: “I can speak for the federal government, that we Germans recognize that the murderous racial fanaticism of the Nazis was the historical origin of ... the Shoah.

“I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know of the inherent German responsibility in these crimes against humanity,” he added, just hours before Netanyahu was to meet German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin.

In a speech on Tuesday, Netanyahu suggested that Hitler was not planning to exterminate the Jews until he met Palestinian nationalist Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, in 1941.

“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time. He wanted to expel the Jews,” Netanyahu told the World Zionist Congress.

“And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said: 'If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’ ‘So what should I do with them?’ he asked. He said: ‘Burn them.’”

Netanyahu on Wednesday backtracked on the claim, denying that he was exonerating Hitler of the responsibility for the Holocaust, in which six million Jews were slaughtered.

http://english.alarabiya.net/en/News/middle-east/2015/10/21/Germany-stresses-holocaust-responsibility-after-Netanyahu-s-claim-.html
 

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Him and his country people have severe hatred against Arabs, they consider us sons of Ismael and they are sons of Isaac. And in their religion Ismael oppressed his brother and was cruel and hence we Arab offspring of him are evil misguided people. In Islam we have different view of Ismael that is positive I believe.
 

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Here comes the vampire and his twisted version of history. Had muslim been running Europe to this day the holocaust wouldn't have happened.
 

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As above. The transparent smears, it's like he is just shamelessly against any view someone would take seriously and will 'have a stab at anything' for his agenda.
*Sigh*
 

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Israelis will always remind the world of the holocaust horrors to get support from the international community but like the boy "who cried wolf" they've overdone it.

The Israelis, not just Netanyahu, will say anything to make the world believe the Palestinians are the villains. Wouldn't accusing them of being responsible for the holocaust present them as enemies of Israel who for ages have desired to bring about the nation's [Israel's] annihilation?

Despite all that though gone are the times when empty rhetoric would justify the actions of the Israelis. Everyone knows Israelis are the aggressors.

All the lies they tell will be exposed.
 

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