The German government on Wednesday said that the responsibility of Holocaust is ours. The statement came after Israel’s prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu initiated a controversy before the tour to Berlin by stating “a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.”
Steffen Seibert, spokesperson of Chancellor Angela Merkel said, “All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilisation that was the Holocaust.”
This is taught in German schools for good reason, it must never be forgotten. And I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.
PM Netanyahu also referred a speech to the episodes of assaults by Muslims against Jews in Palestine in 1920’s that he told were provoked by the Mufti of Jerusalem that time, Haj Amin al-Husseini.
“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;.”
PM Benjamin Netanyahu stated this while addressing to 37th World Zionist Congress.
He said: Hitler who met the Grand Mufti in November 1941, asked, “What should I do with them?” and the Mufti replied, “Burn them.”
This is not the first time that Israel’s leaders made such speeches. Earlier in 2012, in a Knesset speech, he presented Husseini, who got died in 1974, as “one of the leading architects of the final solution”. Despite of many others who have spoken regarding Husseini’s impact and influence on Hitler, yet the claim that he was the one to start the mass killing of European Jews has been widely rejected.
Israel’s PM also said that attacks on the Jewish community in 1920, 1921 and 1929 in Jerusalem, “as being instigated by a call of the Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al Husseini, who was later sought for war crimes in the Nuremberg trials because he had a central role in fomenting the final solution”.
However, Netanyahu’s statement have been refuted by some writers as well as social media users as ‘bizarre kind of Holocaust revisionism’.
Novelist Linda Grant alleged Netanyahu and said, “Netanyahu has said something so profoundly toxic he might have brought the whole Jewish world down on his head. He’s exonerated Hitler.”
Netanyahu has said something so profoundly toxic he might have brought the whole Jewish world down on his head. He's exonerated Hitler.
— Linda Grant (@lindasgrant) October 21, 2015
Yousef Munayyer tweeted, “Netanyahu was willing to whitewash Hitler to smear Palestinians. Just let that sink in to understand how low he has sunk.”
Netanyahu was willing to whitewash Hitler to smear Palestinians. Just let that sink in to understand how low he has sunk.
— (((YousefMunayyer))) (@YousefMunayyer) October 21, 2015
How long till Netanyahu has to apologise? Claim he 'misspoke' re Hitler and the Holocaust? Surely that comment can't be allowed to stand?
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) October 20, 2015