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    • KvD
    • 05.06.05 | 20:16 (IDT)

    If the following does not hold true so maybe Johanes Franzen can help me.. After World War I, Hajj Amin-Husaini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, became the preeminent leader of the palestinian nationalist cause, he mounted a campaign to protect the sanctity of the haram al-sharif wich allowed him to mobilize the populace against the Jews and to claim to speak for all palestinians, until he was forced to flee Palestine after the British put down the Arab Revolt of 1936-39. In 1948 the Mufti organized a small Palestinian army aimed at creating an independent Palestinian state. Jasser Arafat is a member of Husayni's extended family and received his initial political education at the Husaynis' home in exile in Cairo (Alan Hart, Arafat: Terrorist or Paecemaker? 1984) * ..Mufti aimed at much vaster purposes, conceived not so much in pan-Arab as in pan-Islamic terms, for a Holy War of Islam in alliance with Germany against World Jewry, to accomplish the Final Solution of the Jewish problem everywhere. In June 1944, Dieter Wisliceny, Eichmann's deputy for Slovakia and Hungary, told Dr. Rudolf Kasztner in Budapest that he was convinced that the Mufti had played a role in the decision to exterminate the European Jews... The importance of this role must not be disregarded ...The Mufti had repeatedly suggested to the various authorities with whom he was maintaining contact, above all to Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler, the extermination of European Jewry. He considered this as a comfortable solution of the Palestinian problem. In his conversation with Endre Steiner in Bratislava, Wisliceny said: The Mufti was one of the initiators of the systematic extermination of European Jewry and had been a collaborator and advisor of Eichmann and Himmler in execution of this plan...He was one of Eichmann's best friends and had constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard him say, accompanied by Eichmann, he had visited incognito the gas chamber of Auschwitz. Wisliceny, who himself was a major war criminal and finally executed in 1948, repeated the Mufti's participation in the Holocaust at the Nuremberg trials in July 1946. Just one example of the Mufti's achievements: The number of Jews who had obtained visa for Palestine, but were cancelled because of the Mufti's protests were: 13 May, 1943 : 4,000 children and 500 adults. (Bulgaria) 28 June, 1943 : 1,800 children and 200 adults. (Rumania) 28 June, 1943 : 900 children and 100 adults. (Hungary)

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    First published 00:00 05.06.05 | Last updated 00:00 04.06.05
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