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Nazi ally, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, is Arafat's "hero" (Aug-2002)

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Submitted by Roberta (United States), Aug 2, 2022 at 13:50

Nazi ally, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, is Arafat's "hero"

Itanar Narcus, PMW Bulletin, Aug 5, 2002

In an interview this week Arafat called the Arab leader and Nazi ally, Hajj Amin Al Husseini, "our hero". Arafat referred to "our hero Al Husseini" as a symbol of withstanding world pressure, having remained an Arab leader in spite of demands to have him replaced because of his Nazi ties. This he compared to Palestinian withstanding of world pressure for reform of the Palestinian Authority today, which includes the American demand to replace Arafat.

Background:

"Hajj Amin Al Husseini (1895-1974) was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem... He supported the Nazis, and especially their program for the mass murder of the Jews. He visited numerous death camps and encouraged Hitler to extend the "Final Solution" to the Jews of North Africa and Palestine. In 1946 he escaped to Egypt." [Simon Wiesenthal Center Web Site]

The following is the text from the interview:
Interviewer: "I have heard voices from within the [Palestinian] Authority in the past few weeks, saying that the reforms are coordinated according to American whims..."

Arafat: "We are not Afghanistan...We are the Mighty People. Were they able to replace our hero Hajj Amin al-Husseini? ... There were a number of attempts to get rid of Hajj Amin, whom they considered an ally of the Nazis. But even so, he lived in Cairo, and participated in the 1948 war, and I was one of his troops."

[Al Sharq al Awsat, a London Arabic daily, reprinted in the Palestinian daily Al Quds, Aug, 2, 2002]

http://web.archive.org/web/20030802124153/www.pmw.org.il/new/bulletins-050802.html

https://www.thefreelibrary.com/Nazi+Ally%2c+Hajj+Amin+Al+Husseini%2c+is+Arafat%27s+%27Hero%27.-a090154103

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