As the chief propagator of Nazi ideology in the Muslim world, Haj Amin al-Husseini certainly belongs in Yad Vashem.
The Yad Vashem chairman recently released a statement defending the Israeli Holocaust museum’s decision no longer to display a photograph of an infamous meeting in 1941 between Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Husseini and Adolf Hitler.
The chairman argued that being forced to include the contested photograph is “tantamount to partaking in the debate on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.”
In fact, the move, which glosses over the role that the mufti played in recruiting troops for the Nazis and personally helping to spread Nazi ideology throughout the Middle East and North Africa, prevents museum visitors from viewing a primary source with deep historical and present-day relevance.
Throughout Hitler’s rise to power, the mufti remained a leading figure in the Arab world, and his vehement anti-Semitism and contribution to organized war crimes against Jews have been and will remain significant facts in Holocaust history.
The mufti is best known for directly forming and training Arab refugees and Arab-Europeans in Waffen-S.S. (combat) divisions. He was tasked in 1943 by the S.S. with recruiting Bosnian Muslims in an effort to establish the “Mountain division.”
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