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Appointed Mufti of Jerusalem by the British in 1921, Haj Amin al-Husseini was the most prominent Arab figure in Palestine during the Mandatory period. Anti-British and anti-Jewish, the mufti was the key nationalist figure among Muslims in Palestine. (The idea of a nation comprising "Palestinian" Arabs was newly derived.) Fearful that increased Jewish immigration to Palestine would damage Arab standing in the area, the mufti engineered bloody riots against Jewish settlement in 1929 and 1936. He was a pioneer in the use of suicide squads to terrorize Jews.
Dismissed from his position following the riots of 1936, he continued his extremist activities from abroad. During World War II, the mufti was involved in the mobilization of support for Germany among Muslims. In November 1941 the Mufti met with Hitler.
Little Green Footballs posts images of the Mufti's Nazi junket, as well as documents of his collaboration with the Germans that reveal a Saudi tie. (Plus ca change)
On 1 March 1944, in a radio broadcast to the Arab people from Berlin, the Mufti stated:
"Arabs! Rise as one and fight for your sacred rights. Kill the Jews wherever you find them. This pleases God, history, and religion. This saves your honor."
The Mufti initiated some of the most virulently pro-Nazi and Jew-Hating broadcasts in history. Declared a war criminal at Nuremberg, he would spend the rest of his life living in opulence in Cairo. His broadcasts, pamphlets, intelligence network and sabotage against Israel would continue after his death in 1974. In his memoirs, he wrote,
"Our fundamental condition for cooperating with Germany was a free hand to eradicate every last Jew from Palestine and the Arab world. I asked Hitler for an explicit undertaking to allow us to solve the Jewish problem in a manner befitting our national and racial aspirations and according to the scientific methods innovated by Germany in the handling of its Jews. The answer I got was: 'The Jews are yours."
The Palestinian Arab response to peace overtures – stepping up murderous attacks on innocent civilians – has become as inevitable as the sunrise. For Israelis, taking a bus or visiting the grocery store can mean not seeing another sunrise.
A Google search on the phrase "Arafat condemns terrorism" returns 12,400 results, according to Little Green Footballs.
There is no "cycle of violence." To say Israeli self-defense against terrorists who seek Israel's destruction is the same as those terrorists' attacks on Israeli civilians is to engage in the same crazy moral equivalence as equating American self-defense against al Qaeda to Osama's murder of thousands on 9.11. Promoting this phony equivalence gives legitimacy to killers who have no interest whatsoever in peace with Israel and never have. Yet all too many churchmen and statesmen and editorialists and self-described peace activists continue to do so.
As has been said, if Palestinians were to lay down their arms tomorrow, they'd have a state; were Israelis to do so, they'd all be killed.
I haven’t written much about the “Roadmap to Peace” for the same reason I wouldn’t write much about attempts to crossbreed a llama with a vacuum cleaner: I don’t think it’s going to work. I never thought it would work. The only question is how many dead Israelis it will take before the point is made, for the 3,234th time.
The top-of-the-hour radio news played today's news just as you’d expect - everything shoved through the tit-for-tat template. Israel attempts to take out a terror leader; Hamas “responds” with a bombing. As if they’re equal. As if targeting the car that ferries around some murderous SOB is the same as sending a blissed-out teenager to blow nails and screws through the flesh of afternoon commuters so he can bury himself in the heaving bosom of the heavenly whorehouse. Cycle of violence, don't you know.
They don’t have helicopters, we're told, so they use suicide bombers. If they had helicopters, they would have strafed the bus and everyone waiting at the corner. Give them a nation where Hamas runs unchecked, and they’ll have helicopters.
What an overwhelming number of Palestinians who call for an "End to the Occupation" really want is for Israel to be wiped from the map, as the David Horowitz shows in this slideshow.
What should be wiped out is Hamas. The Israeli army is reported to be on that job. Good hunting.