October 22, 2015

YET BIBI MANAGED TO MAKE HIM A MARTYR:

Mufti Bests Bibi (Walter Russell Mead, 10/22/15, American Interest)

The irony here is that the Grand Mufti was a political failure who failed to marshal virtually any sympathy for the Palestinians during his ruinous tenure. A close ally of Hitler and Eichmann (the Nazis liked him so much that they thought he must have Aryan roots), al-Husseini led the Palestinian national movement starting in 1921. Needless to say, his Nazi affiliations helped convince critical players in postwar politics--including American progressives, and, even more critically, Joseph Stalin--that the movement was essentially a fascist militia. He also obstructed the United Nations Special Committee on Palestine, paving the way for the establishment of a Jewish State.

The bottom line: al-Husseini was an ineffective leader who did more than almost any other leader to generate animosity and distrust for the Palestinian cause.

Posted by at October 22, 2015 7:32 PM
  

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