Jewish historians rubbish Netanyahu’s Holocaust claims

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LEADING Jewish historians have rubbished Benjamin Natenyahu’s claims that the Holocaust was caused by Palestinians.

Netanyahu blamed the slaughter of millions of people during World War II on the then Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, in a controversial speech at the 37th World Zionist Congress this week.

Startling video footage shows the Israeli Prime Minister telling the audience that Nazi leader Adolf Hitler had only wanted to expel the Jews – but was instead convinced to slaughter them by the Muslim leader, who died in 1974.

dina porat“It’s not true” – Professor Dina Porat

Professor Dina Porat, chief historian at The World Center for Holocaust Research (Yad Vashem) told Ynet that Netanyahu’s statements were factually incorrect.

She said: “You cannot say that it was the mufti who gave Hitler the idea to kill or burn Jews.

“It’s not true. Their meeting occurred after a series of events that point to this.”

Professor Meir Litvak, who teaches at Tel Aviv University’s Department of Middle Eastern History, said the idea of annihilating the Jews came up in 1939.

While the initial plan was to send Europe’s Jews to an area north of the Ural Mountains so that they would die of disease, he said, the plan was nixed when the Soviet Union did not surrender in 1941.

At that point, Litvak said, the extermination idea arose.

“Husseini supported the extermination of the Jews, he tried to prevent rescuing of Jews, he recruited Arabs for the SS,” said Litvak. “He was an abominable person, but this must not minimize the scale of Hitler’s guilt.”

meir livakProfesson Meir Litvak.

Dr. Saeb Erekat, Secretary General of the Palestinian Liberation Organisation, said Netenyahu “deepened the divide during a time when a just and lasting peace is needed most.”

He said it was a “sad day in history” adding “”Palestinian efforts against the Nazi regime are a deep-rooted part of our history.

“Palestine will never forget – though it seems Netanyahu’s extremist government has.

Dr. Erekat added: “Mr. Netanyahu should stop using this human tragedy to score points for his political ends.

“On behalf of the thousands of Palestinians that fought alongside the Allied Troops in defense of international justice, the State of Palestine denounces these morally indefensible and inflammatory
statements.

“Palestinian efforts against the Nazi regime are a deep-rooted part of our history.  Palestine will never forget – though it seems Netanyahu’s extremist government has.

” It is a sad day in history when the leader of the Israeli government hates his neighbor so much so that he is willing to absolve the most notorious war criminal in history, Adolf Hitler, of the murder of 6 million Jews during the Holocaust.

Netenyahu made similar statements three years ago in the Knesset (the Israeli parliament), claiming that the Mufti was “one of the leading architects of the Final Solution”.

 

 

 

 

WitnessLA.com LA Youth Ambassador Shot in GA

Once on a path not all that different from the teen who shot him, Semaj turned his life around with help from the Building a Lifetime of Options and Opportunities for Men (BLOOM) program, which aims to give justice system-involved teens in South LA control over their circumstances by connecting them with mentors and local organizations that provide education and employment services.After speaking at the forum, Semaj and another young man were approached by three teens who brought them to a housing project called Yamacraw Village and attempted to rob them. When Semaj tried to run away, one of the boys shot him three times.One of the bullets severed Semaj’s spinal cord. Doctors told Semaj he will never walk again.The 17-year-old who shot Semaj was actually supposed to be in attendance at the conference, but did not show up.In a video aired on Savannah’s local NBC station, Semaj cried when talking about how he would never be able to run again, which he says is how he works through pain in his life, but said that he would not give up working to help troubled kids. “I’m not going to be able to walk again, and that hurts me,” Semaj said, “but it’s not going to stop me from doing what I’ve got to do. So I’m just going to stay out here and try to make a difference.”

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