Switching Sides

In a stunning and historic reversal of American foreign policy, the United States is now backing one of the same horses it fought during World War II. Instead of fighting against Nazism and racism, Obama has effectively joined the jihad waged during World War II by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.

Hamas has called for a new intifada
against the Jewish people. This is the fruit of Obama's pro-jihad policies. The American-Israeli relationship has suffered its deepest rift in decades: a dispute over new Jewish homes that are being built in northern Jerusalem, just north of the Sanhedria neighborhood. This is not Arab "East Jerusalem," as the mainstream media keeps saying. And as Palestinians threw stones at Israeli soldiers at checkpoints and Muslims rioted throughout Jerusalem, an increasingly pathetic Hillary Clinton said that Israel "must prove it is committed to peace 'with actions.'"

In response, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu issued a statement saying, "With regard to commitments to peace, the government of Israel has proven over the last year that it is committed to peace, both in words and actions." According to Haaretz, "The statement cited as examples Netanyahu's inaugural foreign policy speech made at Bar Ilan University, the removal of hundreds of roadblocks across the West Bank, and its decision to freeze temporarily construction in West Bank settlements. The latter, said the statement, was even called by Clinton an 'unprecedented' move."

The Muslims are free to live in Israel, but Jews cannot live among Muslims or in Muslim lands. This is what America is standing up for?

The world has been down this road before. Tuesday, Muslims fought police in Hebron, which was the site of a Muslim massacre of Jews in 1929 -- one of many jihads in Hebron. Obama is placing America on the side of those who revere and imitate Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Mufti of Jerusalem, whose central role in the Holocaust has been ignored by historians for decades. Maurice Pearlman's forgotten 1947 book, The Mufti of Jerusalem, exposes the Mufti and shows what will be the outcome of Obama's bullying of Israel and support for the Palestinians.

"It was not known until after that war," writes Pearlman, "that Haj Amin's anti-Jewish activities had extended beyond the incitement stage." In fact:

It has now also been established that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin el Husseini, played an active role in that unprecedented massacre of a people. Records found in Nazi archives and evidence produced at the Nuremberg trial reveal in specific terms that the ex-Mufti was a leading henchman of the SS Obersturmbannfuehrer Eichmann, principal executive officer in the liquidation of European Jewry. It is now established that, but for Haj Amin, the scale of murder might not have been so extensive, and hundreds of thousands of Jewish lives might have been saved.

A hint of the Mufti's complicity in the Holocaust came in a radio address he made on September 21, 1944 (the Nazis had given him his own radio show, which he used to preach Jew-hatred to the Arabs). He asked, "Is it not in your power, O Arabs, to repulse the Jews whose number does not exceed eleven millions?"

Pearlman explains:

Why "eleven millions"? No one outside Germany knew at the time the scale of Jewish extermination. It was known that before the war the Jewish population numbered nearly seventeen millions. The ex-Mufti's figure was written off at the time as a slip of the tongue, or an error in the script. But now the facts are known. It was no arithmetic error. Haj Amin knew then what only Hitler, Himmler and Eichmann knew: that more than five million Jews had been liquidated.

Dieter Wisliceny, a close associate of Holocaust architect Adolf Eichmann, stated that al-Husseini

repeatedly suggested to the various authorities with whom he has been in contact, above all before Hitler, Ribbentrop and Himmler, the extermination of European Jewry. He considered this as a comfortable solution of the Palestine problem. In his messages broadcast from Berlin, he surpassed us in anti-Jewish attacks. He was one of Eichmann's best friends and has constantly incited him to accelerate the extermination measures. I heard say that, accompanied by Eichmann, he has visited incognito the gas chamber at Auschwitz.

Yet of all those who planned the Holocaust and put the plans into effect, only the Mufti after the war remained free and unpunished. All the others were executed or tried in absentia. Among the Palestinians today, the Mufti is a hero, and his Jew-hating rhetoric is echoed on a regular basis on official Palestinian TV.

Obama has nothing to say about that. Instead, he is pressuring Israel.

In this, Obama is staying true to his hard-left pedigree. The left in America has become sick with Jew-hatred. Foreign Policy is reporting that Israel's intransigence could cost American lives. The jihad that is murdering tens of thousands of infidels across the world and is demanded by the Quran is now the fault of the Jews. How very Muslim.

Obama brought this on. His anti-Semitism is well documented in my soon-to-be-released book (with Robert Spencer), The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War On America, which is coming this July from Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster.

In putting America's power and prestige on the side of the Mufti's ideological kin as this new intifada begins, Obama shares the responsibility for the massacres of Jews that are sure to come. 

Pamela Geller is the editor and publisher of the Atlas Shrugs website and is former associate publisher of the New York Observer. She is the author (with Robert Spencer) of the forthcoming book The Post-American Presidency: The Obama Administration's War on America (Threshold Editions/Simon & Schuster).
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