Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed that a Palestinian Grand Mufti convinced Adolf Hitler to carry out the Holocaust.
In a speech to the Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Tuesday, Netanyahu controversially claimed Hitler “didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews”.
“[Mufti] Haj Amin Al-Husseini went up to him and said if you expel them, they’ll all come here [Palestine],” Mr Netanyahu said, before claiming that Husseini told Hitler to “burn them”.
The Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial’s chief historian Professor Dina Porat was quick to denounce Netanyahu’s claims. “You cannot say that it was the mufti who gave Hitler the idea to kill or burn Jews. It’s not true,” she said. “Their meeting occurred after a series of events that point to this.”
Netanyahu said his claims in no way absolve Hitler’s responsibility for the killing of nine million Jews during World War II. Germany also refuses to accept this reinterpretation of history, taking full responsibility for the Holocaust.
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Top photo of Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the 37th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, from The Guardian’s video coverage.