July 21, 2019

Abbas Advisor Pays Homage to Nazi Collaborator

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas looks on as he meets with the foreign media in Ramallah, in the Israel-occupied West Bank June 23, 2019. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman

An advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas honored Nazi collaborator Haj Amin Al-Husseini in a July 4 Facebook post.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) reports that Abbas Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations Mahmoud Al-Habbash wrote in the post that July 4 was the day Al-Husseini died and called him a “great” leader.

في مثل هذا اليوم الرابع من تموز من العام ١٩٧٤، توفي القائد الوطني الفلسطيني الكبير الحاج أمين الحسيني، مفتي فلسطين ورئيس…

Posted by ‎Dr. Mahmoud Al-Habbash – د. محمود الهباش‎ on Thursday, July 4, 2019

According to PMW’s translation of the post, Al-Habbash called Al-Husseini a “role model.” PMW also notes that the PA has at least one school named after Al-Husseini and other PA leaders have honored him as well.

Al-Husseini met with Adolf Hitler in 1941, where he expressed support for Hitler’s Final Solution. A year later, he started closely working with Adolf Eichmann, one of the key organizers of the Holocaust. 

Al-Husseini worked with the SS to murder Jews in Croatia and Hungary, aimed to establish concentration camps in Mandate Palestine and promulgated Nazi rhetoric via Arabic on behalf of the Third Reich, according to Times of Israel blogger Alex Rose.

In addition to his collaboration with the Nazis, Al-Husseini also incited multiple riots against Jews in Mandate Palestine and helped organize the Farhud, the 1941 pogrom against Jews in Iraq.

Al-Husseini is considered the father of Palestinian nationalism and was a mentor to Yasser Arafat; Abbas vowed in 2005 to continue Arafat’s work.