From the “you can’t make this stuff up” department, c/o Slate:
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This is bizarre: Benjamin Netanyahu, in a Tuesday speech, made the historically erroneous accusation that Hitler got the idea to kill Jews from a Muslim cleric named Haj Amin al-Husseini in 1941. From the Times of Israel:
During an address Tuesday to delegates at the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu posited that the Nazi fuehrer did not initially intend to annihilate the Jews, but rather sought to expel them from Europe. According to the prime minister’s version of the events, Hitler changed his mind after meeting with Muslim leader Husseini—who was grand mufti of Jerusalem from 1921 to 1948, and president of the Supreme Muslim Council from 1922 to 1937—in Berlin near the end of 1941.
However, as the Times writes, “An overwhelming majority of Holocaust historians reject the notion that Husseini planted the idea of a ‘Final Solution’ for Europe’s Jews in Hitler’s mind.” Hundreds of thousands of Jews had already been massacred by the Nazis and other fascist collaborators by the time the two met on Nov.