Abbas advisor praises Nazi collaborator as ‘role model’

Nazi collaborator Haj Amin Al-Husseini was honored on social media by a top advisor to Palestinian Authority chief Mahmoud Abbas.

By Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch

Known Nazi collaborator and former Mufti of Palestine, Haj Amin Al-Husseini, was openly honored by Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’ Advisor on Religious Affairs and Islamic Relations, Mahmoud Al-Habbash.

During World War II Al-Husseini moved to Berlin, where he was an associate of Hitler and gave active support to the Nazi war effort. Al-Husseini was on Yugoslavia’s list of wanted war criminals, and was responsible for a Muslim SS division that murdered thousands of Serbs and Croats.

When the Nazis offered to free some Jewish children, Al-Husseini fought against their release, and as a result, 5,000 children were sent to the gas chambers.

This week, on the anniversary of his death, Abbas’ advisor posted Al-Husseini’s photo and praised him as a “role model,” writing, “On this day, on July 4, 1974, the great Palestinian national leader, [former] Mufti of Palestine and Head of the Arab Higher Committee Haj Amin Al-Husseini – who for many years led the Palestinian struggle against the British and Israeli occupation – passed away; our leaders are our role models.”

Al-Habbash’s praise is not an isolated example. Indeed, the PA named at least one school after the Nazi collaborator (Amin Al-Husseini Elementary School in El-Bireh), the current PA Mufti honored his predecessor by laying a wreath on his grave, and the PA National Security Forces highlighted Al-Husseini on Facebook.

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