On Monday evening, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu attacked Jeremy Corbyn for laying a wreath at graves in a Tunisian ceremony. The graves were not of ‘Munich terrorists’, but of Palestinian officials who were killed elsewhere.
Netanyahu’s tweet provoked a blistering put-down by Corbyn, who pointed to the Israeli PM’s record of unarmed Palestinians killed and Israel’s new nation state law, which discriminates against Israel’s Arab minority.
But Netanyahu has also been attacked for his attempted intervention because of comments he made just three years ago, which were reported at the time by the Israeli Ha’Aretz newspaper, which described them as “a claim that was rejected by most accepted Holocaust scholars“:
According to Ha’Aretz,
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sparked public uproar when on Tuesday he claimed that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was the one who planted the idea of the extermination of European Jewry in Adolf Hitler’s mind. The Nazi ruler, Netanyahu said, had no intention of killing the Jews, but only to expel them.
In a speech before the World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem, Netanyahu described a meeting between Husseini and Hitler in November, 1941: “Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jew.”
The paper also reports that 2015 was not the first time Netanyahu had said it – he had said similar to the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) in 2012.
The comments are very similar to those made by Ken Livingstone, which were widely condemned as antisemitic. Netanyahu’s speech caused comparable outrage in Israel.
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