Chancellor Angela Merkel’s office wasted no time responding to Benjamin Netanyahu’s revisionist version of history Wednesday, rebuking the Israeli Prime Minister’s claim that the Holocaust was brought about because a Palestinian elder suggested it to Adolf Hitler. Netanyahu made the claim in a speech before heading to Berlin for a state visit.
Netanyahu spoke of a series of attacks by Muslims against Jews in Palestine during the 1920s that he said were instigated by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.
“Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews,” Netanyahu said in the speech. “And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, ‘If you expel them, they’ll all come here.’”
Netanyahu’s claims were immediately rejected by historians. It wasn’t long before Merkel’s spokesman, Steffan Seibert, informed Netanyahu and the world that Germany teaches their children the role of the Third Reich as monsters who murdered millions so those mistakes are never repeated:
“All Germans know the history of the murderous race mania of the Nazis that led to the break with civilization that was the Holocaust.
This is taught in German schools for good reason, it must never be forgotten. And I see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”
Netanyahu’s attempt to hate the Palestinians even more is nothing but a bully tactic meant to turn Israelis against Palestinians even more so than they already are. It’s almost as if Bibi has been hanging around with the American Freedom Caucus, who preach hatred for the poor and minorities behind the thin veil of their own special version of Christianity.
Israelis themselves are sickened by Netanyahu’s statements as well. A slew of memes from Israelis have surfaced mocking the prime minister as Netanyahu tries to backpedal his statement.
Kudos to Chancellor Merkel and the Germans for immediately owning their place in history, no matter how sordid. If only Netanyahu would do the same, accepting responsibility for turning his country into an apartheid state, perhaps there could be some change enacted there. That’s about as likely as a bunch of southerners admitting the Confederate flag is a symbol of slavery; don’t hold your breath.
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