Icon of Evil: Hitler's Mufti and the Rise of Radical Islam

Random House  2008


Arab anti-Semitism springs not only from several passages in the Koran and from the forgery The Protocols of Zion, but also from one man’s admiration for Adolf Hitler and quick grasp that both the Arabs and Hitler had the same enemy—the Jew—and the same goal—a world free of Jews. That man was Haj Amin al-Husseni. He became the intimate of the top Nazis and closely allied himself with them as Hitler promised to help him rid Arab countries of Jews and Husseni pledged to supply fighters for Hitler’s war against the Jews. He was also given sanctuary by many countries, including America’s ally Saudi Arabia, when he had to flee to escape trial with the other Nazis.

Al Husseni, now deceased, was a radical leader of Palestinian Arabs since 1920. He became the mentor of a new generation of Arab leaders, including Yasser Arafat, Mahamoud Abbas, Saddam Hussein, Gamel Abdel Nasser, and Anwar Al Sadat; and he inspired almost all the Arab leaders with his vision of a Palestine without Jews—all except those he had assassinated for daring not to share his vision, those who decided to deal with the Jews. He was hosted by the top Nazis—Eichman, Hitler, and others yet Husseni always managed to escape imprisonment.

As Arabic schools continue to teach scurrilous lies and poisonous myths to children, what hope can there be for a quiet existence between Jew and Arab? This insightful book provides a definitive account of this 20th century Palestinian leader, linking the fascism of yesterday with the radical Islam of the 21st century. 8 page photo-insert, appendix of correspondence and documents, chronology of the Al-Hussenini’s life.

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