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

David G. Dalin; John F. Rothman
  • Review
By – January 30, 2012

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.

Mar­cia W. Pos­ner, Ph.D., of the Holo­caust Memo­r­i­al and Tol­er­ance Cen­ter of Nas­sau Coun­ty, is the library and pro­gram direc­tor. An author and play­wright her­self, she loves review­ing for JBW and read­ing all the oth­er reviews and arti­cles in this mar­velous periodical.

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