Visitors at Yad Vashem 370.
(photo credit: Nir Elias/Reuters)
My wife and I spent a month in Jerusalem this past summer and returned to a Yad
Vashem much expanded since our last visit.
I was especially interested in
seeing what I remembered as an extensive exhibit on Haj Amin al-Husseini, the
notorious Mufti of Jerusalem.
After completing the well-laid-out tour in
the history hall I had still not found it. The people manning the entrance with
maps and audio phones assured me that it had been removed to make room for
newer, more politically correct topics.
I was not convinced and came back
the next day. I joined an IDF tour and asked the leader if she could help me,
but she also thought it was gone. Finally the man at the table at the entrance
to the hall gave me the correct answer. It was there, but small.
not leave his post, but phoned for someone to help me.
This man, after a
few tries, located it in a small alcove behind the exhibit on Croatia.
was nothing like what I remembered, consisting only of a 1’ by 2’ panel of two
photos, one showing the mufti talking with some Nazi official, and a
long-distance shot of him reviewing the Bosnian Muslim troops he had recruited
and trained for the Waffen SS.
To the side was a brief bio on his
incitement of Palestinian Arab violence, his participation in the pro-Nazi Iraq
revolt and attempts to get the Germans to expand their extermination efforts to
The alcove was not in the path of tourist traffic, and was
easy to miss.
After asking random tourists most had no memory of having
seen it, and tour guides who don’t think it is even there were not going to take
anyone to it.
Why is this important? The museum tour is like a horror
movie, dragging us from one atrocity to another. However, like a movie, it comes
to an end. We leave with images of cheering crowds welcoming the liberators,
people kissing in the streets and the eagle on the Brandenburg Gate
It was a terrible journey, but we can breathe a sigh of relief
that it is now over. But is it? We are struggling against a propaganda campaign
painting Israel as Nazi Germany, among other sins.
We have the weapons to
fight this battle, if we are willing to use them.
Those leaving Yad
Vashem should take with them the image of the next Holocaust being promoted in
our own time.
One glaring omission from the tiny mufti exhibit is the
iconic photo of his meeting with Hitler.
That picture alone would be
What the mufti accomplished was to unite the Holocaust
with the Palestinian resistance movement in the minds of the Arab/Muslim world,
including the “moderate” Fatah Party, whose charter, no different from Hamas,
calls for Israel’s total destruction.
The evidence is there for all to
The Hamas Charter predicts the murder of every Jew on the planet,
with rocks and trees joining in the slaughter. On the Friday after Oslo the
then-mufti gave a sermon on the Temple Mount praising Hitler but criticizing him
for not finishing the job.
The first graduating class of PA police
celebrated with the Nazi arm salute.
The New York Times reported on
German Storm troopers fighting and dying for the Arab side in 1948 at the
invitation of the mufti.
A few weeks ago Prime Minister Binyamin
Netanyahu referred to the mufti, commenting on his mention by Palestinian
Authority President Mahmoud Abbas who praised him in glowing terms.
would you on the one hand be promoting this information, when the one
institution devoted to preserving these memories is doing everything possible to
hide it in the corner? Those interested enough to take the Yad Vashem tour
deserve to know its relevance in today’s struggles.
The young soldiers
need to know the true face of the enemy they are fighting.
The one man
most responsible for the Palestinian Arabs rejecting any peace with Israel is
the mufti, and he had to kill a number of Arab leaders to accomplish
My parents’ generation knew who the mufti was and what he stood
Those of us alive today need to know this as well. When I return,
and I hope it will be soon, I look forward to being properly educated and