The Corner

RE: Judephobic Logic

All this talk of Palestinians comparing the Jews to the SS is even more ridiculous if you know a little bit about the history of Palestinian nationalism.

Just last night I was reading Hamas Vs. Fatah: The Struggle for Palestine, an excellent new offering from NRO contributor Jonathan Schanzer. In the book Schanzer notes that Haj Amin al-Husseini, mufti of Jerusalem from 1921-1948 and the first prominent leader of the Palestinian nationalist movement, established ties with SS head Heinrich Himmler during World War II and even helped create the Handjar SS battalion raised among Bosnian Muslims in the Balkans that fought for the Third Reich. 

So if Palestinian spin doctors want to run around comparing the Jews to the SS, perhaps they ought to be reminded them what an unfortunate comparison this is given the checkered history of Palestinian nationalism.

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