Is­raeli PM Ne­tanyahu crit­i­cised for Holo­caust re­marks

Daily Trust - - INTERNATIONAL -

Is­rael’s Prime Min­is­ter Benjamin Ne­tanyahu has been crit­i­cised for say­ing a Pales­tinian leader per­suaded the Nazis to carry out the Holo­caust.

Mr Ne­tanyahu in­sisted Adolf Hitler had only wanted to ex­pel Jews from Europe, but that Grand Mufti of Jerusalem Haj Amin al-Hus­seini told him: “Burn them.”

How­ever, the chief his­to­rian at Is­rael’s me­mo­rial to the Holo­caust said this ac­count was fac­tu­ally in­cor­rect.

Is­rael’s op­po­si­tion leader called it “a dan­ger­ous his­tor­i­cal dis­tor­tion”.

A se­nior Pales­tinian of­fi­cial mean­while said it showed Mr Ne­tanyahu hated Pales­tini­ans so much he was will­ing to ab­solve Hitler.

Ten­sions have been wors­ened since early Oc­to­ber by a spate of stab­bing and shoot­ing at­tacks - sev­eral of them fa­tal - on Is­raelis by Pales­tini­ans, and one ap­par­ent re­venge stab­bing by an Is­raeli.

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