I have heard similar remarks (although not quite as extreme) from Alan Dershowitz . He did not say that Hitler got the idea of exterminating Jews from the Grand Mufti but he did call the Grand Mufti a Nazi sympathizer and said Palestinians need to “ask themselves what role they played in the Holocaust.” Really, he said this several years ago on CNN.
A few years ago when I was without insurance, I went to UCSF Dental school for a low-cost exam and fillings. My student-dentist was an American born 28-year old female, whose family moved to Israel when she was very small. She came back to the states for college and dental school. I asked her where she went to college and she told me about being raised in Israel. We ended up speaking about Israel and Palestinians and I suppose she was what would be termed a liberal Jew.
I questioned how it was right that she, born in the US to American parents who had European ancestry, could move to Israel and live in the houses and neighborhoods and cities that Palestinians whose parents still had deeds to the houses could not live in and had to stay in refugee camps. She said she did not agree with that. She said that most Israelis did not agree with that either and most of the militant settlers were New York Jews. (Really)
I told her I did not agree with the partition because the UN and Western powers literally stole the land that a people where living on and gave it to another people to form a nation there. She felt that was just and said that it was the Arabs who did not accept the partition and started the wars. I asked her to tell me about any group of people who would willingly turn the land they lived in continuously for a thousand years over to another people and become second class citizens or refugees. Who would do that: she did not have a specific answer. She told me that archaeologists had proven that Jews lived in the land that was Palestine over a thousand years ago. I said well of course they did and so did lots of other peoples. The reality is that Palestinians had been living there continuously and it was taken from them and given to Europeans as “compensation” for the Holocaust. I said the Palestinians did not participate in the Holocaust, so if European Jews needed a homeland why take Palestine? She then said that the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was a Nazi sympathizer, who aligned with Hitler. So this view may be common in Israel. I believe they tell themselves the Grand Mufti was a Nazi sympathizer and tried to align with Germany as a way of excusing the theft of Palestine. It is a pathetic way of justifying what they did and continue to do to the Palestinian people. If the Holocaust is history’s greatest crime and the Palestinians played a part (they didn’t) then the creation of Israel was not an injustice to the Palestinian people.
I looked at the link to the article in the Guardian and unfortunately I found a remark by our illustrious Secretary of State, “Speaking before flying to Berlin to meet the US secretary of state, John Kerry, Netanyahu said he did not mean to diminish Hitler’s responsibility for the Holocaust. “He is responsible for the Final Solution, and he made the decision,” he said. “It is also absurd to ignore the role played by the mufti Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was a war criminal and encouraged Hitler to exterminate European Jewry.” So Kerry is towing this Zionist line in part. Unbelievable.