Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini

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Adolf Hitler talking with Grand Mufti Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini

Haj Mohammed Amin Al-Husseini (1895-1973) was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during the early 20th century and during World War II.


In 1929 Al-Husseini began to agitate the Arabs to riot against the Jewish community, distributing leaflets and stirring up anti-Jewish sentiment. Among these were leaflets stating that the Jews were planning to take over the al-Aqsa Mosque.[1] These tirades led to the 1929 Hebron massacre, in which 67 Jews were slaughtered.

An outspoken anti-Semite, he had a very close friendship with Adolf Hitler and visited Islamic SS units, such as the Handschar Brigade. Al-Husseini also supported Hitler's deadly "Final Solution." In 1945, Al-Husseini was captured with many Nazis at Nuremberg and was labeled a war criminal, but he escaped and fled to Egypt, where he lived until his death in 1973.


Terrorist Yasser Arafat was a distant cousin of him and always revered him as his beloved hero and mentor. In April 1985 Arafat explained he took “immense pride” in being Al-Husseini’s student and emphasized that the Palestine Liberation Organization “is continuing the path” he set.[2]

On January 4, 2013, President of the so-called "State of Palestine" Mahmoud Abbas, spoke glowingly of the legacy of the Godfather of the PLO, the Mufti of Jerusalem.[3]


  1. Segev, Tom One Palestine, Complete New York: Metropolitan Books (1999) ISBN 0-8050-4848-0