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