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Teaching evil

"Teaching evil" Continued...

Issue: "Four horsemen of the apocalypse," Oct. 4, 2008

Q: What do you think would have happened in the Middle East had Hitler not chosen to invade the Soviet Union?

He would have most certainly been able to give German Field Marshal Rommel the support that he needed to conquer the Middle East. The result would have been horrific.

Q: You report that the mufti inspired and mentored Yasser Arafat.

The mufti and Arafat were cousins. Throughout his life, Arafat referred to the mufti as his mentor. We argue, and establish, that Arafat was the mufti's devoted protégé, and that he guided Arafat along his path of terror. In our book, we document the history of their infamous relationship in meticulous detail. Shortly after arriving in Cairo in 1946, the mufti brought a former Nazi commando to Egypt to teach the young Arafat, then only 17 years old, and his associates, how to fight. Arafat first shed Jewish blood during terrorist raids against Israel in 1947.

Q: Arafat was a good student?

During the 1950s, with al-Husseini's encouragement, Yasser Arafat began recruiting followers for Fatah, his Palestinian terrorist guerrilla group. In 1965, Arafat's Fatah terrorists began attacking Israelis. In 1969, Arafat merged Fatah with the terrorist Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), and in the same year he succeeded his mentor, al-Husseini, as leader of the Palestine Liberation Movement.

Arafat continued the mufti's legacy by recruiting Nazis and neo-Nazis for Fatah and the PLO. In his almost four-decade career as leader of the PLO, Arafat was involved in innumerable terrorist attacks against Israeli and other Jewish civilians, ranging from the hijacking of airplanes to the recruitment and training of terrorist bombers.

Q: He received a Nobel Peace Prize.

Arafat, like his mentor al-Husseini, targeted Jews just because they were Jews: Jews at prayer in synagogues throughout Israel and Europe and even helpless children in nurseries and on school buses. His direction and sponsorship of terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians as well as Jewish students and tourists in Israel became an almost daily occurrence during the intifada that raged between 2000 and 2002. Until his death in 1974 Haj Amin al-Husseini remained an unrepentant terrorist leader. Until his death in 2004, Yasser Arafat, who often paid homage to the mufti as both his hero and mentor, also remained a terrorist leader, equally unrepentant, and deserving the reputation that he shared with the mufti as one of the fathers of Islamic terrorism in our time.

Q: Why should we care about al-Husseini today?

The seeds of evil that the mufti planted have grown into the radical Islamic terrorist movements that threaten America and the West today. The PLO, Hamas, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, the Moslem Brotherhood, and al-Qaeda all derived their inspiration and principles from Haj Amin al-Husseini. The terrorism, fanaticism, and ruthlessness of the Palestine National Movement reflect the mufti's enduring legacy and influence. To understand the infamous life and legacy of this icon of evil, Haj Amin al-Husseini, will allow us to better understand and confront the icons of evil that we face today, and the challenge of terror from radical Islam that is the great issue of our time.

Marvin Olasky
Marvin Olasky

Marvin is editor in chief of WORLD News Group and the author of more than 20 books, including The Tragedy of American Compassion. Follow Marvin on Twitter @MarvinOlasky.


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