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Jews in the Home of the Mufti
Historic Justice

Elyakim Haetzni,  Yedioth Ahronoth  January 15, 2011

Karm el-Mufti is the name of the land in Sheikh Jarrah owned by Hajj
Amin el-Husseini ("der grosse Mufti," the Grand Mufti, as he was
called in the Nazi German Reich, to which he was affiliated, body and
soul). In 1929, the year in which he was responsible for the murder of
118 Jews, two Jewish architects, almost on a volunteer basis, built a
spacious home for him.
Hajj Amin, the ideologue of harnessing belligerent Islam to all-out
war against the Jews and Zionism and the father of Arab terrorism, was
also an ideological Nazi, who in the [Second] World War directed from
within Germany the Nazi propaganda for the Middle East. Hitler and
Himmler's door was open to him; he built [muslim] SS divisions in Bosnia;
he received a "franchise" to implement the destruction of the Jews of
Eretz Israel by means of the local Arabs, upon Rommel's conquest of
the area, as they expected. The Mufti also prevented the rescue of
Jewish children in exchange for German prisoners of war, and saw 
to their destruction in Auschwitz.
After the war, not only did the British not try him as a war criminal,
they even allowed him to continue to fight against us in partnership
with Nazis, until his dying day.
Now Jews are in the Karm of the Nazi murderer, and a synagogue in
memory of the Holocaust will be located in his house: is there any
greater historic justice than this?
The Mufti rented the house to the Christian Arab historian George
Antonius, one of the creators ex nihilo of the false Palestinian
mythos, in order to neutralize the historical claims of the Jews. Hajj
Amin mobilized religious fanaticism in the service of the "Palestinian
cause," and Antonius provided the educated West with a
pseudoscientific Palestinian narrative with which to attack Zionism.
Under the influence of his wife Cathy, the house functioned as a
social salon in which, in an aristocratic atmosphere, the Palestinian
nobility met with the senior British officials. Both shared their
profound loathing of the Jews. Among other lovers, Cathy shared her
bed with the infamous General Barker, the commander of the British
forces in Eretz Israel, and the author of the slogan "Hit the Jews in
their pockets." Members of the Haganah would eventually find his love
letters in the house.
Jews in the cradle of Palestinian nationalism and the stylish social
anti-Semitism in Eretz Israel: is there any greater historic justice
than this?
On April 16, 1948, a medical convoy to Mount Scopus was attacked
close to the "Mufti's House." The British broke their commitment to
defend it, and for 6 hours, in broad daylight, Dr. Yassky, the director of 
the Hadassah Hospital, Dr. Moshe Ben-David, the director of the medical
school, the linguistics scholar Dr. Benjamin Klar, Abraham Freiman, an
expert on Jewish law, doctors, professors, nurses, and patients were
brutally murdered. At that time, a British regiment (the Scottish
Highlanders) was stationed in the Mufti's house, but didn't lift a
And as in Hebron in 1929, the British put an end to the massacre with
a single shot, but only after they drank their fill from the  blood of
68 Jews. So, too, next to the Mufti's house, they put an end to the
horror only after 78 had been murdered. To the contrary, they
prevented the Palmah from coming to the assistance of Jews being
slaughtered. On the border of the Mufti's house the British built a
beautiful consulate building, that serves - what else? - as a focal
point for the consuls' opposition to Jerusalem being the capital of
Now, the hostile British cannot open a window without seeing Jews
through it, from close up: is there greater historic justice than
"The Mufti's House" stands at a major junction, in the seam line of
historic Jerusalem. The Ramallah authorities, the American and
European foreign ministries, and the Jewish collaborators claim that
Jewish "settlement" here will prevent the partition of the city, and
will frustrate the establishment of the Palestinian capital in it.
O, would that it be so! And if this is the case, then the couple Irving
and Cherna Moskowitz, who purchased "Karm el-Mufti" and other
strategic sites in order to plant Jewish life in them,  have acquired
their place in Jewish history.
Only a single question remains hanging in the air unanswered: what has
happened to us, that we have lost the ability to experience the
satisfaction of achievement, the gratification of success, and the joy
of victory?
Elyakim Haetzni is a lawyer and former Knesset member who resides in Kiryat Arba.