After the war, al-Husseini escaped (he would certainly have been convicted at Nuremberg for war crimes) and fled to Egypt. His standing only rose, and in Egypt he was instrumental in fomenting Nazi-style anti-Semitic propaganda there. He also became the mentor to a new generation of radical "Islamo-fascist" Arab leaders. Foremost among them: Yasser Arafat.
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Powerful. Who knew that Hitler made a pact with the Muslim Brotherhood to exterminate the Jews in the middle east to get the support of the Islamic leaders in the region? I certainly did not know this piece of history. Hitler's plans were not fulfilled because the Allies pushed his forces out of North Africa. However, he did use his Mufti to recruit Muslim SS units in the Balkans to track down and exterminate Jews in the region.
God's Battalions is similar, since it provides some of the history behind the current conflict in the mid-East.
This was a good listen.
yes, it was fascinating.
I've gone through high school world history, and some in college, but did not realize how much the Arab world collaborated with Nazi Germany against the British and the US, let alone for how long (well before the state of Israel even existed) the Arabs wanted to see the total destruction and elimination of Jews worldwide. It's a real eye opener, especially when I read the other day that UNESCO pays for Palestinian textbooks that still advocate hatred.
A bit less monotonous.
I would have liked to had I had the time.
I had heard about the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, but I had not been able to acquire much information on his activities or how he escaped the Nuremberg Trials for crimes against humanity. This book in detail describes the career of Haj Muhammed Amin al-Husseini and how he escaped prosecution after WWII. Seems that appeasement was still alive and well after WWII where Churchill's advice was yet again ignored. He is truly the founder of modern day terrorism.
The audiobook is less history than a polemic. When introduced to the two Israeli authors in preface I had a sinking feeling, wondering if these two men could deliver an unbiased account of Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini. I tried to keep an open mind and let the authors present their case.
Unfortunately for the authors, they tipped their hand early and often. Rather than let the history and facts speak for themselves, the authors go out of their way to smear, defame and besmirch el-Husseini.
The total lack of objective reportage becomes quite embarrassing as they attempt to conflate such phenomena as Arab Nationalism, Baathist ideology, the rise of Shia Iran, and other disparate movements together. Far too many times the Audiobook becomes totally a-historical. The portions dealing with Iran, and the gyrations of Ahmadinejad are quite painful to listen to as they sound like a satire of boiler plate Likud calumnies.
But this is part of theme unfortunately. Every time these historians wonder into current events, or anywhere near current events for that matter, any pretense of objectivity is tossed over the side to deliver a Greater Israel Apologia. We have left history far behind and have joined the twilight world of far-right Israeli politics.
Not only is this a dark and fearful realm, it is quite absurd. Saddam Hussein and Khomeini despised each other; their world views could not have been different. To draw a link between the Arab,secular, socialist, and nationalist Baath party of Iraq, dominated as it was by Sunnis and the Islamic, Iranian, theocratic government of Iran is to trade in non sequiturs.
The overarching notion of "radical Islam" presented by the two authors is a phantasmagoria. It does not nor did it ever link such distinct polities as the PLO, Egypt, Iran and Saudi Arabia. It certainly did not link the elite players in the brutal game of power politics as played in the Near East.
Maybe one day a team of historians will provide a balanced biography of Haj Mohammed Effendi Amin el-Husseini; the man does deserve such an investigation. This audiobook is nothing of the sort, it is a badly maimed thing; never given the chance to breath. Here and there some items that are both interesting and perhaps useful; but in the main they are buried under far too much toxic invective to be accepted at face value You cannot trust these authors to play fair with the sources, you cannot trust their interpretation. They have shredded any benefit of doubt far too early and far too often.
I can only recommend this Audiobook as a way to understand the point of view of the Greater Israel crowd. Understand this book as a distortion of history, as a biased accounting warped by an iron ideology that has abandoned nuance and you have a starting point. It is not history, it is not biography, it is not scholarship. It is political document, a polemic; it is, in short, propaganda.
Not a very interesting narrative. The historical figure is worthy of more investigation in the West, as he is one of the fathers of Arab anti-semitism. I do hope someone gives us a better version of the tale.
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