They bore the title Grand Mufti, but there was absolutely nothing grand about either of them.
The first, Haj Amin el-Husseini was an inciter of violence and demanded Muslims to rise up and kill Jews in Palestine. He was a rabid opponent of Zionism and in 1920 he was implicated as leader of the Nebi Musa riot. The British mandatory government sentenced him to ten years in prison but shortly after they pardoned him. In 1921, the British appointed him Grand Mufti of Jerusalem.
From the very first day of his appointment he incited Arabs to riot against Jews and to kill them. He spread a rumor that the Jews were attacking the mosques on the Temple Mount (does it sound familiar?) and the news spread across Arab Palestine, culminating in the pogrom of the ancient Jewish community in Hebron.
He continued his incitement against the British mandatory authorities who then sought to arrest him for provoking the Arab Revolt of 1936. But in 1937, he fled Palestine and settled in Germany where he supported Hitler’s anti-Jewish policies. His daily radio broadcasts in Arabic from Berlin to the Middle East urged Arabs to rise up against the British and help to defeat the allied armies during the war.
He rallied 26,000 Muslim soldiers from Bosnia to join the Nazi Waffen SS. After the war he was convicted in absentia as a war criminal at the Nuremburg trials, but made his escape through Europe to Beirut and then to Cairo where he died in 1974. He remains to this day as the “father of Arab Palestine” and is revered by Muslims as their greatest leader since Salah-ed-Din. For Jews, he is Anti-Semite # 1 and the tyrant who condoned the massacre of Jews, first in Palestine and then around the world.
The second and present Grand Mufti, Muhhamad Ahmad Hussein, was appointed in 2006 by Palestinian Authority President Mahmud Abbas to be Director of the Muslim Waqf in Jerusalem. Like his predecessor, he is the enemy of the Jewish people and a denier of our historic connection to Har Habayit, the Temple Mount.
He publicly has stated that “no Jewish temples ever existed on the Haram al-Sharif” (Temple Mount) and has revised history to the most insane level claiming that the Aqsa mosque was built 3,000 years ago (when Islam itself is only some 1,384 years old, in comparison to 5,776 years of Jewish history).
He neglects to mention a 1924 Guide Book to the holy places on Temple Mount published by the Waqf itself which mentions that there had been two Jewish temples on the site centuries earlier, and he also “forgets” to quote selected passages from the Muslim Quran in which the prophet Mohammed states that Palestine belongs to the Jews and refers to the Temples of Solomon and Herod.
But he does not forget to quote the prophet when he tells Muslims that when they see a Jew hiding behind a tree or rock, they should slay him.
In 1967, Moshe Dayan entered into an agreement with the defeated King Hussein of Jordan in which he granted custodianship of the Temple Mount to the King of Jordan. That agreement put control of the Christian and Muslim holy places in the hands of the Muslim Waqf with the proviso that Jews and non-Jews were to be permitted to visit the Temple Mount as long as they did not pray there.
That agreement, known as the Status Quo, is the source of today’s riots and killings in Jerusalem, the West Bank, and throughout Israel. The government of Israel has made known to the Waqf, to the Arab and non-Muslim world, that Israel has no intention of making any changes to the Status Quo but the Muslims deny it and the undeclared war goes on. Blood reddens our streets.
When our government proposed a solution by razing the homes of accused terrorists as a means of deterring further violence, one man, Justice Uzi Vogelman, of the Israeli Supreme Court, denied the legality of such an action. Many Israelis, leaders in our government and the man on the streets, vehemently disagree with Justice Vogelman and recently threats have been made against him forcing him to be under police protection.
Personally, I hope that the Vogelman decision will be overturned and that we may continue demolishing the homes of our accused Arab terrorists. Parental homelessness may be the medicine needed to quell attacks upon Jews by their children.
Mufti One and Mufti Two were enemies of our people and of our just claim to our ancient homeland. Justice Vogelman is a Jew, a Zionist, an Israeli Justice in our legal system in our Supreme Court. He just seems to be reading the law in the wrong way.
He needs to be reminded that Hebrew is read and written from right to left. He seems to be leaning more to the left and needs help finding his way back to the right.