The Mufti of Jerusalem's Legacy

The famously Nazi-sympathizing mufti, appointed 100 years ago this summer, established an enduring pattern for Palestinian leadership.

Amin al-Husseini, then-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, reviewing a guard formation in the Galilee on April 23, 1947. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

Amin al-Husseini, then-Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, reviewing a guard formation in the Galilee on April 23, 1947. Universal History Archive/Universal Images Group via Getty Images.

Observation
July 27 2021
About the author

Sean Durns is a senior research analyst for the Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA).

May 10—the day that Hamas launched 150 rockets into Israel, beginning eleven days of fighting—happened to be the anniversary of Amin al-Husseini’s appointment as grand mufti of Jerusalem. The coincidence was fitting, as Husseini did perhaps more than anyone to set the Palestinian national movement on its current course, a course that, however indirectly, led to the situation Israelis and Palestinians now find themselves in.

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