The Mufti of Jerusalem's Legacy

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

July 27, 2021 | Sean Durns
About the author: Sean Durns is a senior research analyst for the Boston-based Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting and Analysis (CAMERA).

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.

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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