What Rulers and Politicians Won’t Learn from the Holocaust Commemoration Ceremony in Jerusalem

Yesterday, an impressive roster of world leaders visited Yad Vashem in Jerusalem to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz. Some—including Prince Charles, Emanuel Macron, and Vladimir Putin—will also be stopping in Ramallah to meet with the Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas, an unrepentant Holocaust denier. For Lyn Julius, this is evidence enough that many of the attendees will return to their homes having learned the wrong lessons:

There is a danger that [these] leaders will come away with confirmation of the idea that anti-Semitism was a purely European phenomenon. Israel is “Europe’s penance” for killing six-million European Jews. The world’s leaders will visit Ramallah with little inkling of the depth of pro-Nazi feeling among Arabs during World War II.

The Palestinian leadership will take care not to mention that one of the foremost Arab leaders, the wartime mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, was complicit with the Nazis. After the Palestinian mufti incited the 1941 farhud massacre of Iraq’s Jews, he spent the rest of the war in Berlin as Hitler’s guest. While pumping out vicious anti-Jewish radio propaganda to the Arab world, he sought Hitler’s permission to manage the extermination of the Jews across the Middle East and North Africa—not just in Palestine—should the Nazis win the war.

When the war ended, the Allies did not put Husseini on trial at Nuremberg. As a result, the Arab world was never “de-Nazified.” Its legacy of anti-Semitic, Nazi-inspired Islamofascism and Islamist terrorism—represented by the Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, al-Qaeda, and Hamas—also fuels jihadist anti-Semitism in the West today.

Will anyone at Yad Vashem make the point that 850,000 Jews were forced to flee Arab lands because Arab League states implemented anti-Jewish laws eerily reminiscent of Nuremberg laws against their Jewish citizens, stripping them of their rights and dispossessing them of their property?

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Why Egypt Fears an Israeli Victory in Gaza

While the current Egyptian president, Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, has never been friendly to Hamas, his government has objected strenuously to the Israeli campaign in the southernmost part of the Gaza Strip. Haisam Hassanein explains why:

Cairo has long been playing a double game, holding Hamas terrorists near while simultaneously trying to appear helpful to the United States and Israel. Israel taking control of Rafah threatens Egypt’s ability to exploit the chaos in Gaza, both to generate profits for regime insiders and so Cairo can pose as an indispensable mediator and preserve access to U.S. money and arms.

Egyptian security officials have looked the other way while Hamas and other Palestinian militants dug tunnels on the Egyptian-Gaza border. That gave Cairo the ability to use the situation in Gaza as a tool for regional influence and to ensure Egypt’s role in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict would not be eclipsed by regional competitors such as Qatar and Turkey.

Some elements close to the Sisi regime have benefited from Hamas control over Gaza and the Rafah crossing. Media reports indicate an Egyptian company run by one of Sisi’s close allies is making hundreds of millions of dollars by taxing Gazans fleeing the current conflict.

Moreover, writes Judith Miller, the Gaza war has been a godsend to the entire Egyptian economy, which was in dire straits last fall. Since October 7, the International Monetary Fund has given the country a much-needed injection of cash, since the U.S. and other Western countries believe it is a necessary intermediary and stabilizing force. Cairo therefore sees the continuation of the war, rather than an Israeli victory, as most desirable. Hassanein concludes:

Adding to its financial incentive, the Sisi regime views the Rafah crossing as a crucial card in preserving Cairo’s regional standing. Holding it increases Egypt’s relevance to countries that want to send aid to the Palestinians and ensures Washington stays quiet about Egypt’s gross human-rights violations so it can maintain a stable flow of U.S. assistance and weaponry. . . . No serious effort to turn the page on Hamas will yield the desired results without cutting this umbilical cord between the Sisi regime and Hamas.

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More about: Egypt, Gaza War 2023, U.S. Foreign policy