Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Netanyahu’s narrative: how the Israeli PM is rewriting history to suit himself

Yoav Galai, theconversation.com

Image from, with caption: Modern King David: VERY HANDSOME young Benjamin Netanyahu the day he enlisted in the IDF in 1967. He trained as a combat soldier and became a team leader in the elite special forces unit, Sayeret Matkal.

What more can be said about Netanyahu’s flagrant Holocaust revisionism? Rainer Schultze summarised the incident nicely. By claiming the Palestinian mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, inspired Hitler to plan the Holocaust, Netanyahu was engaging in blatant historical revisionism for the sake of contemporary politics. ... 
Recently there has been renewed activity in the project of accrediting this alternative historical narrative. Haaretz’s Chemi Shalev dug out a reference-laden article by Joseph Spoerl on the website of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs which attempts to link Husseini with Nazi ideology. Similar accounts have been published in Hebrew by right-leaning Israeli think tanks Mida, which defines itself as “conservative-liberal” and the Kedem Forum, an organisation specialising in public diplomacy.

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