The Real History Behind Netanyahu's Holocaust Comments: An interview with Dr. Wolfgang G. Schwanitz :: Middle East Forum: "Netanyahu's remarks were accurate concerning al-Husseini's influence on Hitler's immigration policy, according to Schwanitz.
Al-Husseini wanted Hitler to end Germany's standing immigration policy—kept in place by Hitler when he took power in 1933—which allowed for roughly 10,000 Jews to leave Germany each year and travel to British Mandate Palestine.
"It was a most disturbing factor for al-Husseini that Berlin would facilitate Jewish travel to Palestine," said Schwanitz. "He wanted to fight this immigration by all means. This was his goal: Whatever happens with Jews under Hitler's reign in Europe, they should not come to the Middle East."
Al-Husseini got his way. Early in 1941, Hitler agreed to a pact advanced by al-Husseini that there would be no more Jewish immigration to Arab countries allowed.
This did not mean that Hitler's plan for the Jews prior to meeting with al-Husseini involved only deportation, as Netanyahu suggested. "Hitler made known his intent to kill Jews since 1920," said Schwanitz. "In Mein Kampf, you find all the racist reasoning and all the means on how to eradicate the Jews.""
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