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By David Bedein

The 27th day of Nissan year marks the day when the Warsaw Ghetto uprising began against the Nazis in 1943.

The 27th of Nissan was therefore selected as Holocaust Remembrance and Heroism Day in Israel – the day on which Israel would remember the mass murder of Jews in World War II – not only as a day of mourning and remorse, but also as a day to remember those who fought back against the Nazis and their allies.

To paraphrase the questions asked on Passover two weeks ago, people often ask why this persecution of Jews in Christian countries was different than other persecutions?

After all, Jews had suffered persecution in Christian lands over the centuries.

This time, Nazis incorporated the Moslem idea of Jihad – which involved the impulse to total destruction and complete annihilation in the spirit of a Holy War.

The Moslem cleric who inspired Adolf Hitler with the idea of Jihad was none other than the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin El-Husseini, who did not want masses of exiled Jews to wind up in the land of Israel, which he claimed as a future Arab Palestine, devoid of Jews. Arafat used to call him “Uncle.”

Indeed, in 1936, the Mufti welcomed Hitler’s deputy, Adolf Eichmann, to his office at the Supreme Islamic Council, based at the Palace Hotel in the center of Jerusalem, where Eichmann kept meticulous records of his meetings with the Mufti , where the Palestinian Arab leader of that generation taught Eichmann about the philosophy of Jihad.

Journalist Maurice Pearlman, who reviewed the records of Eichmann’s meetings with the Mufti at the trials for Nazi leader in Nuremberg, wrote a book entitled THE MUFTI OF JERUSALEM, published in 1947, in which Pearlman noted that the Mufti instructed Eichmann that the way in which the Nazis could best persecute the Jews was to do so slowly and in stages, so as to catch them unaware of the next stage of their persecution.

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