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Why is Netanyahu trying to rewrite history?

Israeli PM ridiculed after blaming Palestinian religious leader for inspiring the Holocaust.

It’s not often you hear an Israeli prime minister being described as a denier of the Holocaust.

That’s exactly the accusation being levelled at Benjamin Netanyahu. He says it was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem – a Palestinian religious leader – who gave Hitler the idea of wiping out the Jews during World War Two.

Israeli historians and opposition politicians are outraged.

Angela Merkel responded by insisting the Holocaust was very much Germany’s responsibility.

So is Netanyahu trying to rewrite history – and why? And how dangerous is the inflammatory rhetoric on both sides?


Presenter: Dareen Abughaida 


Norman Finkelstein, lecturer and author who specialises on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the politics of the Holocaust. 

Gregg Roman, director of the Middle East Forum. He’s also a former official at Israel’s Ministry of Defence and former political adviser to Israel’s deputy foreign minister. 

Mouin Rabbani, co-editor of Jadaliyya and a senior fellow at the Institute for Palestine Studies.