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Netanyahu and the Mufti memes, part deux

From The Simpsons, to Seinfeld to Joe Biden, Israelis keep poking fun at their prime minister for his comments earlier this week, in which he seemingly absolving Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust. (See part one.)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shocked a good part of the population of earth when he seemingly absolved Adolf Hitler of responsibility for the Holocaust by saying the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, convinced him to initiate the Final Solution.

This is what Netanyahu said in his speech to the World Zionist Congress on Monday:

Hitler didn’t want to exterminate the Jews at the time, he wanted to expel the Jews. And Haj Amin al-Husseini went to Hitler and said, “If you expel them, they’ll all come here.” “So what should I do with them?” he asked. He said, “Burn them.”

The prime minister clearly wasn’t ready for what came next. Historians, commentators, politicians and even the chief historian of Israel’s official Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem, quickly pounced on Netanyahu’s revisionist narrative of the Holocaust.

Israelis aren’t known for shying away from Holocaust humor, or ridiculing their own elected officials, and an unending stream of Internet memes began sprouting throughout the various social media networks.

Yesterday we brought you what we thought were the funniest of the memes. But they kept coming. So, by popular demand, here are some more.

Most of the memes played on the excuse that “the mufti made me do it,” and a hashtag, #MuftiMadeMeDoIt, started trending on Tuesday. What better a symbol of shirking responsibility is there than Bart Simpson?
By midday Tuesday even the German government felt the need to responded to Netanyahu’s revisionist history, putting out a statement saying: “We see no reason to change our view of history in any way. We know that responsibility for this crime against humanity is German and very much our own.”

One Israeli tied in the current refugee crisis in Germany with Netanyahu’s Mufti comments. “If you expel them, they’ll all come here,” German Chancellor is portrayed as telling Netanyahu, who is currently on a visit to Germany. “So what do you propose?” Netanyahu responds, in the Hebrew-language meme. (Below)
Of course there was the obligatory reference to Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi.
And another used a Hebrew-language educational program to mock Netanyahu, playing on the almost identically sounding Hebrew words for Holocaust survivor (right) and “Holocaust exploitation” (left).
The day wouldn’t have been complete, of course, without a dig at Joe Biden’s announcement that he is not running for president.

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    1. Weiss

      Encouraging to see my fellow Jewish tribe members in Israel speaking out about Satanyaoo’s mental instability, but the sad fact remains:

      Why did they re-elect this bloodthirsty murderous butcher?

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    2. Ben

      US Holocaust groups aren’t touching it. Not a peep from them. They don’t want to get Shel Adelson mad at them or endanger their funding sources and they don’t want to challenge the right wing agenda? You can bet your sweet bippy though that had Obama (or even Herzog for that matter) said anything even remotely similar they would be loudly tearing into him like there’s no tomorrow.

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      • Gustav

        In 1945, Yugoslavia sought to indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut. He died in 1974.

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      • Wesley Parish

        “Shel Adelson “? The guy who wanted the United States to drop a nuke on an uninhabited part of Iran then threaten to drop another on Tehran?

        Yeah right. At least 10 000 Iranians Jews has our dear Shel Adelson threatened to incinerate: Shoah on a missile. That makes him the instigator of the largest pogrom of Jews in recent history – which thankfully Obama didn’t do. Obama must’ve had some sense.

        Isn’t it about time Adelson got extradited to face charges of inciting the massacre of Iranian Jews for personal gain?

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