The Geller Report had the story last week of Hamas official Fathi Hammad, who declared that “the cleansing of Palestine of the filth of the Jews, and their uprooting from it” would happen by 2022. “The second thing is the establishment of the Caliphate, after the nation has been healed of its cancer – the Jews – Allah willing.” The world will, of course, little note nor long remember these genocidal boasts. And that in itself is nothing new: the world has been ignoring Muslim declarations of genocidal intent against the Jews since before the founding of the State of Israel.
Take, for example, the career of Hajj Amin al-Husseini, the mufti of Jerusalem. As I detail in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, for years before the establishment of the State of Israel, he fought strenuously against Jewish settlement in the Holy Land, which had accelerated after Britain’s 1917 Balfour Declaration calling for the establishment of a Jewish homeland in the Middle East.
Beginning in 1919, al-Husseini began organizing jihad attacks against Jews, as well as riots in Jerusalem in 1920 during which six Jews were killed and two hundred injured. The following year, British high commissioner Herbert Samuel responded to al-Husseini’s instigation of jihad violence by appointing him mufti of Jerusalem, hoping that this gift would lead al-Husseini to be “devoted to tranquility.”