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On the New York Times, The Grand Mufti and why it is Relevant

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These are arguably the early days of the new Middle East, not the chimera of the Oslo Accords, but the days of actual peace, normalization, civility and dialogue. That said, it is legitimate to ask why do we pull the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem off the dustbin of history where he belongs, and discuss him and his legacy as if to intentionally contaminate the clean air that more and more people breathe in the Middle East? .It is a valid question, but the answers are also valid, if not somewhat sad, some will say sobering. The Grand Mufti led a pivotal role in the Palestinian movement, emphasizing its distinctly religious nature. This Palestinian movement still maintains the flames of conflict, while the Arab world around seems to curb these flames, and Islam continues to play a major role in what is left of the conflict, judging by the central role of Iran and Turkey as leaders of the anti Israel camp in the Middle East. Above all perhaps is the fact, that anti Israel writers representing all kinds of political stripes, mention the Mufti in a way which cannot stay unanswered, especially because it touches upon the thorny and most painful issue for Jews, and this is the Holocaust. Moreover, the use of its legacy by our adversaries, and among them also the New York Times[NYT].

On 6 October two NYT correspondents , Ben Hobbard and Isabel Kershner published an article relating to comments by the famous Saudi Prince Bandar, once a very influential person in DC where he served as a Saudi ambassador for many years, and still today a close confidant of the Saudi royal family. In their piece, the two wrote about the famous Husseini [the Grand Mufti] and Hitler meeting on 28 November 1941, that’’while there is a broad agreement that Mr.Al........

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