Re: “Netanyahu draws fire for comments on Holocaust” (Oct. 22):

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was correct about Nazi sympathizer Haj Amin al-Husseini, who was the “grand mufti” of Jerusalem in the World War II era. He met with Hitler in a meeting in November 1941 and asked him to destroy the Jews in what was then called Palestine.

I am 79 years old and well remember, even though I was a boy at the time, living in Portland with my parents, how upset they were about the grand mufti and his statement. The local Jewish community talked about it, and news about the Holocaust was being reported on radio programs and in the local newspaper and The New York Times.

Maybe Netanyahu was a bit rash, but I don’t think he was wrong in what he said. Of course Hitler had already started killing Jews as well as gays, the crippled, school teachers who didn’t back him and members of the Catholic Church and other religions who were against his cruel methods.

I think you should publish an editorial based on these facts.

John Golding


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