Per Elder of Ziyon:
In a recent speech (in Arabic, but you can use Google translate to verify), Mahmoud Abbas said,
“We must…recall the outstanding [early] leadership of the Palestinian people, the Grand Mufti of Palestine-Haj Mohammed Amin al-Husseini, who sponsored the struggle from the beginning, and sponsored the struggle and displacement for the cause and died away from his home.”
As Elder noted:
“The Mufti was a rabid Jew-hater who was the driving force behind not only the 1929 massacres in Jerusalem and Hebron but also the 1936-39 riots that resulted in the deaths of hundreds. He moved to Germany during World War II, hoping that Hitler would win and allow to him murder every Jewish man, woman and child in Palestine, and proposing plans to do exactly that.”
See more on the Mufti’s relationship with Hitler, here.
I can’t help but note that Abbas is seen as a moderate in the eyes of the Guardian. Contrast such a characterization with the way their commentators typically portray Israeli settlers as “extremists,” and you are on your way to understanding the egregious double-standards employed consistently by “The world’s liberal leading voice.”