Israeli troops found a copy of Hitler’s Mein Kampf in Arabic on the body of a terrorist in Gaza, President Isaac Herzog told the BBC’s Laura Kuenssberg on Sunday.
The Israeli president told the journalist that the book was found in a children’s bedroom in a civilian home being used as a terrorist base.
President Herzog said that the home had included a laboratory in which explosives were being made. It represented further proof of Hamas’s terrorist activity in the heart of the civilian population in Gaza.
The book was found among the personal belongings of one of the Hamas men. The president said that it had included notes in the margins, highlighted sections and Post-It notes.
Mr Herzog added: “This is Adolf Hitler’s book, Mein Kampf, translated into Arabic. This is the book that led to the Holocaust, the book that led to World War Two”.
He said it had been discovered in northern Gaza, and believed that “the terrorist wrote notes, marked the sections, and studied again and again, the ideology of Adolf Hitler to hate the Jews, to kill the Jews, to burn and slaughter Jews wherever they are. This is the real war we are facing”.
In an emotional and pointed reference to Armistice Day in the UK, the president recalled that his late father, former President Chaim Herzog, had been a high-ranking officer in the British army during the war, had landed in Normandy and had been among the first officers to enter and liberate Bergen-Belsen concentration camp. So the subject, Mr Herzog said, was very personal and close to his heart.
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