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Holocaust denial, libels and distortion
Holocaust denial and distortion
Holocaust desecration, denial, and abuse, have all been components of Palestinian Authority ideology. Palestinians from both Fatah and Hamas have accused Israel of burning Palestinians in ovens, and alternatively have accused Zionists of committing the Holocaust against Jews for political, financial or social gain. A PA TV children’s broadcast taught that Israel burned Palestinians in ovens, and at an exhibit in Gaza children put dolls, representing Palestinian children, in a model oven adorned with a Star of David and a swastika. A PA daily wrote: "The exhibit includes a large oven and inside it small [Palestinian] children are being burned; the picture speaks for itself,” as if the exhibit was documenting something true. [Al-Ayyam, March 20, 2008] The event was sponsored by the Palestinian “National Committee for Defense of Children from the Holocaust.”

A senior Palestinian academic taught adults on PA TV: “There was no Dachau, no Auschwitz; these were disinfecting sites.” A Hamas TV documentary explained that it was Jewish leaders who planned the Holocaust, in order to eliminate Jews who were "disabled and handicapped”.

A crossword puzzle clue in the official PA daily identified “Yad Vashem” (Israel’s Holocaust memorial) as a “Center for the Holocaust and Lies.” The same PA daily has published many articles denying the Holocaust, including one that termed the Holocaust a “hen laying golden eggs.”

Schoolbooks produced by the Palestinian Ministry of Education teach the history of World War II in great detail except for the history of the Holocaust, which is totally ignored. One history book goes so far as to teach that Nazism was a racist ideology and that there were trials of Nazi war criminals, but it leaves out that Jews were the target of the racism, and the crimes for which the Nazis were on trial.

Palestinian education erases the actual Holocaust from history and usurps the word “Holocaust” or its own wide range of malicious libels.
This video depicts a PA TV children’s play teaching that Israel burned Palestinians in ovens.
"They [Israel] are the ones who did the Holocaust,
their knife cuts to the length and the width of our flesh...
They opened ovens for us, to bake human beings.
They destroyed the villages and burnt the cities.
And when an oven stops burning, they light a hundred [more] ovens.
Their hands are covered with the blood of our children."
[PA TV (Fatah), March 25, 2004]

In addition, admiration of Hitler continues to be a component of the PA world. A PA funded children’s publication published an essay written by a teenage girl admiring Hitler, who told the Palestinian girl in her dream: "I killed them [the Jews] so you would all know
that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world." This essay published in 2011, yet in spite of broad international condemnation following PMW’s exposure, it was not removed from the Palestinian educational website Zayzafuna, when we last checked in Oct. 2013.

Since 2012, there have been a number of statements by the PA or PLO officials acknowledging the Holocaust. This has not yet been incorporated into PA formal education.

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Holocaust denial, libels and distortion

"There were between one and two million Jewish victims" of the Holocaust, says official PA daily 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 18, 2015
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily:
     "Even though the Jewish people were never one nation, the Jews of the different European nationalities paid a heavy price in the Second World War, since Nazis committed a holocaust in the Polish [city of] Krakow and in other cities in Europe. Estimates regarding the number of Holocaust victims differ. The supporters of the Zionist movement have exaggerated the number of victims, claiming that it amounts to 6 million, whereas others, unbiased researchers, have estimated that there were between one and two million Jewish victims.
In addition, the leaders of the Nazi and Fascist states conspired to make the Jews immigrate to Israel, the establishment of which was supported by more than one leader and one European state, to serve the colonialist ambitions of these states in the Arab world.
Likewise, the Zionist movement wanted to achieve a series of goals: First, to take advantage and use this [the Holocaust] to blackmail the European states financially and politically to make them support the Zionist colonialist project. Second, to bully the Jews to immigrate to the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, which was in a preparatory stages of establishment. Third, to increase the Jews' suffering and abuse in order to take advantage of the world's compassion for them..."
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Israel’s treatment of Palestinian prisoners “more abominable than the atrocities [committed by] Nazism” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 28, 2015
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza:
     “If we were to monitor the occupation’s activity against our heroes in the prisons, we would see things more abominable than the atrocities [committed by] Nazism at its moral and human low point: There is the targeting of Palestinian children through imprisonment; there is administrative detention without trial or charges that continues for years; there is intentional medical neglect leading to death; released [prisoners] are arrested again and their previous sentences are re-imposed or increased; there is psychological torture by withholding visits, solitary confinement, deprivation of sunlight, and sudden searches that turn the lives of the convicted prisoners into an intolerable hell; and there are faulty and intentional medical procedures that cause handicaps, as well as thousands of other additional details that clearly show that the State of Israel lives off aggression alone.”
Abbas' Fatah portrays Netanyahu as Nazi SS officer 
Source: Facebook, Fatah - The Main Page, Jan. 15, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah party posted this photoshopped picture of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wearing a Nazi uniform. In the text posted with the picture Fatah claimed it was "designed by a young Jew."
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Fatah in Lebanon calls Abu Ein’s death “murder” and a “premeditated Nazi operation” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Dec. 13, 2014
     “The Fatah branch in Lebanon sent its condolences to President Mahmoud Abbas, the PLO leadership, Fatah, the Martyr’s (Shahid’s) family and to all leaders and members of Fatah and to the masses of our people… The movement’s [branch] described the murder of leadership member Abu Ein as a ‘premeditated Nazi operation,’ explaining that their [Israel’s] aim was to get rid of this Fatah leader, who had been active on the ground and had spent his entire life [involved] in the struggle, whether in detention centers and prison cells, in the service of the prisoners and their families, or challenging the settlers and the occupation.”
From WAFA, official PA news agency

Note: Ziad Abu Ein - Fatah Revolutionary Council member and head of the PA Committee to Resist Settlements and the Wall. Abu Ein died on Dec. 10, 2014 at ‎a demonstration in the West Bank that ‎turned violent. Immediately following his ‎death, PA and Fatah leaders claimed that ‎Abu Ein was murdered. Footage from the ‎event shows Abu Ein in an altercation with ‎an Israeli soldier who grabbed Abu Ein by ‎the neck, and later shows Abu Ein on the ground clutching his chest in pain. The ‎autopsy, which was overseen by Israeli and ‎Palestinian pathologists, revealed that the ‎cause of death was a heart attack, but ‎disagreement remains over the extent to which the altercation with Israeli forces may have caused ‎the heart attack. Palestinians have ‎continued to describe Abu Ein's death as a ‎‎"murder" and "assassination" by Israel.‎
Fatah official: Israel treats Palestinians the same way Jews were treated in Holocaust 
Source: Al-Arabiya TV, Dec. 11, 2014
Al-Arabiya news channel interviewed Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub:
     “Of course we want to bear our responsibility, but it is this occupation (i.e., Israel) that unilaterally attacks us, that is continually settling scores with us for the German Holocaust. [Although] we have nothing to do with it, we are paying the price for it, and it [Israel] is carrying out the same actions against us [that were carried out against Jews in the Holocaust].”
“Not even Nazism” targeted sports and sportsmen, but Israel has a “systematic policy… to eradicate Palestinian sports” 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Nov. 25, 2014
     “[Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee, Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, and] President of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub condemned the fact that a military force armed with weapons of the Israeli occupation army had raided the Association’s headquarters in Al-Ram, searched it and humiliated its workers. During a press conference at the Association’s headquarters immediately after the raid, Rajou b said that… the raid on the Association’s headquarters was an open confirmation and proof of Israel’s systematic policy, which aims to eradicate Palestinian sports and destroy all means for its spread and development through its daily crimes against sportsmen in Palestine. He added: ‘[No such thing] has ever occurred in human history, not even in Hitler’s time. Not even Nazism, which everyone spurns, ever interfered and attacked sports and sportsmen, as is being done to the Palestinians.’”

Note: An Israeli army spokesperson explained that Palestinians who had been arrested outside the building in which the Palestinian Football Association is located claimed their personal papers were inside the office. The Israeli soldiers entered in order to retrieve the papers, and the search was not directed at the Palestinian Football Association. (http://sports.walla.co.il/item/2805124)
Official PA daily: Jewish Agency collaborated with Nazi Gestapo to massacre Jews of Germany and "force them to emigrate to Palestine" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 26, 2014
Op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the ‎official PA daily and a member of the ‎Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza
     ‎“Is Israel really what it claims to be – a ‎democratic state, a state of law, ‎coexistence, and acceptance – or is it ‎itself a product of the first massacre at Deir ‎Yassin? Israel of the Etzel (Irgun), the ‎Lehi, the Haganah (Jewish pre-state ‎militia) and the collaborators from the ‎Jewish Agency, who worshipped the ‎gods of their enemies, and formed an ‎alliance with the Nazi Gestapo to ‎organize massacres against the Jews of ‎Germany, to force them to emigrate to ‎Palestine… The Palestinian Gaza ‎nightmare haunts Israel – a nightmare in ‎the form of a question: What if Gaza’s ‎‎‘genes’ spread to the region and reach the ‎Arabs, turning them into real Arabs, not ‎obsolete Arabs, and real Muslims, not just ‎an alleged nation? ...‎
These Israelis will ‎beat themselves for not having been ‎sincere in their promises, alliances and ‎negotiations, instead becoming slaves of ‎illusions and the model of Nazism, ‎which makes them cry at night when ‎they are stricken with nightmares. Yet in ‎the morning, they become adorers of ‎Nazism, and implement that barbaric ‎model on the flesh of our children.”‎

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Holocaust denial: PA TV program compares Nazi Germany’s crime against the Jews to Britain’s “crime” of issuing Balfour Declaration 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Jan. 16, 2014
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning from Gaza, on the public campaign to sue Britain over the Balfour Declaration. The program hosted the campaign’s coordinator in Gaza, Muhammad Al- Makadmeh.
Campaign coordinator Muhammad Al-Makadmeh: “To this very day, Germany still pays money to the State of Israel, even though it did nothing to the State of Israel. More than 80 years ago, Hitler acted against the Jews. A situation has been created to make it seem that Israel represents all Jews in the world. To this very day, Germany continues [to pay]. Today, a 20-year-old German…“
PA TV host [interrupting him]: “If so, we can compare [Israel’s] attitude [towards Germany] to our attitude towards Britain, and blame it for the Balfour Promise (Declaration); so that [the British] may feel guilty for what their fathers did.”
Al-Makadmeh: “[Britain] should feel guilty, because it truly committed a crime against us: It issued a decree in a place it had a mandate over, and promised this land to the Jews.”
PA TV host: “A promise given by those who did not own [the land] to those who had no right [to it] (i.e., the Jews).

Note: The Balfour Declaration of Nov. 2, 1917 was a letter from British Foreign Secretary Arthur Balfour to Baron Rothschild, stating that “His Majesty's government view with favour the establishment in Palestine of a national home for the Jewish people” and is seen as the basis for later international commitments to establish the State of Israel.

PA daily acknowledges that Nazis carried out massacres, but does not mention Jews were victims 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2013
Palestinians often deny the Holocaust or minimize Nazi crimes. This PA daily article refers to Nazi massacres at Auschwitz, but does not mention that Jews were victims. When teaching about the Holocaust, PA schoolbooks mention Nazi racism and even the Nuremberg trials, but fail to refer to the crimes for which the Nazis were tried at Nuremberg and do not explain that the victims of these crimes and racism were Jews.
Headline: “On this day”
     “1944 – The Second World War: The German army burns a large amount of documents in Auschwitz to conceal the massacres carried out by the Nazis.”

Note: To view more examples of the PA omitting the fact that Jews were victims of the Holocaust, see this PMW bulletin on Holocaust education in PA schoolbooks.
PA daily op-ed criticizes Imams’ visit to Auschwitz, comparing them to terrorist stabber 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 27, 2013
Article by Fuad Abu Hajla:
Headline:
“They are enemies”
     “Two rousing events were reported together in the last two days… The first… said that two young Muslims butchered a British policeman [sic] in a London neighborhood. One of the criminals – while holding a bloody cleaver – announced that he will continue killing British people wherever he comes across them...
I don’t know the details, but I am almost certain that they were Al-Qaida and terrorist organizations that falsely use the maxim of ‘Jihad,’ that murder, butcher, and mutilate upon this earth...
The second news item that I read in an Egyptian newspaper talks of sixteen Muslim Imams who visited the Nazi camp at Auschwitz that the Jews see as a symbol of their massacre in Europe... One cannot, of course, condemn religious co-existence, just as no sensible person can avoid identifying with the victims of a massacre, no matter what their religion or origin. But what draws one’s attention was the eagerness of these Imams – among them a Palestinian Imam – to visit Auschwitz just now, and the fact that for the past few years they did not care to visit Sabra and Shatila, Tel Al-Zaatar, or what remains of Deir Yassin so that they could pray for the souls of the victims of those massacres, in which Palestinian blood flowed and Martyrs’ (Shahids’) bodies were burned.
This was an official mission [to Auschwitz], for which they were paid in advance with worldly rewards (i.e., money). Its price in the world to come will be determined by Allah.
Both these pictures (i.e., the picture of the murderer with the butcher’s knife, and the picture the Imams at Auschwitz) are harmful. They are all enemies, and we put our trust in Allah.”
PA daily belittles the Holocaust: Israel "milked" Germany for Holocaust restitutions 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 24, 2012
Headline: “Arab-Jewish refugees! Go back to your homelands”
     “I wish the UN would decide that every refugee would go back to his original homeland, and then the Palestinian refugee, who is still called “Palestinian” [would return] to Palestine, and the Jewish Iraqi or Moroccan, for example, would also return to Iraq or Morocco. As far as restitution, the Arabs won’t be milked like Israel has milked Germany.”
PA daily article: World Zionism exaggerated the story of the Holocaust 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 19, 2012
Headline: "That which needs to be said"
     "That which needs to be said – under that heading, German writer Günter Grass wrote a poem that raised a storm, the responses to which have not yet died down... As regards Palestine, he said: 'Israel must withdraw not only from Hebron and from Beit-El, but also from Haifa, Tel Aviv, and Nazareth.' [PMW has been unable to find any reference to the alleged statement by Gunter Grass that Israel should withdraw from Tel Aviv and other Israeli cities.] The moment Grass published his poem, at the beginning of the month, world Zionism enlisted its propaganda machine to attack him… He was accused, as usual, of Antisemitism, and mention was made of his youth, when he was a co-pilot in the Second World War.
… For a long time, world Zionism has succeeded in blocking any German opinion, whether on the official level or on the popular level, which might cause slight harm to Israel. It is aided in this by its exaggeration of the story of the Holocaust, which it has transformed into a complex by means of which it silences the Germans…"
UNRWA workers "adamantly opposed" to Holocaust education that will "confuse the thinking" of children 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 14, 2011
Headline: "The [UNRWA Workers'] Union emphasized its opposition to teaching the Holocaust of the Jews as part of the curriculum in the [UNRWA] Agency's schools..."
     "The [UNRWA] Workers' Union emphasized its adamant opposition to teaching the Holocaust of the Jews within the educational curriculum of UNRWA schools, as part of the topic of human rights. The union said, 'We emphasize our adamant opposition to confusing the thinking of our students' by means of Holocaust studies in the human rights study curriculum, and emphasize study of the history of Palestine and the acts of massacre which have been carried out against Palestinians, the most recent of which was the war against Gaza.'
[Union chairman, Suheil] Al-Hindi, explained to France Press, that UNRWA 'approved teaching the Holocaust...' but [the teaching] has not yet started."
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PLO official opposes Holocaust education in Palestinian UNRWA-run schools 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 21, 2011
     "Head of the [PLO] Department for Refugee Issues, Zakaria al-Agha... emphasized his objection to teaching the subject of the Holocaust in UNRWA's schools."
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Holocaust should not be taught in Palestinian schools as long as “Israeli crimes” continue 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2011
Headline: “Al-Wahidi demands the inauguration of the ‘Martyr (Shahida) Prisoner Dalal Mughrabi Square’ and the release of her body”
     “General Coordinator of the Popular Movement for Support of Prisoners and Palestinian Rights and Head of Information for the National Campaign to Return the Bodies of the Martyrs (Shahids)… Nash’at Al-Wahidi stated that it is important to inaugurate the square of the great Palestinian self-sacrificing fighter (fida’i) Dalal Sa’id Muhammad Mughrabi, which should have been inaugurated not long ago in the area of Um Al-Sharait, Ramallah. This [should be done] because it is a national need and a national fact that the Israeli occupation is trying to erase… Al-Wahidi condemned the policy of some international parties that apply a double standard regarding an Israeli request for the Holocaust to be taught and added to curriculums as a basic human rights subject, while the series of Israeli crimes against our people continues.”

Note: Dalal Mughrabi - led the most lethal terror attack in Israel’s history in 1978, when she and other terrorists hijacked a bus and killed 37 civilians, 12 of them children.
PA daily: The Holocaust "for more than 60 years has aroused ... controversy and fabrication" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 4, 2011
In response to rumors that UNRWA (The United Nations Relief and Works Agency) is planning to introduce Holocaust education into the Palestinian UNRWA-run schools, Palestinian dailies have publicized strong opposition to teaching Palestinian children about the Holocaust. Daily columnist in official PA daily: 
     "The Jewish Holocaust is a story about which there is great controversy... a subject that for more than 60 years has aroused a great amount of controversy and fabrication."
"UNRWA... is absolutely prohibited from dealing with political issues."
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PA daily: Study of the Holocaust in Palestinian UNRWA-run schools is "disgraceful" 
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 1, 2011
Muhammad Abu Bakr, deputy head of PLO Department for Refugees: 
     "[If] UNRWA has introduced studies on the Holocaust, or what is known by that name... it would be a deviation by UNRWA from its commitments and the understandings between itself and the host countries, and this would be a precedent which cannot be ignored... It is unthinkable that we would lead our refugee children in opposing directions."
Nabila Al-Saleh, member of Committee for Defense of the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees in Jordan: 
     "Study of the Holocaust in UNRWA schools is disgraceful."
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PA schoolbooks: WWII without a Holocaust 
Source: History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century, grade 12, p. 147, Sept. 1, 2009
     Palestinian schoolbooks discuss in great historical detail the events of World War II, but in all of the PA history texts the Holocaust is ignored as if it never happened. It is clear that PA educators made an active decision to leave the Holocaust out of history. The newest PA history book The History of the Arabs and the World in the 20th Century (Grade 12), sets forth the military and the political events of the Second World War; it cites Nazi racist ideology and restrictions placed on "inferior" non-Aryan nations, and even describes the post-war trials of "senior Nazi leaders as war criminals.” But it makes no mention of the Holocaust or of Jews, nor does it mention the crimes for which the war criminals were on trial. Teaching the history of the Second World War in detail without mentioning the Holocaust, persecution of Jews, or the genocide is a very efficient form of Holocaust denial. The Holocaust is simply expunged from history.

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Hamas refuses to include Holocaust in UN curriculum 
Source: Al-Ayyam, Aug. 31, 2009
Headline: "Gaza: Activists accuse UNRWA of attempting to teach about Jewish Holocaust in curriculum for human rights"
     "Director of the education department of the aid agency [UNRWA], Mahmoud Al-Hamdiat, denied that there was any intention on the part of the agency to teach material on the subject of the Holocaust...
Activists protecting the rights of Palestinian refugees accused UNRWA of an attempt to teach about the Jewish Holocaust in the human rights curriculum. The activists, representing the Hamas people's committees of the various districts of the Gaza Strip, expressed their anger in the face of this development. They demanded the removal of this material from the 8th grade human rights curriculum.
Coordinator of the people's committees in the Gaza Strip, Hussam Ahmad, told Al-Ayyam that the scientific material included in the curriculum was formulated in a manner favorable towards the Jews... Ahmad warned of a trend towards creating a generation that shows sympathy towards the Jews and towards [concerning] the Holocaust. He stated that the refugees' committees would continue to carry out various activities to deter the agency from its decision.
It should be noted that the peoples' committees of the refugees in the Gaza Strip sent a memorandum to [director of UNRWA operations, John] Ging, demanding the deletion of the subject of the Jewish Holocaust from the human rights study material for 8th grade."
"In all of Europe there weren't 6 million Jews" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 17, 2009
Abd Al-Rahman Abbad, Secretary General of the [Palestinian] Organization of Clerics and Disseminators of Islam:
    "[Jews] exaggerate every action that other [nations] do against any Jew in the world. In this context is the Holocaust issue, which the whole world still [deals with]. There is a place [in Israel] called "Memorial for Holocaust and Heroism," which tells of the killing of 6 million Jews, but it is known that in all of Europe there weren't 6 million Jews." Click here to view
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