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"There were between one and two million Jewish victims" of the Holocaust, says official PA daily
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Official PA daily on the Holocaust:
"There were between one and two million Jewish victims."

The Zionist movement's goal during the Holocaust:
1. "Blackmail the European states financially and politically"
2. "Bully the Jews to immigrate to the Israeli ethnic cleansing state"
3. "Increase the Jews' suffering ... to take advantage of the world's compassion for them."

by Itamar Marcus and Nan Jacques Zilberdik

On the occasion of the Israeli remembrance day for the victims of the Holocaust last week, a regular columnist in the official Palestinian Authority daily wrote an op-ed in which he recognized the fact that the Holocaust occurred and targeted Jews. But although the writer even called it "a catastrophe," he reiterated false statements that have long been part of PA policy regarding the Holocaust, minimizing its scope and blaming the Zionist movement for participating in evil.

The PA daily repeated the claim that Jews have exaggerated the number of victims and that it was not 6 million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust, but only "between one and two million":

"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." [Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 18, 2015]

The writer hinted to an oft-repeated accusation that Jews were themselves at fault because their non-Jewish fellow citizens wanted to be rid of them due to the inherent Jewish evil:

"Regardless of the number, the bottom line is that a catastrophe that harmed the Jews in Europe occurred, due to matters concerning the relations between the European nations and the Jews living among them. "

The writer also repeated the claim that Zionists wanted "to increase the Jews' suffering" in the Holocaust in order to blackmail Europe into supporting Israel - "the Zionist colonialist project", to further Jewish immigration to Israel and to create more "compassion" for the Jews:

"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 [then] in the preparatory stages of establishment. Third, to increase the Jews' suffering and abuse in order to take advantage of the world's compassion for them."

The following is a longer excerpt of the op-ed in the official PA daily:
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily

Headline: "Their catastrophe and our catastrophe"

"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...

There is no arguing that the Holocaust and catastrophe did strike the Jews and claim more than a million victims, which is a crime according to all political, legal and moral criteria. However, the Jewish catastrophe occurred as part of the [Second] World War, which brought about the death of tens of millions of people. The Holocaust was not limited to Jews alone, but also struck the people of other monotheistic religions, Christians and Muslims, and people of other religions such as Sikhs, Buddhists and others, and all communists and leftists. On the other hand, the Palestinian catastrophe, inflicted by the Zionist terror organizations and their allies - the colonialist Western states - was limited to Palestinians only and included killing [them], driving them out and deporting them from their homes and homeland, to the unknown of being refugees. It has been nearly 70 years, and the Palestinian catastrophe and Nakba (i.e., "the catastrophe," Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) still witness the barbarity of the Zionist Jews and their allies."
[Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, April 18, 2015]