PA: The Holocaust was Europe repaying Jews for their “wickedness”
Just in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day tomorrow, the Palestinian Authority stressed and repeated its antisemitic views on Jews. In a program on official PA TV, the host taught viewers that the Holocaust was the price the Jews paid for their evil behavior - their “conspiracies and wickedness”:
Official PA TV host: “In this episode, whose title is “Hitler’s Rise to Power in Germany,” we’ll talk about the very sensitive periods between 1929 and 1935. This is the period in which Zionism was diminished and nearly ended and disappeared… The preparations began leading to World War II in Europe, and this is the period in which the Zionist movement paid the price for its conspiracies and wickedness, there in the European states.”
[Official PA TV, From the Israeli Archive, Jan. 23, 2021]
The PA TV program From the Israeli Archive is currently broadcasting parts of an Israeli documentary series from 1981, Pillar of Fire, misinterpreting - and even mistranslating - the original narration so it presents a Palestinian and even antisemitic perspective. The message that Jews' payment for their "wickedness" was the Holocaust was the PA TV host’s introduction to a segment from an episode about the 1930s and Nazism’s rise to power.
The host’s statement is consistent with PA Antisemitism that Palestinian Media Watch has documented for years, including the PA's blaming Jews for Antisemitism, among the other antisemitic messages it disseminates.
PA hate speech comes from the top of the PA leadership. It was PA Chairman Abbas himself who explained that Europeans committed massacres against Jews “every 10 to 15 years” for centuries culminating in the Holocaust in response to Jewish behavior. Abbas’ justification for Antisemitism was that “the hatred of the Jews is not due to their religion, but, rather... due to their social role that was connected to usury and banks and so forth.”
Abbas’ Fatah Movement has also produced and published a propaganda video purportedly about Jewish history in Europe, which makes the same claim that Jews brought Antisemitism on themselves. It presents Jews as an evil and threatening force in Europe from which Europeans had to defend themselves. The Jews, Fatah explained, “led the project to enslave humanity” and allied with Nazis to burn Jews “to accumulate wealth.” The Jews themselves established “ghettos in order to separate from other people out of arrogance and disgust for non-Jews.” It was in the ghettos, the documentary further lies that the Jews schemed against the non-Jews, leading to European antisemitism: “[Jews] were hated because of their racism and their filthy behavior.”
In addition to Abbas himself disseminating Antisemitism, some of his senior appointees likewise spread hatred of Jews. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, whom Abbas has appointed as his personal advisor on Islam, has taught that the Palestinian conflict with Israel is essentially Islam’s historic conflict against Jews because they are Satan’s ally, spreading evil and falsehood. Israel, because it is a Jewish state, is “Satan’s project.”
The religious figure who Abbas appointed as head of an entire school system taught that Jews are responsible for all conflicts on earth and even in the sea: “Humanity will never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land.... If a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it.” According to this PA message, Jews’ existence is a fundamental threat to all humanity.
At times, the PA has explicitly promoted the horrific conclusion: The Jewish threat to humanity will be stopped only by exterminating all Jews. One preacher on official PA TV explained it: “These malignant [Jewish] genes and cursed characteristics continue in them. They transfer them from generation to generation. They inherit it from father to son.... Humanity will never be able to live together with them.... Our prophet [Muhammad] informed us [that] at the end of time the Muslims will fight the Jews.... Jews hide behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or a tree will say: ‘Muslim, servant of Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’.... Allah... count them and kill them one by one, and do not leave even one.”
The PA’s continuous demonization of Jews has impacted significantly on Palestinians. According to an ADL Global 100 poll, 87% of Palestinians believe “People hate Jews because of the way Jews behave.” The poll also found that Palestinians are the most antisemitic population in the world.
Once again, as PMW has documented for years, PA incitement to hate and terror successfully poisons the minds of the Palestinian population and remains the driving force behind Palestinian hate and terror.