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Holocaust denial and distortion
Holocaust denial
Holocaust denial and distortion
Holocaust denial
Holocaust desecration, denial, and abuse, are all components of Palestinian Authority ideology. A PA TV children’s broadcast taught that Israel burned Palestinians in ovens, and at an exhibit in Gaza children put dolls in a model oven adorned with a Star of David and a swastika. 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” for 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]

The following are more examples of Palestinian Authority Holocaust desecration, denial, and abuse:
PA condemns the Holocaust, but includes it alongside "the Israeli occupation regime" as one of "several chapters of catastrophic evil in human history" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 30, 2014
This is a rare and positive example of the PA acknowledging and condemning the Holocaust and its targeting of Jews. However, the PA subsequently compares “the Israeli occupation regime” to Nazi conduct during the Holocaust, listing both as examples of “catastrophic evil in human history”:
Headline
: “The [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the crime of the Holocaust”
     “On [International] Holocaust Remembrance Day, the [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly condemned the acts of massacre that were committed primarily against Jews, as well as against other minorities, which are among the most serious crimes perpetrated by man against humanity. [The Ministry added that these crimes had been perpetrated] in a way incomprehensible and unimaginable to a free person, as part of a process of ethnic cleansing and genocide that will remain a mark of shame upon humanity’s forehead forever.
In a public announcement yesterday [Jan. 29, 2014], the [PA] Ministry of Foreign Affairs declared that there have been several chapters of catastrophic evil in human history that must be confronted and prevented from recurring… among them are the apartheid regime that blatantly dominated South Africa; the Israeli occupation regime and the domination of another nation, as in the case of the Palestinian nation, whose land expropriated, who was forcefully expelled from it, and who was robbed of land, freedom and honor.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs called on the UN, its organizations and on all nations and specifically the permanent members of the Security Council, to take measures to protect humanity from these crimes’ recurrence and save it from them now, and hunt down the perpetrators [of such crimes.]”
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: 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.
PLO official acknowledges Holocaust crimes against Jews 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 14, 2013
During a statement criticizing Israeli politician Yair Lapid, PLO Executive Committee member Tayseer Khaled acknowledged the Holocaust:
     “PLO Executive Committee and Popular Front political bureau member Tayseer Khaled, condemned statements made by Israeli Minister of Finance and Chairman of the Yesh Atid Israeli political party Yair Lapid in his lecture at the Washington Institute… He [Khaled] described them as foolish and objectionable statements, which could only have been made by a racist politician who trades in the Nazi Holocaust and in Antisemitism, and uses them as a weapon of political blackmail. [The] purpose [of this political blackmail] is to deny the tragedy that befell the Palestinian people in 1948, its right to international justice, its right to be liberated from the occupation and its right to independence.
Khaled reminded the Israeli Minister about the history of Zionist terrorism prior to the establishment of the State of Israel, [about] the mass crimes committed by Israel after its establishment and their consequences: the mass displacement of Palestinians from their homeland, using the force of a cruel army, and the destruction of hundreds of Palestinian villages and towns, in the most terrible criminal act the world has known since the crime of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews in the Second World War.”
PA daily op-ed criticizes Imams’ visit to Auschwitz, comparing them to terrorist stabber 
Source: 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: 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.”
Positive report in PA daily: Senior PA official visits Auschwitz and acknowledges the Holocaust 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 28, 2012
Headline: "Al-Bandak visits Auschwitz camp”
     "A high-level senior Palestinian official yesterday visited Auschwitz-Birkenau, the former Nazi camp in southern Poland. This was the first visit of its kind to the site that symbolizes the Holocaust. According to an Agence France-Presse photographer, advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas Ziad Al-Bandak laid a wreath at the Wall of Death, where the Nazis executed thousands of victims. Al-Bandak also visited the gas chambers where Jews brought from all parts of Europe were put to death. The visit was private in nature, and Al-Bandak did not deliver any official statement. The Auschwitz camp, established by Nazi Germany in 1940 in the southern part of occupied Poland, remains a symbol of the horrors of the Second World War and the Holocaust, in which 1.1 million people were annihilated, among them one million Jews."
[The mistaken figure should read that a million Jews died at Auschwitz alone, as noted in the English version of the AFP article: “Of the six million Jews killed in the Holocaust, 1,1 million were murdered at the site, mostly in its gas chambers.”]
PA daily article: World Zionism exaggerated the story of the Holocaust 
Source: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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
Holocaust a Zionist fabrication 
Source: Al-Dustour (Jordan), May 14, 2009
     "Come over here [to Gaza], Pope of the Vatican! Come and see the tragedy of the Palestinian people, instead of going to the Western Wall, instead of going to the so-called Holocaust [museum] - of the fabricated Zionist Holocaust."
PA TV: "So-called memory" of Holocaust victims 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 12, 2009
     "Various groups in Israel expressed their disappointment at the speech delivered yesterday by Pope Benedict XVI at the Yad Vashem Institute for the commemoration of the so-called memory of those who died in the Nazi Holocaust."
Jews exaggerate the Holocaust for world sympathy  
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, May 13, 2005
Ibrahim Mudayris, Official, PA Ministry of Religious Trusts and Religious Affairs:
     "In the Nazi war, possibly some [Jews] were killed, possibly some were burned, but they're exaggerating [the Holocaust] in order to win over world media, and world sympathy." Click here to view
Palestinian article: "Marketing Ashes" 
Source: Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 13, 2001
This article, entitled "Marketing Ashes" and defining the Holocaust as a "fable," appeared just days before Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day in the official Palestinian daily. 
     “Zionist propaganda has converted [the Holocaust] into a means to produce political and economic benefit... The figure of six million Jews cremated in the Nazi Auschwitz camps is a lie for propaganda... Has this hen, which lays golden eggs for the Jews everywhere, reached its expiration date? ... When Zionism cannot find an enemy to separate and repel the Jews, it invents such an enemy; and so was the case with the Holocaust.”
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