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Holocaust denial and distortion
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

PA daily accuses PMW of “distortion” for correctly translating its Holocaust denying crossword puzzle in 1999 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 6, 2016
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for Al-Hayat Al-Jadida
     “The Palestinian media monitoring by Israel distorts Palestinian statements and articles, takes them out of context, and markets them mainly to the American government as Palestinian incitement. One day [years ago], President Mahmoud Abbas summoned me to his office when he was still secretary of the [PLO] Executive Committee, and told me that Israel is using the [issue of] incitement against us...  I said: There is an Israeli department for monitoring Palestinian media and statements that distorts articles, takes them out of context, and spreads them among the Americans as though they [the articles] are inciting and Antisemitic. They went as far as taking advantage of a misprint in a crossword puzzle [reported by PMW in 1999, Ed.] and considering it incitement, as there was a question about a Holocaust and heroism monument, 'Yad Vashem’ (i.e., The World Holocaust Remembrance Center, Israel's official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust), and the typesetter made a mistake and wrote ‘the lie’ (the words are similar in Arabic: “heroism” -“butula,” “lie” - “batel,” -Ed.). This ‘grave' incident reached news agencies and radio stations, and Yasser Arafat summoned me to explain the circumstances of this great uproar. I explained to him the truth of the matter, and after an investigation it turned out that it was an unintentional misprint, as the original word was ‘heroism.”
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Senior Fatah official:‎ "Hitler wasn't morally corrupt, he was daring" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Jan. 19, 2016


Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "There is a difference between an ‎officer's discipline and loyalty to a leader. The leader could be morally corrupt."‎
Ma'an host: "And how would you know?"‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "You have to know. Is there ‎anyone who does not know his leader?"‎
Ma'an host: "The German people did not know that Hitler was morally corrupt."‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "He was not morally corrupt."‎
Ma'an host: "The French think that de Gaulle was half prophet ‎. Churchill, I don’t ‎know what his story was, but people see him as one of the most important statesmen."‎
Fatah Central Committee Member Tawfiq Tirawi: "Let us talk logically. Hitler was not ‎morally corrupt ‎. He was daring‎."‎
Ma'an host: "Is that the way to talk? I say: Let's drink some tea and take a break. It ‎would be a pity to be put in jail because of this interview. We will drink tea and take a ‎break. Let's leave Hitler."‎
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Fatah posts Nazi children's book cover: "'Trust no fox on his green meadow, and trust no Jew on his oath'" 
Source: Official Fatah Facebook page, Oct. 29, 2015

Image and text posted to official Facebook page of the Fatah Movement on Oct. 29, 2015
The image shows the picture of the cover of a children’s book from Germany from 1936 with the title: “Trau keinem Fuchs auf grüner Heid und keinem Jud bei seinem Eid”
Posted text is a translation of the book’s title: “Trust no fox on his green heath, and trust no Jew on his oath”
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PA daily op-ed claims Zionists collaborated with Nazis, particularly Eichmann 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 21, 2015
Headline: “The Mufti and the Rabbi”
Op-ed by Hafez Al-Barghouti, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Even those closest to Netanyahu do not believe his nonsense, as he keeps retelling the familiar fable of the wolf and the lamb, ignoring the Zionist collaboration with the Nazis, especially with arch-murderer [Adolf] Eichmann (German Nazi lieutenant colonel who organized the mass-deportations of Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust –Ed.), who played a main role in the expulsion of Jews from Hungary, Austria and Germany to Palestine, on condition that they were young and trained in weapons, and supervised their training there, while the leaders of Zionism allowed him to send the elderly to the concentration camps. Eichmann visited Palestine in 1937, met with Jewish leaders and considered himself a Zionist like them. [From Palestine] he continued to Egypt, but Britain banished him.  The Mufti did not send anyone to the Holocaust and never spoke of the annihilation, which had begun years before he met with Hitler, and this is confirmed by historic evidence. What Hitler told the Mufti is that he admired the Palestinian people because it had fought against the British empire on its own, without anyone’s support. Today, we still resist the occupation which is supported by the US, without anyone’s support.
PA daily op-ed: Israel is worse than Nazis, committing “massacre and holocausts” on holidays 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 5, 2015
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
Headline: “Holidays soaked in blood”
     “History has never seen a human group from any religious or ideological background that turns its holidays into days of war and enemies’ bloodshed, like the Israeli occupiers and those similar to them, from among fascist and Nazi groups. Throughout history, the warring groups would cease their wars for a number of days, out of honor and respect for social or religious events, except for the Israeli occupiers who have turned their holidays and those of other religions – Islam and Christianity – into [days of] massacre and holocausts.”
Abbas presents Holocaust as something Jews "say": "They say they made sacrifices in World War II - we respect what they say" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Aug. 23, 2015
PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas at Polish media conference broadcast on official PA TV: "If they [Jews] say that they made sacrifices in World War II, and we respect what they say, they should not treat us the way they were treated. We must not be a victim of the victim. I did not do anything bad to him. I just want him to follow the law. I want a state on the 1967 borders."
Official PA daily op-ed: Murderous Israeli government policy is “successor to German Nazism and Italian Fascism,” Israel is “fascist, Nazi” and is committing a “holocaust”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Aug. 1, 2015
Op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, columnist for official PA daily
      “This extremist right-wing policy of Netanyahu’s government, successor to German Nazism and Italian Fascism, which is reborn on the ruins of the bodies and blood of the Arab Palestinian people, could not in any way have expanded and broken out in the Arab Palestinian land without the silence and support of the US, Europe, and the entire world, including the official Arab regimes. Apparently, the condemnation statements made by the Israeli occupation and aggression state were only meant to conceal the ties the West has forged with Israel. This is because this world [the West] built its culture on the foundations of ancient and modern settlement, and sees in Israel the extension of the policy of dividing and tearing into pieces the peoples of the Arab nation, in addition to its role as a front line in service of the goals of the entire West, and the US in particular… Fascist, Nazi Israel is only above international law thanks to the discriminatory policies of the West and the US in particular and now is the time – not tomorrow or the day after – to respond to the holocaust Israel is committing.”

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Abbas’ advisor compares Netanyahu to Goebbels 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, June 10, 2015
Official PA TV News report on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s statement regarding his commitment to the two-state solution, and his holding the Palestinians responsible for the freeze in negotiations.

Political Advisor for President Mahmoud Abbas Nimer Hammad: “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu tried to implement a propaganda method [which] I say is similar to ‎‎[Nazi Germany's Minister of Propaganda] Goebbels’ [method]: ‘Lie, lie, lie, in the hope of reinforcing it [the lie] in public opinion.’ Netanyahu doesn’t want to touch the reason for the isolation [of Israel], which is the issue of settlement.”
PA officials compare Israel to Nazi Germany, and, like the Nazis, “are doomed to disappear”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2015
Headline: “Jericho: Celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Russian people’s victory over the Nazis”
     “The Russian ambassador to Palestine, Alexander Rudakov, expressed his hope that the Palestinian people would succeed in establishing an independent Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital… These statements were made during his speech at the Russian Museum hall in the Jericho city center as part of the celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the Soviet Union and the friendly Russian people’s victory over the Nazis… PLO Executive Committee member [and Fatah Central Committee member] Saeb Erekat said that the victory of the Soviets and the Russian people, and the fact that they sacrificed around 67 million [people] are a victory for truth, justice and humanity and not only for the Russian people. In addition, he said that the oppression and injustice, whatever their degree of tyranny and duration, are doomed to disappear, and that the occupation of Palestine would not last for long – regardless of how much the occupation authorities try to evade, deny and act abusively.
Deputy District Governor of Jericho and the Jordan Valley Jamal Rajoub said that the only occupation at present is the Israeli occupation, and that the anniversary of the victory of the friends in Russia over the Nazis takes place close to the 67th anniversary of the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., 'the catastrophe,' Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) and to the 47th anniversary of the Gaza Strip and the West Bank’s occupation by the neo-Nazis, who oppressed and tortured the citizens and deprived them of their most basic rights. In addition, he said that the Russians’ victory over the Nazis is a glimmer of hope for us as Palestinians because we will definitely prevail.”

From WAFA, official PA news agency
"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 called "Nazi leadership… a racist leadership with expansionist tendencies" on PATV 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Mar. 29, 2015
Official PA TV program Topic of the Day interviewed Fatah Central Committee Member and Commissioner of Foreign Branches Jamal Muhaisen on the resolutions of the Arab League summit.
Muhaisen: “We are approaching the seventh decade of the Israeli occupation of the land of Palestine, occupied since 1948, and the fifth decade of lands occupied in 1967.
If there won’t be an arrangement in the region based on this initiative [the Arab initiative], there will be a different Arab position. This requires a meeting of the Arab generals, ministers of defense, and foreign ministers, so that we can design a new strategy by which we will force the Nazi leadership, which rules the Palestinian people today - a racist leadership with expansionist tendencies - [to surrender]. After all, the world goes into action wherever there is an attack [on innocents] except when it comes to the Palestinian people.”
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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ADL poll: 72% of Palestinians believe Holocaust happened, but number of ‎Jews killed “greatly exaggerated”‎ 
Source: global100.adl.org, May 13, 2014
From “The ADL Global 100: An Index of Antisemitism":

"‎1. Have you heard about the Holocaust in Europe during World War Two?‎
Don't know (volunteered)‎.....0%

‎2. Which of the following statement comes closest to your views about the Holocaust in ‎Europe during World War Two?
The Holocaust is a myth and did not happen‎.....‎10%
The Holocaust happened, but the number of Jews who died in it has been greatly ‎exaggerated by history.....‎72% 
The Holocaust happened, and the number of Jews who died in it have been fairly ‎described by history.....‎9%
Don't know (volunteered).....‎10%‎"
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.
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