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Holocaust denial and distortion
Libel: Israel imitates Nazi crimes
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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Libel: Israel imitates Nazi crimes

Official PA daily accuses Israel of "reconstructing the Holocaust against the Palestinians" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 1, 2017
Headline: “Israel’s future”
Excerpt of an op-ed by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist of the official PA daily
     “While Israel is celebrating 69 years since its establishment on the ruins of the Palestinian people’s Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” the Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), many questions arise that focus on one central point: What is the future of this state? Will it have a future if its political and military leadership continues [to choose] the option of war, death, and killing peace? For how long can Israel rebel and come out against international law and regional and global peace? And will reconstructing the Holocaust against the Palestinians help Israel survive? ...
Providing the answers remains [the role of] the political, cultural, scientific, military, and economic elite in the State of Israel; perhaps they will reach an informed and correct conclusion that will protect the future of all the peoples of the region and prevent Israel’s suicide.”
Deputy governor of Ramallah: "The occupation is practicing Nazism against our prisoners" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Apr. 20, 2017
Headline: “The Prisoner’s Day events in Beit Rima and Deir Ghassaneh were completed”
     “Deputy District Governor of Ramallah and El-Bireh Hamdan Barghouti said: ‘The prisoners have sacrificed years of their lives so that we will live in dignity. The solidarity events must continue in order to support the prisoners, especially in their campaign against the Israeli policy against them, and especially in light of the fact that their demands are legitimate.’
He noted that the Israeli ministers are inciting against the prisoners and demanding to execute them (see note –Ed.), and emphasized that the occupation is practicing Nazism against our prisoners.”
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PMW could find no call by any Israeli minister to execute terrorist prisoners. This claim apparently refers to statements by Israeli Minister of Intelligence and Transportation Yisrael Katz on March 6 and 7, 2017, when he said that terrorist Marwan Barghouti, who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered, should have been sentenced to the death penalty rather than life imprisonment.
PLO official: Israeli MPs' statements against terrorist Marwan Barghouti are "monstrous," "similar to the claims of Nazi leaders," and "from them wafts a smell of hate, racism, and corruption" 
Source: Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs, Apr. 17, 2017
Text posted on the Facebook page of the PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs
Posted text: “Director of [PLO] Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake said that the Israeli ministers’ statements against prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered), the demand to execute him (see note below –Ed.), and the incitement against the prisoners (PMW could find no basis for claims of incitement –Ed.) are monstrous statements that are similar to the statements of the Nazi leaders , and from them wafts a smell of hate, racism, and corruption.
Karake noted that these statements, which were accompanied by arbitrary steps of oppression against the [hunger] strikers… point to an official Israeli political decision to suppress the strike and break the willpower of the strikers, which will lead to an explosion of the situation and an escalation within and outside of the prisons.
Karake held the occupation fully responsible for the consequences of the strike and its likely results. He said that the incitement by Israel against the prisoners reminds us of Germany in 1933, and that the present government in Israel has begun to constitute a danger to security and peace in the region, in that it has opened a third front against the defenseless prisoners and against their legitimate humanitarian demands.
He also mentioned the series of extremist inciting statements against the prisoners, who have been described as poisonous insects, and the calls to spray them with gas, throw them in to the Dead Sea, and establish extermination camps for the prisoners." (PMW has found no basis for these claims –Ed.)

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Op-ed by PLO official glorifies imprisoned terrorist Marwan Barghouti, demonizes Israel  
Source: Al-Quds, Mar. 30, 2017
Excerpt of an op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

Headline: “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti: I hope [to achieve] Martyrdom-death (Shahada) twice for this great people”
       “Prisoner Marwan Barghouti (i.e., terrorist who orchestrated three shooting attacks in which 5 were murdered) has decided to lead the hunger strike that is not limited in time on April 17, 2017, in conjunction with the start of the Palestinian Prisoner’s Day activities. He called this step The Battle of Freedom and Dignity. In a statement he presented a series of humanitarian demands connected to improving the living conditions of all the male and female prisoners who are in the prisons.
Fifteen years after he was kidnapped and arrested by the occupation forces, Barghouti has understood that the occupation government is trying to decide the battle against the prisoners in the prisons by controlling them and turning them into mere ghosts and numbers, and by negating their symbolism as legal fighters and freedom prisoners who have fought and sacrificed for freedom, dignity, and independence…"

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Official PA daily: "The Israeli ethnic cleansing state" is rooted in "fascism and Nazism"  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Mar. 11, 2017
Headline: "The call of the Muezzin on the firing line"
Op-ed article by Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, regular columnist for the official PA daily
     “Last Wednesday [March 8, 2017] the Muezzin Law proposal was finally approved in a first reading in the Israeli Parliament, reflecting the Israeli insistence on deepening the racism against everything connected to the Muslim and Christian Palestinians…
The Israeli ethnic cleansing state - which claims to be democratic, protecting religious ceremonies, and adhering to international law - time after time verifies that it is a completely racist state that refuses to accept the other, the Palestinian and Arab owners of the land and their cultural, national, and religious heritage…
The unrestrained racist rampage just pushes the situation in rapid steps towards the imposing of a religious war and distancing from the original national and cultural basis of the conflict. It is also violating the international conventions, norms, and laws, and particularly the Fourth Geneva Convention of 1949, and is rooting the expressions of fascism and Nazism in Israeli society."

On Feb. 12, 2017, a bill to ban religious institutions from broadcasting over loudspeakers between the hours of 11:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. was authorized by the Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation and is now pending parliamentary approval. The bill is intended to prevent noise pollution and is referred to by many as the "Muezzin Law," although it does not apply to any specific religion.
Clickk"full article" for a list of other countries that have already approved or attempted legislation for regulating the use of loudspeakers in mosques in order to limit noise pollution.
PA daily prints op-ed comparing Trump to Hitler, Zionists to Nazis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Feb. 7, 2017
Headline: "Trump's first days, 'the alternative facts'"
Op-ed by Ayman Al-Sayyad, first published on the Egyptian news website Shorouk
     "It could be that [US President Donald] Trump does not know the meaning of the word eugenics, and I do not think he has read [the writings of Francis] Galton (a pioneer in eugenics, wrote many books in the 19th century CE –Ed.), as people like him do not read at all. However, in all his positions regarding the other, immigrants, or women, it seems that he is faithful to the same destructive principles that have in the past led racists such as Hitler to almost destroy the world…
History shows us that racist ideas that espouse the superiority of one race over another, as Hitler believed, led to a world war whose victims numbered more than 60 million, and I repeat – 60 million…
Anyone who does not know what discrimination on the basis of origin or identity is can review [Trump’s] decision to ban [the entry of] 'all' citizens of the seven states the decision included, and I repeat 'all citizens,' not the terrorists or the extremists among them, and not even those about whom there are security concerns… Why? Because racists are illogical and they put all the rest, and I repeat – 'all the rest,' in one category. The Nazis who believed in the superiority of the Aryan race acted in this way, and the Zionists act this way when they think that they are ‘Allah's chosen people.'"
PLO official: Israel's crimes are "more serious than the crimes of fascism and Nazism" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Jan. 11, 2017
Headline: “With six bullets they executed released prisoner Muhammad Al-Salehi before his mother's eyes”
     “The occupation army executed released prisoner Muhammad Subhi Al-Salehi (32) [parentheses in source] (he tried to stab them with a knife, causing them to shoot and kill him –Ed.), before his mother's eyes in his home in the Al-Fara’a refugee camp early yesterday morning [Jan. 10, 2017]…
Palestinian Liberation Front (i.e., a PLO faction) political bureau member Muhammad Al-Soudi emphasized that the incessant crimes of the occupation necessitate action on the international level in order to put the occupation and its leaders on trial for committing crimes more serious than the crimes of fascism and Nazism.”

Muhammad Al-Salehi – Palestinian terrorist who attempted to stab Israeli soldiers with a knife on Jan. 10, 2017, as they conducted arrests in the Al-Fara’a refugee camp, south of Jenin. Al-Salehi was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers during the attack.
Secretary-General of PA Islamic-Christian Council: Israel plans to turn Jerusalem into a "ghetto" through ethnic "cleansing" 
Source: Ma’an, independent Palestinian news agency, Nov. 30, 2016
Headline: “Dr. Issa: Israel is turning Jerusalem into a ghetto with a Jewish majority”
     Secretary-General of the [PA] Islamic-Christian Council for Jerusalem and the Holy Places Dr. Hanna Issa emphasized that the Israeli violations of all types in occupied Jerusalem reveal that the occupation government does not want to reach a real and just peace with the Palestinians, but rather aspires to realize its ambitions: Judaization, expanding the settlements, and turning the holy city [of Jerusalem] into a ghetto with an Arab ethnic minority and a Jewish majority. This is by means of its policy of expulsion and [ethnic] cleansing against the [Arab] residents of Jerusalem, so that in the long term the city will become the Jewish capital of what is termed the State of ‘Israel.’
He noted that ‘ghetto’ is defined as an area in which – willingly or by compulsion – groups of residents live, who are viewed by most people as [having] a certain ethnic background or [as belonging] to a certain culture or religion. He added that the word originally refers to the neighborhood of the Jews in a city, such as the ghetto in the center of the city of Rome, while in Arab countries the ghetto was called ‘the Jewish quarter.’
Dr. Issa added: ‘“Ghettoes” or “Jewish quarters” were first established in Poland after June 1941 (sic., the first ghetto was established in Venice in 1516 , the first ghetto in Nazi-occupied Poland was established in 1939 ), in the occupied territories of the Soviet Union, so as to isolate the Jewish residents. Most of the ghettoes were established in the poorest neighborhoods or in densely populated Jewish neighborhoods, and many of them were surrounded by walls or fences, or else other means were used to cut the connection with the outside world.’”
PA daily: "The racism of Israel is burning its fingers" like the "blind racism of the Nazis" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Oct. 20, 2016
Headline: “The racism of Israel is burning its fingers”
Excerpt of op-ed by Bassem Barhoum
     “Israel is a state that has lost its sense of sight and discernment. Therefore, I do not rule out that the day will soon come when we will see the Zionist racists and extremists who rule in Israel burning the books of the new Israeli historians and every book that talks objectively about the Palestinian-Israeli conflict in the city squares.
Who expected that the Germans would burn the books of [Karl] Marx and the rest of the thinkers and philosophers in the center of Berlin, and yet the blind racism of the Nazis led to this.
This caused me to consider the possibility that a scenario like this could happen as a response of the blind racism of the Israeli politicians to the participation and positions of representatives of the B’Tselem organization and the Americans for Peace Now association in the advisory meeting of the [UN] Security Council, which was held last Friday [Oct. 14, 2016] under the title Illegal Israeli Settlements: A Threat to Peace and the Two-State Solution.”
Fatah official threatens violence against “Nazi Zionist Israel”: “Our symbol is a rifle and a grenade, so don`t test our patience” 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 27, 2016


PA Parliament member and former prisoner Jamal Huweil on official PA TV program Topic of the Day: "Like I always say to Israel, to the Nazi Zionist Israeli occupation: We in the Fatah Movement - our symbol is still the symbol of Al-Asifa (i.e., Fatah military unit), which is decorated with an AK-47 and a grenade, so don't test the patience of the Fatah Movement, because like they say ‘patience has limits.’"

Poster on wall glorifies murderer: “President Mahmoud Abbas and Jenin District Governor Ibrahim Ramadan announce the death of heroic Martyr prisoner Yasser Hamdouni”

Yasser Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.
Interviewee on PA TV: Israelis have no mercy, they do more than Hitler to the Palestinians" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 27, 2016
Official PA TV News, interview with Director of the Abu Jihad Center for Prisoners’ Affairs at Al-Quds University Fahd Al-Hajj, on the death of terrorist prisoner Yasser Hamdouni and the treatment of jailed terrorists
Director of the Abu Jihad Center for Prisoners’ Affairs at Al-Quds University Fahd Al-Hajj: “Every ten days the [Israeli] intelligence and police officers go in [to the prisoners’ cells] and confiscate everything that the prisoners write down, even if it was a poem, or letters [to their families]. They (i.e., the Israelis) have no mercy, they do more than Hitler to the Palestinians.”

Yasser Dhiab Hamdouni was serving a life sentence for participating in the murder of Israeli citizen Avner Maimon in the Palestinian town of Ya'abad in the West Bank (June, 12, 2003). Hamdouni, a member of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing), died on Sept. 25, 2016, after collapsing while exercising in the Israeli Rimon Prison yard.
Of PA TV airs song addressing Israel: "You are a Nazi... the chaos of your corruption is running rampant" 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, Sept. 13, 2016
Official PA TV program Holiday Morning, hosting poet Abdallah Qishta
Poet Abdallah Qishta begins to recite the poem "A Homeland That is Tired of Waiting"
Poet Abdallah Qishta:
"Oh my enemy, others are brighter than you…
You are a Nazi, do not lie and do not call for peace
The chaos of your corruption is running rampant in Muslim countries
Your ebb and flow have come to an end, the illusion has reached its end and dissipated
Your time has come, accursed is your grandfather who brought us the Balfour Promise (i.e., Declaration)
[Even if] a period passes, we will not forget and our veins will be renewed
Your fate is shame and disgrace, regardless of what will come to pass.
Tomorrow we will liberate our land and we will lay the cornerstone,
Sometimes with weapons, and sometimes with politics.
The soil always calls to us: 'Come with [your] head held high,
Wear the crown of glory, and break the head of the evil one’
Its [the soil’s] knife will express our rage and will not allow the Al-Aqsa Mosque to be harmed…"
Official PA TV host: "We do not deny that the poem is wonderful and the style is very unique, especially as there is an attractiveness to the Nabataean or Bedouin poem, as some know it ."

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 views 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 editorial likens Israel to Nazi propagandist Joseph Goebbels 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, Sept. 10, 2016
Excerpt of official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida editorial
Headline:
“The extremism and follies of the obsession”
     “Israel of the settler racist extremist right – Israel of [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu, [Minister of Defense Avigdor] Liberman, and [Minister of Education Naftali] Bennett – obsessively continues the offensive of distorting the position and policy of [PA] President Mahmoud Abbas and inciting against him. It is mistakenly deluded that this will perhaps topple the firm and clear Palestinian standpoint regarding the ways to make peace, security, and stability in the region…
The Israeli incitement campaign against him [Abbas] did not find – and will never find – [ways] other than fabricating lies, nonsense and more falsehoods, as those carrying out this [incitement] campaign are apparently followers of the school of [Joseph] Goebbels, the minister of buried Nazi propaganda, who made the famous statement: ‘Lie and lie until they believe you.’”
Fatah official: Holocaust was a crime, but Netanyahu "has no right to implement the same policy against the Palestinian people" 
Source: PA-run Channel Musawa, Sept. 9, 2016
PA-run Channel Musawa that is intended for an Israeli Arab audience, interview with Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub
Deputy Secretary of the Fatah Central Committee Jibril Rajoub: “[Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu cannot [now] and cannot continue to lead the world by the nose because of what happened to the Jews in Europe in the 1940s, which is something that we oppose and view as a crime, and the whole world views it as a crime, but he has no right to implement the same policy against the Palestinian people.”

Jibril Rajoub also holds the following positions: Head of the Supreme Council for Sport and Youth Affairs, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).
Fatah official: Interrogations of Palestinian football players by Israeli security forces were “carried out an inhuman manner, the likes of which were only [seen] in the ‘40s of the last century, in the Nazi prisons and detention cells”  
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, July 31, 2016
Headline: “Rajoub: The Palestine Cup Finals were postponed by 48 hours due to the occupation’s steps”

“[Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee and] Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association Jibril Rajoub announced the postponement by 48 hours of the Palestine Cup Finals return match between the Ahli Al-Khalil (i.e., Hebron) team and the Shabab Khan Yunis team. This was because the Israeli occupation authorities prevented the entry of seven Khan Yunis players and administration members into the northern districts (i.e., from the Gaza Strip into the West Bank) in order to participate in the match, which was supposed to take place yesterday [July 30, 2016] at 6:00 p.m. at the Hussein Bin Ali Stadium in Hebron…
Rajoub summarized all of the steps taken by the Israeli authorities against the players of the two teams: preventing the entry of four Ahli Hebron players into the southern districts (i.e., the Gaza Strip) for the first match [of the finals], preventing the entry of seven Khan Yunis team players and administration members into the northern districts, including the team’s first goalkeeper and goalkeeper trainer, and the interrogations that were carried out during the course of this at the crossing in an inhuman manner, the likes of which were only [seen] in the ‘40s of the last century, in the Nazi prisons and detention cells.”
Fatah official: "The Zionist entity is a Nazi entity" that "spreads like cancer" 
Source: Awdah independent Palestinian TV channel, July 25, 2016
Fatah-run Awdah TV program Personal Encounter, on the importance of PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech at the Arab League summit calling for Britain to apologize for the Balfour Declaration, which was delivered by PA Foreign Minister Riyad Al-Malki on July 25, 2016
Fatah Central Committee member and Commissioner for Foreign Branches Jamal Muhaisen: “The Zionist entity is a Nazi entity, planted in Arab land, planted in the land of Palestine. It spreads in the Arab region, spreads geographically in the occupied Syrian Golan. It spreads economically and security-wise through the entire Arab region, it spreads like cancer.”

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 views 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.
Hebron district governor compares Israel’s temporary closure of Hebron after terror attack to Jewish “ghettos” in Europe 
Source: Official Palestinian Authority TV, July 3, 2016
Official PA TV program Palestine This Morning hosts Hebron District Governor Kamel Hamid, on Israel’s general closure of the town of Hebron following a Palestinian terrorist’s murder of Rabbi Michael Mark on July 1, 2016

Hebron District Governor Kamel Hamid: “What is different this time [in the closure of Hebron] is that this siege accompanies political and financial punishments and tight closures. These gates remind us of what we read about the ghettos that the Jews in Europe were exposed to according to their claims, as can be seen they are perpetrating these ghettos against the Palestinian people.”

Rabbi Michael Mark - a 48-year-old father of ten who was murdered by Palestinian terrorists in a shooting attack on July 1, 2016 on Route 60 in the southern Har Hebron region. Rabbi Mark, director of the Otniel Yeshiva (Jewish religious studies academy), was shot and murdered when terrorists opened fire on his car, causing the vehicle to overturn and crash. Rabbi Mark’s wife Chava, 40, was seriously wounded in the attack, and two of their children were also injured – their daughter Tehila, 15, and their son Pedayah, 16. The terrorists managed to escape.
PA daily op-ed misrepresents Israeli general’s speech to compare Israel’s behavior to the Nazis 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 11, 2016
Headline: “Israel is not immune to condemnation!”

Excerpt of op-ed by Yahya Rabah, columnist for the official PA daily and a member of the Fatah Leadership Committee in Gaza

“[Israeli] Deputy Chief of General Staff and Major General Yair Golan is not a passing figure in Israel, and is not from the ranks of the Israeli opposition. He is from the heart of the Israeli security and military services, and yet he recently expressed views that greatly angered Netanyahu and many members of his government who are members of the extremist and racist hawks. He said that the behavior of the Israeli army’s soldiers against the Palestinians is not less despicable than the Nazi actions and the Nazi Holocausts (sic.) against the Jews (sic., he actually said that we must be careful not to act like the Nazis and uproot any signs of intolerance and violence).”

Yair Golan’s speech on May 4, 2016:
“The Holocaust, as I see it, must enable us to deeply reflect on the nature of man. It must bring us to deeply reflect on the responsibility of leadership and the nature of society, and it must enable us to think fundamentally about how we, here and now, are conducting ourselves toward orphans, widows and their like. Indeed, there is nothing easier than to simply hate the other, there is nothing easier than to provoke fears and strike terror; there is nothing easier than barbaric behavior, moral corruption and hypocrisy. On Holocaust Remembrance day, it is appropriate to discuss our abilities to extricate from among us signs of intolerance and violence, signs that we're heading towards self-destruction and down the road to moral depravity. In fact, Holocaust Remembrance Day is an opportunity for self-examination. If Yom Kippur is a day for personal self-reflection, then it is appropriate, and even absolutely necessary, that Holocaust Remembrance Day, will also be a day of national self-examination, and in
PLO official twists Israeli general’s words to say that Israeli is carrying out a “holocaust” against the Palestinians 
Source: WAFA, official PA news agency, May 11, 2016
Headline: “How will I say all of this to those I love?”

Op-ed by Director of PLO Commission of Prisoners’ Affairs Issa Karake

“[At the moment] it is the 68th anniversary of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel), and after all these years it looks like what happened to the Palestinian people in 1948 became a curse on the future of the State of Israel. The Israelis are still afraid of the spirits moving under the ground of the villages that were destroyed and of their residents who were exiled and massacred, and that is what one of the central figures in this war, [Israeli] Deputy Chief of General Staff and Major General Yair Golan, said when he compared the behavior of the Israeli army toward the Palestinians to the behavior of the Nazis [and said] that the buds of hatred and intolerance in Israeli society torment the human conscience and are leading to moral deterioration, there was a Holocaust there, and a holocaust is taking place here (sic., he actually said that we must be careful not to act like the Nazis and uproot any signs of intolerance and violence).”

Yair Golan’s speech on May 4, 2016:
“The Holocaust, as I see it, must enable us to deeply reflect on the nature of man. It must bring us to deeply reflect on the responsibility of leadership and the nature of society, and it must enable us to think fundamentally about how we, here and now, are conducting ourselves toward orphans, widows and their like. Indeed, there is nothing easier than to simply hate the other, there is nothing easier than to provoke fears and strike terror; there is nothing easier than barbaric behavior, moral corruption and hypocrisy. On Holocaust Remembrance day, it is appropriate to discuss our abilities to extricate from among us signs of intolerance and violence, signs that we're heading towards self-destruction and
Op-ed in PA daily accuses Israel of carrying out "a more barbaric, despicable holocaust against the Palestinians" 
Source: Official PA daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, May 8, 2016
Headline: “Learning the lessons of the Holocaust”
        “In order to atone for this despicable crime against the European Jews, capitalist Europe committed another crime: the establishment of the colonialist State of Israel on the ruins of the Nakba (i.e., “the catastrophe,” Palestinian term for the establishment of the State of Israel) of the Palestinian people, whose children, women, elderly, and young are being burnt by its consequences to this day. This is because, unfortunately, the Zionist movement and its main support – the Hebrew state – is reenacting the horror of the Holocaust against the Jews in the ‘40s of the previous century, in a more barbaric, despicable holocaust against the Palestinians, through the occupation, racism, and fascism which have begun to characterize rebellious, outlaw Israel… The Israeli values, political and military alike… are the same values that dominated Hitler’s Nazi regime in Germany, but the German racism against members of the Jewish religion has been replaced by Jewish-Israeli racism against those with Palestinian and Arab national identities. On the anniversary of the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews, if only the Zionist leaders of the various schools of thought would notice the dangers of their holocaust against the Palestinian people, and reevaluate their war crimes and the spread of deadly racism in their ranks.”

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