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PA: The Holocaust was Europe repaying Jews for their “wickedness” ‎

Itamar Marcus  |

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.‎


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