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Who said Palestinians are victims of “a second holocaust” and Netanyahu is “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler”?

Nan Jacques Zilberdik and Itamar Marcus  |

Possible successor of Abbas, Jibril Rajoub:

  • Israelis are “murderers,” committing “a second holocaust” against the Palestinians

  • Netanyahu is “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler”

PA TV sermon:

  • Israel is “avenging its gas ovens” by “attacking” the Palestinian people

One of the PA officials mentioned as a possible successor of PA Chairman Abbas is Jibril Rajoub. Rajoub holds a range of positions in the PA, one of which is Fatah Central Committee Secretary. Palestinian Media Watch has documented that Rajoub is fond of belittling the crimes of the Nazis against the Jews in WWII by comparing Israelis to Nazis.

Thus Rajoub recently referred to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as “the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler.” While he did acknowledge the Holocaust against the Jews and others in WWII, Rajoub claimed that Israel is doing “what happened to them to the Palestinians”:

Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub: “[After Trump’s election,] the American administration [was] cooperating with the path of the fascist right-wing that is being led by Netanyahu, the ugly face of Mussolini and Hitler… [The Israelis] have exploited the issue of the Holocaust… They were slaughtered in Europe. It was a despicable massacre, and we all oppose it and do not accept it, but we did not do it! Neither we as Arabs nor we as Muslims. What is happening in Palestine is a second holocaust. We are 14 million people who are being eliminated and erased geographically, historically, humanly, religiously, and culturally. The slaughter- of course, in the 21st century [the occupation] can’t do what was done in the 1940s, but what is the difference? … They are the criminals. They are the murderers. They are the lowly ones. They are doing what happened to them to the Palestinians.”

[Facebook page of Fatah Central Committee Secretary Jibril Rajoub, Jan. 20, 2021]

A similar statement was made by an unidentified preacher in a sermon broadcast by official PA TV. The preacher claimed that Israelis are “invaders” who are “avenging the gas ovens by attacking a peaceful people.” He also vowed that these invaders will be “expelled”:

Unidentified preacher: “[Our nation’s] children are shouting, its wounded are suffering, its elderly are groaning, its mothers are crying, its Al-Aqsa Mosque is captive, and its land is stolen. But the situation of humiliation will not last, and Palestine will expel the invaders… [Israel] is a fake state that gathered the [Jewish] diaspora at the expense of scattering others [and] avenged its gas ovens by attacking a peaceful people.”

[Official PA TV, Nov. 20, 2020]

This preacher echoes many PA and Fatah officials, who claim all Israelis are “settlers,” that Israel’s creation was in revenge of either the Holocaust or the “defeats of the Crusaders,” and that Israel will cease to exist.

Jibril Rajoub also serves as Head of the PLO Supreme Council for Youth and Sports, Chairman of the Palestinian Football Association, Chairman of the Palestine Olympic Committee, and Chairman of the Palestinian Scout Association (PSA).

Text posted on Facebook with the interview with Rajoub: “[Fatah Central Committee Secretary] Jibril Rajoub in an interview with the Kuwaiti satellite channel Al-Shahed on his visit to Kuwait and the recent political developments.”