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Then there is the PA-sponsored Voice of Palestine Radio which conducted a quiz contest broadcast on November 27, 2007. The question:
“His golden year was 1940, when his armies invaded Denmark, Norway, Luxembourg, Holland, and Belgium and defeated France … By mid-1942, his country controlled the largest land area in Europe… He refused to surrender and continued to fight for two more years, but, his bitter end came in the spring of 1945 when he took his own life…. Who is he?”
While obviously the answer is Hitler, what makes this such a blasé question in Palestinian Arab society is the sick fact that “Hitler” is so admired that “Hitler” is not an uncommon choice for a first name for more than a few Palestinian babies.
Or consider PA TV from July 17, 2009, when Abd Al-Rahman Abbad, Secretary General of the [Palestinian] Organization of Clerics and Disseminators of Islam, had this to say: “[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.”
A quick glance at the PMW website for April 27th would have given any interested journalist the following report from the PA sponsored daily newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, whose Apr. 14, 2011 headline proclaimed: “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 story below the headlines reads: “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.”
While there are literally dozens of such easily seen and accessible examples, no mainstream media outlets appear to have noticed, let alone published, anything about it.
Palestinian Arab Holocaust denial is not just official PA policy. It starts at the top. PA President Mahmoud Abbas wrote a book entitled: “The Other Side: the Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism”, published in Jordan in 1984. It was based on Abbas’ doctoral dissertation completed in 1982 at the Soviet Patrice Lumumba University and defended at the Institute of Oriental Studies of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, also in Moscow.
In his book Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas maintains that the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews was exaggerated, the murder of six million Jews was a Zionist “myth” – a “fantastic lie” in his words, and those actually murdered was a result of a Zionist-Nazi plot. While not saying much for Soviet scholarship since they awarded him a PhD based on said hogwash, it is clear that Holocaust denial indeed starts at the top in the PA and no self-respecting journalist should accept Palestinian pronouncements to the contrary without some minimal fact checking.
Such checking might have picked up a story on Abbas in the New York Times on March 11, 2003: “ Abbas wrote a book…which claims that the number of Jewish Holocaust victims was not six million, but was less than one million. According to the Anti-Defamation League,” wrote the Times reporter, “ Abbas was asked about the book when he rose to prominence in the mid-1990’s. ‘When I wrote “The Other Side,” we were at war with Israel,” Abbas told Maariv [the Israeli daily newspaper]. “Today I [Mahmoud Abbas] would not have made such remarks,” reported the New York Times.
Interestingly, the Times reporter didn’t find this last sentence noteworthy. Does Abbas mean that maligning Jewish Holocaust victims and deliberately denying the Holocaust is acceptable if you are at war with the Jewish State, but now in the post-Oslo period it’s not acceptable?
Clearly, given the current reality in the Palestinian Authority’s official media – for young and old alike, and in the PA/UNRWA educational system – Abbas and his cohorts are continuing the “war with Israel.” But he needn’t worry. Apparently the western mainstream media won’t work too hard to call him out on it.
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