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New York Times Defends Abbas’ Holocaust Denial

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 28, 2014 @ 12:25 pm In The Point | 26 Comments

Jodi Rudoren of the New York Times has been accused of bias before, but this is a breathtaking new low.

In an article today about Abbas’ statement condemning the Holocaust, Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren writes: “Mr. Abbas has been vilified as a Holocaust denier because in his doctoral dissertation, published as a book in 1983, he challenged the number of Jewish victims and argued that Zionists had collaborated with Nazis to propel more people to what would become Israel.”

The Palestinian Authority leader’s dissertation was carried out at the Patrice Lumumba University in the USSR, notorious as a KGB outlet for training Third World activists and terrorists.

The dissertation was Soviet propaganda penned by a terrorist.

Abbas wrote, “Many scholars have debated the figure of six million and reached stunning conclusions — fixing the number of Jewish victims at only a few hundred thousand.”

That’s straightforward Holocaust denial. Most Holocaust deniers don’t claim that no Jews actually died. What they claim is that there was no organized killing campaign and that those who died, died in the natural course of events.

Abbas also blamed the Zionists for making the Nazis do it. “The Zionist movement led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule to arouse the government’s hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against them and to expand the mass extermination”

There are also other conventional staples of Holocaust denial in Abbas’ thesis. And Abbas frequently quotes Holocaust deniers.

Abu Mazen has written that the German gas chambers were never used to kill Jews, but only to disinfect them and to burn bodies of others to prevent the flow of disease (quoting a “scientific study” to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson)

Abu Mazen claimed that Hitler did not decide to kill the Jews until David Ben-Gurion provoked him into doing so when he [Ben-Gurion] “declared war on the Nazis” in 1942.

Abbas’ work was conventional Holocaust denial flavored with the expected Arab Nationalism and anti-semitic conspiracy theories. There’s nothing new about those either.

And there are few differences between Abbas’ view of the Holocaust and that of David Irving. Jodi Rudoren and the New York Times would never whitewash Irving and yet they choose to whitewash Mahmoud Abbas.

Anti-semitism is acceptable and even defensible to liberals… when the perpetrators are Muslims.

Rudoren’s characterization of Abbas being “vilified” for having “challenged” the number of Holocaust victims is consistent with her editorializing in another article last month. At the time, she unforgettably wrote that Israelis “demonized” Palestinian Muqdad Salah, who had bludgeoned to death the sleeping 72-year-old Holocaust survivor Israel Tenenbaum.

Through The Times’ lens, the Palestinian murderer of a Holocaust survivor is “demonized,” and the Palestinian Holocaust revisionist is “vilified.”

Even Rudoren’s article early this year about Palestinian incitement, including descriptions of Jews as “barbaric monkeys, wretched pigs,” never says that Palestinians “demonize” or “vilify” Jews or Israelis. Instead, Rudoren blandly refers to the anti-Semitic incitement as “negative statements.”

Calling a Muslim Holocaust denier, a Holocaust denier is “vilification”. But calling Jews, “barbaric monkeys” is a negative statement.

Anti-semitism is a Muslim privilege.


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