While the Jews in Israel commemorated Holocaust Day at the end of last week, the Palestinian Authority used the sensitive day to deny the Holocaust happened, claiming only one to two million Jews perished under Hitler instead of six million.
Even though Holocaust denial has been rampant among the Palestinians, as well as other Arab states, for many years now, the fact that the official PA paper published an op-ed denying the Holocaust on Holocaust Day was seen by many in Israel as a new low.
Columnist Omar Hilmi Al-Ghoul, writing for the official PA publication Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, claims the official number of Holocaust victims was "exaggerated."
"Estimates regarding the number of Holocaust victims differ. The supporters of the Zionist movement have exaggerated the number of victims, claiming that it amounts to 6 million, whereas others, unbiased researchers, have estimated that there were between one and two million Jewish victims."
He went on to add that despite the numbers, the genocide did take place, writing, "Regardless of the number, the bottom line is that a catastrophe that harmed the Jews in Europe occurred, due to matters concerning the relations between the European nations and the Jews living among them."
However, the writer went on to accuse Israelis of taking advantage of the Holocaust to pressure the world into giving them a Jewish State in biblical Israel.
Al-Ghoul continued, "The Zionist movement wanted to achieve a series of goals: First, to take advantage and use this [the Holocaust] to blackmail the European states financially and politically to make them support the Zionist colonialist project. Second, to bully the Jews to immigrate to the Israeli ethnic cleansing state, which was [then] in in the preparatory stages of establishment. Third, to increase the Jews' suffering and abuse in order to take advantage of the world's compassion for them."
While the Jews mourned their dead, the PA made a mockery of Holocaust Day, and why wouldn't they? Their current leader, Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, wrote his doctoral thesis on the subject, which is used as part of the curriculum in Palestinian schools.
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