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May 9, 2014 1:30 am

Mahmoud Abbas is Still Lying About the Holocaust

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Mahmoud Abbas. Photo: World Economic Forum.

To judge by the account in the Washington Post, the recent statement about the Holocaust by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas was a game-changing reversal of Abbas’ previous Holocaust-denial.

In an “unusual step,” the Post asserted, Abbas released “a strongly-worded statement” in which he “denounced” the Holocaust as “the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era.”

Too bad the Post neglected to report the first half of the Palestinian leader’s statement.

Abbas actually began his Holocaust statement with these words: “The Palestinian people, who suffer from injustice, oppression and denied freedom and peace, are the first to demand to lift the injustice and racism that befell other peoples subjected to such crimes.”

Think for a moment about what he was saying. The Palestinian Arabs, he claimed, are the victims of “injustice and oppression” – that is, by the Israelis. Therefore the Palestinians naturally sympathize with other people who have been the victims of “such crimes.” Then he cited an example of such a “heinous” crime – the Holocaust.

So: the Jews were victims of crimes inflicted by the German Nazis. The Palestinians are, right now, victims of similar crimes, inflicted by the Israelis. The Palestinians recognize the Holocaust is “heinous” because they are the victims of other, heinous crimes – perpetrated by the Nazi-like Israelis.

It doesn’t require a magnifying glass or a complicated interpretation to understand this. It just requires looking at Abbas’s full statement – not just the half that the Washington Post and some others selected to highlight.

What many people don’t realize is that Abbas’ previous statements about the Holocaust involved a peculiar kind of Holocaust-denial. He never claimed that no Jews were killed by the Nazis. What he claimed was that the number of those killed was much less than six million; that David Ben-Gurion and other Zionist leaders actually collaborated in the killings so that there would be enough victims to generate world sympathy for Zionism; and that the Zionists inflated the number of victims after the war in order to score political points.

Nor were Abbas’ earlier statements about the Holocaust some youthful fling with extremism. They constituted his Ph.D. dissertation, written at Moscow’s Oriental College. In 1983, he published the dissertation as a book called “The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and the Zionist Movement.”

He wrote that the Nazis may actually have killed “only a few hundred thousand” Jews, not six million. He claimed that Zionist leaders collaborated with the Nazis by giving “permission to every racist in the world, led by Hitler and the Nazis, to treat Jews as they wish, so long as it guarantees immigration to Palestine.” And more: “Zionism not only gave this permission but was seeking more victims in order to maintain equality with the sacrifices of other nations during the war.” Then, after the war was over, it was in “the interest of the Zionist movement is to inflate this figure [from several hundred thousand to 6 million] so that their gains will be greater.”

Abbas continued: “Since Zionism was not a fighting partner, it had no escape but to offer up human beings, under any name, to raise the number of victims, which they could then boast of at the moment of accounting…Having more victims meant greater rights and stronger privilege to join the negotiation table for dividing the spoils of war once it was over.”

Interviewed by the Lebanese Television station Al-Mayadeen in January 1983, Abbas reiterated: “I challenge anyone to deny the relationship between Zionism and Nazism before World War Two.”

Nothing in Abbas’s so-called “reversal” last week in reality reverses any of his previous assertions. His new statement is completely compatible with all his previous statements about the Holocaust. Fewer than one million Jews were killed – but sure, it’s “heinous” to kill, “a few hundred thousand” people. The Zionist leaders collaborated with the Nazis then – and they’re still acting like Nazis today, towards the Palestinians.

Those who want to believe that Palestinian leaders have become moderate and reasonable were handed a Valentine by the Post’s sanitized coverage of Abbas’s statement about the “heinous” Holocaust, which conveniently left out the first part of the statement about Nazi-like Israeli “crimes.” But this kind of selective, politically-motivated journalism cannot alter the fact that Mahmoud Abbas is still lying about the Holocaust.

Moshe Phillips is president of the Religious Zionists of America, Philadelphia Chapter; Benyamin Korn, the former executive editor of the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent, is chairman of the RZA-Philadelphia

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  • Otto Schiff

    Holocaust denial is antisemitic garbage.
    My best friend, Franz Gumpert, was murdered in the Concentration Camp, MAUTHAUSEN,at the age of 21, in Austria.Just look it up on the internet. Also look at Auschwiz, Sobibur, Bergen Belsen and many more.Another
    good look at Jewish corpses at Babi Yar near Kief in the
    You have to be stupid or malicious to deny the holocaust.

    • As an author on The Holocaust, I can vouch for the malicious nature of the deniers, but do not class them as stupid. They are pushing an agenda which we need to counter before all too many in this World see their words as having some form of relevance. Be on guard because the denier looks for that chink in our Tolerant attitude to weld an indifference to the struggles of all Peoples!

  • Abbas reveres the sociopath Muhammad who PERSONALLY DECAPITATED 900 UNARMED Jewish men, and then kidnapped approximately 1000 Jewish women and children…and he denies the Holocaust…just another typical Muslim.

    • TheAZCowBoy, Tombstone, AZ

      Biggest IDF mass murderer ‘Gaby’ AshkaNAZI
      New millennium PM mass murderer: Natanyahu.
      Genocidal scum: All IDF killers and abusers.
      Aiders & Abettors of crimes against humanity: Entire Algemeiner fan base.

      • Kerry Berger

        The AZCowBoy needs to crawl back into his cave with all the rattlesnake neo-Nazis in Arizona and other such white trash scum.

      • Cowboy you have upset me so much with your asinine comments that I had to reply to you

        It is obvious that you have as much intelligence as that of a cockroach regarding the Arab/ Jewish conflict

        While the Arabs & Muslims are ERADICATING Christianity from 57 Muslim majority states Terrorizing, Slaughtering and Ransoming them, while Palestinians have reduced Christian presence in Bethlehem & Gaza to negligible numbers AND While Israel & the IDF keep both Christians & Muslims SAFE in Israel, a dim wit like you accuses the IDF of mass murder!

        While Muslims Shia & Sunnis are butchering each other; blowing each other’s Mosques and slaughtering Christians shouting “Allahu Akbar” thus sanctifying their murderous actions, a scum bag like you accuses the Israelis of such things.

        IQ al Rassooli
        Kafir & Proud!

      • Why are we engaging with this mutt?? herr cowboy has an agenda written under a white robe and levelled with a hatred infecting all too many!

  • M McL

    Stalin had asked for a 2nd Front for three years.

    General Douglas MacArthur said “The Red Army is the hope of the world.”

    In a letter to Rothman from February 3, 1942,
    Einstein wrote, “Our auspices for the future have grown much better thanks to Russia. Who would have thought a few years ago that this would become our hope and our salvation.” (Southold Historical Society.)

    Churchill at Yalta : “Marshall Stalin and the Soviet leaders wish to live in honorable friendship and equality with the Western democracies….I know of no Government which stands to its own obligations, even in its own despite, more solidly than the Russian Soviet Government.”

    James Dunnigan, author of “Dirty Little Secrets of World War II,” reveals that seven-eighths of all months in combat by German divisions in World War II were expended on the Russian front.
    Charles Winchester, in “Ostfront,” informs us that in August 1944, 38 Allied divisions defeated 20 German divisions in France; further east, 172 Soviet divisions overwhelmed 67 German divisions.

    These data suggest that had it not been for the Soviet Union — and the decisions of its leadership, however odious — the Western Allies on D-Day would have met fate.

    • Mutt

      Hitler was able to start WWII because the Soviets signed a non-aggression pact with him that allowed the Nazis to invade other European countries without threat of a Russian response. Thus the Russians were an essential component in the start of WWII.

      Once Hitler turned his back on the deal with Stalin and invaded Russia, Communist Russia had no choice but to fight or die. 20 million Russians died in the war. Poetic justice indeed.

      The Russians bear a heavy responsibility for ALL of those who died in WWII, and they fought for no one but themselves, though obviously, the Russians fighting in the East were an immense help to relieve the pressure on the Western allies fighting in the West.

      • Listen mutt! That is not poetic in the least. 20 Million innocent lives lost because of a political treachery is a crime of enormous magnitude! Innocence should not pay for the dealings of political corruptors!

  • Deb

    What you need to understand is Islam wants a “piece” agreement, something they can use to cut Israel and it’s people to pieces. I can hear the White House commentary if Israel was to be nuked. ” What difference does it make, what difference does it make”?….they are all dead, we know it was a mistake to reduce sanctions against Iran , but what difference does it make? Now hummus and I can travel the world in peace without her worrying about Jewish vermin. I never could understand why she thinks Jews are vermin, but “What difference does it make?

    • Wrong deb! The US sees Israel as a bastion! A front line against fundamental Islam. For all of that, Islam is not at fault. Muslims are not at fault. It is those twisted and hate filled exponents of Religious intolerance who are at fault!