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Israeli ‘Human-Rights’ Group B’Tselem Admits Holocaust-Denier in Ranks (VIDEO)

October 5, 2014 5:08 pm 20 comments

Palestinian youth, functioning as a B'tzelem photographer in Jerusalem. Illustration. Photo: Dave Bender

Palestinian youth, functioning as a B'tzelem photographer in Jerusalem. Illustration. Photo: Dave Bender.

After weeks of strong denials and acrimonious debate over statements made by one of its Palestinian researchers, the Israeli NGO B’Tselem, on Sunday, admitted that their employee, Atef Abu Roub, denied the reality of the Holocaust.

Abu Roub, in a filmed segment in August, denied the Holocaust, in comments to an Israeli undercover journalist, Tuvia Tenenbom, who posed as a German reporter, in order to get frank comments about Israel and Jews from pro-Palestinian and left-wing groups.

Posing as a German investigative reporter named ‘Toby’ during a trek through Palestinian Authority areas, Tenenbom, a noted playwright and polymath author told Israel’s Channel 2 News that he had exposed a toxic brew of Jew hatred in Palestinian society, masquerading behind purported human-rights activities.

At first, B’Tselem, in a statement noted by the Washington Free Beacon said that they “addressed the matter with Atef, who categorically denies the accusations and states that it is a falsehood and a misrepresentation of the interaction, designed to damage B’Tselem.”

“Atef stated that he was translating a conversation between a Palestinian resident and the author, and B’Tselem should be given the full footage from the entire interview, which will prove the claims against him are lies,” said spokesperson Sarit Michaeli.

“B’Tselem asked Channel 2 for the full footage and was refused. The release of only a short fragment of a long interview, and the refusal to make the rest of the footage available, raises deep suspicions and places the onus of proof on Channel 2 and the author.”

Tenenbom, in comment with the Free Beacon said that Michaeli “must have been on an [extra] dose of whisky to write this gibberish.”

“If B’Tselem really stands behind the words given to you, I challenge them to go to court and sue all of us for libel,” said Tenenbom.

However, the organization, in a statement on their Hebrew-only Facebook page, noted by blogger Elder of Ziyon, said on Sunday morning, that, “…we would like to correct our response on this matter, which was given in good faith and make it clear that, in point of fact, a B’Tzelem employee did make the comments in question, which we reject with disgust and revulsion.”

“Keep in mind that these are the kinds of researchers B’Tselem relies on to tell them the truth about what is going on in Gaza. B’Tselem is one of the organizations that the UN relied on for statistics of how many ‘civilians’ were killed in the war over the summer,” Elder of Ziyon commented. “If B’Tselem doesn’t fire Abu Roub, and soon, it tells us more about B’Tselem than about Abu Roub.”

Tenenbom said, “Atef continued his holocaust denial by faulting the media for coming up with this story,” and added that the footage will be included in a Swiss documentary Tenenbom: The Movie, which is slated for release later this year.

“Let them sue. It will be fun,” he added.

The Tel Aviv-born Tenenbom spent time with the various left-wing Israeli and foreign agitators in the West Bank and asked them to educate him about the plight of the “Palestinians,” according to Prof. Seven Plaut, of the Faculty of Management at the University of Haifa, speaking with The Algemeiner.

Tenenbom “turned the results into a book, ‘Catch the Jew,'” a “hilarious and at the same time highly revealing [account] of the sorts of propagandists operating to undermine Israel and provide disinformation to the media,” Plaut noted.

Watch the clip. Abu Roub makes his comments at just before the 6:00 mark:


  • Every Jew should take to heart the words of the mother of the murderer of the Jewish teenagers.

    There can never be a peace when they are so indoctrinated with hatred toward Israel and the Jews. They are primitive and will remain primitive as their society doesn’t allow growth or liberalism or compassion.

    The best thing Israel can do is to vacate them to Jordan.

    I’m waiting, not hoping, for the first Israeli to be beheaded by these animals.

  • Have these Holocaust-deniers read history; have they ever watched any footage of films from concentration camps? My guess is these people still believe that the sun revolves around the earth and the US did not land on the moon.

  • Hartley Macklin

    Is there an english subtitle version?

  • Btsalem is a despicable jew hating org willing to spread any lie

  • This guy is great. This is the kind of activist journalism that can change things and make people realize the degree of Jew hatred that exists in the world.

  • I would love to watch this with English translation.

  • Unfortunately this entire video clip was in either Hebrew or Arabic without English subtitles or translation. I found this extremely offensive. I want to know every word that was spoken.

    • Offended? Tsk, tsk. Give me a break. Are you at all offended by Holocaust denial? You have such delicate sensibilities but you say nothing about the accusations against the “human rights” advocate.

    • Shalom-Hillel


    • You find it offensive that a television piece from Israel in not in English? Do you also go to videos coming out of Russian news sources and get offended that they are in /gasp/ Russian? Expecting everything to be in English, regardless of where said media comes from, is a very xenophobic and ethnocentric way to go about life.

  • another great job from Tuvia.

  • the official palestinians lie because they are strangers to the truth; as it is understood in the west, it is a foreign concept to them; “the truth” for the official palis is merely a story that serves their momentary interests. as these interests shift, so does what they call “the truth.”

    more disgusting than the official palis, though, are the Jews who work against their people, perhaps, because they are traitors or because they are so unprincipled that they will say anything required by their employers or because they are just sick, i.e. suffering some serious pathology. whatever the reason, they are a pathetic and despicable group…the lowest of the low.

  • The greater the rise of Jew hatred, the more self-hating Jews slither from the ground. There is nothing more venal, more pathetic, and more hateful than a self-hating Jew.

  • B’tselem is funded by foreign govs and NGOs to destabilize Israel. They should beshut down already

  • Julian Clovelley

    It would be interesting to se the full footage of that section. There may well be more.

    Holocaust denial is indeed an outrage – and in many countries such Public Denial is a crime.

    Thee is a “but” however and it applies to the entire situation in the Israeli Palestine region. Too many people on both sides are in denial.

    On the Israeli side is the denial that the West Bank is an Occupied territory, that the settlements are on land seized against the principles of the Geneva Conventions in relation to benaviour in Occupied Territories, that some military actions take the form of “general punishment ” of populations, and indeed the overall one that Israel is flying in the face of International law under the excuse that it is only about “defense”

    If only EVERYONE would stop lying and being in denial we just might get somewhere

    This does not mean that the exposure of “Denial” is wrong – only that it is counter productive to “Deny” that BOTH sides – all sides are at it.

    • That would include the form of “denial” that insists that areas seized by Jordan and Egypt in 1949 that subsequently came under Israeli control after the 1967 war fall under the Geneva Convention along with the form of denial that pretends that either Fatah or Hamas are prepared to accept the permanency of a Jewish state anywhere between the Jordan and the Med. Abbas’s “no Jews or ’48 refugees in the West Bank” is his line in the sand.

      And then there’s the form of denial that goes bananas over housing developments by Israel that also designate about a third of the housing for Arabs.

    • Hartley Macklin

      OK, let’s talk about international law:

      Can you find any actual treaty or security council vote that rescinded results of the San Remo Peace conference (1920)

      AND can you find any actual treaty or security council vote that rescinded results of the LEAGUE OF NATIONS clear unanimous Decision by all 51 member states in London on July 24th, 1922, at 3.p.m?

      AND can you find anywhere where an authoritative world body made a ruling that specifically struck down Article 80 of the UN Charter, once known unofficially as the Jewish People’s clause, which preserves intact all the rights granted to Jews under the Mandate for Palestine, even after the Mandate’s expiry on May 14-15, 1948?

      “nothing in this Chapter shall be construed in or of itself to alter in any manner the rights whatsoever of any states or any peoples or the terms of existing international instruments to which Members of the United Nations may respectively be parties.”

      Is there anywhere a treaty or vote that rescinds these three international legal and binding commitments made by the world on this specific land?

    • That the West Bank, correctly known as Judea and Samaria is occupied territory is just Arab propaganda, seized upon by anti Semites & those who think Western interests lie with appeasing the Arabs.
      Which country is being “occupied”? None.
      When Churchill illegally gave 77% of Palestine earmarked for Jewish sovereignty to Abdullah of the Hejaz in 1921, the latter promised he would have no claim on the territory west of the Jordan.
      He lied, & during the War of Independence in which 6 Arab armies launched their murderous attacks against the newly-declared state of Israel, including the Jordanian army (supplies & even staffed by the British)in a war of extermination, Judea/Samaria, lying to the west of the Green Line…the armistice line…called for only once the world’s powers realised that Israel would prevail, Abdullah ethnically cleansed Jews from their ancient towns, like Hebron & the old city of Jerusalem, & then formally annexed the land, which was recognised only by Great Britain and Pakistan.
      That land still is Jewish sovereign territory as laid down in the San Remo Resolution of 1920 and the Mandate for Palestine 1922, protected by Article 80 of the UN Charter and the Vienna Convention of Treaties Article 70 1(b).These internationally binding agreements have never been abrogated, & are also the well spring of sovereignty for Syria, Iraq and Lebanon.
      Unfortunately, your comment is typical of the lazy thought processes and ignorance of the historical context of so many like you.
      And BTW The Geneva Conventions were drafted for a totally different set of circumstances which are inapplicable for this situation.

  • REALITY CHECK: btselem is as “Israeli” as mashaal and ahmadinejad. It is well known to be fully funded by george soros and the swede governmennt, and operated as a unit of the swede government. The same swede govt that acted as a conduit to supply fund and arm the nazi genocide machine, and the same soros that ADMITTED in a CBS interview the “happiest time” of his life was when he was helping the nazis kill Jews.

    Btselem has ONE goal – the eradication of the Jewish people. No more no less

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