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Just in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the Palestinian Authority taught TV viewers that the Holocaust was the price the Jews paid for their ‎evil behavior.

By Itamar Marcus, Palestinian Media Watch

Just in time for International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27, the Palestinian ‎Authority (PA) stressed and repeated its anti-Semitic views on Jews. In a program on official ‎PA TV, the host taught viewers that the Holocaust was the price the Jews paid for their ‎evil behavior – their “conspiracies and wickedness”: ‎

The PA TV program “From the Israeli Archive” is currently broadcasting parts of an Israeli ‎documentary series from 1981, Pillar of Fire, misinterpreting – and even mistranslating ‎‎- the original narration so it presents a Palestinian and even anti-Semitic perspective. ‎The message that Jews’ payment for their “wickedness” was the Holocaust was the PA TV host’s introduction to a segment from an episode about ‎the 1930s and Nazism’s rise to power. ‎

The host’s statement is consistent with PA anti-Semitism that Palestinian Media Watch has ‎documented for years, including the PA’s blaming ‎Jews for anti-Semitism, among the other anti-Semitic messages it disseminates.‎

PA hate speech comes from the top of the PA leadership. It was PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas ‎himself who explained that Europeans committed massacres against ‎Jews “every 10 to 15 years” for centuries, culminating in the Holocaust, in response to Jewish behavior. Abbas’ justification for anti-Semitism was that “the ‎hatred of the Jews is not due to their religion, but, rather… due to their social role that ‎was connected to usury and banks and so forth.”‎

Abbas’ Fatah movement has also produced and published a propaganda ‎video purportedly about Jewish history in Europe, which makes the same claim that ‎Jews brought anti-Semitism on themselves. It presents Jews as an evil and threatening ‎force in Europe from which Europeans had to defend themselves.

The Jews, Fatah ‎explained, “led the project to enslave humanity” and allied with Nazis to burn Jews “to ‎accumulate wealth.” The Jews themselves established “ghettos in order to separate ‎from other people out of arrogance and disgust for non-Jews.” It was in the ghettos, the ‎documentary further lies, that the Jews schemed against the non-Jews, leading to ‎European anti-Semitism: “[Jews] were hated because of their racism and their filthy ‎behavior.”‎

In addition to Abbas himself disseminating anti-Semitism, some of his senior appointees ‎likewise spread hatred of Jews. Mahmoud Al-Habbash, whom Abbas has appointed as ‎his personal advisor on Islam, has taught that the Palestinian conflict with Israel is ‎essentially Islam’s historic conflict against Jews because they are Satan’s ally, ‎spreading evil and falsehood. Israel, because it is a Jewish state, is “Satan’s project.” ‎

The religious figure who Abbas appointed as head of an entire school system taught ‎that Jews are responsible for all conflicts on earth and even in the sea: “Humanity will ‎never live in peace or fortune or tranquility as long as they are corrupting the land…. If ‎a fish in the sea fights with another fish, I am sure the Jews are behind it.” According to ‎this PA message, Jews’ existence is a fundamental threat to all humanity.

Most Anti-Semitic Population in the World

At times, the PA has explicitly promoted the horrific conclusion: The Jewish threat to ‎humanity will be stopped only by exterminating all Jews. One preacher on official PA ‎TV explained it: “These malignant [Jewish] genes and cursed characteristics continue ‎in them. They transfer them from generation to generation. They inherit it from father to ‎son…. Humanity will never be able to live together with them…. Our prophet ‎‎[Muhammad] informed us [that] at the end of time the Muslims will fight the Jews…. ‎Jews hide behind a stone or a tree, and the stone or a tree will say: ‘Muslim, servant of ‎Allah, there is a Jew behind me, come and kill him’…. Allah… count them and kill them ‎one by one, and do not leave even one.”‎

The PA’s continuous demonization of Jews has impacted significantly on ‎Palestinians. According to an ADL Global 100 poll, 87% of Palestinians believe ‎‎“People hate Jews because of the way Jews behave.” The poll also found that ‎Palestinians are the most anti-Semitic population in the world. ‎

Once again, as PMW has documented for years, PA incitement to hate and terror successfully ‎poisons the minds of the Palestinian population and remains the driving force ‎behind Palestinian hate and terror.‎

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