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Gaza City - Hamas Blasts Palestinian Official's Auschwitz Trip

Published on: August 1, 2012 05:15 PM
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Ziad al-Bandak, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visits the Birkenau part of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau as he pays respect to some 1.5 million of the World War II camp victims, mostly Jews, in Oswiecim, Poland on Friday, July 27, 2012.  APZiad al-Bandak, adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Christian affairs, visits the Birkenau part of the former German Nazi death camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau as he pays respect to some 1.5 million of the World War II camp victims, mostly Jews, in Oswiecim, Poland on Friday, July 27, 2012.  AP

Gaza City - Gaza’s ruling Hamas has criticized a Palestinian official for visiting a memorial at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and paying respects to its 1.5 million victims there, most of them Jews.

Hamas official Fawzi Barhoum, expressing the Islamic militant group’s position, claimed Wednesday that the Holocaust “is a big lie.” He said last week’s visit to the Auschwitz by Ziad al-Bandak, an adviser to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, went against Palestinian public opinion. Abbas and Hamas are political rivals.

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Some 6 million Jews were killed in the German Nazi genocide during World War II, including in Auschwitz in Nazi-occupied Poland.

Many Palestinians fear that if they acknowledge the Holocaust, they will diminish their own suffering, including their uprooting during Israel’s 1948 creation and decades under Israeli occupation.


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 Aug 02, 2012 at 11:04 AM FredE Says:

"Many Palestinians fear that if they acknowledge the Holocaust, they will diminish their own suffering, including their uprooting during Israel’s 1948 creation and decades under Israeli occupation."

This biased sentence is a very weak attempt to make these people sound rational.
Very weak. And much as I hate to say it, Mitt Romney was right when he
said that there are trends in the Palestinian Arab culture that keep them down.
Holocaust denial is one of them.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 12:04 PM 5TResident Says:

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FredE Says:

"Many Palestinians fear that if they acknowledge the Holocaust, they will diminish their own suffering, including their uprooting during Israel’s 1948 creation and decades under Israeli occupation."

This biased sentence is a very weak attempt to make these people sound rational.
Very weak. And much as I hate to say it, Mitt Romney was right when he
said that there are trends in the Palestinian Arab culture that keep them down.
Holocaust denial is one of them.

The sentence is actually half-right. The Palestinians do fear acknowledging the Holocaust but not because it might diminish their own suffering, but because it would strengthen Israel's chief claim of its need to exist.

And comparing the suffering of the Palestinians to the suffering of the Jews in the Holocaust is completely and utterly absurd. The Palestinians were offered a state on a golden platter in 1947, with better land than the Jews were getting and complete control of the Old City, and they turned it down. They are suffering because they want to. Its not even worth discussing.

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 Aug 02, 2012 at 07:01 PM Reb Yid Says:

The guy who visited could've responded, "I was just there to take notes!"

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