In mid-December, Palestinian Media Watch brought a troubling fact to the the attention of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. One of the recipients of UNESCO’s largesse, the Palestinian Authority-funded youth magazine Zayzafuna, had glorified Adolf Hitler in an essay appearing in its recent issue.
In the essay, Hitler tells a young girl in her dream that he killed the Jews “so you would all know that they are a nation which spreads destruction all over the world. And what I ask of you is to be resilient and patient, concerning the suffering that Palestine is experiencing at their hands.” In her dream, the girl then thanks Hitler for his advice.
PMW’s expose prompted the American Ambassador to UNESCO, David Killion, to issue his own condemnation of the piece on December 22: ”UNESCO must let the Palestinian Authority know that this double-speak, using a message of peace for the international community, and another message for domestic consumption that teaches hatred, is unacceptable.” He then called on Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, to investigate whether UNESCO funding was still being used to sponsor this Palestinian magazine — and, if so, to end the international community’s financing of such hatred. The next day UNESCO announced that they were pulling their funding of the magazine.
Up until this point, it seems a fairly straightforward story. But then the plot thickens. Caught in a crystal-clear PR disaster, the Palestinian Authority’s spokesman claimed that the PA did not approve of such anti-Semitic messages. As the most basic survey would reveal, this was a bald-faced lie. But apparently, no matter how obvious and easily checkable a Palestinian lie is, one can rely on the mainstream media to publish it without scrutiny.
It began with Associated Press. The AP put out its story on December 23 on UNESCO’s “strong condemnation” and its canceling of the funding. But, following standard journalistic procedures, it received a response from the other side, in this case the Palestinian Authority, which sponsors the youth magazine. What was not following standard journalistic procedures was reporting the official PA statement without either checking its validity.
Thus the AP reported that “a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority, Ghassan Khatib, said the article was ‘not acceptable.’” Not only did the AP fail to check the accuracy of this statement, but it went on to faithfully report Khatib’s absurd claim that the Palestinian Authority goes out of its way to “educate young people in our textbooks about the Holocaust and the massacres of Hitler against Jews and against others, and we refer to these massacres as crimes against humanity.”
This would have been the place to for the AP reporter to mention that Khatib was either delusional or lying. Even a cursory review of the subject would reveal that the Palestinians not only routinely engage in Holocaust denial, PA sponsored media is replete with the worst anti-Semitic propaganda. But for the AP, having gotten its quote, its accuracy was irrelevant. What is important is only perceived balance in the story, not actual truth.
But one cannot blame AP alone. Mainstream media vehicles world over went with the AP story without a blink. From Telegraph in the UK to the Washington Post and CBS News, to name just a few, the AP story with PA spokesman Ghassan Khatib’s succeeded in having his lie be the “Lie Heard Around the World.”
Even a basic internet search would have brought up numerous and well-documented examples over the period of more a decade of
- official Palestinian approval of Hitler and the Nazis
- the fact that Palestinian schools and PA-produced textbooks ignore the Holocaust
- that Palestinian propaganda – both internal and external – has appropriated the Holocaust narrative of the Jews, removed the Jews, and adapted it as their own.
A few examples: On Nov. 29, 2000, PA TV presented Dr. Issam Sissalem, a history lecturer at Islamic University in Gaza, and billed a Palestinian expert on Jews and Judaism, on their educational program “Pages From Our History.” Dr. Sissalem began by declaring: “Lies surfaced about Jews being murdered here and there, and the Holocaust. And of course these are all lies and unfounded claims. There was no Dachau, no Auschwitz! [They] were cleansing sites… They [the Jews] began to publicize in their propaganda media that they were persecuted, murdered and exterminated… Committees acted here and there to establish this entity [i.e.: Israel], this foreign entity, implanted as a cancer in our country [Palestine]…, They [the Jews] always portrayed themselves as victims, and they made a Center for Heroism and Holocaust. Whose heroism? What Holocaust? It is our nation” Dr. Sissalem concluded, “which is heroic, the holocaust was against our people… We were the victims, but we shall not remain victims forever.”
In other words: There was no Holocaust against the Jews, concentration camps did not exist, it was all made up by the Jews to gather international support for the Jews to steal the land of the Palestinian Arabs and then carry out a Holocaust against the Palestinians. Denial, then role reversal.
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