- A Palestinian leader considered to be second-in-command
after Chairman Yasser Arafat claimed in a pair of doctoral theses that
the number of Jewish men, women and children killed by the Nazis during
World War II is a fiction perpetuated by Jewish leaders and the West.
- The secretary-general of the Palestine Liberation Organization's
Executive Committee, Mahmoud Abbas, also known as Abu Mazen, discussed
in a 1982 paper "the secret ties between the Nazis and the Zionist
movement leadership." In a separate paper written two years later,
Mazen "raised doubts that gas chambers were used for extermination
of Jews and claimed that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust might
be 'even less than a million,'" according to an interpretation published
by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.
- Insinuating that the "Zionist movement" would
benefit from exaggerating the number killed in Nazi death and concentration
camps, Mazen accused Jewish leaders and the West of lying so "Zionists"
would achieve "greater gains" after the war when the time came
to "distribute the spoils."
- "Mazen's intention was to undermine the legitimacy
of the Zionist movement by proving that during a critical stage in the
history of the Jewish people ñ the rise of Nazism and World War
II ñ the Zionist leadership stopped at nothing to achieve its aim
of establishing a Jewish state," MEMRI analysts wrote.
- Mazen said "the truth [about the Nazi crimes] has
another aspect" that the West preferred to disregard. Rather, the
West was working to hide "a basic partner in crime" ñ
in this case, the Zionist movement.
- Pointing to an alleged convergence of interests between
Nazis and Jews, Mazen, in his 1984 paper ñ a dissertation for Moscow's
Oriental College that was published in Arabic by Dar Ibn Rushd publishers
in Amman, Jordan ñ said the Zionist movement sought to conspire
"against the Jewish people" and collaborate "with the Nazis
to annihilate it," because the movement considered "Palestine"
the only appropriate destination for Jewish emigration.
- "It might be imagined that Zionism would do all
it could, materially and otherwise, to save the Jews, or at least to keep
them [alive] until the end of the war," Mazen wrote. "It might
have been expected that it would arouse world public opinion and direct
its attention to the massacres carried out against the Jews so that the
governments would act to rescue them from their bitter fate."
- However, the Zionist movement "did the exact opposite
of what could have been expected," he claimed. Instead, it "sabotaged
various aid plans and withheld information regarding the bitter fate of
Europe's Jews 'in order to free itself from the need to take necessary
action,'" the MEMRI analysis said.
- The PLO official himself added, "the Zionist movement
led a broad campaign of incitement against the Jews living under Nazi rule
in order to arouse the government's hatred of them, to fuel vengeance against
them and to expand the mass extermination."
- He also accused the Western nations of skewering the
truth about the Holocaust because they won the war and were able to "sketch
the final picture" of the war's outcome and define "the crimes
- "They locked up details, facts and crimes that they
didn't want to exist; they ignored names, important people, institutions,
organizations and countries that they chose to ignore. In the end, they
charged the Nazi leaders with all the crimes that were committed during
the war. Ö" wrote Mazen, according to MEMRI's translation.
- How many killed?
- The PLO official questioned the number of Jews that were
killed in comparison to all the casualties reportedly produced during the
- Throughout the war, "40 million people of different
nations of the world were killed," he wrote. "The German people
sacrificed 10 million; the Soviet people 20 million; and the rest [of those
killed] were from Yugoslavia, Poland and the other peoples. But after the
war, it was announced that 6 million Jews were among the victims and that
the war of annihilation had been aimed first of all against the Jews, and
only then against the rest of the peoples of Europe."
- Mazen continued: "The truth of the matter is that
no one can verify this number, or completely deny it. In other words, the
number of Jewish victims might be 6 million and might be much smaller ñ
even less than 1 million."
- He went on to accuse Jewish leaders of "inflating"
the number of Jews killed to "ensure" great post-war gains.
- "This led [the Zionist movement] to confirm the
number [6 million], to establish it in world opinion, and by doing so to
arouse more pangs of conscience and sympathy for Zionism in general,"
he said, adding that "many scholars have debated the question of the
6 million figure and reached perplexing conclusions, according to which
the Jewish victims total hundreds of thousands."
- To underscore his point, Mazen quoted Canadian author
Roger Delarom, who once wrote, "To date, no proof whatsoever exists
that the number of Jewish victims in the Nazi concentration camps reached
4 million or 6 million. Zionism first spoke of 12 million exterminated
in these camps, but then the number decreased greatly, to half, that is,
only 6 million.
- "Then the number decreased further, and became 4
million, as the Germans could not have killed or exterminated more Jews
than there were in the world at that time. In effect, the true number is
much smaller than these fictitious millions," Delarom wrote, as quoted
- According to the MEMRI translation, Mazen also compared
Zionism to Nazism, claiming both zealously believed in the "purity"
of their own race and that Jewish leaders betrayed "the Jewish people"
as other "leaders have betrayed their people and their country and
sold them to their enemies" throughout history.
- Jon E. Dougherty is a staff reporter and columnist for
WorldNetDaily, and author of the special report, "Election 2000: How
the Military Vote Was Suppressed."
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