Hamas Outraged Over PA Official´s Auschwitz Visit (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Elad Benari 08/02/12)
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A visit to the Auschwitz concentration camp by an official in the
Palestinian Authority has sparked outrage among Hamas’ terrorist
rulers in Gaza. The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI)
translated PA media reports about the visit as well as the angry
reactions to it.
The visit by Ziad Al-Bandak, an advisor to PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas
on Christian affairs, took place on July 27. He laid a wreath at the
Death Wall and lit a candle in memory of the Holocaust victims.
The visit was at the invitation of a private Polish foundation
promoting tolerance, according toa a report in the Ramallah-based
daily Al-Ayyam. Several days prior to the visit, Al-Bandak met with
Polish Undersecretary of State Boguslaw Winid.
Al-Bandak´s act sparked furious responses from Hamas and Hamas
supporters. The movement´s spokesman, as well as columnists on
websites affiliated with the group, stated that the visit served the
interests of Israel, which presents itself as a victim by spreading
the "lie" of the Holocaust.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said on the Hamas-affiliated
Felesteen.ps website, “The visit helped Israel to spread the lie of
the Holocaust, and does not serve the Palestinian cause. It has been
clearly proven that the Israeli narrative [of the Holocaust] is
fraudulent. [The Israelis] exaggerate what happened in order to
garner international sympathy, which for years has come at the
expense of the Palestinians.”
Barhoum added that the PA was financially bankrupt and was therefore
taking small steps of this kind in hopes of extracting itself from
the crisis by winning international sympathy.
Hamas-affiliated columnist Issam Shaur wrote on the same
website, “What sort of wisdom was it on the part of [Abbas´s] advisor
to make this misguided visit, which supports the Jews and their
crimes?... Who among us believes that Hitler burned six million Jews?
We do not believe it, and neither do the Jews. The entire world is
living [with] a hypocritical deception called the Holocaust, and it
is even worse when a senior Palestinian official goes to weep over
the fabricated remains of the Holocaust while ignoring the crimes of
the occupation state and its sins against his own Palestinian people.
“Ziad Al-Bandak´s tears, shed openly or not, imply that the Jews are
the victims. A senior Palestinian official has testified before the
whole world that the Jews´ tragedy [actually took place], and we know
this is [an act of] perjury that must be rejected. It reflects only
the feelings of Ziad Al-Bandak, not the feelings of the Palestinian
people towards the terrorist occupation state [called] ´Israel,´
which is cordoning Gaza, Judaizing the holy places, and seizing lands
[right] in front of ´Abbas and all his advisors, including Al-Bandak
Faiz Abu Shamala, who writes on Hamas-affiliated websites, also
slammed Al-Bandak for visiting Auschwitz, saying he should have
instead visited PA Arab prisoners in Israeli jails and their families.
Abu Shamala wrote in the Lebanese daily Al-Mustaqbal, “The
Palestinian people should prosecute Abbas´s advisor Ziad Al-Bandak
for high treason and punish him for granting official recognition to
the Jewish lie that has been refuted by intellectuals and writers,
first and foremost among them the French philosopher Roger Garaudy.
“The Palestinian people should punish Ziad Al-Bandak for committing
treason, for acknowledging the Jews´ right to rule all of Palestine
as compensation for their mass extermination at the hands of the
Nazis in the camps of Auschwitz and Dachau.
“The Palestinian people should thwart Ziad Al-Bandak´s [attempt to]
infiltrate [the circle of] Palestinian decision-makers after becoming
friendly with the Jews and weeping over their graves.”
(IsraelNationalNews © 2011 08/02/12)
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