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UNITED STATES HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL MUSEUM STRONGLY CONDEMNS MAHMOUD ABBAS’S COMMENTS BLAMING JEWS FOR THE HOLOCAUST
WASHINGTON, DC – Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s comments blaming Jewish “social behavior” in Europe for the Holocaust are grossly inaccurate and an insidious type of antisemitism. The Museum calls on all leaders and citizens to denounce and reject these sentiments. The Nazis believed that Germans were “racially superior” and that the Jews, deemed “inferior,” were a threat to the so-called German racial community and had to be eliminated.
“Nazi Germany and its collaborators were solely responsible for the Holocaust,” said Museum Director Sara J. Bloomfield. “Abbas’s self-titled ‘history lesson’ was anything but. Rather than expose Palestinians to accurate information about the Holocaust and the antisemitic persecution Jews faced for centuries in Europe, Abbas distorts the history to advance an agenda that lies about the Holocaust and Jews’ connection to Israel.”
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