The media went wild Sunday when Palestinian President Abbas called the Holocaust “the most heinous crime” of modern history. According to the mainstream media this was a major change for Abbas, voicing an acknowledgment of Jewish suffering coming, as Israel was about to recognize "Yom HaShoah" which remembers the victims of the Holocaust.
That statement, however, is nothing new. Abbas never denied that the Holocaust happened; his claim was that the number of victims was exaggerated and that Zionist Jews worked with the Nazis to make the Holocaust happen. His statement yesterday does not conflict with his revisionist claims.
According to the Associated Press:
Abbas’ office said he discussed the Holocaust in a meeting with an American rabbi, Marc Schneier, who visited Abbas’ headquarters in Ramallah last week.
Abbas told Schneier that “what happened to the Jews in the Holocaust is the most heinous crime to have occurred against humanity in the modern era,” according to comments carried by the Palestinian news agency WAFA on Sunday.
In his introduction to his 1984 book The Other Side: The Secret Relationship Between Nazism and Zionism, Abu Mazen (Abbas' alias) raised doubts that gas chambers were used for the extermination of Jews, and claimed that the number of Jews murdered in the Holocaust might be "even less than a million." He also claimed the Zionists partnered with the Nazis to exterminate Europe's Jewry.
From the Middle East Media Research Institute:
Abu 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 – the rise of Nazism and World War II – the Zionist leadership stopped at nothing to achieve its aim of establishing a Jewish state. He wrote, "The truth [about the Nazi crimes] has another aspect" that the West preferred to disregard; instead, the West concealed "a basic partner in crime" – that is, the Zionist movement. The study pointed to a convergence of the interests of the Nazi and the Zionist movements, and the fundamental similarity in the two movements' theories. The central claim Abu Mazen sought to prove is that the Zionist movement, with all its factions, conspired against the Jewish people and collaborated with the Nazis to annihilate it, because the movement considered "Palestine" the only appropriate destination for Jewish emigration.
Abu Mazen wrote, "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. 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." But, stated Abu Mazen, "what Zionism did was the exact opposite of what could have been expected": The Zionist movement 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." Abu Mazen 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.
In January 2013 Abbas told Palestinian news service Ma'an News that he still believes his revisionist claims:
Abbas also defended his doctoral thesis about the relationship between Zionists and the Nazi party in Germany, saying he "challenges anyone who can deny that the Zionist movement had ties with the Nazis before World War II.
Neither President Abbas nor Rabbi Schneier mentioned whether Abbas still feels that the number of Holocaust victims were less than a million or that the Jews (Zionists) were involved in killing their brethren.