Hamas denounces PA Official’s visit to Auschwitz

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“PA Official’s Auschwitz Visit Evokes Enraged Responses from Hamas” – MEMRI

The Middle East Media Research Institute reports today:

On July 27, 2012, Ziad Al-Bandak, an advisor to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud ‘Abbas on Christian affairs, visited the Auschwitz concentration camp, laying a wreath at the Death Wall and lighting a candle in memory of the Holocaust victims.[1] The visit was at the invitation of a private Polish foundation promoting tolerance. Several days prior to the visit, he 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 it, stated that the visit served the interests of Israel, which presents itself as a victim by spreading the “lie” of the Holocaust.

The following are excerpts from some of the responses:

Hamas Spokesman Fawzi Barhoum: “The Visit Helped Israel To Spread The Lie Of The Holocaust”

Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said: “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.”

Click here to read this report from MEMRI in its entirety.

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