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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Hamas slams Holocaust education

From YNet:
Hamas condemned on Saturday the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees for its intention to take excelling Gazan students on a visit to the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

The terror group called the plan "suspicious", and demanded that the initiative be dropped. It also called on the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank to "take a national stand for halting the moral corruption of superior Palestinian youth".

"The tours on human rights which UNRWA is organizing abroad, especially in New York, include visits to the Holocaust Museum and the site on which the twin towers stood," says a statement issued by Hamas.

"UNRWA clerks have offered explanations of the Holocaust, and expressed in them empathy for the
Jewish people for what it underwent. UNRWA must focus on materials regarding the rights of the Palestinian refugees without dealing with persecution in other areas of the world," the statement adds.

"The memory of the children of Gaza cannot withstand the suffering of all of the persecuted people around the world. The suffering caused by the Jewish occupiers is enough. Besides, the United States has no claim to human rights, as it violates them every day around the world and in its own territory."
YNet is actually underplaying what Hamas said. The Hamas-oriented newspaper Palestine Times quotes Palestinian Minister of Culture Dr. M. Osama Abdel Halim al-Issawi as saying that "such visits are a travesty of reality and try to brainwash the minds of the best Palestinian students, and they come within the framework of the invasion of intellectual and cultural exposeure to Palestinian society, culture, and nationalism."

Sounds like Hamas is afraid what would happen when their kids learn that their lives - with access to water parks, museums, restaurants, and all sorts of consumer goods - are not nearly as bad as they claim they are.

(h/t Emet)