Never ending story of:Top Hamas Official Denies Holocaust
- Senior Hamas Official Mahmoud al-Zahar says Holocaust was “a lie”
- Al-Zahar accuses Israel of “holocausts” in defensive operations against terrorist groups
- Hamas’ charter continues to call for destruction of Israel
Jerusalem, Jan 7 – A senior Hamas leader has denied the Nazi Holocaust, putting the Gaza-based terrorist group which wants to destroy Israel on the same page as Iran which funds and arms it.
Mahmoud al-Zahar, a co-founder of Hamas and member of its leadership, said Thursday (Jan. 6) that the Nazi genocide of six million Jews during the Second World War was “a lie.”
"The lie according to which they were a victim of a holocaust and the (Jewish) people are a victim -- this lie has crumbled,” said al-Zahar. In fact, he said, it was Israel that had committed “holocausts” in its operations to defend itself against constant rocket and mortar attacks on civilians targeted from Gaza in the south.
Israel withdrew all troops and settlers from Gaza in 2005. Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist group, took over the following year, suppressed all internal opposition, and immediately began a barrage of thousands of rockets at Israeli towns and villages across the border. Last year, 238 missiles, rockets and mortars fired from the territory landed in Israel and there have already been 11 attacks in the first week of 2011.
Al-Zahar’s declaration echoes the position Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who for years has said the Holocaust did not happen or has been vastly exaggerated. Iran is defying the international community by pushing ahead with an attempt to develop nuclear weapons.
Iran has sent Hamas hundreds of millions of dollars, smuggled weapons and trained Palestinian operatives to attack Israel. The Hamas charter calls for Israel’s destruction and the group began publishing Holocaust denials on its official Internet site 11 years ago.
This week, Israel defense forces arrested five members of Hamas in the West Bank city of Hebron after they were from a Palestinian jail. Among them was Wal Mahmoud Said Bitar who helped plan a suicide attack in the southern Israeli city of Dimona in 2008 that killed an Israeli woman and injured 10 civilians.
A Palestinian present in the building was killed during the arrest operation. The IDF said it regretted the death and was urgently investigating.