New York Times Says Abbas ‘Vilified’ for Challenging Number of Holocaust Victims

As Israelis mark Holocaust Remembrance Day at ceremonies naming individuals among the 6 million murdered Jews, The New York Times reports that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has in the past been “vilified” because he “challenged the number of Jewish victims.”

In an article today about Abbas’ statement condemning the Holocaust, Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren writes: “Mr. Abbas has been vilified as a Holocaust denier because in his doctoral dissertation, published as a book in 1983, he challenged the number of Jewish victims and argued that Zionists had collaborated with Nazis to propel more people to what would become Israel.”

This passage is characteristic Times treatment of Israel and the Palestinians. Palestinian claims, no matter how specious or unfounded, are treated with neutrality at best, and afforded credibility, at worst. Abbas had written in his dissertation: “it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached 6 million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller – below one million.”