Monday, August 31, 2009

Hamas jumps on the Holocaust denial bandwagon

via Matt Yglesias.

Hamas is not exactly making a very good case for persuading Western governments to engage them in the peace process. If I was leading the rival Fateh faction, I'd advocate that the Palestinian Authority introduce a unit on the Holocaust into West Bank schools. The worst PR move one can make in the Middle East is to follow Ahmadinejad's lead and publicly deny the atrocities of the Holocaust. Regardless of your opinion on the effect of the Holocaust on Zionism and the founding of Israel, denial of a basic historical fact is certainly not the way to win an argument or attract supporters.

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