Al Jazeera faced widespread backlash over the weekend after the Qatari government-owned publication published a video it produced which states that Israel is the biggest winner of the Holocaust and has been labeled as "Holocaust-denying" by Israel’s Foreign Ministry.
The video was "posted on its website and social media, the Al Jazeera video questioned Holocaust history, accused Jews of exploiting the massacres of their European communities in order to establish the State of Israel, and suggested that Zionism itself is derived from Nazi ideology," The Times of Israel reported.
After the video was translated into English, outrage began to grow rapidly online, which led to Al Jazeera deleting the video and filing copyright claims against people who had reposted the video on social media to show the evil nature of the content that the network produced.
"The narrative that six million Jews were killed by the Nazi movement was adopted by the Zionist movement, and it is being reiterated every year on the so-called 'Holocaust Memorial Day,'" the video begins, according to a translation provided by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI). "After the Holocaust, the Zionist movement claimed that 2 out of every 3 Jews were killed."
The video states that the Jews were just "part" of who Hitler targeted, and that they are the only group that is remembered because "the Jewish groups had financial resources, media institutions, research centers, and academic voices that managed to put a special spotlight on the Jewish victims of the Nazis."
The video states that the number of those killed in the Holocaust "remains one of the most prominent historical debates to this day." Al Jazeera offered three perspectives that it said comprises the debate on the number of victims from the Holocaust:
- "those who deny the annihilation"
- "others who think that the outcome was exaggerated"
- "and others yet who accuse the Zionist movement of blowing it out of proportion in the service of the plan to establish what would later be known as the 'State of Israel.'"
Al Jazeera later stated, "but Israel is the biggest winner from the Holocaust," and falsely claimed that Israel "uses the same Nazi justifications as a launching pad for the racial cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinians."
MEMRI posted the video to their Twitter account, which was taken down after Al Jazeera filed a copyright claim against them with Twitter. MEMRI posted the video on their website, which is available below.
MEMRI provided the following translation of the video:
The narrative that six million Jews were killed by the Nazi movement was adopted by the Zionist movement, and it is being reiterated every year on the so-called "Holocaust Memorial Day." Let us tell you about the story of the Holocaust. […]
More than nine million Jews lived in Europe before World War II, most of them in the countries that would later be taken over by the Nazis. After the Holocaust, the Zionist movement claimed that 2 out of every 3 Jews were killed. […]
The Nazis targeted anyone they considered to be "human surplus" – either because they were "racially inferior," or because they were not accepted politically. This means that the Jews were not the only victims of that era. The Nazis targeted the Romani, the Slavic nations, and some Arabs, as well as other groups like communists, socialists, trade unions, homosexuals, and the handicapped. […]
Along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution, which culminated in the "Final Solution," or annihilation. Their books were burned, they were fired from their jobs, their property was confiscated, and they were torn from their homes, in order to live in the secluded ghetto neighborhoods. They were forced to wear a special badge on their clothes. They were sent to detention centers, and they were worked to death in forced labor. The victims of the Nazis – who were following Hitler's orders – exceeded 20 million people. The Jews were part of them.
So why is there a focus only on them? The Jewish groups had financial resources, media institutions, research centers, and academic voices that managed to put a special spotlight on the Jewish victims of the Nazis. Nevertheless, the number of victims of the Holocaust remains one of the most prominent historical debates to this day.
People are divided between those who deny the annihilation, others who think that the outcome was exaggerated, and others yet who accuse the Zionist movement of blowing it out of proportion in the service of the plan to establish what would later be known as the "State of Israel." Let us take a pause here. How did Israel benefit from the Holocaust? In the first months following the Nazis' rise to power, an agreement was signed between Nazi Germany and the Jewish Agency, the purpose of which was to make it easy for the Jews to immigrate to Palestine, in exchange for surrendering their property to Germany. […]
This agreement, along with other documents, made some people believe that Hitler supported Zionism. Former Mayor of London [Ken Livingstone] publicly declared this belief, and he was suspended from the Labour Party because of this. The persecution and the suffering – the much-regurgitated narrative of the Holocaust sorrows – paved the way for the Jewish immigration to Palestine. […]
[Germany] is still paying huge reparations for what happened in World War II to a state that did not even exist at the time of the annihilation. Greece, the Serbs, Yugoslavia, and the Romani people have all suffered, but the Germany reparations to those victims cannot be compared to the payments to Israel, which, in turn, devoured the reparations of all the Jewish victims of Nazism.
The Holocaust never stops to be a tragic event. Several countries denounce it as a crime. Dozens of institutions sponsor large museums in various capitals in the world commemorating the tragedy of the Jews. This provoked great interest in this incident, even though similar crimes, no less heinous, are still being perpetrated against other peoples.
The annihilation of any people because of their race, sex, or religion, is an unacceptable thing that deserves to be strongly denounced. Denouncing the Holocaust is a moral obligation, but Israel is the biggest winner from the Holocaust, and it uses the same Nazi justifications as a launching pad for the racial cleansing and annihilation of the Palestinians. The main ideology behind the "State of Israel" is based on religious, national, and geographic concepts that suckled from the Nazi spirit and its main notions. So how can a Palestinian denounce a crime that has become the flip side of his own tragedy?