Marshall: Abu Mazen a “Good Guy”
Joshua Micah Marshall led the charge to have Trent Lott removed from office for an off the cuff remark at a party.
Is Marshall applying a monumentally hypocritical double standard here, or is he simply lazy and ignorant of the fact that Abu Mazen is a Holocaust denier?
The candidate is Mahmoud Abbas (also known as Abu Mazen), Arafat’s second in command, and his book, published in Arabic in 1983, translates as “The Other Side: The Secret Relations Between Nazism and the Leadership of the Zionist Movement.” It was originally his doctoral dissertation, completed at Moscow Oriental College.
The book repeatedly attempts to cast doubt on the fact that the Nazis slaughtered 6 million Jews, according to a translation provided by the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Los Angeles.
“Following the war,” he writes, “word was spread that six million Jews were amongst the victims and that a war of extermination was aimed primarily at the Jews…The truth is that no one can either confirm or deny this figure. In other words, it is possible that the number of Jewish victims reached six million, but at the same time it is possible that the figure is much smaller — below one million.”
Abbas denies that the gas chambers were used to murder Jews, quoting a “scientific study” to that effect by French Holocaust-denier Robert Faurisson.
Abbas’ book then asserts: “The historian and author Raoul Hilberg thinks that the figure does not exceed 890,000.”
That is, of course, utterly false. Hilberg, a distinguished historian and author of the classic study “The Destruction of the European Jews,” has never said or written any such thing.
And is Marshall unaware that this month Abu Mazen told an Arabic newspaper he supports the continuation of the intifada and the murder of Jews in the disputed territories?
It would be nice if lefty bloggers like Marshall would apply one tenth of the effort they spend digging up dirt on Republican politicians to researching these so-called Palestinian “good guys.” This is a disgraceful comment.