Hamas and Fatah refuse to allow any form of Holocaust education in UNRWA-run schools in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
Hamas says doing so would be a â€œchallenge to the feelings of the Palestinians.â€
They accused UNRWA of conducting a political agenda that is not conducive to the interests of Palestinians and â€œviolates their culture and unchangeable values.â€
They also said it would pave the road for normalization with Israel.
â€œThis is an attempt to impose on us the culture of normalization with the occupationâ€¦They want us to accept the tales and lies to win sympathy.â€
Hamas insists the Holocaust is a lie, concocted to win sympathy with the â€œusurping entityâ€ at the expense of the rights of the Palestinians.
On the matter, the Hamas ministry warned UNRWA:
â€œThis is a flagrant intervention in the internal affairs of the Palestinians and a violation of regulations that have existed since the establishment of UNRWA.”
Representatives said schools should dedicate classes to talking about the â€œoccupationâ€™s terror and racismâ€ instead.
But it’s not just Hamas. Senior Fatah official and head of the PLO â€œrefugee department,â€ Zakariya al-Agha, said he too is opposed to teaching the Nazi Holocaust in Palestinian schools.
Another Fatah representative, Salah al-Wadiyeh, said the Holocuast was a â€œbig lie.â€
He said, the Palestinians, â€œknow more than any other people the history of their enemies and their false claims and lies.â€
Despite their agreement on the big Holocaust myth, however, Fatah and Hamas will not be joining up to form a unity government. Fatah representatives have spoken out about their disapproval of Prime Minister Salam Fayyadâ€™s plans to keep Hamas in control of Gaza.
Meanwhile, a new joint effort between the Ghetto Fightersâ€™ House Museum and the Shas party’s Maâ€™ayan Hinuch Torani is working on enhancing the Holocaust education of the educational networkâ€™s haredi Sephardi students.