Senior Fatah official Jibril Rajoub on Saturday compared the situation in Palestinian cities in the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the extermination of Jews at the Auschwitz concentration camp during the Holocaust.
Rajoub, the Secretary-General of the Fatah Central Committee, made the claim in a interview with the Saudi-owned Al-Hadath news channel.
Asked about a US-Polish hosted conference on the Middle East in Warsaw, Rajoub said: “What is the meaning of this talk that [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu will go and be welcomed in Warsaw to remind us of the Holocaust and Auschwitz? In every city in Palestine, from Rafah to Jenin, there is an Israeli Auschwitz to massacre the Palestinians”.
The Palestinian Authority announced that it would boycott the conference in the Polish capital, with the PA foreign ministry describing it last week as “an American conspiracy intended to get the participants to adopt the US’s views on issues of the region, particularly the Palestine question”.
On Sunday, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, the official Palestinian Authority daily, also made a reference to the Holocaust when discussing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Editor-in-chief Mahmoud Abu al-Haija, called US President Donald Trump’s apparently forthcoming peace plan “a Holocaust plan for the most just cause in this era”.