Hamas leaders in Gaza are forbidding any attempt by a UN school to include the Holocaust in a human rights history curriculum.
“Talk about the holocaust and the execution of the Jews contradicts and is against our culture, our principles, our traditions, values, heritage and religion,” Jamila al-Shanti, a Hamas legislative official, said in a statement distributed Tuesday after a meeting among elected leaders of the radical Islamist group and the head of the Hamas-run Education Ministry in Gaza.
Hamas spiritual leader Yunis al-Astal said teaching children about the murder of 6 million Jews during World War II would be “marketing a lie.” He characterized the possible introduction of the subject into Gaza schools as a “war crime.”
(Note from Anne: Somebody please help me here. Does Islam deny that the Holocaust happened? I can’t imagine this is true of all Muslims. Wow! )