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Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas

Hours after Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas’ outrageous comments in Berlin equating Palestinian suffering to “50 holocausts”, the Combat Antisemitism Movement (CAM) released a report detailing a total of 214 public manifestations of trivialization and appropriation of the Holocaust over the last year.

“Abbas’ comments are an outrageous attempt to downplay the murder of six million Jews during the Holocaust, and are part of a long standing position by a man whose doctorate deals with denying central parts of the Holocaust,” said CAM CEO Sacha Roytman Dratwa.

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“While Abbas’ comments are particularly egregious, they are unfortunately part of a growing global trend to trivialize and appropriate Nazi Germany’s crimes against the Jewish People.”

The incidents detailed in the report relate to statements made between July 2021 and July 2022 by political or other public officials, and Holocaust Trivialization manifestations made or displayed at public events around the world. They span 29 countries, over six ideological motivations (COVID-19 Restrictions, Israel-Palestinian conflict, General Political Opposition and Rhetoric, Russia-Ukraine Conflict, Sports, and Climate Change).

The report, ‘Holocaust Trivialization Report: A Burgeoning Threat in 2021-2022 Trend Manifestations & Analysis‘ is expected to be available for public access within the next few days, a spokesperson said.

“Allowing Holocaust trivialization to flourish unchecked has regrettably created sanctuaries for antisemitic conspiracies, outright Holocaust denial, and other extremist ideologies to spread. These trends have created a perfect storm, by minimizing Holocaust remembrance and Jewish concerns for safety during an already-resurgent wave of global antisemitism,” the CAM CEO said.

Holocaust trivialization incidents occurred most frequently when having to do with COVID-19 Restrictions and Vaccine Regulations. One hundred and twenty-five incidents are categorized as relating to COVID-19 pandemic-related health measures implemented by governments around the world, 58.4 percent of the total reported incidents.

Twenty-nine incidents are categorized as related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, making up 13.6 percent of the total number. These comparisons are employed by anti-Israel activists to distort the history of the Holocaust by falsely linking it to the Jewish state’s treatment of Palestinian Authority citizens today.

“We call on global leaders and public officials around the world to put an end to the growing trivialization of the Holocaust by condemning and denouncing any and all manifestations, thereby creating a firewall against outright Holocaust denial and rapidly rising antisemitism,” Dratwa continued.

According to the report, the United States had the largest number of incidents recorded within the past year with 80 incidents, or 37.38 percent of the total. Within the United States, 54 of the incidents that occurred, or 67.50 percent of the total number of incidents in the country, manifested themselves in relation to COVID-19 regulations and policies.

The United Kingdom had the second largest number of incidents reported (24 incidents, or 11.21 percent of the total), most of which were related to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel-related incidents totaled 37.50 percent of all incidents (nine reports) reported in the United Kingdom. COVID-19 was the second highest ideological category for incidents, totaling six, or 25 percent of all incidents reported.

Germany had the third largest number of incidents reported with 21 incidents, making up 9.81 percent of the worldwide total.

One hundred percent of incidents reported from Russia were related to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. While Russia made up 3.27 percent of the grand total of incidents, the seven incidents reported stemmed from antisemitic rhetoric surrounding the war between Russia and Ukraine and is one of the newest trends in Holocaust trivialization.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.