PA official libels Israel
PA official libels IsraelIsrael news photo courtesy of PMW

A deputy minister of the Palestinian Authority, whose leader Mahmoud Abbas’ doctoral thesis backed Holocaust denial, has carried out a PA policy of incitement libel by alleging that Israeli prison conditions for Arabs are worse than those in Auschwitz.

Ziad Abu Ein, Deputy Minister of Prisoners' Affairs, compared Auschwitz with Israeli prisons three times in a television interview aired on official PA television and translated and exposed by Palestinian Media Watch (PMW). His accusations were made at the same time that PA prisoners are on a hunger stike to protest their conditions, which include the ability to study for university degrees while in jail.

Last May, PMW disclosed that the Palestinian Authority accused Israel of doing Mengele-like experiments on imprisoned Palestinians.

Abu Ein stated on PA television last week, "Israel forgets that we are now in the 21st century and that the conditions of our Palestinian prisoners are worse than the Auschwitzes [sic] of the Nazis, where Jewish detainees were held."

“If we return to the pictures of the Auschwitzes, how [Jews] were on beds and so on in the Auschwitzes -- in our case, the beds were only introduced in the 1990s, and it was [only] a metal bed." 

Earlier this year, another daily Arab daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida, headlined a story with the libel that "'Slow death' [is] the Israeli system for exterminating prisoners,” according to PMW.

The article continued, "[There is] an entire system called 'slow death,' which the Israeli establishment uses against Palestinian prisoners, from the moment of their arrest until they are released... The 'experiments' station is perhaps one of the most dangerous stations in the slow death of released prisoners, who suffer from diseases which they contracted in prison."

“The Israeli prison guards attempt thereby to imitate the German Nazis, who were the first to use prisoners as testing grounds, for testing the weapons and the deadly drugs which they developed. The Nazi German doctor, Josef Mengele, was the most famous among them."

The PMW pointed out that a PA prisoner who was released last year contradicted the charges of mistreatment and refused to be cajoled into criticizing Israel during an interview on PA television in June

Following is the transcript, translated and provided by PMW:

PA TV host: "You were in Megiddo [prison]. How are the guys?

You were released from prison just today."

Prisoner: "By Allah, the guys in the prison are fine. They lack nothing. They are doing fine."

Host: "Do they lack nothing?"

Prisoner: "They are doing really fine."

Host: "They lack nothing, not even freedom?"

Prisoner: "No. Freedom, Allah willing, there will be freedom."

Host: "How long were you in prison?"

Prisoner: "Two years."

Host: "And you say that they lack nothing?"

Prisoner: "I don't know."