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How Do You Teach the Holocaust to Holocaust Deniers?

5:40 PM, Oct 6, 2009 • By RACHEL ABRAMS
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Carefully, and with moral equivalence.

In August we took note of the fury of Gazans over the possibility their children would be learning about the destruction of European Jewry-for the first time ever-in classes on human rights at their UNRWA-run schools; we were treated, as well, to a cringing denial by the UN school spokesman that any such teaching was in the works. Well, apparently it is in the works, and Palestinian youth, who have to date learned only that the Final Solution is a hoax perpetrated by the Zionist entity that is their oppressor and the author of their misery in order to keep them down, may yet hear the story of the Holocaust, or a version of it anyway. The Jerusalem Post reports:

John Ging, UNRWA's director of operations in the Strip, said any human rights course would be incomplete without a discussion of the Holocaust. . . . He said he was "confident and determined" the Holocaust would be included in the new curriculum. But it will only be a part of the lessons, which will touch on genocide in Rwanda, the apartheid regime in South Africa, ethnic cleansing in the Balkans and the "Nakba," or Palestinian "day of catastrophe." . . . "This is also part of the frustration here. There are so many global tragedies and travesties that are learned worldwide. Who learns about the Nakba?" Ging asked.

That's a good question about the naqba: Who does learn about it, besides every child seated at every desk at every school in every Arab capital? The Australians, Chileans, Americans, South Africans, Canadians, Brits, and the French, to name a few.

First, though, before students can learn that the systematic murder of six million Jews is roughly equivalent to the undoubted miseries of South African Apartheid, a draft curriculum must get the nod from "parents, educators and human rights experts." Can we be forgiven for wondering which "human rights experts" will be called upon to perform this task? Joe Stork? Sarah Leah Whitson? Richard Goldstone himself?