Jewish Journal


April 22, 2009

Holocaust museum opens in Palestinian village



Yad Vashem's Hall of Names

That a Holocaust museum was opening in a Palestinian village seems like big enough news. Especially if it’s a genuine museum that sincerely addresses the atrocities of Nazi Germany and isn’t simply some front for revisionists. But if the museum was affiliated with Yad Vashem, now that would be huge.

And that’s exactly what JTA reported yesterday. Only, it wasn’t true. “Yad Vashem has no connection to the Na’alin museum,” JTA reported in an editor’s note that just went over the wire. The corrected brief follows:

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A museum devoted to the Holocaust was dedicated in a Palestinian village.

The museum opened Tuesday, Holocaust Memorial Day, in Na’alin, which is better known for weekly protests of Israel’s security fence that divides the village in two.

It is located in an apartment near where an 11-year-old Palestinian boy was killed last year during a fence protest, Ynet reported. The museum features pictures and educational material in Arabic.

“If leaders on both sides know and remember what Hitler did, maybe we’ll have peace,” Ibrahim Amira, a Na’alin resident and a leader of the anti-fence protests, told Ynet.

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