Fatah posts German anti-Semitic book cover to social media
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Fatah posts German anti-Semitic book cover to social media

‘Trust no fox on his green heath, and trust no Jew on his oath,’ warns 1936 work that taught German children to fear Jews

Screen capture of a Fatah Facebook post depicting a 1936 German book warning against trusting Jews. (Simon Wiesenthal Center)
Screen capture of a Fatah Facebook post depicting a 1936 German book warning against trusting Jews. (Simon Wiesenthal Center)

The Palestinian faction of PA President Mahmoud Abbas posted on its Facebook and Twitter accounts last week the cover of a German book from 1936 that warns against trusting Jews.

The anti-Semitic children’s book is titled, “Trust no fox on his green heath, and trust no Jew on his oath,” the watchdog Palestinian Media Watch said.

The cover was posted on Thursday with an Arabic translation to Fatah’s official Facebook page, the group added.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called on Facebook and Twitter to remove posts with the anti-Semitic cover, which features a stereotypical anti-Semitic Jewish figure.

“Yesterday, Palestinian Authority President Abbas stood before the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva to demand from the international community to take steps to immediately protect Palestinians,” a statement from SWC heads Marvin Hier and Abraham Cooper said.

“But the very next day the organization which he is president of, Fatah, resurrects Nazi ideology and propaganda by posting a Nazi-era book that attacks all Jews,” they added, and called for an end to US funding of the Fatah-led Palestinian Authority. “It is time for Congress to begin the process to stop all financial aid to the PA. The American people are under no obligation to be partial paymasters of ‘leaders’ who are cheerleaders for anti-Semitism, violence and terrorism.”

According to the center’s press release, “the book, Trust No Fox on his Green Heath And No Jew on his Oath, that the Wiesenthal Center has in its archives, was used by Nazi teachers to inculcate German children with visceral hatred and lies about their Jewish neighbors. The hate those books transmitted to children in the 1930s helped set the stage for the genocidal mass murder of 6 million Jews, including 1.5 million Jewish children, in the Holocaust in the 1940s,” Hier and Cooper added.

“We have officially asked Facebook and Twitter to scrub this Nazi hate from their services but more must be done at a time when young Palestinians are responding to social media-fueled incitement from the Palestinian Authority and Hamas and continue to try to murder their Jewish neighbors,” they concluded.

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