The Palestinian Authority’s official television station misappropriated a photo showing dead bodies at a Nazi concentration camp, presenting them as Arabs killed by Jews in the village of Deir Yassin in 1948.
In an April 9 report on the 70th anniversary of the Deir Yassin events, Palestine TV used an image from the Nazi camp at Nordhausen, originally a subcamp of Buchenwald, to describe what took place at the Arab village in 1948, the Palestinian Media Watch group said Wednesday.
The Palestinians refer to those events as the “Deir Yassin massacre,” a term used repeatedly in the PA TV report. The village was located at the entrance to Jerusalem, where the Givat Shaul neighborhood stands today.
During the incident, fighters from the Jewish Irgun and Lehi groups entered the town and, in house-to-house fighting, killed many of its residents, including women and children. The death toll is disputed: while the Israeli fighters said they had killed some 254, other counts put that figure at as low as 107.
The original picture, which was taken right after liberation of the concentration camp by the American army, was “carefully distorted” by Palestine TV so that the images of the corpses in the striped uniforms, the American soldiers and the concentration camp buildings were not seen, PMW said.
The following caption was added by Palestine TV: “When they killed and mutilated the bodies of 250 women, children and elderly residents.” The caption refers to the events at Deir Yassin.
The TV video also included a photo of victims of the 1982 massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatilla refugees camps in Lebanon. Then, hundreds of Palestinians were slaughtered by Christian militiamen. The photo of the Sabra and Shatilla massacre was also misrepresented as showing Arabs killed by Jews in Deir Yassin.
The Palestine TV video also included a photo with the following text printed on the screen: “And [the Jews] burned the women and children in the village’s oven.”
On Thursday, Israel will mark Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Remembrance Day, to pay tribute to those who were killed during the Holocaust, including at Nazi concentration camps like Nordhausen.