"Comment is Free" publishes an article by Bassem Naeem, of the Hamas administration in Gaza, entitled "Hamas condemns the Holocaust". I think not. Hamas believes the Holocaust is a hoax concocted by international Jewry.
This is a longstanding theme of Hamas's world view, and Naeem is being disingenuous in failing to acknowledge it. The organisation's leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi, whom Israeli forces assassinated in 2004, was not reticent on this point. A few months earlier, he had written in a Hamas publication:
Many thinkers and historians have exposed the lies of the Zionists, thus becoming a target of Zionist persecution. Some have been assassinated, some arrested, and some are prevented from making a living. For example, Jewish associations and organizations have filed lawsuits against famous French philosopher Roger Garaudy, who in 1995 published his book 'The Founding Myths of Israeli Politics' in which he disproves the myth of the 'gas chambers,' saying, 'This idea is not technically possible. So far, no one has clarified how these false gas chambers worked, and what proof there is of their existence. Anyone with proof of their existence must show it.'
A pacific and equitable resolution of the Israeli-Palestine conflict is not going to be advanced by overlooking or obscuring the character of one of the protagonists. Hamas is an antisemitic, theocratic organisation wedded to the annihilation of the Jewish state. It pursues its ends by attacking Israeli civilians. These are just the facts of the matter, unfortunately.