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The Holocaust and the Nakba: The Jew as the Arab

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17.06.2019

Last month Al Jazeera Media Network suspended two journalists over a video that "downplayed and misrepresented the Holocaust". The short clip, which was published by AJ Arabic, was taken down after the network said in a statement that it had "contravened its editorial standards".

In an email to staff, Yaser Bishr, executive director of Al Jazeera's digital division, announced that there will be "a mandatory bias and sensitivity training programme". Given the resurgence of anti-Semitism, it is indeed important to scrutinise coverage of the Jewish Holocaust and be vigilant.

In this sense, it is commendable that the Doha-based network has taken action. But when it comes to crimes committed by European powers, Al Jazeera is by far not the only one that should be undergoing "sensitivity training".

Whether it is the transatlantic slave trade, the genocide of native populations in the Americas and Australia, or massacres of varying scales in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, mass atrocities committed by European imperialism and settler colonialism are regularly downplayed and misrepresented. And so are the crimes of other non-European imperial powers.

As racism, white supremacy and sectarianism are on the rise across the world, we indeed need to take care not only to give the Jewish Holocaust immediate and constant attention it needs, but also all other colossal calamities in world history committed in the name of the imagined superiority of one group of humans over the rest.

As it happens the incident with the AJ video coincided with a major Holocaust exhibition in New York at the Museum of Jewish........

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