Al Jazeera suspends two journalists over Holocaust report

Updated May 20, 2019

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Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews. — AP/File
Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews. — AP/File

DOHA: Qatari state-funded broadcaster Al Jazeera suspended two journalists on Sunday over a video they produced claiming the extent of the Holocaust was being misrepresented by Jews.

The clip, posted by Al Jazeera’s online AJ+ Arabic service, claimed “the narrative” that the Nazis killed six million Jews was “adopted by the Zionist movement”.

Images of the persecution of European Jews living under Nazi rule, as well as photographs of those killed, were overlayed with narration asking “why is there a focus only on them?” The video said that “along with others, the Jews faced a policy of systematic persecution which culminated in the Final Solution”.

But the clip went on to suggest that because of the Jewish community’s access to “financial resources (and) media institutions”, it was able to “put a special spotlight” on the suffering of the Jews.

“The video content and accompanying posts were swiftly deleted by AJ+ senior management from all AJ+ pages and accounts on social media, as it contravened the network’s editorial standards,” the Al Jazeera Media Network said in a statement.

Published in Dawn, May 20th, 2019