By Nathan Jeffay, May 27, 2009
Two in five Arab citizens of Israel believe that the Holocaust did not take place, according to newly released research from the University of Haifa.
This represents a sharp rise in Holocaust denial among Israeli Arabs since the university conducted a similar poll two years ago. The figure then was 28 per cent. It is now 40.5 per cent.
Israel’s Holocaust organisations have reacted with concern. The finding is “alarming”, said Dan Michman, chief historian at Yad Vashem, which last year launched an Arabic website to counter denial in the Arab world.