This article explores various aspects of Israel's implicit linkage of the Jewish holocaust with its right to exist and Palestinian and Arab responses to that linkage. The PLO's position in particular is examined in detail, as is Israel's rhetorical equation of Arab and Palestinian leaders with Nazis. The article also examines Edward Said's position on the topic, which generated considerable debate in the Arabic press.
Joseph Massad is assistant professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia Univeristy. He is also assistant editor at JPS. His book National Identity/National Culture: The Juridical and Military Bases of Jordanian Nationalism is forthcoming from Columbia University Press. An earlier version of this paper was presented at the Georgetown University conference "Rethinking Muslims and Jews" in February 2000.