In an August 29, 2022 interview on Awda TV (Palestinian Authority), Fatah Central Committee member Samir Al-Rifai defended the recent remarks by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Germany (see MEMRI TV Clip No. 9761) accusing Israel of having committed 50 "holocausts" against the Palestinian people. Al-Rifai said that the "expulsion" of the Palestinian people from their land in 1948 was in fact that greatest crime of the 20th century, and he asserted that the Zionists are focusing on the Holocaust even though the Palestinians suffered an even "worse" fate than the Jews did in WWII.
Samir Al-Rifai: "They pounced on President [Mahmoud Abbas] because of [his remarks] about the Holocaust. If we examine history, we see that THE crime of the 20th century... The 20th century witnessed the First and Second World Wars, and many other wars, but the crime that is considered to be THE crime of the 20th century is the expulsion of the Palestinian people in 1948. This crime is almost the number-one crime of that century.
"Despite this, Zionism is trying to focus on the issue of the Holocaust, and what happened to the Jews in WWII. I do not want to go into details, [but] what happened to our people is worse than that. When the President pointed this out, there was turmoil, specifically in Zionist circles, as if these circles and the Zionist establishment had a monopoly on this term."