Israel’s Holocaust denial is spreading again after a new study found that the country’s dark history is being erased by popular history books.
A new survey conducted by the Jerusalem Post and Israel’s National Holocaust Memorial Museum (NHM) found that a third of the more than 1,000 students surveyed in 2016 said they would be happy to read the “dark history” books that have been popular in recent years.
The survey also found that only 1 percent of students said they were willing to read an article about the Holocaust written by someone who did not hold Jewish beliefs.
The survey, commissioned by NHM, was commissioned by a group of students in order to better understand their attitudes towards the Holocaust and to find out what they think about the role of historical research in the Israeli education system.
“The Holocaust is an issue that has not been well studied by our students and they are very concerned about it,” said NHM’s head of education, Avi Gonen.
“In the past, students have said, ‘I don’t believe the Holocaust happened, but I’m glad that people are studying it.'”
The survey also asked about the roles of historical scholars in Israel’s educational system, and if there was anything they would like to see changed.
The poll found that 63 percent of the students surveyed said they felt they had no idea what the Holocaust was, compared to only 26 percent who said they had learned about it from their parents.
Only 5 percent of those surveyed who said the Holocaust did not happen felt that it was a valid topic for education.
More than two-thirds of those who responded said they feel that “history books that are not written by Jewish people should be removed from our schools.”
Some of the survey respondents expressed concerns about the lack of awareness about the dark history of the Holocaust in Israel.
“We do not know what is going on with the Jewish community in Israel,” said an unnamed teacher from Israel’s Beit Shemesh University.
“We are not taught about the events that happened on the Jewish people’s land, and we have no idea how important it was,” said another teacher from the same university.
The NHM also asked students what they would do if their school had a history book with a story that did not match the facts of the historical event.
The results showed that a majority of the respondents said they’d read the book.
One of the authors of the book, an Israeli academic, also shared his opinion.
“I would not read the history books,” he said.
“I would read a book on the history of our country, which was written by Jews.
And the book should be published by the Jewish state.”
Gonen added that the NHM wants to create a national Holocaust Remembrance Day on November 11, to “celebrate the events of the Jewish Holocaust and the history that is now under threat of being erased.”
“We will try to use the history and the lessons from the past to build a new Israel,” he concluded.