The official Twitter account of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, which calls itself the “Palestinian leadership of the global Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) movement,” shared an image with its 237,800 followers, which it referred to as Palestinian victims of the “Tantura massacre.”
Israeli Minister of Diaspora Affairs Amichai Chikli stated that the “racist” handle had broken a Guinness record, using “a picture from the German concentration camp of Nordhausen to lie about a fictional massacre during Israel’s War of Independence.”
“Holocaust distortion, appropriation and denial, further victimizing Jewish people,” he added. “Pure evil.”
The now-deleted post by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, accused the European Molecular Biology Organization of hosting a conference on the site of the Tantura massacre which they illustrated using a picture of dead bodies piled on the ground.
The racist @BDSmovement breaks a Guiness record, uses a picture from the German concentration camp of Nordhausen to lie about a fictional massacre during Israel's War of Independence.
Holocaust distortion, appropriation and denial,further victimizing Jewish people.
Pure evil. pic.twitter.com/rg8RLpO6Um
— עמיחי שיקלי – Amichai Chikli (@AmichaiChikli) February 16, 2023
But the picture, according to the Harry S. Truman Library and Museum, shows the following:
“Rows of bodies of dead inmates fill yard of Lager Nordhausen, a Gestapo Concentration Camp near Nordhausen, Germany. The photograph, according to the cameraman, shows less than half of the bodies of the several hundred inmates who died of starvation or were shot by Gestapo men at the camp.”