UAE Embraces Holocaust Education, But Old Prejudices And Denial Persist


The country’s embassy in the U.S. states that The UAE will start teaching about the Holocaust in history classes in primary and secondary schools across the country. However, the embassy did not provide details regarding the education authorities and the curriculum in the Emirates. 

This gesture is a part of the normalization of ties between Israel and the UAE in 2020, which was arranged by then-President Donald Trump, which has visualized many Israelis traveling to the Gulf countries as well as a surge in business and trade between the two nations. 

The embassy referring to the normalization deal that showed Bahrain and Morocco recognizing Isreal, said in the tweet, ” In the sam of the historic # Abrahamaccords, the UAE will now include the Holocaust in the curriculum for primary and secondary schools.”

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Deborah E. Lipstadt, an Ambassador of the U.S. special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, praises the statement in her tweet.

Lipstadt wrote, using a Hebrew word for the Holocaust, and tweeted, ” Holocaust education is compulsory for humanity too many countries, for too long and continue to downplay Shoah for political reasons.”. She said, ” I recommend the UAE for this step and anticipate others to follow suit soon.”

Though the declaration comes ahead of a planned meeting of the Negev Forum Working Groups in Abu Dhabi this week, which prospered out of normalization, the conference for this will be held, which will see the officials from Israel, Morocco, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, and the U.S.

However, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that he will follow the ties with Saudi Arabia; the Saudis have maintained that they will only recognize Israel upon establishing an independent Palestinian state. 

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High-level of denial 

With this highly charged context, the decision of the UAE has not been greeted with unanimous praise since experts also predict that a significant change will come in public perceptions. 


The above report showcases the acceptance of the Holocaust. Many perceptions have come to light about the curriculum and education of the Holocaust in the UAE. Though this initiative is soon to develop, there are mixed responses from people worldwide regarding the acceptance of the Holocaust.

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