A self-described group of “Holocaust revisionists” has taken issue with being designated a “hate group” by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Deir Yessin Remembered, based in Ann Arbor, Mich., says that its mission is to spread awareness about a 1948 massacre by Jewish militias that, by some estimates, killed more than 100 Arab villagers. However, the organization’s activities have also expanded to include Holocaust denial.
“Heidi Beirich, director of SPLC’s Intelligence Project, said Deir Yassin Remembered was added to the center’s lists of hate groups for 2017 due to the group’s support of Holocaust deniers and its questioning of historically accurate facts about the Holocaust,” the Michigan news website MLive.com reported on Friday.
Indeed, one blog post on Deir Yessin Remembered’s website takes issue with the existence of the Final Solution, the existence of gas chambers, and the number of Jews killed in concentration camps.
The SPLC’s annual list of hate groups includes 917 groups across the country this year, 28 of which are in Michigan.