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December 21, 2005

Muslim Holocaust Denial

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

In an editorial today, the Los Angeles Times commendably warns the world to regard the Iranian threat with the attention that it deserves. It states:

"They have created a myth that Jews were massacred and place this above God, religions and the prophets," Ahmadinejad said in a speech in the Iranian city of Zahedan that was carried live on state television. Denunciations from the U.S. and numerous other Western nations quickly followed. But Muslim nations need to join the chorus.

News media in many Arab nations reported Ahmadinejad's statement, but without the condemnation it demands. Muslims may object to Israel's occupation of the West Bank and its treatment of Palestinians, but the Arab world knows that 6 million Jews were killed during World War II. And they know Israel is here to stay.

To claim, however, that the Arab world knows that 6 million Jews were killed in the Holocaust seems a little naive, given the common statements coming out of the Arab and Muslim world which say otherwise.

As a Hisham Abd Al-Rauf, a columnist for the Egyptian government-sponsored Al-Masaa newspaper, wrote last week:

. . . these massacres, which Israel alleges that the Nazis perpetrated against the Jews, never happened. The famous execution chambers were no more than rooms for disinfecting clothes. . .

It has also been proven that Hitler was not against the Jews. . .

The widespread acceptance and promotion of Holocaust denial in the Arab world is a largely unexplored topic in the news pages of the Los Angeles Times.

Posted by TS at December 21, 2005 04:44 AM


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