January - February 2000
In recent weeks, there has been a dramatic increase in Holocaust denial
and incendiary analogies between Israel and the Nazis in the Arab media.
From Syria and Lebanon to the Gulf States, articles and caricatures have
denied or diminished the Holocaust and have depicted Israeli leaders as
Nazis and Israeli policy as equal to or more brutal than the Third Reich.
Unfortunately, anti-Semitism and demonization of Israel have long been
present in the Arab media. Such articles and caricatures appear in
newspapers in countries and entities with whom Israel has peaceful
relations or who are negotiating partners – Egypt, the Palestinian
Authority, Syria, Lebanon and Jordan – and those countries not engaged
in negotiations – Saudi Arabia, the Gulf States and others. While such
manifestations are more prevalent during times of Arab-Israeli crisis,
they also appear during periods of calm or progress in the peace process.
The most recent explosion of anti-Jewish anti-Israel depictions have
mostly been connected with the escalation of tensions in Lebanon. However,
the first salvo was lobbed just before the outbreak of fighting, with the
appearance of an article in the official Syrian newspaper Tishreen,
that described the Holocaust as a myth propagated by Israel. The article
appeared during the breakdown in Israel-Syria negotiations.
Below is a compilation of recent manifestations of anti-Semitism in the
- "Zionism created the Holocaust myth to blackmail and terrorize
the world’s intellectuals and politicians. Israel now is dealing
with Arabs in occupied Syrian Golan Heights, Palestine and South
Lebanon in the same way by burning any chance to realize the just and
comprehensive peace that returns rights to their owners . . .Why does
Israel insist on bringing up this alleged Holocaust policy? I believe
Israel and Zionist organizations have two aims. The first is to
receive more money from Germany and other Western establishments on
the pretext of compensation for the Holocaust. The second aim is to
invest the myth of the Holocaust and accuse anyone opposed to Zionism
and its expansionist policies of anti-Semitism."
--Tishreen, government-owned Syrian daily, January 31, 2000
(editorial by Editor-in- Chief Mohamed Kheir al-Wadi)
- "Israel does not want to forget Holocaust stories and all the
exaggerations they contain and does not want the whole world to
--Al-Madina, Jedda-based, conservative Saudi daily, February
- "All those who saw Levy on television threatening Lebanon were
reminded of the Nazi period."
--Al-Baath, government-owned Syrian daily, February 10, 2000
- "At the same time that Israel is engaged in organizing
international conventions to commemorate the Holocaust, the Zionists
are trying to gag the world and prevent it from stating the truth on
the subject, Israel is itself pursuing a ‘Holocaust Policy’
against Lebanon. I …think there is no greater distortion of facts
and history than this."
--Tishreen, government-owned Syrian daily, February 21, 2000
(editorial by Editor-in-Chief Mohamed Kheir al-Wadi)
- A political cartoon depicts Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak as
Adolph Hitler dressed in a Nazi uniform with a swastika armband. In
the background is an Israeli warplane bombing Lebanon, and a caption
reading "In Lebanon, Israel is behaving like the Nazis."
--Al-Watan, semi-independent Qatari daily, February 21, 2000
- "Israel has revealed itself as an entity steeped in racism,
hate, and state-sponsored terrorism, which has surpassed even the
Nazis in its criminal acts of murder, destruction and devastation, and
in its disdain for humanity."
--Al-Thawra, government-owned Syrian daily, February 22, 2000
(editorial by Editor Muhammed Ali Bouzha)
- "The same Nazi David Levy, who recently threatened to burn
Lebanon, reiterated the same Nazi statements against a country which
is only fighting the tyranny of Nero to end the occupation and live in
peace . . . This Levy and his Nazi general Ehud Barak will carrying on
making threats until the Arabs adopt a practical position to put an
end to Zionist arrogance."
--Al-Khaleej, Sharjah-based influential United Arab Emirates
daily, February 24, 2000
- "He [Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy] repeated his threats
this time from the rostrum of the Knesset, copying Hitler, with the
same stance, the same gestures, the same voice, the same manner and
the same threats. Levy’s threats to kill children and burn Lebanon
reveal the mentality of Israel, which is playing the role of the Nazi
executioners who burned the Jews in Auschwitz, according to the
--State-owned Syrian radio, February 24, 2000 (daily commentary
- Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy’s statements "proved that
Zionism was the descendant of Nazism."
--Al-Ittihad, United Arab Emirates daily, February 25, 2000
- A television ad shows footage from Israeli Foreign Minister David
Levy’s speech to the Knesset in which he threatened to "burn
the soil of Lebanon" alongside black-and-white footage from
Hitler’s Nazi rallies. The words "same speech" are written
at the bottom of the screen which then shows a Nazi swastika with the
word "original" written under it, and Israel’s Star of
David symbol above the word "copy." The next images are of
footage of casualties from IDF attacks on Lebanon and Nazi
concentration camps, followed by the words: "Same hatred. Same
racism. Same criminality. Same history." The ad ends with the
words: "They are killing the children of Lebanon. They are
burning its soil."
--State-run Lebanese television, February 28, 2000