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Introduction
Holocaust Denial: From East to West
Differing Arab Views of the Holocaust
1970s-1990s: Beginning of Denial in Middle East
1990s-2001: Normalizing Denial
Western Deniers in the Middle East
Banned in Beirut: The 2001 IHR Conference
In Their Own Words:
Middle Eastern Holocaust Deniers
Holocaust  
Holocaust Denial in the Middle East:
The Latest anti-Israel, Anti-Semitic Propaganda Theme
Middle - Eastern Deniers in Their Own Words
Examples of expressions of Holocaust denial in major Arab media:

Jews haved "profited... from the talk about the Nazi killings"

On August 25, 1997, a Palestinian Authority cultural affairs television program featured an interview with Hassan al-Agha, a Palestinian author and professor at the Islamic University in Gaza City:

Moderator: It is well known that every year the Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were six million killed, but precise scientific research demonstrates that there were no more than 400,000. Has the complex which the Jews have as a result of the Nazis' actions created within them psychological burdens which they are now releasing against the Palestinians?

Al-Agha: The truth is I do not think so. Psychological baggage after forty or fifty years….I am skeptical….But I do think that we are talking about an investment. They have profited materially, spiritually, politically and economically from the talk about the Nazi killings. This investment is favorable to them and they view it as a profitable activity so they inflate the number of victims all the time. In another ten years, I do not know what number they will reach…As you know, when it comes to economics and investments, the Jews have been very experienced ever since the days of the Merchant of Venice.

David Bar-Ilan, a spokesman for then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, released the transcript of the program to Western reporters, who covered the incident in English media. Several days later Radwan Abu Ayash, head of the Palestinian Broadcast Corporation, announced that Al-Agha's remarks did not reflect the opinion of the Palestinian Authority, but defended them as "freedom of expression."


"Israel prospers and exists by right of the Holocaust lie"

"Israel prospers and exists by right of the Holocaust lie and the Israeli government's policy of intentional exaggeration…the glue which holds the Jews together is the preservation of the memory of the Holocaust and the thousands of Jews who were destroyed in it…"

Lebanese writer and politician Dr. Issam Naaman,
writing in the London Arab newspaper Al-Quds Al-Arabi.
April 22, 1998
(translated by the Antisemitism Monitoring Forum)


"There is no proof at all..."

"The entire Jewish State is built on the great Holocaust lie. . . What is the proof that Hitler and the Nazis murdered six million Jews in gas chambers? There is no proof at all, except for the conflicting testimonies of a few Jewish 'survivors.' If six million Jews had been burned, mountains of ashes would have been created, but we have never heard of this. There are also no ovens that are capable of burning millions without someone noticing the smell. There is no proof that such a number of Jews lived in Germany in the 1930s. Their number was less than four million and half of them fled to the Soviet Union during the war….

"Hitler did not kill the Jews because they were Jews, but rather because they betrayed Germany. In any case, he murdered 300,000 Jews and that is the real number that he killed. At this opportunity mention should be made of the fact that the Jewish State murdered a larger number of Palestinians and Arabs over fifty years. The Holocaust is not what happened to the Jews in Germany, but rather the crime of the establishment of the State of Israel on the ruins of the Palestinian people."

Mahmoud Al-Khatib,
writing in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yom
April 27, 1998
(translated by the Antisemitism Monitoring Forum)


The Holocaust is a "tissue of lies"

"The Catholic Church in particular and the church in general should not be made to apologize to the Zionists and Jews for the Hitlerian legend…[the Holocaust is] a tissue of lies, as has been revealed by Western scientists, and it is being used to blackmail the world."

Sheikh Mohammad Mehdi Shamseddin,
head of Lebanon's Shiite Council,
Reported by the Agence France-Presse, March 22, 1998.
He was responding to the Vatican's release of "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah," a document that accepted the culpability of some Christians for the perpetration of the Holocaust.


"The truth is that such persecution was a malicious fabrication by the Jews."

"Everywhere, the Jews have been the subjects of hatred and disdain because they control most of the economic resources upon which the livelihoods of many people are dependent. The clearest example of this is Shakespeare's play The Merchant of Venice, in which the merchant Shylock represents the image of the greedy, cunning, evil, and despised Jews. And yet, how have the Jews succeeded in brainwashing American and European public opinion and changing the image of the Jew to that of a wise, brave, ingenious and creative person to whom the world's eyes are turned?

"There is no alternative but to say that the success of the Jews is not coincidental but rather the result of long years of planning and a great investment of effort in order to obtain their wretched control over the world's media….When Nazi persecutions of the Jews began, the winds began blowing in their favor. What Hitler did to the Jews actually exposed the Jewish plot. World public opinion, manipulated by the Jews, took advantages of these [persecutions], disseminating stories about a collective massacre. They concocted horrible stories of gas chambers which Hitler, they claimed used to burn them alive. The press overflowed with pictures of Jews being gunned down by Hitler's machine guns or being pushed into gas chambers. The [press] focused on [suffering] women, children and elderly people in order to rouse empathy and claim reparations, donations, and grants from around the world.

"The truth is that such persecution was a malicious fabrication by the Jews. It is a myth which they named 'The Holocaust' in order to rouse empathy. Credible historians challenge this Jewish [myth], calling for [more] persuasive evidence to be presented. The Los Angeles Historical Society declared that it would grant US$50,000 to anyone who could prove Jews had been gassed to death. Jews exerted intense pressure and cast accusations of anti-Semitism everywhere in order to silence this challenge. Even if Hitler's onslaught facilitated the persecution of Jews to some degree, Jews certainly benefited from its aftermath…"

from "Jewish Control of the World Media" by Seif `Ali Al-Jarwan,
writing in the Palestinian newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah.
July 2, 1998
(translated by MEMRI)


"The Holocaust is a great lie ... to lead the world astray"

"Most research prepared by objective researchers in connection with what is called the Jewish Holocaust has proven beyond the shadow of a doubt that the Holocaust is a great lie and a myth that the Zionist mind spread in order to lead the world astray…"

from "Their Holocaust and Our Cemetery," in the Jordanian newspaper Al-Arab Al-Yom.
July 4, 1998
(translated by the Antisemitism Monitoring Forum) 


"The Holocaust is an Israeli myth ... to blackmail the world."

"The Jews invented the myth of mass extermination and the fabrication that 6 million Jews were put to death in Nazi ovens. This was done with the aim of motivating the Jews to emigrate to Israel and to blackmail the Germans for money as well as to achieve world support for the Jews. Similarly, Zionism based itself on this myth to establish the State of Israel….I continue to believe that the Holocaust is an Israeli myth which was invented to blackmail the world."

from "The Holocaust, Netanyahu and Me,"
in the Egyptian newspaper Al-Akhbar,
September 25, 1998
(translated by the Antisemitism Monitoring Forum.)


"Jewish officers served in the Nazi command, among whom several were close to Hitler"

"The campaign of Jewish blackmail began in Switzerland and later extended to Germany, Romania and other Western countries. This raises many legitimate doubts concerning everything connected with the myth of the Nazi ovens used for the destruction of the Jews. Many authors and researchers around the world have concluded that all the stories about this matter were exaggerated and fabricated, since many Jewish officers served in the Nazi command, among whom several were close to Hitler. It is therefore impossible that any nation in the world would be compelled to pay reparations to fictitious victims of dubious tragedies..."

Damascus Radio, November 7, 1998
(translated by the Antisemitism Monitoring Forum)


Yad Vashem: "Eternalizing the Holocaust and the lies."

Clue: Jewish center for eternalizing the Holocaust and the lies.
Answer: Yad Vashem (the official Israeli Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem)

From the February 18, 1999,
Crossword puzzle of PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.
(translated by USA Today, April 4, 2001)


"Zionism ... invents stories regarding the Nazi Holocaust in which the Jews suffered and inflates them to astronomic proportions"

"Zionism hides the dark chapters of its black history. It invents stories regarding the Nazi Holocaust in which the Jews suffered and inflates them to astronomic proportions..."

"The problem is not in the Zionist ambition to forge history, but rather in the Zionist organizations' ambitions to revive their distorted version of history and use it to deceive international public opinion, win its empathy, and blackmail it…."

"Israel and the Zionist organizations strive for two goals: first, to be granted more funds from Germany and European states and institutions; second, they want to use the legend of the Holocaust as a sword hanging over the necks of all those who oppose Zionism who are accused of anti-Semitism. …"

"The Zionists try to strangle any voice that reveals the truth... However, these voices [Holocaust deniers like Roger Garaudy and David Irving who were mentioned in the text] and other such voices have already left their marks on European public opinion and media who have started to raise questions that refresh the memory and establish the truth that was distorted by the Zionists…."

"This stream [of Holocaust deniers] has cast fear in the hearts of the Zionist movement that quickly convened a conference on the Holocaust in Stockholm in order to turn the Zionist lies into common knowledge...."

"The Zionist effort does not stop at paralyzing human memory, it also tries to shatter logic and distort reality. Israel, that presents itself as the heir of Holocaust victims, has committed and still commits much more terrible crimes than those committed by the Nazis. The Nazis did not expel a whole nation nor buried people and prisoners alive, as the Zionists did."

From "The Plague of the Third Millennium,"
by editor Muhammad Kheir al-Wadi,
Teshreen (Syria's leading daily newspaper), January 31, 2000
(translated by various news agencies)


"The number of 6 million is exaggerated."

"There have been many massacres in the world. Why is this Holocaust in particular more important?….When it comes to our cause, nobody pays attention - whether it is the Crusader massacres against Muslims or the massacres against Palestinians committed by Israelis. And we don't keep using and using these massacres to remind the world what we are owed."

"I never deny that the Holocaust happened, but we believe the number of 6 million is exaggerated. The Jews are using this issue, in many ways, also to blackmail the Germans financially. The Holocaust is the reason that there isn't a bigger noise against Israel as an occupying force. The Holocaust is protecting Israel."

"It's certainly not our fault if Hitler hated the Jews. Weren't they hated pretty much everywhere?"

Sheik Ikrima Sabri, Mufti of Jerusalem
The New York Times, March 26, 2000


The Holocaust: "one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century."

A conservative Iranian newspaper insisted Sunday it had proved the Holocaust was a "fraud" after a British MP reportedly protested the paper's articles about the World War II genocide.

The Tehran Times said its "thorough research" had "proved that the issue of (the) Holocaust is nothing but a fraud" and said it was "determined to reveal the facts... in order to defuse the plots of the Zionists."

Citing the official IRNA news agency, it said British MP Louise Ellman had filed a complaint with Iran's ambassador to London, Gholamreza Ansari, about a recent editorial in the paper which said the Holocaust was "one of the greatest frauds of the 20th century."

The paper said Sunday that Israel, using the Holocaust and "similar excuses," had "made the West their hostage to blackmail the governments in that part of the world."

Agence France-Presse, May 14, 2000


Zionists had close relations with German Nazis and exaggerated statistics on Jewish killings

"There is evidence which shows that Zionists had close relations with German Nazis and exaggerated statistics on Jewish killings. There is even evidence on hand that a large number of non-Jewish hooligans and thugs of Eastern Europe were forced to migrate to Palestine as Jews. The purpose was to install in the heart of the Islamic world an anti-Islamic state under the guise of supporting the victims of racism and to create a rift between the East and the West of the Islamic world."

Iranian leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei
The Jerusalem Post, April 25, 2001

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