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ADL to Mubarak, Once Again: Speak Out Against Virulent Anti-Semitism in the Egyptian Press

New York, N.Y., April 27, 2001Ö The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) once again called on Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to speak out against virulent anti-Semitism in the government-sponsored Egyptian media. Most recently, Al Akhbar published a column entitled "Thanks to Hitler," (April 18th) in which author Ahmad Ragab thanked Hitler for the persecution of six million Jews and also claimed Hitlerís "revenge on them was not enough."

In a letter to Egyptian President Hosni Muburak, Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, said:

We are outraged by the column "Half a Word," by Ahmad Ragab entitled "Thanks to Hitler," in which he not only thanks Hitler for the persecution of six million Jews but also states that Hitlerís "revenge on them was not enough." This sentiment is particularly hurtful coming during the week of Yom Hashoah, Holocaust Memorial Day.

We would hope you would find this as outrageous as we do, unacceptable to the Egyptian people and counterproductive to your leadership efforts in the Middle East peace process.

At this sensitive time and with emotions heightened in the Middle East, it is essential that leadership across the region exert its influence and actively work to avoid incendiary material from inflaming and further exacerbating tensions. We urge you to publicly condemn these sentiments in the Egyptian press.

The Anti-Defamation League, founded in 1913, is the world's leading organization fighting anti-Semitism through programs and services that counteract hatred, prejudice and bigotry.



 
 
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