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