ADL Comments on Holocaust Denial Conference Held in Jordan
New York, NY, May 15, 2001…The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed great surprise and dismay that a Holocaust denial conference took place in Amman on May 13. The conference, sponsored by the Jordanian Writers Association, was cancelled twice by the Jordanian government.
Abraham H. Foxman, ADL National Director, issued the following statement:
We were surprised and greatly dismayed that a conference to propagate the denial of the Holocaust, twice cancelled by the Jordanian government, eventually did take place in Amman. In recent years, many in the Arab world have become avid advocates of Holocaust denial. We had hoped that the cancellation in March by Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri of a similar conference planned for Beirut, coupled with the Jordanian government's cancellation of previously planned conferences, marked an important and concerted effort by responsible Arab leadership to reject those who seek to deny the Holocaust.
The Jordanian Writers Association has long been active in countering normalization efforts with Israel, including punishing members who have interacted with Israelis. It appears that the denial of the Holocaust is a new weapon in their efforts to delegitimize the Jewish State and the Jordanian-Israel peace agreement.
According to "The Jordan Times," the 200 conference attendees heard a series of speeches denying or diminishing the systemic murder of six million Jews by the Nazis. Speakers maintained that the "myths of the Holocaust" were used to justify the creation of the State of Israel as a haven for Jews.
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