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racist Zionist attacks Arabs and 'holocaust denial'

Postby Hannover » 1 decade 5 years ago (Sun Sep 21, 2003 11:50 pm)

The hate that spews from this irrational fanatic is simply amazing. His twisted attempt to bait people into thinking that somehow 'denial' is a threat to 'democracy' is appalling.

This nutball wouldn't last a second if he were to debate informed Revisionists. Chances are he knows it; that is why disgusting men like this demand Thought Policing and force to prevent scrutiny of their scam.

Take note of the outright racist generalizations he paints of Arabs. Take not of his false, strawman arguments.

No wonder the irrational Zionists are losing, they have nothing to make their case with and consequently they resort to slime like this.

Read on.

- Hannover

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The dangers of Arab Holocaust denial
By Jonathan Eric Lewis September 19, 2003

Although the word has certainly been overused in the past few months to describe the world in which we now find ourselves, "Orwellian" remains the best term by which one can fully grasp some of the most bizarre and maddening pronouncements made by Arab dictators in the two years after 9/11.

A case in point is Libyan strongman Muammar Qaddafi's recent awarding of Roger Garaudy the Qaddafi International Human Rights Prize. The very fact that a "human rights prize" would be issued in the name of a brutal dictator and bestowed upon a French ex-Communist, convert to Islam, and infamous Holocaust denier, would have given George Orwell ample material for satire.

What is perhaps even more disconcerting is that this display of anti-Semitic hate passed with little condemnation from major international human rights organizations. This belies the fact that Holocaust denial is well within the political mainstream in much of the Arab-Islamic world and that many observers of the region now take this kind of action for granted. One of the few voices of protest came from Rabbi Abraham Cooper of the Simon Wiesenthal Center who accurately contended, "Qaddafi and Roger Garaudy are members in a brotherhood of hate that knowingly spreads the big lie of Holocaust denial as part of a worldwide effort to demonize the Jewish people."

Sadly, the state-run media in myriad Arab dictatorships regularly indulges in the most vulgar forms of Holocaust denial, arguing simultaneously that the Holocaust is a Zionist myth and that the Israelis are worse than the Nazis. While most observers rightly attribute this to anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism, it also reflects a far deeper - and even more dangerous - trend in Arab-Islamic political life, namely a retreat from historical reality and societal responsibility and into the fundamentally anti-democratic politics of the irrational. Arab Holocaust denial is, without question, deeply anti-Semitic. There is, however, this other dimension that merits further exploration.

The sheer virulence and popularity of Holocaust denial in the Arab media can no longer be explained away simply as the product of anti-Semitism and as a problem with which Jewish groups must deal on their own. It must be seen within the larger context of the lack of a rational, democratic political culture within the Arab world and as a problem for all people who believe in both safeguarding the democratic, rational, and scientific institutions upon which modern Western societies are built, and in promoting democratic political institutions in the Arab world. This is, in no manner, meant to suggest that there is some sort of 'racial' characteristic possessed by Arabs that encourages irrational political thought or that Arabs alone possess it. Indeed, one would only have to look at 1930s Europe to find the prevalence of irrational politics based on extreme nationalism, conspiracy theories, and cults of personalities. That said, one wonders why so many Arab intellectuals, rather than focusing on the economic and social, not to mention political problems, facing the Arab world, choose to diminish the Holocaust and mock the suffering of the Jewish people.

While I may seem to be making a particularly harsh judgment, consider the following examples of political irrationality at work in the Arab world today: Yasser Arafat's continual insistence that there was no Jewish Temple in Jerusalem; the theatrics of the Iraqi Parliament 'voting' to recommend that Saddam Hussein not accept the UN Security Council Resolution demanding that Iraq disarm; and the simultaneous insistence on the part of the Arab Street that Arabs were not responsible for the World Trade Center attack and that the attacks were a justifiable reaction to American foreign policy.

Political irrationality is more than just anti-American or anti-Israeli propaganda. It is a mindset that lends itself to denial of all empirical evidence that disproves their widely held beliefs; a virulent anger at perceived conspiracies being directed against the Arab world; and an intense fear of non-conformist intellectuals such as Fouad Ajami, Joseph Farah, and Ali Salem who critically examine the flaws of Arab society and Islamic civilization. It finds a perfect home in the perverse world of Holocaust denial. After all, nothing could be more 'illogical,' in the strict definition of the word, than to categorically deny such a fundamental episode in human history.

As an indication of how bad the situation is, the Arab League's Zayed Center for Coordination and Follow-Up lent its name to an August 2002 Holocaust denial conference in Abu Dhabi. Rather than discussing such important issues as overpopulation, illiteracy, and stagnant economies, the Arab League's think tank chose Holocaust denial as being a theme worthy of an international conference. Criticism of this forum was essentially ignored. The Zayed Center, thankfully, will soon be closed, a minor victory in the war of ideas between freedom versus totalitarianism.

The Arab press is likewise replete with Holocaust denial. In 1998, for instance, the official Palestinian Authority newspaper, Al-Hayat Al Jadidah, wrote that "the persecution of the Jews" was "a deceitful myth which the Jews have labeled the Holocaust and [have] exploited to get sympathy." Sheikh Mohammad Mehdi Shamseddin, head of Lebanon's Shiite Council, responding to the Vatican's release of "We Remember: A Reflection on the Shoah" that same year, called the Holocaust "a tissue of lies, as has been revealed by Western scientists, and it is being used to blackmail the world." These statements are widely repeated in slightly different forms throughout the Arab media and even repeated by Arab-Americans living in the West and are well within the current mainstream.

The root of the problem can be traced to the fact that, for many Arab intellectuals, the twentieth-century was one of failed economic and political ambitions and was a shameful chapter in the history of a great civilization. Myriad ideologies of Arab political life - Nasserism, Ba'athism, and militant Islam - all failed to place the Arab world on par with the West. This humiliation was compounded by the fact that many in the region saw themselves as victims of British and French imperialism in the first half of the century and of American and Israeli imperialism in the latter. There is indeed, a deep sense of shame, in the Arab world today, exemplified in the often-repeated notion among Arabs that Arabs couldn't have been behind the events of 9/11 because they weren't skilled enough to pull off such a brazen act.

Without disparaging the great achievements of Arab civilization throughout the centuries, it is arguable that, with the exception of the discovery of oil and the proliferation of oil wealth, the Arab-Islamic world has been on the sidelines for much of the twentieth-century. But rather than accepting responsibility for the failing of the Arab world and offering concrete solutions to concrete problems, many Arab intellectuals, both leftist and Islamist, had to find a scapegoat - an "Other" - to explain the region's failures.

This is where Holocaust denial fits in, for it both explains Zionism's success and provides the Arab world with a means to deny any responsibility for the myriad failures that engulf its societies. After all, if Zionism manufactured the lie of the Holocaust, then the Arab world, in exposing the lie, can view itself as the double victim of European imperialism and Zionist propaganda about European history. This attitude is best reflected in the musings of Mahmoud Al-Khatib writing in the Jordanian newspaper, Al-Arab Al-Yom: "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." The denial of the Holocaust and the disparagement of Israel's existence are thus two sides of the same coin.

By incorporating myriad forms of Holocaust denial into their educational system and the state-run media, Arab leaders guaranteed that much of their populations would base their thinking about not only Israel, but also the United States, on the denial of one of the last century's greatest crimes. By presenting Washington as the part of a Jewish and Zionist conspiracy, anti-Western Arab intellectuals are able to construct a grand scheme in which Holocaust denial and anti-Americanism are blended together in a virulent strain of irrational politics that many in the United States government are just beginning to understand. The Egyptian gunman - the terrorist/murderer - who opened fire at an El Al terminal at Los Angeles International Airport on the Fourth of July reportedly told an employee that he believed Israeli prostitutes were responsible for infecting Egyptians with AIDS. One shudders to think of what his views on the Holocaust might have been.

Although America will be engaged militarily in the Arab world for years to come, it cannot simply rely on force to foster regional reform. That is not to say that our presence in Iraq is not justified. For the sake of both regional and world stability, America must begin a deliberate, organized, and sustained informational campaign to counteract the irrational political rhetoric so prevalent in the Arab-Islamic world, Holocaust denial being a primary example.

Congressional pressure must be put on Arab leaders friendly with Washington in order for them to halt the publication of Holocaust denial material in the state-run media. While this will not be an easy task, it must be done in order to safeguard the next generation of Arab youth from a form of political indoctrination that offers no hope and no future. Paraphrasing Shimon Peres, Arab societies that wish to be part of the modern, technological world, cannot be built on a foundation of lies. That said, the choice for reform or a further retreat into irrationality ultimately lies with Arab intellectuals and leaders.

In conclusion, Arab Holocaust denial is both about Jews and not about Jews. It simultaneously seeks to mock Jewish suffering and explain Arab failures. It is employed both to disparage Israel's existence and to present a narrative by which Arabs, not Jews, were the primary victims of Europe. It denies historical reality while simultaneously creating an alternative narrative of twentieth-century history. This line of irrational political thinking lends itself to totalitarianism, not democracy.

Jews need not feel guilty for building a vibrant democracy in the Middle East. The Arab world, on the other hand, must examine its flaws in a manner that doesn't blame its failures on Jewish success. The danger that the irrational politics of Holocaust denial represent is so great that it can no longer be seen as solely a problem of anti-Semitism or as a challenge for Jewish groups alone, but rather as a threat to liberal civil society and democracy taking root in the Arab-Islamic world.
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Postby TMoran » 1 decade 5 years ago (Mon Sep 22, 2003 10:47 am)

As to this part in the nonsense passed along by Hannover:

'Although America will be engaged militarily in the Arab world for years to come, ... America must begin a deliberate, organized, and sustained informational campaign to counteract the irrational political rhetoric so prevalent in the Arab-Islamic world, Holocaust denial being a primary example.

Congressional pressure must be put on Arab leaders friendly with Washington in order for them to halt the publication of Holocaust denial material in the state-run media. While this will not be an easy task, it must be done in order to safeguard the next generation of Arab youth from a form of political indoctrination that offers no hope and no future. ...'

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Ah yes, the writer expresses concern for Arab youths. Of course the reality is he advances that U.S. Congress put "pressure" on Arabs to cease their Holocaust denial in stead of the intellectual approach - putting the controversy of the Holocaust out there for public debate which would really give the World's youth an example of an intellectual approach in stead of "pressure".

As for the writer telling us that Holocaust denial "offers no hope and no future" the only hope he and his ilk have is "pressure" and "pressure" has been their tool all along. "Pressure" and only pressure, that's it.


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