Iran is not the only Middle East nation guilty of either denying, distorting or dismissing the Nazi Holocaust against the Jews. Even Israel’s ostensible peace partners in the supposedly “moderate” Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan do not tolerate their children learning about the plight of Europe’s Jews that led to the rebirth of Israel as a nation state.
Jordan’s Education Ministry this week censured a local private school for using a history book that includes a chapter on the Holocaust and even cites portions of Anne Frank’s diary.
Jordanian newspapers referred to the story as a “sensational affair,” and Jordanian Education Minister Dr. Khalid Karaki immediately ordered a commission of inquiry to “examine and write a report about the implications of the incident.”
The school was ordered to stop using the history book.
Many hold up Jordan and even Egypt as examples of how Israel and its Arab neighbors can live in peace. But the truth is that while Israel has a peace agreement with the governments of both those nations, their populations and elected representatives still view Israel as an enemy.
In one of the many US diplomatic cables declassified by whistleblower website WikiLeaks recently it was revealed that American diplomats also recognize that as a whole, Jordan and Egypt are not at peace with Israel, and are likely to resume full hostilities with the Jewish state if their current governments are ever overthrown.