Yet more anti-Semitism in the Muslim world

Thursday, August 31, 2006 |  by Staff Writer
Just when you thought you could no longer be surprised by what comes out of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s mouth, comes a disclosure of a letter sent by him to German Chancellor Angela Merkel this week saying that the Holocaust was being exploited by the Jews in order to embarrass Germany.

“I do not wish to research the Holocaust,” writes the Iranian President, “however, it does not make sense that some of the countries that had won in World War II, have created an excuse to place a nation in a permanent state of embarrassment, to weaken its motivation and vitality and to prevents its growth and progress.”

Ahmadinejad, who on more than one occasion had declared that he believed that the Holocaust was nothing more than a historical myth, added that the Germans, like the population of the Middle East and all of humanity are being exploited by the Holocaust. He also went on to claim that the countries that had won WWII and had settled the Jews in Palestine “created a permanent threat to the region designed to prevent the Middle Eastern Peoples from developing.”

In Egypt, though, things are not looking any better. In an article supporting Hizballah published in the government-backed daily Al-Aharam in mid-August, Sheikh Dr. 'Ali Guma'ah, the Mufti of Egypt, restores an old tradition of anti-Semitism popularized during the Middle Ages: The Blood Tales. “The lies of the ‘Hebrew Entity’ reveal the true, ugly face of bloodsuckers, who prepare matzoth from the blood of human beings,” he writes. “Greetings to the Lebanese People, the Lebanese Government and the Lebanese Resistance, to the beautiful little land which proved to the world that concepts such as determination, courage and self respect still exist in this era taken over by murderers and bloodsuckers”.

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