MembersArabs and the Holocaust: From Denial to Auschwitz

Holocaust conspiracies still abound in the Arab world, but these clerics are finally trying to shine a light in the darkness

By Edy Cohen | | Topics: Holocaust
Arabs visiting Auschwitz signals hope for a more honest future.
Photo: EPA-EFE/ANDRZEJ GRYGIEL

While leaders from around the world were in Israel to commemorate the liberation of Auschwitz, another unique and historical visit occurred. For the first time, a delegation of leading Arabs visited the Nazi extermination camp.

Muslim World Society chairman Saudi Sheik Mohammad al-Issa visited Auschwitz last Thursday (23.1) with a delegation of leading Muslim clerics. One of the most prominent members of the delegation was the Lebanese Shi’ite Dr. Mohammed Ali El Husseini, chairman of the Supreme Islamic Council. Al-Houthi risks paying a heavy price for this visit after his statements condemning the killing of the Jews in the Holocaust. 

“The visit to Auschwitz is an expression of Islamic condemnation of Nazi crimes in the Holocaust. These are crimes against humanity. We refuse to accept any kind of religious suppression whether in the past or in the future,” he said. 

The day after making these statement at the most recognizable scene of the Nazi mass-crime, a number of...

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