In many countries around the world denying the Holocaust is a criminal offense that can lead to lengthy imprisonment. In Arab countries, not only do they not teach about the Holocaust, but they openly deny the Holocaust to ridicule Israel and the Jewish people.
In October, a conference was organized for Jordanian researchers and journalists under the banner “The Holocaust – the Biggest Lie in Modern History.”
The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) published a video with English subtitles exposing some of the shocking statements made at the conference. Organizers claimed that between 600,000-800,000 victims were killed in the Nazi concentration camps, and of these, only half were Jewish, meaning that no more than 400,000 Jews were killed in the Holocaust.
The common antisemitic distortion used to justify the horrors of the Holocaust was repeated at the conference, which asserted that the Jews had it coming to them because they negatively influenced German and Western society. There was even the absurd claim made that there is no evidence proving the Holocaust – no bones, cremated bodies, gas chambers or any other physical indication that it ever happened, even though the evidence is well-documented and accessible to everyone.
At the end of the conference, one of the speakers said, “The Jews lie so much (about the Holocaust) that they have come to believe their own lies.” This statement echoes the infamous Joseph Goebbels, the Minister of Nazi Propaganda, who said that if we repeat a lie enough times, the lie will get rooted in the consciousness of the masses as the truth.
It is important to understand that this despicable conference could not have taken place without the approval of the Jordanian authorities, who themselves publicly deny the Holocaust. They have decided that it is to their advantage to falsify historical and scientific data and ignore facts that have been researched comprehensively for many decades.
This kind of event not only encourages further Holocaust-denial in the Arab world, but also antisemitism that is on the rise on Arab streets and many other places across the globe.
The obvious purpose of this conference is to demonize Jews and delegitimize the State of Israel by minimizing the magnitude of the Holocaust, which is falsely perceived to be the main justification for the existence of the Jewish state.
Israel is failing to expose and deal with the phenomenon of Holocaust-denial in the Arab world. It is time to stop ignoring the dangerous propaganda and stop being afraid to confront those who promote the diabolical falsification of the Holocaust. Dialog or reconciliation cannot be achieved with Jordan, or any other country, whose starting point is antisemitism and Holocaust-denial.