II. Articles on Muslims and Holocaust Denial (back to top)
- Young, Cathy. “Muslims and the Holocaust”. The Boston Globe. September 19, 2005. <http://www.boston.com/news/globe/editorial_opinion/oped/articles/2005/09/19/muslims_and_the_holocaust/>
This article focuses on genocide and its meaning. A group of Muslim committees attempted to persuade English Prime Minister Tony Blair to either take off or change the name of the holiday known as Holocaust Memorial Day. The Muslim committees believe that Holocaust Memorial Day sends out the wrong message, not just to Muslims, but to everyone that “the lives of one people are to be remembered more than others.” These Muslim committees have also proposed to change the name to Genocide Memorial Day to remember not just the Jewish genocide, but all, like the ones that occurred in Rwanda, against Bosnian Muslims, etc.
- “Iranian Leader Denies Holocaust”. BBC News. December 14, 2005.<http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/4527142.stm>
This article talks about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust. The president went on by saying that the Holocaust was a myth set up by the Zionists. Ahmadinejad also points out the double standard the Jewish Holocaust has, that if someone were to deny the existence of God or any religion nothing would happen to that person; however, if someone were to deny the Holocaust they would be looked down upon. This article also contains Germany’s response to Ahmadinejad’s claims. Some even questioned Iran’s nuclear ambitions, and its purpose for having a nuclear program.
- Glick, Caroline. “Column One: Why Deny the Holocaust”. The Jerusalem Post. December 15, 2006. <http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1164881900299>
This article in the Jerusalem Post, talks how Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s stance on denying the Holocaust may affect future generations. It is well known that the crisis in the Middle East between Jews and Muslims has escalated throughout the years. With that in mind, one would think that instead of denying the Holocaust, President Ahmadinejad would praise it. Although Ahmadinejad denies the Holocaust, he praises Germany for taking action in exterminating the Jews.
- “Why are Jews at the ‘Holocaust Denial’ Conference?”. BBC News. December 16, 2006. <http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/6171503.stm>.
This article shows a different side of the Iran Holocaust Conference. The conference was created mainly to deny the Holocaust and to suggest a ‘peaceful’ removal of Jews from Israel to somewhere else. In the conference, orthodox Jews attended to give their own opinion of the matter. These orthodox Jews did not attend the conference just to defend the memory of the Holocaust, but because they object to using the Holocaust as justification for the creation of Israel.
- “Why They Deny the Holocaust”. Los Angeles Times. December 16, 2006. <http://www.latimes.com/news/opinion/commentary/la-oe-ali16dec16,0,2351518.story?coll=la-home-commentary>
This article in the Los Angeles Times illustrates the lack of Holocaust education in Muslim countries. A young man gives his brief story about living in a Muslim country and moving to Holland, and it was not until he moved to Holland where he first learned/heard about the Holocaust at the age of 24. He goes on by telling his experience of being brainwashed most of his young life that Jews were bad and that they were the mortal enemies of all Muslims. Since the young man was granted asylum to Holland and not his sister, that when he reunited with his sister and told her about the Holocaust, she could not believe it and denied the Holocaust ever happened. His main idea was that the Holocaust should never be forgotten.
- Buck, Tobias. “EU Aims to Criminalize Holocaust Denial”. Financial Times. April 27, 2007. <http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/122134be-ed14-11db-9520-000b5df10621.html?nclick_check=1>
This article by the Financial Times, illustrates the European Union’s (EU) attempt to criminalize attempts to deny the Holocaust. Furthermore, the issue of incriminating comical plays and films that portray the Holocaust are also under question of whether or not it should be considered an offense. There are several countries that already have made the denial of Holocaust an offence punishable by a jail sentence, such as Austria and Germany. However, the EU has countries that have a large Muslim population, such as Turkey, which may cause issues since many Muslims consider Jews as mortal enemies.
- “Holocaust Denial Undermines Islam”. Tikkun Magazine. Published by Haseeb June 28, 2007 in Islam, Current News. <http://www.hahmed.com/blog/2007/06/28/holocaust-denial-undermines-islam-by-shaykh-hamza-yusuf/> This article in Tikkun Magazine talks about how the denial of the Holocaust will undermine Islam. The article goes on defining what skepticism is and gives examples from a few philosophers. Also, the article gives an excellent example of how easy it is to deny something, someone, or in this case somewhere. Despite the fact that many dead bodies, mass graves, gas chambers, and other horrifying things were found in concentration camps, many Muslim nations deny that the Holocaust ever happened. This article closes with a message that Jews and Muslims should learn more about each other, for they are all brethren from the same location.
- Fox News. “ KKK's David Duke Tells Iran Holocaust Conference That Gas Chambers Not Used to Kill Jews”. FoxNews.com. December 13, 2006. <http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,236014,00.html>
This article by Fox News talks about the Holocaust Conference held in Iran in 2006. The Conference had some prominent speakers, such as David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. Throughout the article, it shared different views people had about the Holocaust in the Conference. Different groups expressed their feelings, some being pro and anti-Holocaust denying, such as politicians and orthodox Jews. Furthermore, this article illustrated the U.S.’s stance on the conference, and how the U.S. accuses Iran of backing terrorism.
- Cline, Austin. “Muslim Anti-Semitism: Holocaust Denial among Muslims, Palestinians”. Agnosticism/Atheism. 2008. Retrieved February 29, 2008. <http://atheism.about.com/b/a/258166.htm>
This article at About.com illustrates how antisemitism in Muslim countries and Holocaust denial go hand in hand. Although Holocaust denial is usually viewed as a Western occurrence, it is also heavily believed in Muslim countries as well. This article also contains excerpts from books such as The Losing Battle with Islam by David Selbourne, which illustrates the beliefs of some Muslim countries such as the actual death toll in the Holocaust was just only a few hundred thousand and not the millions as widely believed. Moreover, this article shows us how Muslim nations’ denial of the Holocaust will become more difficult to achieve peace time between Jews and Muslims in the Middle East.