Revisionism is Growing

Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant, the "constitution" of the Palestinians, has long called for the "elimination of Zionism in Palestine." In addition, Hamas' constitution declares, "Israel will exist until Islam will obliterate it."

Shelomo Alfassa,

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Shelomo Alfassa
Arutz 7
The world was shocked when the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmjuadinejad, declared that the Holocaust didn't happen. This is the same man that only weeks before called on the Islamic world to "wipe Israel off the map." His call to battle against the Jewish people and the Jewish state is nothing new, nor are his revisionist statements in regard to the fate of Jews in Europe, Asia and Africa who died as a result of Hitler's death machine.

Radicals like Mahmoud throughout the Islamic world have been calling for war against the Jews for decades. The Palestinian National Covenant (Al-Mithaq Al-Watani Al-Filastini), the "constitution" of the Palestinians, has long called for the "elimination of Zionism in Palestine." In addition, Hamas' constitution declares, "Israel will exist until Islam will obliterate it."

In regard to Mahmoud's Holocaust denial, he deliberately overlooked the fact that during World War II, there was a little-known, but very real, Islamo-Nazi axis. The reality is that Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Egypt and the Arabs in Eretz Israel were all supporting the Nazis. This included the grand mufti of Jerusalem. It was through the support of Iran that the mufti was able to escape capture by the British in the summer of 1941 and escape to Berlin, where he would be welcomed as the "Fuhrer of the Arabic world."

In his proclamation from Tehran last week, "Hitler didn't kill millions of innocent Jews in furnaces...." Mahmoud clearly asserts that there was no truth to the fact that the Nazis slaughtered the Jews through a systematic campaign. Yet he is not alone. We must remember that the new Palestinian president has been - and is still - just as much a revisionist as the Iranian president. Palestinian President Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas) wrote in his Ph.D. thesis that, "The fantastic lie that six million Jews were killed" was a "Zionist fantasy." In 1983, Mazen suggested that the figure of six million Jews murdered by the Nazis was a false one. In a book he wrote, Mazen alleged the Jews collaborated with the Nazis to murder fellow Jews in order to gain sympathy for the creation of the State of Israel.

The president of Iran is either entirely ignorant or utterly in denial. History remembers that in 1935, the name Iran superseded that of Persia. That year, the Anglo-Persian Oil Company became the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company and contributed greatly to the rise of the Third Reich. Edwin Black, in his Pulitzer Prize-nominated book Banking on Baghdad, states, "Once war began, Anglo-Iranian Oil Company... followed Nazi Germany across Europe...." Black remarks that the Iranians "[t]ook advantage of the expansion of Germany to expand their distributing network in Austria, Poland and Czechoslovakia."

There is an old adage that says "an army travels on its stomach," but in reality, an army travels on oil. The gasoline the Nazis used in their trucks to round up Jews, the oil in the trucks that evacuated Jews to the rail lines that stretched to death camps, and the fuel used to heat the cold winter offices of the Third Reich was, in part, directly made available to them because of a relationship that existed between the Germans and Iran.

Holocaust and historic revisionism is rising at an alarming rate. This is not only in the Islamic world, but also among the White supremacist groups and Black Muslims in the United States. Revisionism is on their agenda and is setting into motion the brainwashing of the young from every angle. Their methods include having "scholarly conferences", publishing professional-looking journals and magazines, as well as promoting websites that give the impression they are objective sources of information. Are they effective? Yes. Are they telling the truth? No.

In 2005, one revisionist group even fooled the government of the United States. In October of that year, the US National Security Agency included in an official report a reference to the Institute for Historical Review as a center for "scholars and researchers." They said it was a "scholarly association". Yet, this institute is actually an anti-Jewish organization founded by a former member of the neo-Nazi National Front. It has been purported that Ahmad Rami, a former Moroccan military officer who founded Radio Islam to disseminate anti-Semitic, Holocaust-denial and pro-Nazi propaganda, teamed up with this American organization to sponsor a conference in a Hizbullah-controlled section of Beirut.

Historically, Jews and Jewish communities have existed in the Middle East, North Africa and the Gulf region for more than 2,500 years, long before Islam was conceived. Jews in substantial numbers resided in what are today Arab countries over 1,000 years before the Koran was written. However, unless Jews from Arab countries retroactively document every thing that was stolen and taken from them, including property, goods and real estate, the Jewish people stand the chance of having a pan-Arab denial that Jews ever existed in Arab lands. Anti-Jewish rabble-rousers such as the presidents of Iran, Syria and the Palestinian Arabs are moving towards the way of the American and European revisionists. They are quickly instilling in their youth the idea that Jews never lived in their lands. This is not conjecture; it is actually happening.

Because of this, international Jewish organizations such as Justice for Jews from Arab Countries is spearheading the documentation that Jews not only lived in countries governed by Islam, but that these same Jews had their possessions and fortunes confiscated. Securing rights and redress for Jews displaced from Arab countries is an issue that has not yet been adequately addressed by the international community. Many of the leaders of these countries are now on the verge of rewriting history, declaring that no Jews have lived in their countries. In fact, there were more former Jewish refugees uprooted from Arab countries (over 850,000) than there were Arab Palestinians who were said to have became refugees as a result of the 1948 war, when six Arab nations attacked the fledgling State of Israel.

There is a moral and legal imperative to ensure Jews from Arab countries assume their rightful place on the international political and juridical agenda, and that their rights be secured as a matter of law and equity. The statement by the president of Iran that the Holocaust did not happen is more than a cause for alarm; it is a call for action.




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