Skip to comments.Arab States Quiet Over Ahmadinejad Remarks (Holocaust is a myth)
Posted on 12/15/2005 2:40:05 PM PST by NormsRevenge
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - Arab governments appeared reluctant Thursday to condemn Iran's president for calling the Holocaust a "myth" used by Europeans to create a Jewish state in the heart of the Islamic world.
While official Arab reaction in such cases is usually slower than international reaction, any issue involving a defense of Israel is a thorny one for Arab governments, who risk appearing to side with Israel against a Muslim nation.
The comments by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, broadcast live Wednesday on state-run Iranian television, drew quick condemnation from Israel, the European Union and the United States.
However, in the United Arab Emirates, the top three Arabic-language newspapers buried the remarks deep in their Thursday editions, with no commentary. Newspapers in the country are government-controlled.
In neighboring Saudi Arabia, government-controlled newspapers picked up the statements from international news agencies and ran them on inside pages. They did not comment on them.
Arabic language newspapers circulated widely in the Arab world, such as the London-based Al-Hayat and Asharq Al-Awsat, carried the news on their front pages, but also without editorials.
A few years ago, under the leadership of former president Mohammad Khatami, Iran made strides to repair and strengthen ties with its Arab neighbors. But Ahmadinejad's ultraconservative positions and rhetoric dating to the 1979 Islamic revolution has again made Arab states view Iran with caution.
Still, Arab governments are loath to appear to support Israel against Iran, especially at a time when the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Iraq remain unresolved.
Since coming to power, Ahmadinejad has stirred controversy both within Iran and abroad. He has clashed with seemingly hard-line allies, who have expressed concern about his candid approach to both domestic and international affairs.
Ahmadinejad provoked an international outcry in October when he called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." He then expressed doubt about the Nazi destruction of 6 million European Jews during World War II.
The Palestinians tried to distance themselves from his comments.
"Ahmadinejad's statements hurt the Palestinian cause because Israel and the Holocaust enjoy international recognition, and any denial of the Holocaust and Israel hurt not only those behind it, but also justify Israeli actions against them," Hani al-Masri said in the Al Ayyam newspaper, which is close to the Palestinian Authority.
Meir Litvak, an expert on Iran at Tel Aviv University, said Ahmadinejad's remarks reflect his true ideology. "These statements show that Iran is led by people who are narrow-minded and dangerous in the way they perceive the world."
And Litvak said that while the statements are serious, Iran's nuclear program and support for militant Palestinian and Lebanese groups were "much more dangerous" for Middle East stability.
Gee, I wonder why...?
Give the Muslim/Arab states a break - think of all they've contributed to the world over the past 100 years:
OK, you're right, I can't think of anything either.
The problem is, many Arabs in the Middle East agree with Ahmadinejad that the Holocaust is a "myth." I ran into an Egyptian (Christian, I'm ashamed to say) recently who insisted he had "proof" the Holocaust never took place. I believe some neo-Nazi literature from the West made its way to an all-too-willing audience in the Middle East, adding to the already pervasive anti-Semitism there.
Actually they are. The EU condemned them.
If an Israeli sneezes in the vicintity of an Islamazi or PaleSimian, there are 3 or 4 U.N. Resolutions being pushed to condemn the "evil Jooos" and their bio-warfare!
"F" these Islamazis...this only proves that there are NO Moderate islamazis...there are only open combatants, and their supporters in spirit! their religion DEMANDS that they kill everyone that disagrees with the (and won't pay the Dhimmi tax)!
I say do it to them first...Australia is learning that lesson right now!
A Muslim who is anti-Jew???!
Quietly shaking their heads up and down!