Remember when the Iranian President, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, caused an outcry by publicly denying the Holocaust a few years ago? You know, when he claimed the Holocaust never happened? And claimed to be proud of making that ridiculous statement?
Well, Ahmadinejad now has some help in spouting this ridiculous BS. And it’s high-level help, as in a senior member of another Islamic nation’s government.
That company comes in the person of Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior official close to Egypt’s President Mohammed Morsi. Shibab-Eddim was recently quoted as saying that the Holocaust was a hoax perpetrated by US intelligence agencies. He further claims the 6 million Jews killed during the Holocaust simply moved to the US, and that the true number killed was about the same as the number who died in traffic accidents.
Seriously. That’s really what Shibab-Eddim claimed.
Shihab-Eddim also happens to be the individual who appoints editors for Egypt’s state-run newspapers. So I guess we won’t be seeing many accurate accounts of the Holocaust in Egyptian newspapers or media any time soon.
This should be no surprise, though. The Muslim Brotherhood – with which both Morsi and Shibab-Eddim are affiliated – and other Islamist organizations have a long history of anti-Semitism. In 2010, Morsi opined that Jews were “the descendants of apes and pigs”. (Though Morsi claims these words were “taken out of context”, research indicates he’d made numerous similar statements before coming to power in Egypt.) It’s only a small step from there to outright Holocaust denial.
And remember: these are the same folks to whom the current Administration is sending massive amounts of US aid – including 20 F16s and 200 M1 tanks.
Yeah, supporting those Arab Spring uprisings is really starting to look like a great idea, isn’t it?