Paris, 20 Dec. (Le Figaro) One day of 1994, I lived then in Ede, a small Dutch city, my stepsister came to pay a visit to me. She and I had both asked for asylum in Holland. I got it, not her. The obtaining of the right of sanctuary provided me the luck to be able to study. My stepsister didn't have this opportunity. In order to be admitted to study in the institute of higher education for which I applied for, I had to succeed three exams, one of language, one of civic education and one of history. It is during the session of preparation to the test of history that I have, for the first time, heard about the holocaust. I was 24 years old at that time, and my stepsister 21 years.
At that time, the Rwandan genocide and the ethnic cleaning in ex-Yugoslavia occupied the media’s front pages. The day when my stepsister came, my head was still resounding of the horrors that had befallen on 6 millions of Jews in Germany, in Holland, in France and in Europe of the East.
I learned then that innocents - men, women and children - had been gassed for the only reason that they were Jewish.
I learned then that innocents - men, women and children - had been separated from each other. The shoulder marked of a yellow star, deported in the camps by trainloads; they had been gassed for the only reason that they were Jewish. It was the cruelest and most systematic genocide operation of all the history of the humanity.
I saw the pictures showing drifts of skeletons, including some of children. I heard the horrifying testimonies of the survivors of the terror of Auschwitz and Sobibor. I told all it to my stepsister and showed him these pictures in my manual of history. What she answered shocked me much more that the horrible information contained in my book.
"It’s a lie”, she shouted with a lot of conviction. “The Jews know very well how organize themselves in order to blind people. They have not been killed, nor gassed, nor slaughtered. But I ask Allah so that one day; all Jews of the world are destroyed”. My young stepsister of 21 years was not saying anything new.
Of my childhood in Saudi Arabia, I remember that my professors, my mother and our neighbors almost repeated daily to us that the Jews were the incarnation of the evil, the sworn enemies of the Muslim and that their only goal was to destroy Islam. We never received any information on the holocaust.
Later in Kenya, during my adolescence, when charity organizations from Saudi Arabia or from the countries of the (Persian) Gulf came until Africa, I remember that the construction of the mosques, the grants granted to the hospitals and to poor people were systematically accompanied with insults towards the Jews. The Jews were made responsible for the death of the children, of the epidemics (as the AIDS) and were the roots of all wars. They were avaricious and capable of absolutely killing all the Muslim. If we wanted to be able to leave in peace and the stability one day, if we wanted to avoid to be chased out of our lands, it would be necessary for us to wipe out the Jews. And for those among us that were not in position to take the weapons against them, it was sufficient for us to join hands, to raise the eyes skywards and to ask Allah that he destroys them.
Western leaders who now declare to have been shocked by the declarations of the Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadi Nezhad during the negationist conference on the Holocaust must become aware of this reality: For a majority of Muslim in the world, the Holocaust is not even a major historic event subject to debate. We are simply all ignorant of the facts because we have never been informed of. Worse again, the Muslim are, for most, driven to wish a genocide of the Jews.
When I lived in Africa, I remember the presence of foreign charity organizations - NGO and other institutions as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Their members brought us some products that they considered to be of first necessity - medicines, condoms, vaccines and construction supplies - but no information on the Holocaust.
To the difference of the works of charity conducted in the name of the Islam, both organisms and private donors – seculars or Christians – would not accompany their help with hate message. But they didn't condemn it either systematically.
One estimates the present global Jewish population in the surroundings of 15 millions. It must even pass the 20 millions. In terms of fertility, their demographic growth is comparable to the one of the developed countries, the same as for the pyramid of ages.
The Muslim, they are between 1,2 and 1,5 billion and they are on average very young. The consent (certainly tacit) of the big majority of the Muslim to the theme of the negationist conference is the most shocking element of it. I cannot stop asking myself: Why no one in Riyadh, in Cairo, in Jakarta or in Lahore didn't organize a counter-conference condemning Ahmadi Nezhad? Why did the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference kept silence?
Why no one in Riyadh, in Cairo, in Jakarta or in Lahore didn't organize a counter-conference condemning Ahmadi Nezhad? Why did the 57 members of the Organization of the Islamic Conference kept silence?
The answer could be as simple as horrible: during generations, the leaders of these countries supposedly Muslim stuffed the skull of their populations with propaganda similar to the one that the Germans knew in their time: that the Jews were the vermin and had to be treated as such. In Europe, the logical conclusion of this propaganda was the Shoah. If Ahmadi Nezhad continues on his momentum, he won't have needed to push much the complaisant Muslim.
Maybe we should make ourselves the account of the Muslim charity organizations woven of anti-Semitism. Their western and Christian colleagues working in the third-world should take the responsibility to inform the Muslim – as well as the non Muslim - about the holocaust.ENDS HOLOCAUST 201206
Editor’s note: A former Dutch MP, Miss Ayaan Hirsi Ali, of Somalia origin, is now teaching at universities in the United States. She wrote the script of the movie Submissiveness of which the author, Theo Van Gogh has been murdered by a radical Muslim.
The above article was published by the French centre-right newspaper Le Figaro on 20 December 2006. copyright 2006 Global viewpoint and was translated
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