According to a Washington Times interview, of which is there is corroborating audio:
A leader of Egypt’s top secular party says the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were “made in the USA,” the Holocaust is “a lie” and Anne Frank’s memoir is “a fake” — comments sure to roil the post-revolution political debate in the Arab world’s most populous country.
Ahmed Ezz El-Arab, a vice chairman of Egypt’s Wafd Party, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with The Washington Times last week while in the Hungarian capital attending the Conference on Democracy and Human Rights.
He denied that the Nazis killed 6 million Jews during World War II.
“The Holocaust is a lie” Mr. Ezz El-Arab said. “The Jews under German occupation were 2.4 million. So if they were all exterminated, where does the remaining 3.6 million come from?”
That last question gives clear indication of how the vile mental disease of culturally inculcated antisemitism functionally rots the brain. (Other countries?) There apparently are Egyptian democrats of healthy body and mind, but they say themselves that they are minority.
“The vast majority of Egyptians think the Holocaust never happened,” Mr. Bargisi told The Times. “The fact that his presence in the party hierarchy hasn’t caused any objections tells you something about the farcical nature of Egyptian politics.”
Ezz El-Arab is not without qualities to recommend him, however.
“[Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is] a hateful character, so whatever he says can be criticized,” the Wafd leader said. “What he says about the Holocaust is true, but he doesn’t say it because it’s true. He says it out of hatred to the Israeli state.”
You have to appreciate a lout and a bigot who is still committed to making honest intellectual distinctions. Even hateful fools come in varieties.
- Reasoning Gone Off the Rails: Jerusalem’s Light Rail Project (sadredearth.com)
- Framing Israel (sadredearth.com)
- A Profile of Contemporary Antisemitism (sadredearth.com)
- A Lesson in Slanting on Israel & the Palestinians (sadredearth.com)
- The Moral Pathology of the UN Human Rights Council (sadredearth.com)