Holocaust victims are martyrs of all humanity

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Yousef Nasser Al-Suweidan


Holocaust victims are martyrs of all humanity It is the right of humankind and its moral and conscientious duty, and the expression of this in our daily conduct, that we should commemorate the International Day of Remembrance of the victims of the disaster that was the Holocaust. That disaster claimed the lives of six million innocent Jews, who perished in Nazi concentration camps and in Hitler's horrific gas chambers in the thirties and the forties in the last century, the worst human tragedy and genocide in history that has tormented the human conscience.

The disaster prompted the United Nations General Assembly in 2005 to issue a historic resolution marking the twenty-seventh of January as the International Day of Remembrance of the victims of the Holocaust; a day to pay tribute to these victims and do justice to them; a day when we need to draw lessons and experience from that terrible tragedy that would throw light on the path of future generations and help humanity to prevent the recurrence of such an appalling disaster. This is especially the case when these lessons exceed their limits in time and place and reach a broader human horizon where individual and public awareness combine to form a solid foundation for values and standards of ethics in the quest for security, peace and prosperity.

This is what makes the victims of the Holocaust the martyrs of all humanity; their suffering and tragedy becoming global criteria for moral values and rectitude. With this touchstone of good and evil, one could judge different attitudes, ideas and actions. This is a necessary and legitimate goal, and to reach it we need a lot of time, hard work and perseverance in the spheres of culture, politics, communication and media.
Any observer of the Middle Eastern political landscape and past and present developments in this region would clearly understand that extremist ideologies of religious and nationalist character are the hot bed on which the ugliest phenomena of terrorism, tyranny and dictatorship grow, spreading hatred and exclusion of others, and exacerbating ethnic, religious and sectarian conflicts and strife. Thus, more than sixty years ago, an alliance of radical Arab nationalists such as Rashid Ali Al-Gailani, and then-symbols of "political Islam", the Mufti Amin Al-Husseini, were recruited by the Nazi criminals to promote Hitler's propaganda, either through direct instructions from Herr Groebe, the German ambassador in Baghdad, or through their contacts with the Gestapo and the SS. After their flight to Berlin in 1941, Al-Gailani and Al-Husseini, together with Younis Bahri, became the mouthpiece of Nazism in promoting enmity and hatred towards Jews.

The calls by Ahmad Shukeiri and Nasser to "dump all the Jews into the sea" were nothing but steps along this trend that reached its peak when the defunct dictator Saddam Hussein threatened "to burn half of Israel" with binary chemical weapons, and more recently with the Iranian nuclear and missile weapons program and the accompanying threats by Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to wipe Israel off the map, exterminate the Jews, and deport the survivors to European countries. Add to all this the Iranian mullahs' efforts to wreak total havoc in the region through their proxies and allies, such as the Mahdi Army, Al-Qaeda, the remnants of the Saddam regime, the Baathist regime in Syria, the Lebanese Hezbollah, and Hamas...

The liberation of the Nazi camp in Auschwitz on 27 January 1945 put a happy end to the suffering of the surviving inmates, who had hardly any life left in them by that time. That liberation day not only signalled the eternal fall of the Hitler regime, but also marked an important beginning in the process of the liberation of all humanity.
The United States did well to submit a draft United Nations resolution that rejects any denial of the Holocaust, because it is such denials that lead people to turn a blind eye on historical facts, and thus increase the risk of another Holocaust.