NOT IN THIS MUSEUM, by Charles Krauthammer
SHOULD THE HOLOCAUST MUSEUM HAVE REJECTED ARAFAT'S VISIT? by Emanuel A. Winston
A distant relative of Arafat, Haj Amin al Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, spent the WWII years in Berlin with Hitler. He toured the death camps with Eichmann and lobbied Hitler to "solve the Jewish problem" in the Middle East. Arafat reveres the Mufti as a great hero of the 'palestinian' Arabs. His visit to the Museum would no doubt give him great satisfaction that Hitler prevented so many Jews from coming to Israel. He will have renewed hope that he will be able to kill millions of Jews and the world will do nothing. He will re-dedicate himself to completing the job Hitler started. The National Holocaust Museum brings shame on the Jewish people by inviting another Hitler to its premises.
JEWS DO NOT NEED TO PROVIDE THE ROPE TO HANG THEMSELVES.....Bernard Shapiro
Reprinted from The Washington Post of January 21, 1998
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is about to make the worst mistake in its short and heretofore exemplary history, a mistake that will sully forever its standing as a repository of Jewish memory. Its executive committee, meeting today, is expected to extend an official VIP invitation to Yasser Arafat to visit the museum.
At first the museum resisted. But under heavy pressure from the administration -- Middle East negotiators Dennis Ross and Aaron Miller came up with the idea -- the museum is, according to its chairman, Miles Lerman, about to welcome Arafat as an honored guest.
Lerman had originally opposed the invitation because, with "the Jewish community divided on this issue," he did not want to get involved in a divisive "political dispute." But it is both silly and defensive to duck an issue simply because of internal Jewish division. Moreover, any decision, whether to invite or not, would necessarily be political.
Why, then, should Arafat not be welcomed -- let alone honored -- at the museum? Because so long as Arafat's own officials and official media continue to propagate the most vile antisemitic stereotypes (many of which are lifted without attribution from Nazi propaganda), to routinely compare Israel to Nazi Germany, and to teach Palestinians that the Holocaust is a Jewish invention, it is a travesty to invite Arafat to the memorial to the Nazis' victims.
How can you invite Arafat, head of the Palestinian Authority (PA) , when the official PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadeedah writes -- on Sept. 3, 1997: post-Oslo, post-Hebron, post-"peace" -- of "the cooperation between the Jews and the Nazis during World War II" and "the forged claims of the Zionists regarding alleged acts of slaughter perpetrated against the Jews during the same period . . . "
When it writes: "The similarity between the two racist ideologies -- the Zionist and the Nazi -- is obvious and the despicable racial content of each of them is clear."
When the moderator of a cultural affairs program on official PA TV says, "The Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise scientific research demonstrates there were no more than 400,000." And his on-air interviewee explains why: "The Jews have profited materially, spiritually, politically and economically from the talk about the Nazi killings . . . so they inflate the number of victims all the time."
When, on official PA radio, the Arafat-appointed mufti calls Israeli settlers "the sons of pigs and monkeys." When Arafat's Adviser on National Political Guidance says on the Voice of Palestine: "We are fighting and struggling with an enemy who is Shylock." When his newspapers present that notorious, antisemitic czarist forgery, "The Protocols of the Elders of Zion," as fact. When his representative at the United Nations Commission on Human Rights claims that Israel injected Palestinians with AIDS -- an updated blood libel and variation on the Nazi theme of Jews as infectors of mankind.
Has Arafat rebuked his editors and officials for these statements? Has he apologized for them? Of course not. He subsidizes and supports them.
Do Ross and Miller and the museum board think that Arafat, who jailed Palestinian journalist Daoud Kuttab for airing criticism of him on Palestinian TV, does not control the press in his little dictatorship? Or perhaps they think that, about the Holocaust, Arafat is simply -- touchingly -- misinformed.
Holocaust denial and antisemitic stereotypes are part of the double game that Arafat plays continuously. When he comes to the West and speaks in English, he would not dream of uttering such calumnies. He speaks of peace. But at home, in Arabic, he speaks of jihad, and lets his associates fill his people with the most scurrilous antisemitism, the most vile "Judeo-Nazi" comparisons and the most malicious Holocaust denial.
A visit to the Holocaust museum fits perfectly in his double game. It allows him a show of concern -- to Americans -- about Jewish suffering, even as his own people at home are, alternatively, mocking and denying it.
Last week Lerman justified denying the Arafat invitation by saying that "when peace will be established . . . we will be more than happy to receive Arafat." But that is the wrong standard. What disqualifies Arafat from being honored at the Holocaust Museum is not that he has yet to make peace but that he does not put a stop to the Jew-hatred that the Palestinian Authority is propagating. Adversaries are welcome at shrines of Jewish suffering. Purveyors of antisemitism are not.
It is not hard to understand why Arafat would want to use the Holocaust Museum as a backdrop to his lifelong campaign against Israel. But for the museum's board to allow the museum -- indeed, the Holocaust itself -- to serve as photo-op and PR prop for Arafat and that campaign is an act of desecration.
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Under International Law, deliberate failure to arrest and prosecute terrorists is a serious violation. President Clinton's formal invitation of the world's principal terrorist, Yassir Arafat, to visit the White House is illegal under our domestic law. The Allies established the Nuremberg Tribunal in August 8, 1045, reaffirming the ancient principle of Nullum Crimen Sine Poena, "No Crime Without a Punishment" The Nuremberg Principles were later formulated by the UN in 1950 stipulating: "Offenses against the peace and security of mankind...are crimes under international law, for which responsible individuals shall be punished." (1)
Would President Clinton honor Saddam Hussein at the White House? Remember that units of Arafat's Palestine Liberation Army (PLA) actually served with Saddam's forces in occupied Kuwait, making the PLO Chairman (who physically embraced Saddam in Bagdad) complicit in multiple crimes of extraordinary horror and ferocity. Should our Commander in Chief dis-honor our American Gulf War veterans and dead by hosting Saddam's terrorist ally? You will hear the argument: "Whether we like Arafat or not, the US will have to deal with him for the sake of peace in the Middle East. Therefore, justice will have to yield to peace." However, a realistic peace can never be founded upon injustice Most Palestinian rallies include the burnings of American and Israeli flags. Is this the man we should give honors as a VIP?
Arafat ought to be arrested in America and tried for murder. Would President Clinton honor Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, mastermind of the World Trade Center bombing and other planned bombings and assassinations of American officials? Arafat has killed or ordered the murder of Americans. His voice is on tape ordering the murder of American Amb. Cleo Noel and his American charges d'affaires in Khartoum in 1984. He refuses to extradite the 34 known terrorist murderers of almost 300 Israelis since Oslo, including 9 American citizens. Arafat is videotaped at a recent rally in Gaza, exhorting the Palestinians to follow in the footsteps of Yechya Ayyash, the infamous "engineer" of many recent bus bombings. Arafat praised all "Palestinian Martyrs" including those terrorists who had slain Israeli women and children in schools, buses and homes. His most senior advisor, Ahmad Tibi said (7/13/94) stated: "The person responsible on behalf of the Palestinians people for everything that was done in the Israel-Palestinian conflict is Yasser Arafat..."
The NEW YORK TIMES (1/20/98) reported that Aaron D. Miller, deputy to Dennis Ross, was the first to recommend to Arafat that he visit the US Holocaust Museum. How poignant to see a Leftist Jew recommend to a Jew-killing terrorist that he view the death of six million Jews, including 1 million children. Miller must have thought it would make good propaganda and help President Clinton.
Dennis Ross, Aaron Miller, Daniel Kurtzer (formerly served the anti-Semite Sec. of State James Baker) have earned the title of Jewish Arabists. Having done what they could to advance the cause of Arafat and other hostile Arab nations, they were re-hired after Bush and Baker were voted out of office. Not surprisingly, former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin also requested their return. The purpose was to continue the covert assistance these men provided the secret Rabin/Peres team to evolve Oslo in a way that excluded the wishes of Israeli and world Jewry.
Arafat claims that the infamous Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseini is his uncle. Perhaps you will recall that it was this monster of Islam who went to Hitler in Berlin, requesting that the Nazi killing machine be brought to Jerusalem to kill off all the Jews there. Yes, indeed, Arafat closely resembles his uncle in word and deed. Nevertheless, such Americans as Ross, Miller and Martin Indyk back him, regardless of his atrocities.
Clearly, the propaganda Photo Op at the Holocaust Museum prepared by our Jewish Arabists will show Arafat with a serious expression but inside he will be thrilling to the number of dead Jews and the brutality against them. Would Arafat chuckle to himself as walked down the aisles of the Holocaust Museum and saw the piles of women's hair, rooms of eyeglasses and childrens' shoes kept in Hitler's warehouses for use after the war to commemorate his annihilation of an entire people? Arafat would also chuckle to himself as he observed such Jews as Ross, Miller and Indyk abase themselves in licking his shoes in abject submission. I have little doubt that this devil incarnate might pick up a few ideas of improved methods to kill off the Jews of Israel.
For the US State Department sycophants to use the Holocaust Museum as flattery for a terrorist is simply another vulgar Clinton action. Mayor Rudy Guiliani wouldn't honor Arafat. He had the courage to refuse him any honor. Why should Arafat be given the welcome due a head of State. Even though he has emblazoned ALL of the State of Israel on his flags and stationary as the "State of Palestine", it is not a state - yet. If the Netanyahu government and the world Jewish leaders use their heads (and their hearts), the "New State of Palestine" won't replace the Jewish State of Israel.
The other part of the story is the way it's being played out in the media. "Everyone" (the NEW YORK TIMES) says the "Holocaust Museum Rebuffs Arafat on Visit, Adding Irritant to Mideast Talks".(2) But the body of the story tells it differently. Miles Lerman, chairman of the Holocaust Memorial Council, told the WASHINGTON POST that "Arafat was free to tour the museum like any other visitor but would receive no special treatment." Hardly a rebuff, although he should not have been invited in the first place by the State Department. But Edward Djerejian, former US Ambassador to Israel and Syria is now director of the Baker (as in Jim) Institute for Public Policy at Rice University says an Arafat visit would represent "a reaching out on the part of the Palestinians."
What do the Palestinians have to say about the Holocaust? Following are excerpts of Holocaust-Denial Statements by Palestinian Authority Figures as reported by Arutz7.
*This past week a Palestinian Radio interviews said: "There is no choice but to begin a widespread solidarity campaign with philosopher Roger Giraudy, on trial in France for Holocaust-denial." Dr. Iye Sitar Kassem stated that "part of the Holocaust story is made-up."
*Abu Mazen, PLO architect of the Oslo accords, is author of a book claiming "the Nazis may have really killed less than one million Jews". On Sep. 3, 1997, the official PA newspaper, Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah, featured an article calling the Holocaust "the forged claims of the Zionists regarding the alleged acts of slaughter perpetrated against the Jews the same period."
*PA Television, 8/25/97, broadcast: "It is well-known that every year the Jews exaggerate what the Nazis did to them. They claim there were 6 million killed, but precise scientific research (sic) demonstrates that there were no more than 400,00." A featured guest accused the Jews of having "profited materially, spiritually, politically and economically from talk about the Nazi killings. This investment is favorable to them. They view it as a profitable activity so they inflate the number of victims all the time."
*"The July 1990 issue of Balsam, published by the Palestinian Red Crescent, printed an article asserting that "the lie concerning the gas chambers enabled the Jews to establish the State of Israel."
*"In an address to the Palestinian Council in Ramallah on 5/10/97, the eve of Israeli Independence Day, Arafat said that the anniversary of the creation of Israel is "Palestine Holocaust Day" and "the Palestinian people were submitted to the worst holocaust in history". (HA'ARETZ 5/11/97)
*As recently as 12/10/97, the PA's Ministry of Information declared that "Israeli practices in many aspects are equal with, if not more brutal than, those practiced by occupying Nazi soldiers" in Europe.
*Arafat aide Bassam Abu Sharif has said that Israeli treatment of the Palestinian Arabs is "worse than that of the Nazis in Auschwitz." (JERUSALEM POST, 2/15/97)
*Comparison of Israel to the Nazis has been made by, among others: Nabil Ramlawi, Arafat's representative to the UN in Geneva (JTA 12/2/94); PA official Affif Safiah (YEDIOT AHRONOT 1/25/96); PA Health Minister Riyad al-Zaanoun (AP, 5/17/97). The PA newspaper Al-Hayat Al-Jadidah charged on 8/17/97 that "Israeli PM Netanyahu is acting in the European style of the German armies so that he will be able to impose greater Israel and establish their superiority of the Hebrew race."
Does Arafat and the world forget 6 Arab wars against Israel - of attempted annihilation of all Jews, by years of murders, suicide bombings, kidnappings, and Arafat's orders to attack children, schools, buses, airplanes - and more. How many murders is Arafat directly responsible for? How can a visit to the Holocaust Museum by Arafat, grinning for the press, possibly atone for his past murders.
Mahmoud Darwish, the famous Muslim poet, recently said: "Leave our land and take your dead bones with you." Most Jews feel a visit to by Arafat to the Holocaust Museum would be spitting and walking on the graves of the all those who died and all of their loved ones and all their Jewish children who will never be.
1. "President Clinton's Invitation to Arafat Violates US Law" by Prof. of International Law, Louis Rene' Beres 1/18/98
2. "Holocaust Museum Rebuffs Arafat on Visit, Adding Irritant to Mideast Talks" by David Rosenbaum NEW YORK TIMES 1/20/98
Emanuel A. Winston is a research associate of the Freeman Center For Strategic Studies.
What do you call an Arafat visit to the Holocaust Museum?