Today marks Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day. As antisemitism from both jihadi and white supremacist sources spikes across the West, MEMRI continues to research it.
For over two decades, MEMRI has been monitoring and documenting antisemitism and Holocaust denial from the Arab and Muslim world, maintaining the largest archives in the world of this content as part of the MEMRI-Tom Lantos Archives on Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial. This past year we have published dozens of reports and videos of Holocaust denial and added them to our archives (view list here).
With the rising tide of antisemitism in the West – not only in sermons by extremist imams across the U.S. but also on online platforms by neo-Nazis, white supremacists, fascists, and racists – MEMRI, together with the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, has launched a new project for monitoring online incitement against Jews, people of color, Muslims, and the LGBTQ+ community. This project published its first report a month ago and two others since then – one on a Facebook and Gab user posting antisemitic content, including covertly taken photos of Orthodox Jews and a photo of an axe and writing "I wanna kill," and the other on an antisemitic, anti-Muslim, anti-black, and anti-LGBTQ website that alleged that Jews and Muslims were behind the Notre Dame fire. The project aims to examine where white-supremacist incitement coincides and intersects with jihadi incitement, hatred, and extremism on social media.
MEMRI research also includes a focus on the brave reformists in the Middle East who speak out against antisemitism and Holocaust denial – including our release of last year's Holocaust Remembrance Day letter by Dr. Mohammad Al-'Issa, secretary-general of the Saudi-based Muslim World League, to the director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington D.C. In the letter, 'Issa condemned the Holocaust in extremely harsh terms, calling it "an incident that shook humanity to the core, and created an event whose horrors could not be denied or underrated by any fair-minded or peace-loving person." 'Issa added: "This Human tragedy perpetrated by evil Nazism won't be forgotten by history, or meet the approval of anyone, except criminal Nazis or their genre." Yet antisemitism and Holocaust denial remain rampant in the Arab and Muslim world.
The MEMRI-Lantos project's documentation of antisemitic themes in Arabic, Farsi, Urdu-Pashtu, and Turkish newspaper reports, editorials, and other media sources, distributing all its research – reports, analysis, and videos – through a blog and all its videos through the Lantos MEMRI TV page. The project informs governments, policy-makers, and law enforcement and intelligence agencies, as well as media, academia, and the general public, so that they may gain a greater understanding of these issues. Its projects researching antisemitism are supporting legislation on Capitol Hill and throughout the West. The Lantos Project YouTube page includes videos from annual events held in the Speaker's Dining Room of the U.S. Capitol marking the establishment of the Lantos Antisemitism and Holocaust Denial Archives.
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MEMRI is at work around the clock across the globe, seven days a week, 365 days a year, producing cutting-edge research on the entire region, from the Middle East through Iran and Central and South Asia to Arab and Muslim communities in the West. MEMRI research covers many aspects related to antisemitism:
Sermons Project – Exposing imams preaching antisemitism, Holocaust denial, and extremism. Recent MEMRI TV clips of hate-filled sermons by imams throughout the U.S. and Canada – in Pennsylvania, Texas, Florida, Michigan, New York City, New Jersey, and elsewhere – have prompted criticism from political leaders and public apologies from some imams.
Online Incitement Project – This recently launched initiative examines online incitement against Jews, people of color, Muslims and the LGBTQ+ community, and where white-supremacist incitement coincides and intersects with jihadi incitement, hatred, and extremism on social media.
Iran – The recent U.S. designation of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) – including its leaders who have called for the annihilation of Israel in antisemitic sermons and which is a major economic force in Iran – as a Foreign Terrorist Organization evoked harsh responses from the Iranian regime, including designating U.S. entities as terrorist in retaliation.
The MEMRI Reform Project – Seeking out and amplifying the voices of Arab and Muslim figures and intellectuals who preach tolerance, coexistence, understanding, including those who promote peace with Israel and speak out against antisemitism; who promote civil, human, and women's rights; who advocate for democracy; and who speak out against and counter hatred, antisemitism, and jihad.
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MEMRI Research On Holocaust Denial 2018-2019
Egyptian Hebrew Professor Abou Al-Azayem Farjallah: Zionists Collaborated With Nazis; Gas Chambers Could Not Have Killed Millions; New Literature Says Holocaust Not Directed Toward Jews (April 24, 2019)
Article On Egyptian Website: There Is No Evidence The Holocaust Happened (January 31, 2019)
At Antisemitic Conference In Tehran, Iranian Presidency Official Denies Holocaust: 'In Fact, We Do Show Antisemitic Behavior, And If We Are Not Doing Something Against The Jews, We Feel Bad – It Is Part Of Our Culture' (November 12, 2018)
MEMRI TV Clips On Holocaust Denial 2018-2019
Iraqi MP Khalaf Abdelsamad Khalaf: Hitler Was No Worse than Saddam (January 19, 2019)
French-Jewish Holocaust Denier Jacob Cohen: Holocaust Wasn't Mentioned Until Convenient Time in Israel's History; MEMRI Makes People Think Iran Wants to Commit a Second Holocaust; The Holocaust Has Become a Religion (January 5, 2019)