Egypt’s leading newspaper has published a series of articles that deny the Holocaust, and claim Jews invented “lies of genocide” to extort the West and make possible the establishment of the Jewish state, prompting some Israeli lawmakers to express reservations about allowing Egypt to control security in Gaza after Sharon’s withdrawal plan is implemented next year.

Dr. Rif’at Sayyed Ahmad, director of the Jaffa Research Center in Cairo and columnist for Al-Liwaa Al-Islami, Egypt’s state-controlled newspaper, published a two-part article, ‘The Lie About The Burning of the Jews,’ which claims the Holocaust was a Jewish invention.

“The Zionist enterprise on the land of Palestine succeeded by means of lies and myths, from the myth of the ‘Chosen People’ and the ‘Promised Land’ to the lie about the burning of the Jews in the Nazi gas chambers during World War II,” wrote Ahmad according to a translation by the Middle East Media Research Institute, or MEMRI.

“What interests us here is that this lie [about] the burning of the Jews in the Nazi crematoria has been disseminated throughout the world until our time in order to extort the West and make it easier for the Jews of Europe to hunt [sic] Palestine and establish a state on it, in disregard of the most basic principles of international law and the right of peoples to independent life without occupation. [This lie] was raised [also] so that [the Jews] would receive financial, technological, and economic aid from the West. …

“This entire situation has turned the Holocaust – that is, Hitler’s operation of burning the Jews in gas chambers – into a drawn sword at the necks of historians and serious researchers in the West, and even in the East. At the same time, [the Holocaust] became profitable goods for the Zionist entity. …

“Dozens of Western laws in the European countries have been changed to protect this false myth of the burning of the Jews. Dozens of curricula have also been changed. Today, it is possible to curse the monotheistic religions, but the ‘holocaust’ and its lie are above criticism and above opinion, and in Europe it is unapproachable,” wrote Ahmad.

Last year, the same newspaper ran a piece that claimed Jews use Christian and Muslim blood to bake matzos for Passover, and state-controlled Egyptian television aired a miniseries depicting “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” an age-old anti-Semitic story that claims Jews run the world by proxy.

Israeli politicians and American Jewish leaders said they are concerned about allowing Egypt, which uses state-controlled media to routinely vilify Israel, to set up a security apparatus along the Gaza border after Sharon’s withdrawal in 2005. And they cite Egypt’s failure to stop construction of weapons smuggling tunnels from its country into the Rafah refugee camp as proof the country can’t be trusted.

“These filthy lies just expose Egypt, which received billions in American aid, for what it is – a supporter of terrorism and a distributor of vicious, dangerous anti-Israel propaganda, just like the PLO” Mort Klein, President of the Zionist Organization of America, told WorldNetDaily.

“We’ve already witnessed Egyptian violations of its peace treaty with Israel when it allowed the Palestinians to build smuggling tunnels that run from Egypt to Israel. How is Ariel Sharon possibly going to let a country like this bring weapons and soldiers into Gaza?” said Klein.

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