The London-based Guardian publishd an op-ed piece by the Hamas minister of health and information in Gaza in which he attacks those in the Muslim world who deny the existance of the Holocaust. “The Holocaust was not only a crime against humanity but one of the most abhorent crimes in modern history,” according to Dr. Basseing Naeem. He specifically referred to a documentay aired on April 18 on Hamas’ Al Aqsa television which claimed Jewish leaders concocted the mass murder of handicapped Jews in order to keep from having to support them, and that this murder was what the Jews term, “the Holocaust.”
Naeem said that Hamas does not support those who deny the Holocaust. “We condemn it(Holocaust denying) as we condemn every abuse of humanity and all forms of discrimination on the basis of religion, race, gender or nationality.” However, he also came out against Jews who use the Holocaust as an excuse to brutalize the Palestinian people. He specifically expressed and “warmly welcome the outspoken support for Palestinian rights by Israel and Jewish human rights activists in Palestine and around the world.”
Most probably those who reject efforts to dialogue with Hamas will denigrate the comments of Naeem even though they represent a dramatically different attitude from that expressed by President Ahmadinejad of Iran. The door to dialogue is open, will Israel leaders walk through it.