Date: Fri, 20 Apr 2001
From: "AZAR Association"
Below you shall find Haartz comments about the proposed Forum on Historical
Revisionism to take place in Amman on Sunday at 6:30 in the evening, at the
offices of the Jordanian Writers Association. Fresh information from the
U.S. indicates that Zionists are calling and emailing congressional offices
to get our gathering banned. Palestinians and Arabs who supported the
banning of the Conference on Historical Revisionism and Zionism in Beirut
need to think hard about where they are siding in this battle. They need to
reconsider their attitudes towards revisionist historians, especially in the
light of recent Zionist efforts to suffocate their views worldwide.
The tide is high, but we're going on.
Remember, the truth has a way of coming out : )
Jordanian writers plan Holocaust denial meeting
Ha'aretz | April 19, 2001
The Associated Press
AMMAN - The Jordanian Writers' Federation is planning to hold a Holocaust
denial conference Sunday, less than a month after a similar meeting was
banned in Lebanon.
"The Jews lied to us on the Holocaust and we want to expose that lie to
the people," one of the organizers, Hayat Atiyah, said Thursday.
Jordanian government officials were not immediately available for comment,
but the state did warn the writers' federation against holding a similar
conference planned for April 8 - two days before King Abdullah II met U.S.
President George W. Bush in Washington. The conference did not take place.
Six million Jews were killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust, which was
marked Thursday in neighboring Israel where sirens wailed for two minutes
nationwide to commemorate the victims on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
The U.S.-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, a Jewish center of research on the
Holocaust, has sent a letter to the writers' federation urging it to
cancel Sunday's meeting, Atiyah told The Associated Press. "But we will
neither heed such call nor bow to any pressure," she said.
Atiyah, a Lebanese writer who lives in Jordan, said the conference would
focus on exploring the historical link between Zionism and Nazism as well as
Jews using the Holocaust to gain the sympathy of the world.
She said there was no connection between Sunday's event and the organizers
of the similar conference that was scheduled to begin in Lebanon on March
31. Its chief organizers were the Swiss group Verite et Justice or Truth and
Justice. The Lebanese government banned that conference, winning praise from
Jewish groups around the world.
Many critics of the conference, including the Palestinian poet Mahmoud
Darwish and other Arab intellectuals, saw it as nothing but a recipe for bad
publicity at a time when Lebanon was working to attract foreign
investment and tourists.
Atiyah said she would speak at the Jordanian meeting along with Jordanian
writers Arafat Hijazi, Hisham Hudeib and Ibrahim Alloush. The four had
planned to take part in the Lebanese conference, she added.
The conference organizers appear to be counting on winning sympathy among
Arabs angered over the loss of Palestinian lives in the current uprising in
the West Bank, Gaza and Jerusalem. <end>