Hamas and Holocaust Denial at Kings College London
On the 19th May, the Middle East Monitor Online (MEMO) is organising the “inaugural Abdelwahab Elmessiri Memorial Lecture” at Kings College London, with the notorious Hamas supporter Azzam Tamimi as guest speaker.
Abdelwahab Elmessiri was an Egyptian Holocaust revisionist and senior leader of the opposition organisation Kefaya, until his death in 2008. Elmessiri was a prolific writer on Jews and Zionism. In 1999 he published an eight-volume anti-Semitic “encyclopedia” of Judaism, which won first prize at the Cairo Book Fair that year.
In his book, Zionism, Nazism and the End of History, Elmessiri writes that Zionists exploit the Holocaust for their own benefit and writes that “without a doubt, the expression ‘final solution’ is the fundamental expression of Zionist ideology.” In the same book, Elmessiri claims that the number of Jews who died in the Holocaust was much fewer than 6 million, justifying the claim by suggesting that, “the Nazis desperately needed workers, why would the war machine waste its time destroying millions instead of using them as slave labourers?”
In Elmessiri’s book, The Protocols, Judaism and Zionism, he writes:
“some [people] are of the opinion that hatred for the Jews, vilifying them and exposing their true and supposed evil deeds are the most effective way to fight Zionism. Based on that opinion, they think that circulating a document like The Protocols is part of the struggle against the Zionist enemy, and they therefore make it seem important and act as though it were worthy of respect because it is a key to understanding Jewish character and Zionist projects.”
The guest speaker, Azzam Tamimi is reported to be Hamas’ “special envoy” to the UK. Tamimi was formerly the director of the Institute of Islamic Political Thought, a leading Muslim Brotherhood organisation. Tamimi claims that he has the “great honour to be close to Hamas” and that “all the leaders of Hamas are my friends”. He has also spoken fondly of “the late Imam Khomeini” and the “great jihad” of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad. In 2004, Tamimi told the BBC that he would become a suicide bomber if he “had the opportunity”, describing self-sacrifice for Palestine as “a noble cause”
It is of little surprise that MEMO has organised the event. MEMO is a pro-Hamas publication, which in 2011 brought the Hamas activist Raed Saleh to the United Kingdom. Its editor, Daud Abdullah, was also the former deputy-secretary general of the Muslim Council of Britain, with which the British government severed links after Abdullah became a signatory to the Istanbul Declaration, a document which called for attacks on British troops and Jewish communities.
MEMO’s senior editor is Ibrahim Hewitt, a trustee of the Hamas-linked charity Interpal, which is banned as a terrorist organisation in the United States. Hewitt has referred to the “so-called Holocaust”, [Blood on the Holy Land: Report on the Visit by a Delegation of British Muslims to Occupied Palestine]. Further, in a pamphlet written by Hewitt, he advocates the killing of apostates and adulterers, and demands that homosexuals suffer “severe punishments” for their “great sin”. [ Ibrahim Hewitt, What does Islam Say?, The Muslim Educational Trust, April 2004]
The 19th May event is due to be hosted by John Keane, Director of the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights at the University of Sydney.