The Muslim World League wrote a letter against the crimes of the Holocaust to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum ahead of International Holocaust Memorial Day, marked every year on January 27 . The Muslim World League is Saudi-based and funded non-governmental organization which spreads Islamic teachings.
“The group has acted as a mouthpiece for the Saudi Arabian government, which finances it,” according to the Oxford Dictionary of Islam.
League Secretary General Dr. Mohammed Alissa sent the letter to to Sara Bloomfield, director of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.
“True Islam is against these crimes,” Alissa wrote. “It classifies them in the highest degree of penal sanctions and among the worst human atrocities ever. One would ask, who in his right mind would accept, sympathize, or even diminish the extent of this brutal crime.”
Alissa expressed, on behalf of the Muslim World League, “our great sympathy with the victims of the Holocaust, 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.”
He also criticized Holocaust denial, saying “any denial of the Holocaust or minimizing of its effect a crime to distort history and an insult to the dignity of those innocent souls who have perished. It is also an affront to us all since we share the same human soul and spiritual bonds.”
The move is notable given Saudi Arabia’s history. As Robert Satloff noted for the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, Saudi Arabia’s King Faisal, who reigned from 1964 until 1975 when he was assassinated) believed that The Protocols of the Elders of Zion was factual, and a Saudi UN representative once denounced Anne Frank’s diary as a forgery.
About the Muslim World League (MWL), Satloff writes, “This is the organization that has long been cited as the key facilitator of Saudi Arabia’s global effort to export a radical, hate-filled, anti-West, anti-Semitic version of Islam. Just last year, a prominent British research institute labeled Saudi Arabia the main source of Islamic extremism in the United Kingdom and cited the MWL as a critical linchpin in that project.”
View the whole letter here.