US Muslim leaders say Holocaust denial is un-Islamic

By staff writers
19 Aug 2010

A group of American Muslim leaders who recently returned from visiting the notorious Nazi concentration camps at Dauchau and Auschwitz have roundly condemned Holocaust denial and anti-Semitism.

Their public statement came after a trip organised earlier this month (August 2010).

The visit was was led by Rabbi Jack Bemporad of the Center for Interreligious Understanding in New Jersey, and was co-sponsored by the Konrad Adenauer Foundation in Germany.

In their statement, the Muslim leaders say that denying or justifying the Holocaust violates traditional Islamic ethics.

They declared: "We condemn anti-Semitism in any form. No creation of Almighty God should face discrimination based on his or her faith or religious conviction."

The leaders also pledged to continue the struggle against prejudice and hate speech affecting Jews, Muslims, Christians and all people facing attacks on the basis of their religion, race or ethnicity.

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