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Politicians Say the Darnedest Things…

July 7, 2011

Nothing says crass lack of humanity than slamming the Holocaust at a conference named after a deceased Holocaust survivor.  Small-time politician with a big mouth, Ahmed Ezz el-Arab, showed just that lack of class during an interview at the First Annual Conference on Democracy and Human Rights, hosted in Budapest late last month by the Tom Lantos Institute and Center for Democratic Transition.

“The Holocaust is a lie,” Ahmed Ezz el-Arab told The Washington Times in an interview.

“The Jews under German occupation were 2.4 million. So if they were all exterminated, where does the remaining 3.6 million come from?” Ezz el-Arab said he accepted that the Germans had killed “hundreds of thousands” of Jews, “but gas chambers and skinning them alive and all this? Fanciful stories.”

The article continues to give further interesting background on Mr. Ezz el-Arab’s party, Wafd.

The Wafd Party is one of Egypt’s oldest, established in 1919 and disbanded after the 1952 military coup that ended monarchic rule. The party was reestablished in 1983 under reforms Mubarak set in place to allow nominal opposition to the decades-long rule of the National Democratic Party.

Today – espousing a secular nationalist platform based on multi-party governance and human rights and featuring a cross and an Islamic crescent on its logo – it arguably represents the country’s most influential political bloc after the powerful Muslim Brotherhood.

The party’s logo In June, Wafd announced it would run jointly in September’s parliamentary election with the Brotherhood in a bid to present a united front in Egypt’s post-revolution government.

Wafd Party is making an alliance with the Muslim Brotherhood.  What could go wrong?

Last month, the Brotherhood posted an article on its website by veteran movement member Sheikh Ahmad Gad arguing that the implementation of shari’a in Egypt must be achieved gradually, by first preparing Egyptians’ hearts and minds for Islamic law before introducing it in stages.(Emphasis mine.)

“There is no hope for reform without a return to divine rule, which the Creator chose for man,” Gad wrote June 11 on the movement’s official website, ikhwanonline, translated by the Middle East Media Research Institute.

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