Tue, Dec 2, 2003 at 4:30:48 pm
The new Alexandria Library, renovated by the Egyptian and Italian governments via UNESCO, recently opened a manuscript museum with a display case containing the holy books of the monotheistic religions.
Next to the Torah, the museum director placed the infamous Russian antisemitic forgery “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion.” MEMRI has translated an interview with the director, Dr. Yousef Ziedan, in which he explains the “reasoning” behind this latest outrageous display of Arab insanity: “The Protocols of Zion Are More Important Than the Torah.”
"When my eyes fell upon the rare copy of this dangerous book, I decided immediately to place it next to the Torah. Although it is not a monotheistic holy book, it has become one of the sacred [tenets] of the Jews, next to their first constitution, their religious law, [and] their way of life. In other words, it is not merely an ideological or theoretical book.
"Perhaps this book of the 'Protocols of the Elders of Zion' is more important to the Zionist Jews of the world than the Torah, because they conduct Zionist life according to it ... It is only natural to place the book in the framework of an exhibit of Torah [scrolls]."
Dr. Ziedan maintains a website "for heritage and manuscripts" where he posts, among other things, articles that he writes. In his article "WWW and the Informatics Plexus [sic]," Dr. Ziedan writes of the difference between reality and reporting on reality:
" ... There is no doubt that every 'news item' originates in a [particular] event, but the distance between the event and the news item is great ... I will give an example: When Hitler's atrocities are mentioned, [people] immediately point out the cremation of the Jews in the gas chambers. This happens because of the knowledge that is passed on regarding the Holocaust.
"This is knowledge that has reached the world via a diverse stream of information from journalists' reports, historical research, compensation, [the] unceasing buzz in the media, and films such as Schindler's List which made the entire world cry and which was banned in our country [Egypt] so that we won't cry too over the fate of the poor Jews!"
"What is important is that the information arrived, but what about reality? In reality, 50,000,000 fell victim to the Nazis, among them 1,000,000 Jews and the rest Gypsies, Poles, and other nations. In reality, an analysis of samples from the purported gas chambers has proven that these were sterilization chambers, without a sufficient quantity of cyanide to kill.
"In reality, had Hitler wanted to annihilate the Jews of Europe, he would have. He had an opportunity. The distance between events and widespread knowledge about them is great."
The US gives Egypt more than $2 billion a year in foreign aid.