Tuesday, October 07, 2008 9:56 AM
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(Source: Chicago Tribune)JERUSALEM _ Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial, launched an Arabic Web site this year to combat Holocaust denial in the Arab world. Because the Nazi extermination of European Jews during World War II spurred the establishment of Israel, many Arabs believe the Palestinians have paid the price for the Holocaust, and anti-Zionist sentiment has led to Holocaust denial and expressions of anti-Semitism.
When the site was introduced, Yad Vashem’s chairman, Avner Shalev, said it was intended to offer moderates in Arab countries an alternative source of information. Since then, some 270,000 viewers have visited the site, from the Palestinian territories, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Morocco, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Tunis, Yemen, Qatar, the U.S., Germany and the United Kingdom.

The site includes online video testimony by survivors, a multimedia presentation of a photo album from the Auschwitz concentration camp, historical narratives and images of the Holocaust.