In addition members of Iraq’s Christian minority posted messages of support during the memorial day. One woman wrote about visiting a Holocaust memorial and the impact it had on her. “Everyone has a right to live in dignity and be appreciated.”The growing recognition of the Holocaust across Iraq and among leading voices is representative of a general outpouring of recognition in the Islamic world. For years because anti-Israel views tended to propagandize that recognition of the Holocaust was also a form of support for Israel, the Shoah was considered a controversial subject in the region.
Genocide impacts generations. We must keep the memory of those killed alive by striving to make never again a reality. https://t.co/4kibiF4IVD— Nadia Murad (@NadiaMuradBasee) January 27, 2020
This was also due to the fact that some movements in the region, such as Hamas, which is rooted in the Muslim Brotherhood, had official antisemitic diatribes in their charters. Other leaders were either open Nazi supporters or had studied Holocaust denial as a matter of course. Journalist Adam Lucente pointed out on Twitter that Bahrain’s foreign minister had tweeted about Holocaust remembrance. “This is something that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago in the Arab world. I believe it’s related to normalization with Israel and the perceived Ian threat.” In addition to Bahrain’s official, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE also tweeted about the Holocaust.
نعم انها مسألة إنسانية ، و الضحايا بشر أبرياء. الموقف واحد كما كان و لن يتغير #Holocaust https://t.co/miu3WqyPI7— خالد بن أحمد (@khalidalkhalifa) January 25, 2020
A visit by Muslim religious leaders to Auschwitz also got widespread attention in Arabic media with many tweets about it in the Gulf and among media personalities in Gulf states.In the Kurdistan region of Iraq Barzani’s message was one of the strongest in the region. “Sadly we still have a longer way to go to prevent genocide against vulnerable peoples globally. We must say Never Again backed up by adequate policies and mechanism,” he tweeted.
Bahraini foreign minister tweeting in support of Holocaust remembrance. This is something that wouldn’t have happened a few years ago in the Arab world, IMO. I believe it’s related to normalization with Israel and the perceived Iran threat. https://t.co/Bshbn4FZHH— Adam Lucente (@Adam_Lucente) January 26, 2020
نيجيرفان بارزاني: #العراق و #سوريا يستحقان حياة أفضلhttps://t.co/J4hmPvpTdF pic.twitter.com/DIyOvydhXi— Kurdistan Region Presidency (@KurdistanRegion) January 27, 2020