In my own reality, I watched in the span of six months three highly popular TV series in the Arabic region. The last of these series was broadcasted on more than a hundred Arabic TV channels in the month of Ramadan, and starred the famous Egyptian actor “Adel Imam.” The series pictured Jews in a very negative light, and championed the idea that it is permissible or halal to rob them, as the main character and his gang stole $200 million from an Israeli bank and gave them to the Muslims in Somalia… So now it is acceptable to steal from Jews as well as to kill them!
In my Middle Eastern reality, there are tens of thousands of mosques that demonize and curse Jews on a daily basis. The formal Islamist speech describes Jews as the progeny of monkeys and pigs, and hundred of articles are daily promoting hatred against Jews. Our newspapers and books are filled with fairy tales based on a hoax called “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” claiming that Jews go around slaughtering Muslims and Christians to use their blood in the making of the Passover bread. In our region, people hate one another, fight with one another, and disagree about everything, except their common hatred of Jews and Christians. In our region, heads of state proclaim that the total annihilation of Israel is their goal, and that once they have possession of nuclear bombs, Israel will be their first target. In our region, the hatred against Jews has taken the shape of artistic, cultural and political festivals. In our region, they deny the Holocaust happened even though there are thousands of eye witnesses who are still alive today, while those who admit that it did happen say that Hitler’s only mistake was that he did not manage to get rid of every single Jew in the world. In our region, Jews have been spared only because their opponents lack the ability to eradicate them. In brief, our region is infected with a curse of excessive hatred and violence, which is increasing exponentially and is about to be unleashed on the world.
In spite of the Holocaust tragedies, I still found a light at the end of the tunnel. While it is true that Jews have decreased in number as a result of the Holocaust, they have also increased in strength. They returned from the Diaspora and established their national state on their historical land—a powerful, progressive, modern and democratic state. The progeny of the prophets emerged from the Holocaust to contribute to human rights advocacy, and to promote the rights of minorities and freedoms throughout the world. They shared in efforts that resulted in hundreds of UN international human rights conventions, and contributed to the scientific, cultural and artistic revival of the Western World.
The great Jewish nation has created a new history after the Holocaust.
But the lessons learnt from the Holocaust should make us revisit our reality in our corner of the world. The extremist Islamist movements have started to tighten their control over the Middle East, and a few years from now the Middle East will be turned into an angry Islamist Middle East, hostile to the Jews and Christians who live in the region.
I want to alert the world to the fact that the hatred against Jews and Christians has reached its peak in the Middle East, and that both groups are facing a common enemy, which is growing Islamist extremism. Will the world intervene to protect and save us before we become the victims of a new tragedy? This is the message I would like to address to the global conscience.
 Secretary General of the Lebanese political and paramilitary organization Hezbollah, which is generally regarded as a legitimate resistance movement and political party throughout much of the Arab and Muslim world, but is considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Israel and other Western countries.
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