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Using the Holocaust : how leaders in Israel and Iran have politicized history

by Jones, Robert T.

Abstract

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s public statements denying the Holocaust and challenging Israel shocked the Western world. However, Ahmadinejad’s statements had precedents in the Middle East. Political leaders in Israel and Palestine have politicized the Holocaust since it occurred. Israeli leaders have used the memory of the Holocaust to establish international support for the Israeli state, while Palestinian leaders have challenged Israeli narratives to establish support for the Palestinian cause. In championing the Palestinian cause by questioning established narratives of the Holocaust, Ahmadinejad, too, sought to increase political support and fulfill political goals. The history of the Holocaust has been less important in Middle Eastern discourse than the political ends to which it has been applied.

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Publisher
Colorado College
PID
coccc:8113
Digital Origin
born digital
Extent
45 pages
Thesis
Senior Essay -- Colorado College
Thesis Advisor
Murphy, Jane Rommel-Ruiz, Bryan
Department/Program
History
Degree Name
bachelor
Degree Type
Bachelor of Arts
Degree Grantor
Colorado College
Date Issued
2013