"Farewell, Defender of the Arabs" was the headline of an article in the Egyptian dailyAl-Yawm Al-Sabi' mourning the death of French philosopher, politician, and convicted Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy, who passed away last month at the age of 98.
Garaudy was first embraced by the Arab world and Iran after he converted to Islam in the 1980s and began harshly criticizing Israel's treatment of the Palestinians. In 1998, he was convicted by a Paris court of denying the Holocaust and fined 240,000 French francs (about $18,000) for claims he made in his book The Founding Myths of Modern Israel.
Garaudy's death was reported widely in the Arab and Iranian press, and was marked by various Arab organizations. The reports and statements stressed his conversion to Islam, his support for the Muslims and especially the Palestinians, his condemnation of Zionism, and his denial of the Holocaust.
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