Jun. 2, 2016
French-Tunisian Imam Hassen Chalghoumi explained his interest in the Holocaust by saying that Islam “denounces violence and killing” and that the Prophet Muhammad instructed Muslims “to stand by the oppressed.” In an interview with Al-Mouwatin Radio from Belgium, Chalghoumi, who is the imam of the Drancy mosque in Seine-Saint-Denis, said that he fears another holocaust, this time against Muslims. Chalghoumi fended off accusations of treason by contending that he was helping the Palestinian cause the way he saw fit. He denounced the “rhetoric of victimhood” and said that he was proud of his country, France. A video of the interview was posted on Al-Mouwatin Radio’s YouTube channel on June 2.