- Retired Saudi-born professor of political science
- Holocaust denier and proponent of anti-Jewish conspiracy theories
- Says “so-called ‘holocaust’ is nothing but Jewish/Zionist propaganda”
Dr. Abdullah Mohammad Sindi is a Saudi-born professor of political science and international relations. Despite being an active Holocaust denier and an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist, the retired Sindi, now a California resident, has in the past held academic posts at several California colleges, including California State University at Pomona, Cerritos Junior College, Fullerton Junior College, and the University of California at Irvine.
Underlying Sindi’s views on international politics is his bristling animosity toward the West. In 1990, Sindi delivered a lecture in which he argued that the American troop presence in Kuwait had nothing to do with repulsing invading Iraqi armies, but was instead meant to prevent Arab unification and divert attention from domestic political problems in the U.S.
Sindi’s unconcealed aversion to the West is matched only by his disciple-like adoration for the late Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser, whose pan-Arabist vision he ardently shares. On his personal website, Sindi refers to Nasser as “my immortal hero,” and “the maker of the Beautiful Arab Era and the leader who raised our heads.” Like his idol Nasser, who in a 1964 interview claimed that “not even the simplest man in our country, takes seriously the lie about six million murdered Jews,” Sindi is an enthusiastic proponent of Holocaust denial. In 2000, at the behest of the Institute for Historical Review, a neo-Nazi-aligned center committed to assailing the factual basis of the Holocaust, and for which Sindi had previously authored an article, Sindi translated a foreword to the Arabic edition of The Founding Myths of Israel, a book by the notorious French Holocaust-denier Roger Garaudy. Written by Egyptian journalist Mohamed Hasanein Heikal, the foreword dismissed the murder of six millions Jews by the Nazis as a “myth” invented by the “Zionist movement,” defended British Holocaust denier David Irving as a “meticulous scholar,” and denied the legitimacy of Israel’s right to exist.
These are Sindi’s views too. In an article for the anti-Semitic website Radio Islam, called “The ‘Holocaust’ is a Typical Zionist Myth,” he scoffed at the “so-called ‘Holocaust.'” Sindi further claimed that the murder of six million Jews was a “lie,” and insisted that there was “no proof whatsoever that any live Jew was ever ‘gassed’ or ‘burned’ in any ‘gas chambers’ or ‘crematories’ in Nazi Germany” (emphasis in the original). Sindi concluded with a rant against the “brutal, illegitimate, and illegal Jewish/Zionist State of Israel, which has been causing much death and misery to the Arabs.” Following the 2004 U.S. presidential election, Sindi charged that “the Jews run the media and the Jews brainwash the American people toward the Arab- Israeli conflict and they do not understand what is going on.”
When, in December of 2005, Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called the Holocaust a “myth,” Sindi, in an interview with the Iranian Mehr News Agency, eagerly endorsed his remarks. In the same vein, Sindi told Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting in 2004 that the United States is “an Israeli colony,” and that “the United States of America [is] dominating the entire world, but in reality the Jews [are] dominating the world…”
Anti-Jewish conspiracy theories also form the heart of Sindi’s 1999 book, The Arabs and the West: The Contributions and the Inflictions, which recycles Sindi’s frequent invocations against the “Jewish Zionist Grip” on the American media, as well as his ahistorical claims of the “theft of Arab Palestine by Western Zionists”; “the Israeli wars on the Arabs in the last 50 years”; and the “U.S. wars on Iraq and Libya.”