On the International Holocaust Memorial Day of 2010 Arab member of the Israeli Parliament (Knesset) Ahmad Tibi gave a speech in the Knesset which left the audience excited to the extent that the Speaker Reuven Rivlin declared that this was "the best speech on the Holocaust ever heard in the Knesset". What was so unique in Tibi's words? Was it the mere fact that it was an Arab MK who spoke on the Holocaust? Or maybe it was the relief of the predominantly Jewish audience that finally a Palestinian patriot recognized their tragedy in full and did not try to compare it or minimize it or God forbid deny it?
Tibi opened his speech by expressing his full empathy with the survivors and claimed that: "This is the moment when every person should let go his national or religious affiliations and differences, and wear only his human gown, look inside and around and remain just a human being".
He spoke fiercely against Holocaust denial and acknowledged that the Holocaust was the worst crime against humanity in modern times. On the following days the press reported on hundreds of calls of Holocaust survivors to Tibi and on a big unprecedented compliment he got from Prime Minister Netanyahu. But most of all Tibi was moved by the Arab students who called him and said: "finally you were able to show the human aspects of the Arabs, now the Jews understand that we are empathic toward their suffering during that period".