Wow. this is a very delicate subject of course. A few thoughts:
1.) Having a memorial for Jews who died in the Holocaust is not "hypocritical." And it is very important.
2.) That said, Jaysit is absolutely right in reply 12 that the Gypsies were targeted as directly as the Jews, for example. They were the two ethnic groups specifically selected to be eliminated completely rather than put into slave labor etc. Zyklon B gas was first "tested" on Gypsy children. And you only had to be 1/8 Gypsy as opposed to 1/4 Jewish to qualify for gassing on ethnic grounds. The PROPORTIONAL numbers of dead for the two groups are very similar, though exact esitmates vary.
None of this belittles what happened to the Jews who died in the Holocaust, but I have personally witnessed certain other groups at times having to struggle to be invited to participate in Holocaust memorial ceremonies, committees, etc. When the events are framed as general Holocaust memorials, it is hypocritcal to exclude the various groups who also suffered, and, at least in the case of the Roma/Gypsies, whose communities were completely devestated in exactly the same way.
To me, that is a perversion of the history too. The reason to commemorate the Holocaust should be to learn about the dangers of dehumanizing other races and cultures, and to look at how those dangers can still flare up. Even look at the different approaches between famous survivors such as Eli Wiesel and Simon Wiesenthal, and you can see how the latter tries to draw important lessons about tolerance from history, while the former is more concerned with proving that the Jews have greater claim to victimhood than others. I think many people could learn from the Wiesenthal approach.
If this memorial is linked to a celebration of Israel, the absence of many Arab delegates may be petty, but it does not constitute Holocaust denial or anything of the like. It has to do with post-WWII politics and events, not with the Holocaust (or with Jews) as such.
as for the Mufti of Jerusalem, he most certainly did exist. To use this to claim that Arabs were particularly or blindly anti-Semitic is akin to saying that the admiration of the Nazis, or anti-Semitic beliefs of, figures such as Henry Ford, Oswald Mosley, or George Bush's grandfather, etc. etc. show that Americans and Brits are particularly anti-Semitic (And with the Mufti--though this does not condone but does help explain--there were other factors involved too, besides "blind hatred." Zionism was already an issue with land claims in the British Mandate...)
[Edited 2005-01-25 21:11:21]
All Glory to the Hypnotoad!