Iran conference attendee: Holocaust an enormous lie - Israel News, Ynetnews
 
ynetnews
web


   Israel News

Israel News
World News
Israel Opinion
Jewish
Israel Business
Israel Culture
Israel Travel
Shoah Convention

Neturei Karta at Tehran conference Photo: AP
Neturei Karta at Tehran conference Photo: AP
 
Neturei Karta identification tags at conference Photo: Reuters
Neturei Karta identification tags at conference Photo: Reuters
 
 

Iran conference attendee: Holocaust an enormous lie

French writer Georges Thiel, who was convicted in France for spreading revisionist theories about mass extermination of Jews, says ‘there was no machinery of murder in any camp - no gas chambers’

Reuters
Published: 12.11.06, 21:42 / Israel News

Iran staged a conference on Monday to debate the Holocaust and question whether Nazi Germany used gas chambers, prompting charges it was encouraging the denial of the killing of six million Jews during World War II.

 

Guests at the government-run event, titled “Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision”, included Westerners who have cast doubt on the Holocaust -some of them from countries that have made it a crime to deny it happened - as well as a few Jews.

 

Questions
Iran's foreign minister: Anti-Semitism exists only in West  / News agencies
(VIDEO) Conference aimed at 'answering questions about Holocaust' gets underway in Tehran Monday. Foreign Minister Mottaki says in speech anti-Semitism never existed in Muslim countries, asks 'why should Palestinians pay for Nazis' crimes?' Three Jewish Neturei Karta representatives set to attend, explain why Zionism caused Shoah
Full Story

“The aim of this conference is not to deny or confirm the Holocaust,” Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said. “Its main aim is to create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust.”

 

The two-day conference at a foreign ministry institute was inspired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who since coming to power in August 2005 has sparked international condemnation by terming the Holocaust a “myth” and calling Israel a “tumor.”

 

Ahmadinejad has said he wants to encourage scholarly debate and examine the justification for Israel’s creation.

 

American David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader, praised Iran. “There must be freedom of speech, it is scandalous that the Holocaust cannot be discussed freely,” he said.

 

Iran had said 67 scholars from 30 different countries would attend the event.

 

‘Sick phenomenon’

Israel, the United States, and a leader of Iran’s own 25,000-strong Jewish community condemned the conference. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert called it “a sick phenomenon that shows the depth of hatred of the fundamentalist Iranian regime.”

 

Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni commented on the Holocaust denial conference at a Knesset meeting

Monday and said, “I didn’t come to this meeting to argue with the evil one from Tehran and his allies. He can’t erase the pain of the survivors.”


Exhibit at Holocaust denial conference (Photo: AFP)

 

“No one can erase the horror, the evil, the piles of hair, the mass graves, the numbers on people’s arms, the humiliation, and the human experimentation – no one has the power to erase all this,” she concluded.

The State Department last week denounced the gathering as “disgraceful”. Moris Motamed, the sole Jewish representative in Iran’s parliament, described it as a “huge insult.”

 

A rival conference was held in Berlin, backed by the German government, to protest the Tehran meeting.

“Denying or doubting the Holocaust cannot be left without comment. We must do what we can to counter this before it starts making inroads in our society,” said Thomas Krueger, head of the Federal Agency for Civic Education, at the Berlin event.

 

Opinion
The illusionist from Tehran / Noah Klieger
Instead of condemning Holocaust denial conference, world should ignore it
Full Story

Many ordinary Iranians admitted to embarrassment about the Tehran meeting, which followed Iran’s decision to hold a competition for cartoons about the Holocaust in October.

 

But French writer Georges Thiel, who has been convicted in France for spreading revisionist theories about the mass extermination of Jews, said the Holocaust was “an enormous lie”.

 

“Jewish people have been persecuted, that is true, they have been deported, that is true, but there was no machinery of murder in any camp—no gas chambers,” he said in Tehran.

 

Participants included about half a dozen Jews from Europe and the United States clad in long black coats and black hats, some wearing badges depicting the Israeli flag crossed out. One wore a badge saying: “A Jew, not a Zionist.”

 

“We came here to put the Orthodox Jewish viewpoint,” said British Rabbi Ahron Cohen. “We certainly say there was a Holocaust ... But in no way can it be used as a justification for perpetrating unjust acts against the Palestinians.”

 

A former senior Iranian government official, who declined to be named, said that hosting the conference was unwise given diplomatic pressure on Iran over its nuclear program. “Such conferences should not be held,” he said.

 

An Israeli Arab who founded his community’s first Holocaust memorial said Iran refused to let him come. Iran denies visas to Israeli passport holders or anyone with an Israeli visa stamp.

 

“I am disappointed because I wanted to go to the conference and confront those who denied the Holocaust had taken place,” lawyer Khaled Mahameed told Reuters by telephone.

 

commentcomment   PrintPrint  Send to friendSend to friend   
Tag with Del.icio.us Bookmark to del.icio.us



 
33 Talkbacks for this article    See all talkbacks
Please wait for the talkbacks to load

 

RSS RSS | About | Contact Us | Privacy Policy | Terms of use | Advertise with us | Site Map

Site developed by  YIT Advanced Technology Solutions