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Holocaust denier establishes party in Japan

Richard Koshimizu claims no Jews were murdered during World War II, and that Hitler was funded and protected by Jews. Anti-Semite political activist to deliver public speech at State-funded venue this week

TOKYO – A Japanese political activist who holds radical anti-Semitic views, Richard Koshimizu, has set up a political party named "Independence Party," and is planning to deliver a public speech in the city of Kyoto this week.


Koshimizu operates a website in which he claims that no Jews were murdered during the Holocaust, and that only 60,000 Jews died of diseases in the war. According to the site, Adolf Hitler was the grandson of Solomon Meyer Rothschild, and the Nazi dictator's rise to power was funded by Rothschild and other Jewish corporations.


On the site, Koshimizu writes that Hitler fled to Argentina at the end of the war and after he saw that his objective – the establishment of a Jewish state – had materialized. He lived there until 1980, protected by the Jewish community, the site states.


The site goes on to claim that Jews were behind the 9/11 terror attacks, and behind the dropping of the atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.


Israel handling matter 'quietly'  

Koshimizu's site would not have attracted so much attention had it not been for his plan to carry a speech at a place called Campus Plaza, which is run by a state-funded organization, the Kyoto University Union.


A senior Israeli Foreign Minister official confirmed to Ynet that the site is genuine and that Kushimozo will apparently deliver the speech on June 9. According to the source, the speech is part of the campaign to raise support for the new party.


The official stated that Jerusalem was handling the matter carefully and quietly, in order not to give publicity to the man and the views and party he was promoting.


He added that the Japanese government was unable to prevent the speech, for freedom of speech considerations, and that such a ban could even have the opposite effect of contributing to Koshimizu's media exposure.


The Japanese Foreign Ministry said in response, "Although the venue of the talk seems to be a room inside the building administrated by the Consortium of Universities in Kyoto, the Consortium itself seems to have nothing to do with the event, except lending that room.


"And anyway, according to Japanese laws, non-profit foundations such as the Consortium of the Universities in Kyoto are totally independent bodies from the Japanese Government, even though their establishment should be approved by the Governmental ministries concerned."


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פרסום ראשון: 06.05.07, 10:52
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