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    "A proposed conference that stirred ire in Germany earlier this year is now slated to take place next week. Iran is behind the meeting, which is expected to be a platform for Holocaust deniers."

    Iran's Holocaust Conference Plan Prompts Anger


  • #2
    Invalid link Voltaire.


    • #3
      Here it is.


      • #4
        Many thanks, linkmeister

        Well, it is a pretty disgusting conference isn't it folks?



        • #5
          Britons to attend Iran's Holocaust conference


          • #6
            The New York Times:

            Iran to host scholarly seminar on Holocaust


            • #7
              That quote is just peachy... it does not "deny the crimes of Hitler", it just questions whether they happened in the first place.

              Ohhh, well done Mr Ahmadinejad...



              • #8
                Iran hosts Holocaust meeting

                TEHRAN AFP 11/12/2006 12:11 Iran defied an international outcry by holding a conference aimed at breaking taboos on the Holocaust and attended by a number of controversial Western "revisionist" historians.
                Iran says the conference is aimed at providing a forum for historians to air any view about the Holocaust but Western countries have countered the event smacks of denial of the mass slaughter of six million Jews in World War II.
                Among the participants was French professor Robert Faurisson, who denies the existence of the gas chambers and was given a three month suspended sentence in France in October, according to the event's programme.
                Also taking part is Fredrick Toeben, a German-born Australian who is well known for denying the scale of the Holocaust and has spent several months in a German jail for inciting racial hatred. He will give a paper on "The Holocaust: A Murder Weapon".
                Other prominent names on the programme of scheduled speakers include David Duke, a US white supremacist and former Klu Klux Klan member who is due to give a paper entitled "Holocaust Inquiry".
                Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, in his opening address, styled the conference as a scientific forum that would seek to find answers to the questioning of the Holocaust by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
                Ahmadinejad has repeatedly questioned the truth of the Holocaust, at one point describing the event as a "myth" and casting doubt on the scale of the killings.
                "The simple question of the president of Iran: 'If the Holocaust is a historical event why can it not be researched?' set off a a wave of accusations against Iran without trying to find a logical answer," said Mottaki.
                "The basic aim of this conference is not to deny or to prove the Holocaust but is to provide an opportunity for researchers from Europe to give their views about this historical phenomenon," he added.
                The participants will be invited to a private meeting later with Ahmadinejad and a message from the fiercely anti-Israeli president is due to be read out in the course of the conference, although he will not attend himself.
                Other participants at the "Study of the Holocaust: A Global Perspective" included other Western "revisionists" along with Iranian "experts" and members of anti-Zionist Jewish ultra-Orthodox sects which reject the existence of Israel.
                Iran had refused to disclose the identity of the participants before Monday's opening of the two-day meeting, saying they risked having their passports confiscated if their home countries found out.
                The Islamic republic insists that it is well positioned to hold a conference on the Holocaust and angrily rejects charges of anti-Semitism, pointing to the continued existence in Iran of a community of 25,000 Jews.
                However after a call by Ahmadinejad for Israel to be "wiped from the map" and amid continued concerns over the Iranian nuclear programme, Western countries have lost little time in savaging the event.
                "As I understand it, this meeting is really focused on highlighting those people who deny that there was, in fact, a Holocaust," US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said on Friday.
                Germany summoned the Iranian charge d'affaires while French Foreign Minister Philippe Douste-Blazy warned the meeting would be condemned with the utmost firmness by France if it propagated revisionist ideas.
                The conference is the latest brush with controversy for the Islamic republic, which is already facing UN sanctions for failing to agree to halt sensitive nuclear work.
                Historians of the Third Reich, basing their figures on original Nazi documents, generally believe around six million Jews were killed in the Holocaust, although some estimates are slightly lower or higher. Hitler's regime also killed millions of non-Jews.
                It is a crime to deny the Holocaust in a dozen European countries, including Germany and Austria.
                David Irving, a British "revisionist" who attempted to argue that the toll was greatly exaggerated and to play down Hitler's role, was jailed by a Vienna court in February for three years for denying the Holocaust.
                © 2006 АFР. All rights
                A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.
                By: George Bernard Shaw


                • #9
                  David Duke, eh... that says it all. Anti-semitic pricks.



                  • #10
                    The government of Israel on Monday strongly condemned Iran for hosting an international conference questioning whether the Nazis used gas chambers to kill Jews during the Holocaust.

                    The foreign ministry called the conference, which opened Monday in Tehran amid international protests, a "shameless initiative taken by the Iranian government."

                    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who has called for the destruction of Israel and compared it to Auschwitz, is "falsifying the past and the present," said the foreign ministry in a statement.

                    "The statements and acts by the Iranian president are clearly counter-factual and stand in stark contradiction to history, as endorsed unanimously by the international community," it said.

                    "By denying or questioning the Holocaust, the most extreme form of genocide to date, [Ahmadinejad] is challenging the essence of the notion of universal human rights, which was developed by the international community after - and because of - the Shoah," added the statement.

                    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert earlier Monday called the convention "a disturbing event which shows the depth of hatred and the radical fundamentalism within the Iranian government."

                    Meanwhile, the Simon Wisenthal Center on Monday called for signatories to a petition to the United Nations condemning the conference. The center has also organized a convention "simultaneous to the Tehran hate-fest," it said, called Witness To The Truth.

                    The center's conference will operate by video conference in Los Angeles, New York and Toronto, and will bring together "Holocaust survivors whose first hand accounts of the horrors of the Nazis' Final Solution will expose and debunk the deniers."

                    Jewish rabbis were present at the Iranian government-sponsored event, entitled "Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision," alongside academics from Europe, where some countries have made it a crime to deny the Nazi killing of 6 million Jews from 1933 to 1945.

                    The organizers, the Iranian Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS), say the two-day conference has drawn 67 foreign researchers from 30 countries.

                    Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said that if the conference decides that the Holocaust did in fact take place, Iran will endorse this conclusion.

                    The U.S. State Department, German Foreign Ministry and United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan have expressed deep reservations regarding the event, which was initiated by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Some 67 guests from 30 countries have been invited to attend.

                    The event has also drawn widespread criticism from Holocaust survivors, Jewish organizations and human rights group.

                    In Israel, the official Holocaust memorial Yad Vashem issued a statement on Monday condemning the Tehran conference as an attempt to "paint [an] extremist agenda with a scholarly brush."

                    "The Iranian governments pseudo-academic conference, 'Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision,' is an effort to mainstream Holocaust denial and must be unequivocally rejected," Yad Vashem said in its statement.

                    Mottaki dismissed the foreign criticism as "predictable," telling conference delegates in a speech that there was "no logical reason for opposing this conference."

                    The conference was initiated by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad who has said that the killing of six millions of Jews by the Nazi regime during World War II was a "myth" and "exaggerated."

                    "The aim of this conference is not to deny or confirm the Holocaust," Mottaki said in his welcome address. "Its main aim is to create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust."

                    Mottaki is scheduled to read a message from Ahmadinejad at the conference later on Monday.

                    IPIS chief who opened the conference said the gathering seeks to provide an opportunity to discuss the Holocaust in what he called "freedom."

                    Sessions at the two-day conference were to include "Holocaust: Aftermath and Exploitation" and "Demography: Denial or Confirmation?"

                    Among the participants was U.S. academic David Duke, a former Louisiana Republican Representative and Ku Klux Klan leader. He praised Iran for hosting the event.

                    "There must be freedom of speech, it is scandalous that the Holocaust cannot be discussed freely," said Duke. "It makes people turn a blind eye to Israel's crimes against the Palestinian people."

                    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.

                    Participants also included at least five rabbis clad in long black coats and black hats, some wearing badges depicting the Israeli flag crossed out.

                    "We came here to put the Orthodox Jewish viewpoint regarding the attitude to the Holocaust," said British Rabbi Ahron Cohen.

                    "We certainly say there was a Holocaust, we lived through the Holocaust. But in no way can it be used as a justification for perpetrating unjust acts against the Palestinians."

                    The conference has upset Iran's 25,000-strong Jewish community, said Moris Motamed, the sole Jewish representative in Iran's parliament.

                    "Denying it [the Holocaust] is a huge insult," he told Reuters. "By holding this conference, they [the government] are continuing to insult the Jewish community."

                    Many Iranians admitted to embarrassment about the event, which follows Iran's decision to hold a competition for cartoons about the Holocaust in October.

                    Israeli Arab says request to attend summit denied

                    An Israeli Arab said on Monday that Iran had refused him permission to attend the conference, where he had planned to confront those who deny the Nazi genocide took place.

                    Khaled Mahameed, a Muslim lawyer who last year opened a Holocaust museum geared to Arab audiences in theb religiously mixed town of Nazareth, said he tried to attend the event and debate those who deny Nazi Germany slaughtered 6 million Jews.

                    But he said his visa application in neighboring Jordan was turned down.

                    "I am disappointed because I wanted to go to the conference and confront those who denied the Holocaust had taken place," Mahameed, 44, said.

                    Mahameed's community is descended from Arab residents of British Mandate Palestine who stayed on during the 1948 war of the Jewish state's founding. Hundreds of thousands of other Palestinian Arabs fled or were expelled during the fighting.

                    Mahameed noted that many Arabs resent Israel, seeing it as a shelter for Holocaust survivors that was created with the backing of Western nations seeking to expunge guilt for inaction during World War Two.

                    Israel decries Iran-sponsored Holocaust denial conference


                    • #11
                      Iran hosted a conference yesterday of Holocaust deniers - including KKK cuckoo David Duke - prompting worldwide outrage.

                      "It's beyond words in terms of being grotesque and offensive, and yet we have to deal with it because it is happening in a neighborhood that supports it," said Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

                      The two-day parlay was initiated by Israel-bashing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who billed the conference as a scholarly discussion of history.

                      Meeting of sick minds


                      • #12
                        How the west reports President Ahmadinejad speech:

                        Iranian president says Israel's days are numbered

                        What Iran's President said as reported in Iranian press:

                        President: Curve of Zionist regime's life on decline


                        • #13
                          Charles Fried:

                          Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the egregious president of Iran, is hosting a conference this week on whether the Holocaust really happened. There are serious questions that someone with Ahmadinejad's hostile attitude toward the state of Israel might ask about the Holocaust — did it justify the settlement of its survivors in Palestine in the first place and has Israel misused the Holocaust to justify the Israeli settlements in the occupied territories? — but whether the Holocaust ever happened is not one of them. To even somewhat sensible, mildly educated people, Ahmadinejad's conference is like having a conference about whether the world might be flat after all.

                          Although Iran surely intends this as an affront to Israel and Jewish people everywhere — my family and I fled Czechoslovakia in 1939, leaving my grandparents and many relatives behind to die in Theresienstad and Auschwitz — the real victims of this minor latter-day outrage are the Iranian people and rational discourse everywhere.

                          What Ahmadinejad's conference proclaims is that truth has no place in the world of politics; that if your ends are just, you can say anything, no matter how far-fetched. Ahmadinejad tells us that his pursuit of advanced nuclear capabilities is for peaceful purposes only: power generation, medical applications and not as part of a weapons program. Why would a rational person put faith in any assurance from a man so contemptuous of truth or even think there is any point in negotiating with him?

                          But Ahmadinejad's tortured logic seems almost broad-minded compared with Turkey's stringent criminal prohibition on any suggestion that such a thing as its genocide of the Armenian people ever happened. Many brave Turkish writers and journalists have suffered persecution in recent times for proclaiming what no reasonable person would deny. Yet the Armenian genocide is as certain a historic fact as Hitler's European Holocaust, for which Ataturk's may well have served as a model and feasability study. (A recent brief, horrifying and thoroughly documented account can be found in Niall Ferguson's War of the World.) Turkey and Iran turn truth into either a crime or charade.

                          And then there is the converse: What about countries like Canada and many in Europe that make it an offense to offer propositions derogatory of races or religions, or to deny the Holocaust, or proposed legislation in France that would make it a crime to deny the Armenian genocide. Here, too, the truth and how we come to know it suffers. States that forbid such palpable lies degrade the currency of truth as much as those who proclaim a lie as their national policy.

                          For in the end, the only way to bite the nickel to make sure it's genuine is in debate, assertion and counterassertion. That is the process in which extremists in Iran and Turkey are shown to be what they are — charlatans and liars. But states that shut down that process, even to inane propositions like Holocaust or Armenian genocide denial, debase the currency of truth every bit as much as their opposites. For in their zeal, they assign to themselves, to politics, and to official power (with its prosecutors, judges and jailors) an authority that can reside only in the forum of individual judgment and conviction.

                          There is such a thing as truth; that is why Holocaust deniers are fools or liars. But that is exactly why there can be no such thing as official truth — truth endorsed, policed and enforced by the power of the state. Truth is above politics, and judges politics, which is why politics has no authority to proclaim it. Official truth is a contradiction in terms.

                          In one respect the Turks seem worse than the Iranians: They make it a crime to tell the truth, while Ahmadinejad claims to doubt what only a fool or scoundrel would deny. Because there is a truth about the Holocaust and Armenian genocide, this doubt is foolish, but that judgment is not a judgment of politics but of the free mind that judges politics.

                          The Holocaust, the truth and the free mind


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Al-khiyal View Post
                            How the west reports President Ahmadinejad speech:

                            Iranian president says Israel's days are numbered

                            What Iran's President said as reported in Iranian press:

                            President: Curve of Zionist regime's life on decline
                            Funnily enough, the second version looks even more like weasel words than the first, given that it comes from the President of a nation that hosted the Holocaust denial conference, offering space to the likes of Neo-Nazi David Duke and other assorted pariahs.



                            • #15

                              Why are Jews at the 'Holocaust denial' conference?


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