Skip to comments.Iran opens conference questioning the Holocaust (David Duke attends)
Posted on 12/11/2006 4:49:20 AM PST by Ellesu
TEHRAN, (Reuters) - Iran opened a conference on Monday to examine the Holocaust and question whether Nazi Germany used gas chambers to kill Jews, drawing condemnation in the West and criticism from Iran's Jewish community.
Jewish rabbis were present at the government-sponsored event "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 aim of this conference is not to deny or confirm the Holocaust," Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said in a welcome address. "Its main aim is to create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust."
The event, which Iran has said will question whether gas chambers were actually used against the Jews, has drawn widespread criticism from Holocaust survivors, Jewish organisations, human rights groups and Western governments.
Sessions at the two-day conference, held at the Foreign Ministry's Institute for Political and International Studies, were to include "Holocaust: Aftermath and Exploitation" and "Demography: Denial or Confirmation?"
The conference was inspired by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who since coming to power in August 2005 has sparked international condemnation with comments referring to the Holocaust as a "myth" and calling Israel a "tumour".
Among the participants was U.S. academic David Duke, a former Louisiana Republican Representative. He praised Iran for hosting the event. "There must be freedom of speech, it is scandalous that the Holocaust cannot be discussed freely," Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan leader told Reuters. "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 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."
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 ordinary Iranians admitted to embarrassment about the event, which follows Iran's decision to hold a competition for cartoons about the Holocaust in October.
A former senior government official, who declined to be named, said that hosting the conference was unwise given diplomatic pressure on Iran over its nuclear programme. "Such conferences should not be held," he said.
"Its main aim is to create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust."
When will the conference be that will let us say what we think about Islam freely?
Where was Jimmah Cartah?
let the idiots have at the scab they think they have found to pick
what I'd like to know is to what they are using it to cover
I'm telling you if I was a vistor from another
planet, I would look at what was going on in
this world and conclude that the goal of it's
people was to do the most stupid, idiotic,
imbicilic things ever imagined!
In a far away private place there are over 6 million Jews, all passengers and crew from 9-11 airplanes and numerous checks that have been mailed to creditors.
This is why general Eisenhower had pictures and movies taken when the camps were liberated. He knew one day people would say "It never happened".
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I won't link to it but here's Dukes webpage supporting Cindy Sheehan. If he had supported the president the media would have been swinging the site like a club but they don't want to talk about this one.
"Jewish rabbis were present at the government-sponsored event "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."
Anyone think to invite the few remaining survivors of those camps? Nah, guess not.
When Ahmadinejhad gets wound up with his nuclear weapon he will make the Holocaust look like a hike in the park. He has every intention of genocide against Israel. If the jews in Iran are smart they will start looking for a place to move to IMO.
Its pretty certain they arent wanted in Iran by the powers that be.
last i read was that he was doin russia, while facing tax 'problems' here-did those get 'resolved'?...
And while there probably are a few misguided Jews who would behave so, anyone can stick on a false beard and dress in black for a demonstration...
...or call himself Rabbi.
Don't hold your breath... that's not to be tolerated, even in the U.S.
Duke also showed up in Crawford to support Cindy Sheehad.
Boy, would that bring the Iranian thing full circle!
Reuters strikes again. AP, as bad as they are, didn't even mention this idiot being in attendance, let alone giving him the appearance of anything approaching actual credentials on the subject.
If I can remember, didn't Duke switch to republican so he could win the representitive seat?
In this day and age, I am baffled why any Jew would vote Democrat.
Duke is a traitor and should be arrested and tried for treason.
Israel can't start bombing Iran soon enough.