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The dregs gather

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s ludicrous Holocaust conference gets under way (though not everybody is allowed to participate):

Holocaust deniers and skeptics from around the world gathered at a government-sponsored conference here today to discuss their theories about whether six million Jews were indeed killed by the Nazis during World War II and whether gas chambers existed.

In a speech opening the two-day conference, Rasoul Mousavi, head of the Iranian Foreign Ministry’s Institute for Political and International Studies, which organized the event, said it was an opportunity for scholars to discuss the subject “away from Western taboos and the restriction imposed on them in Europe”…

Most of the speakers at the conference today praised Mr. Ahmadinejad’s comments.

Bendikt Frings, 48, a psychologist from Germany, said he believed Mr. Ahmadinejad was “an honest direct man,” and said he had come to the conference to thank him for what he had initiated.

“We are forbidden to have such a conference in Germany,” he said. “ All my childhood, we waited for something like this.”

Toben Feredrick, from Australia, said Mr. Ahmadinejad has opened an issue “which is morally and intellectually crippling the Western society.”

“People are imprisoned in Germany for denying the Holocaust,” he added.

Some of the invited guests are surprising, to say the least:

Other Western “revisionists” presented what they called new facts about the Holocaust at the conference, which also attracted attendees from some ultra-Orthodox Jews belonging to anti-Zionist sects that reject the state of Israel. One participant wearing the traditional long black coat and hat of such groups wore a badge saying: “A Jew, not a Zionist.”

These Jews give Judaism a bad name.

Although this conference is justifiably regarded as a freak show in the West, more pressing issues are at hand, such as Israeli Prime Minister’s “admission” of his country’s nuclear arsenal. Memo to the world’s media: we’ve known this for around four decades, but thanks for the message.

11 comments ↪
  • viva peace

    I would have thought that "more pressing issues" included the girls strung up by forklifts and hanged in town squares all across Iran, but I digress. Perhaps you will insist it is "just their culture?"

    The most pressing issue is the Times describing that man as a "Palestinian." He is an Israeli for goodness sake.

  • Suze

    He is an arab so perhaps he self-identifies as Palestinian?

  • viva peace

    Why and what possible basis?

  • Suze

    Why:because his family lost their home in Al Lajjoun in 1948.

    Basis: well most recently UN resolution 181 (and of course all of the other resolutions you would rather did not exist.)

    A palestinian man opening a holocaust museum stick in your craw V1 & V2?

  • viva peace

    Who cares where he lost his home? He is an Israeli. And what a hide! The Muslims never even identified as Palestinian until the 1970s. They refused to. It was the Jews who identified as Palestinians up to 1948.

    181??? ROFL. Yeah, as if a Chapter 4 UNGA Resolution from 1947 has any relevance today. Please.

  • Suze

    So by your logic I can mount an argument against Israel on the basis that "the jews did not Identify as Israelis until 1948?" You really are the most appalling bigot V1 &2.

    You think the momentum hasn't swung already. You are deceiving yourself.

  • Suze

    They refused to. It was the Jews who identified as Palestinians up to 1948.

    Doesn't this rather contradict your claim on another thread that "Israel was already formed by 1940."

    Note to Viva's handlers: please coordinate talking points better.

  • viva peace

    OK. The institutions necessary to sustain a state. Is that better? Either way, it is just plain fraudulent to speak of the Arabs of this period as "palestinian" when they refused to do so themselves.

    Israelis started identifying as Israelis in 1948 coz that was whern er, er, er you know the state of Israel was formed, like?

    If these facts are what constitutes "appalling bigotry" in your dictionary, you are one very sad and deluded little girl.

  • Suze

    No it's your refusal to recognize Palestinian as a legitimate identification for contemporary arabs whose families once lived under the British Mandate that is bigotry (as evidenced by your objection to Muhamedeer being called a Palestinian). If it weren't for your eponymous commitment to peace I would say you had an objection to the whole idea of a Palestinian state.

  • viva peace

    Suze

    The idea of another Palestinian state is irrelevant to this particular debate except in one respect. If you must rely on lies and misrepresentation of history in order to advance your political agenda, people will ask "what is wrong with your political agenda that you are you trying to cover up?"

  • Suze

    Where is the lie? His family were from Al Lajjoun. He works to convince less moderate Palestinians to acknowledge the suffering of the jews in the holocaust. He tried to attend the iranian conference to put this view. Why are you spending so much time attacking such a man?

    Even if there were a lie (and there is not) your argument would be yet another in your impressive range of logical fallacies. The fallacy of the lonely fact. The truth or otherwise of a single individual's Palestinian idenity has no bearing on the political agenda of those who wish to see an end to the brutal occupation. Or are you questioning his agenda??