"Iran's foreign minister questioned the right of Israel to exist yesterday at the opening of a provocative conference on the Holocaust. The two-day gathering in Teheran is being attended by dozens of international guests, including a British anti-Zionist rabbi, who will hear presentations debating the use of the gas chambers.
The Teheran conference was attended by six members of Jews United Against Zionism. Some wore badges that had Israel’s flag crossed out
In opening remarks, Manouchehr Mottaki said: "If the official version of the Holocaust is thrown into doubt, then the identity and nature of Israel will be thrown into doubt. If... it is proved that the Holocaust was a historical reality, then what is the reason for the Palestinians having to pay the cost of the Nazis' crimes?" (source)
Aside from the obvious lunacy of doubting a heavily documented historical event that still has living survivors replete with tell-tale tattoos, what struck me was Iran "celebrating" this "conference" as proof of free speech in their theocratic land. Deny the Holocaust and it's free speech, but be a Blogger and be put in prison. Makes sense.
Having personally met three Holocaust survivors and also Corrie ten Boom, this disgusts me more than I can say. And worse that it is sponsored by a Sovereign State that is on the verge of nuclear weapons (a Sovereign State that we are being urged to dialogue with) and not just some wacky KKK or conspiracy people...
I understand the KKK members that were in attendance (wouldn’t they hate the Arabs as much/more than the Jews?), but what’s with the Hasidim?!