December 11, 2006: Tehran, Iran hosts a 2-day International Conference to Review the Global Vision of the Holocaust. While the term can be used for other sponsored genocides, this conference was in reference to the Holocaust perpetrated by Adolph Hitler and the National Socialist German Workers’ Party (Nazi). Fifteen of the best and brightest men in the Third Reich came up with the “Final Solution of the Jewish Question.” Between 9 and 11 million people were killed. Most of the victims were Jews – 5.9 million. The Roma, Soviets, ethnic Poles, the disabled, and gay men along with political opponents were also targeted.
Iranian Foreign Minister, Manouchehr Mottaki, invited 67 attendees from 30 countries. This was to be an open discussion for scholars. David Duke, former Louisiana House of Representative and Imperial Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan was one “scholar.” The other American was anti-Zionist Yisroel Dovid Weiss. His own father hid in a cellar during World War II and his grandparents, aunts, and uncles all died in the camps. He has stated since the conference that he does not deny the horrors of the Holocaust but went to speak about the differences between Zionists and Jews.
The UN condemned the conference while much of Iran tried to disassociate itself from the 2-day event. While presenting papers to like-minded individuals, a veritable panoply of revisionist tactics were used. Not only were Jews not targeted for anything, but many of them did not die. It was all, said the “scholars” at the conference, propaganda. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad predicted the disintegration of Israel. No one from Israel was there. Khaled Kasab Mahameed’s invitation was revoked after it was learned he held Israeli citizenship.
The UN was outraged and so was much of the world. Germany organized a counter-conference. Israel’s Prime Minister denounced the Iranian conference while in Germany. The US, France, and the UK joined their voices in condemnation of the Iranian’s willful denial of historical facts. Others protested the bastardization of history. The Pope and Archbishop of Canterbury called the conference disgraceful. On December 15, 35 of the world’s leading policy institutes broke off relations with the Institute for Political and International Studies, the host of the conference.
“Review of the Holocaust: Global Vision is intended to create an opportunity for thinkers who cannot express their views freely in Europe about the Holocaust.” – Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.
“Denying historical facts, especially on such an important subject as the Holocaust, is just not acceptable. Nor is it acceptable to call for the elimination of any State or people.” – United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon
“As a truly patriotic American I oppose Americans being killed or maimed by the thousands in Iraq in a war not for America, but for Israel. I am here because I love my country and oppose those who lead America and the world to ruin on behalf of Zionism.” – David Duke
“While the nations of the world gather here to affirm the historicity of the Holocaust with the intent of never again allowing genocide, a Member of this Assembly is acquiring the capabilities to carry out its own. The President of Iran is in fact saying: ‘There really was no Holocaust, but just in case, we shall finish the job.'” – Israeli Ambassador Dan Gillerman
This article first appeared at examiner.com in 2009. Editor’s update: The Institute for Political and International Studies (IPIS) is an Iranian foreign policy think tank and part of Iran’s foreign ministry. According to their website, their main objectives are: 1) To conduct and promote independent research in the field of international relations; 2) To undertake and encourage the analysis, research and dissemination of knowledge in the political, economic, legal, strategic, security and cultural issues; 3) To collect and publish reliable information and assessments on international affairs; 4) To advocate the analytic understanding of issues affecting the Islamic Republic of Iran; and 5) To provide consultations to policy makers and relevant departments of the foreign ministry of the Islamic Republic of Iran. The capital of Iran (official name is the Islamic Republic of Iran) is located in Tehran and the Supreme Leader is Grand Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President is Dr. Hassan Rouhani. There are over 75 million Iranians living there with the official language is Persian and the major export is oil.
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