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Khamenei’s Holocaust denial exposes a larger problem of Iranian antisemitism

Khamenei’s Holocaust denial exposes a larger problem of Iranian antisemitism Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Updates    

"Holocaust is an event whose reality is uncertain and if it has happened, it's uncertain how it has happened" read a tweet on the Twitter account of Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. The Supreme Leader's comments are an important reminder of the real beliefs, ideology and objectives which underpin the Iranian regime.

Peace process crisis/ Palestinians learning about the Holocaust?

Peace process crisis/ Palestinians learning about the Holocaust? Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel, Palestinians, Updates    

This Update leads with the crisis in the peace process, with US Secretary of State John Kerry cancelling a planned trip to the Middle East after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas signed applications for "Palestine" to join 15 international bodies in violation of the agreement underlying the deal to hold talks for nine months. This occurred after Israel failed to release a scheduled group of 26 Palestinian prisoners on March 29, arguing that Palestinians were not living up to their side of the deal by refusing to negotiate directly since November.

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Australians for Palestine's graphic prejudice

Australians for Palestine's graphic prejudice Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Anti-Zionism, Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates    

In Australia and elsewhere, proponents of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions ('BDS') campaign against Israel consistently claim that the campaign is about human rights and has no racial element. ... Yet time and again, leading BDS figures are exposed for supporting various neo-Nazi and/or Islamist thinkers because of what those thinkers say about Jews. ... The degree to which casual antisemitism has become acceptable in the pro-BDS discourse is probably what led to Australians for Palestine ('AfP') deciding that this was an appropriate image to use on their website...

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Misused and Abused

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Misused and Abused Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Antisemitism, Egypt, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates    

Increasingly January 27, ‘International Holocaust Remembrance Day' is being misused and abused. This year was no exception with three prominent cases: Gerald Scarfe's cartoon in the Sunday Times; former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi's comments praising Italy's former fascist dictator Benito Mussolini who was allied with Hitler's Nazi Germany; and most concerning were the outrageous comments made by Fathi Shihab-Eddim, a senior figure close to Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi who chose January 27 to deny the Holocaust.

Asia Watch: Sporting colours

Asia Watch: Sporting colours Author: Michael Shannon Categories: Asia, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

Emerging from nearly two decades of military rule, Myanmar has been a largely closed country known mainly for its iconic figure of democratic resistance Aung San Su Kyyi. Recent visitors have been surprised to find that amidst the transition to democracy, one may encounter young men sporting large swastikas and other Nazi symbols on t-shirts and World War II-style motorcycle helmets on the streets of Yangon.

The Last Word: A Sad Conversation

The Last Word: A Sad Conversation Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

In an age of readily accessible documents and analyses, there is simply no excuse for anyone to not know about the Nazis' intentions, the attempted genocide of Jewry, and the bravery of those who opposed them.

The second subject of the tribute was Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat based in Budapest during the Nazi occupation, who at great risk to (and eventual cost of) his own liberty and life, acted as a human being in a time when inhumanity was seemingly all powerful.

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The Last Word: Racism and Misrepresentations

The Last Word: Racism and Misrepresentations Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Asia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel    

The setting was the "Fourth World Peace Forum", an initiative of a major Indonesian Islamic group and a Malaysian NGO whose leader promoted the philosophy of Confucius, in the Indonesian city of Bogor.

The discussion began when I was asked about my recent visit to Poland, and within a few sentences, the topic was how an area which was once the home to tens of thousands of Jewish people now counted precisely one Jewish person in its population.

The group who were listening were all from Asia, were Muslim and Hindu, and had only a cursory knowledge of Nazism and the Shoah.

The Last Word: Reflections from The Pit

The Last Word: Reflections from The Pit Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

On October 21, on a cold and drizzly day, I was in central Belarus, speaking at the commemoration of the seventieth anniversary of the liquidation of the Minsk Ghetto.

The venue, known as Yamma ("The Pit"), features a dramatic landscape of installations which bear eternal witness to the brutality and evil of the Nazi regime.

Speakers addressed a large audience, braving biting winds to honour the dead. They included men and women who had shown tremendous courage to stand up to both Nazism and the attempts by the Soviets to destroy any remnants of Jewish community life.

Europa Europa: A Square of Shame

Europa Europa: A Square of Shame Author: Douglas Davis Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

France has had a difficult time coming to terms with its wartime role in the destruction of Europe's Jews. For years, successive French presidents attended the annual July 16 memorial ceremony at the site of the Vélodrome d'Hiver, a cycling arena in Paris, where the Jews were assembled before being shipped to Auschwitz. The presidents attended, but they remained silent, acknowledging the tragedy but refusing to accept French responsibility.

Media Week - Newton’s gravity-free zone; Village idiots; Exceptionally bad

Media Week - Newton’s gravity-free zone; Village idiots; Exceptionally bad Author: Allon Lee Categories: Anti-Zionism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel, Media/ Academia, Palestinians, Updates    

Australian Palestine Advocacy Network vice-president Robert Newton offered up a series of red herrings in the Canberra Times (21/8) to justify why "Unless Israel stops the illegal construction of settlements in the West Bank there will be no resumption of negotiations which have been stalled since December 2010".

Between 1993 and 2009 the Palestinian Authority (PA) did not insist on a settlements building freeze as a precondition to peace talks.

Media Week - Burns' lukewarm analysis; Some get it, others don’t; Justice denied

Media Week - Burns' lukewarm analysis; Some get it, others don’t; Justice denied Author: Allon Lee Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Israel, Media/ Academia, Updates    

Former US diplomat Nicholas Burns argued that a diplomatic solution will only arise when America "create[s] a direct channel between Washington and Tehran and begin[s] an extended one-on-one negotiation with all issues on the table...To be successful, however, the US must be ready to compromise by offering imaginative proposals that would permit Iran civil nuclear power but deny it a nuclear weapon."

A Brazilian-Turkish deal in May 2011 offering Iran medium-enriched uranium for medical research came unstuck when Iran started putting impossible conditions on any such deal, Sydney Morning Herald (Aug. 17).

The Last Word: Crime Without Punishment

The Last Word: Crime Without Punishment Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Immigration/ Multiculturalism    

Tragically, with a series of trials ending without prosecutions, with Nazi murderers avoiding trials due to infirmity or old age, with each and every tactic used to avoid and delay prosecution or extradition, no person who came to Australia has borne punitive consequences.

With the decision in August by the High Court of Australia to prevent extradition to Hungary of Charles Zentai, the eyes of all concerned with the fate of criminals against humanity were turned towards Australia.

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing

Incitement watch: Hamas denies Holocaust and Israeli-Arab Parliamentarian supports Burgas bombing Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Palestinians, Updates    

When Hamas is criticised for its antisemitic and genocidal rhetoric, the common trend is to refer to its 1988 charter, which repeats traditional antisemitic conspiracy theories, specifically cites notorious antisemitic propaganda document 'The Protocols of the Elders of Zion', and contains some explicit calls to murder Jews. In return, apologists for Hamas have alleged that the charter is no longer a relevant document and accused Hamas detractors of using the document deceptively to demonise an innocent organisation.

Unfortunately, repeated statements from Hamas indicate that the spirit of the charter pervades the organisation to this day. A recent episode concerning Palestinian Authority (PA) official Ziad Al-Bandak is a case in point...

US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals

US clamping-down on terror supporters and war criminals Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: America, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Sudan, Syria, Terrorism, Updates    

After frequent calls on this blog for some action against Sudanese President Omar Bashir, it is welcome news that the US Congress is committing to halt aid to any country that hosts the indicted war criminal.

A US House of Representatives press release reports that the House Appropriations Committee has adopted an amendment to the State and Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for 2013 to this effect, proposed by Representative Frank Wolf...

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah

Scribblings: Israel and the Shoah Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Israel    

Debate about Israel often leads back to the Shoah, the World War II Nazi Holocaust. The Holocaust is of course a constant background for many Jews both in Israel and out - an horrific presence, but also an important source of shared experience, and nation building, as well as the ultimate argument for the belief that Jews need self-determination in their own state, i.e. Zionism.

But the Shoah is also increasingly being invoked by Israel's critics...

Sudanese President's all-out call for genocide

Sudanese President's all-out call for genocide Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Sudan, Updates    

Yesterday, this blog noted how serious the ongoing escalation in the conflict between Sudan and South Sudan could potentially be, pointing out some chilling sentiments coming from Sudanese President Omar Bashir -- who has been flaunting an International Criminal Court indictment for Crimes Against Humanity since 2008.

MEMRI has translated a recent speech given by Bashir that was shown on Sudanese TV, in which he uses what appears to be explicitly genocidal language against the people of South Sudan and the Nuba Mountains:

Our lands in the Blue Nile Province and in South Kordofan continue to be defiled by their forces. Your role and your jurisdiction right now -- we don't want any vermin left in the Blue Nile Province. We don't want any insects left in the Nuba Mountains. ...

Netanyahu on Gunter Grass and Iran

Netanyahu on Gunter Grass and Iran Author: Ahron Shapiro Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Israel, Updates    

The Iranian nuclear question, Yom Hashoah and the controversy surrounding a recent poem by Gunter Grass, were the backdrop for a recent long interview Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave to the German newspaper Welt am Sontag.

In the interview, published on April 22, Netanyahu explained to the German audience what offended Israel most about Grass' poem "What Must be Said" - which depicted Israel as a potentially genocidal aggressor against Iran. Under questioning, the Prime Minister also defended his positions on the risks of a nuclear-armed Iran.

Later in the interview, he rebuffed claims that the continued existence of West Bank settlements are harming the prospects of peace with the Palestinians...

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Exploiting the Holocaust  and hanging homosexuals in Iran

Exploiting the Holocaust and hanging homosexuals in Iran Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Islamic Extremism, Updates    

Yesterday, the Jewish world was commemorating the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day (Yom Ha'Shoah). Iran, however, decided to mark the day a little differently.

The Iranian regime is notorious for its persistent denial of the Holocaust -- for example, a huge controversy erupted in Germany last month when an interview with the Iranian President was aired on public television in which he denied the Holocaust. (For more on Iran's efforts to sponsor Holocaust denial internationally, see...

Essay: Creative Desecration

Essay: Creative Desecration Author: Matthias Küntzel Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran    

Iran's policies now lie at the centre of world politics. Far too little attention, however, is being paid to the unique ideological atmosphere that makes the Iranian nuclear weapons program so dangerous.

Holocaust denial is certainly the cruellest aspect of this ideology, for whoever denies the Holocaust kills the victims a second time. The denial of the Holocaust is also its most bewildering aspect - no other crime in history is better documented.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

International Holocaust Remembrance Day Author: Sharyn Mittelman Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Updates    

January 27 marks the day that Auschwitz-Birkenau - the largest Nazi death camp was liberated. In November 2005, the United Nations passed a resolution to designate January 27 as International Holocaust Remembrance Day (IHRD) to honour the victims of the Holocaust - the genocide that resulted in the annihilation of 6 million Jews, 2 millions Gypsies and millions of others by the Nazi regime.

The UN resolution establishing IHRD urges every member nation of the UN to honour the memory of Holocaust victims and develop educational programs as part of an international resolve to help prevent future acts of genocide. The UN resolution also rejects denial of the Holocaust, and condemns discrimination and violence based on religion or ethnicity.

On this day and on every day, it is important to ask, has the world learnt the lessons from the Holocaust?

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Fairfax’s Chomsky and Holocaust Denial whitewash

Fairfax’s Chomsky and Holocaust Denial whitewash Author: Tzvi Fleischer Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Media/ Academia, Updates    

On October 22, the Age and Sydney Morning Herald "Good Weekend" magazine ran a profile written by Jane Wheatley of prominent American linguistics expert, radical author and political activist Noam Chomsky. It is not available online, but was almost wholly complimentary to its subject - so much so that it completely re-wrote the history of one of the most controversial aspects of Chomsky's long career in public controversy, his 1979 defence of French Holocaust denier Robert Faurisson...

I penned a letter to "Good Weekend" setting this matter straight.

A Saudi scholar reveals what Arabs learn about the Holocaust

A Saudi scholar reveals what Arabs learn about the Holocaust Author: Or Avi-Guy Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Saudi Arabia    

Mansour Al-Hadj, a Saudi journalist, reveals in an article (Oct. 24) on the reformist website 'Aafaq', the dark truth about the teaching of the Holocaust in the Saudi education system, which is being projected around the world through Saudi institutions abroad. Al-Hadj writes about the distorted representation of the Holocaust he was exposed to in Saudi Arabia, especially due to the school curricula which failed to present this event as an atrocity, or even as a crime. Instead, according to his experiences, it encouraged eternal enmity against the Jews and other non-Muslims, sympathy towards Hitler's plan and taught that Muslims were destined to carry out a similar program of extermination of Jews in future.

The Biblio File: The Faustian Bargain

The Biblio File: The Faustian Bargain Author: Ron Rosenbaum Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes    

Alvin Rosenfeld is a brave man, and his new work is courageous. The book is called The End of the Holocaust, and it is not reluctant to take on the unexamined pieties that have grown up around the slaughter, and the sentimentalisation that threatens to smother it in meretricious uplift.

Bringing Gaddafi to justice may be a trial for NATO

Bringing Gaddafi to justice may be a trial for NATO Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Libya, United Nations, Updates    

If the hiding place of recently deposed Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is found, there is always the question of where, how and even if he will be brought to trial. Lawyer/activist Geoffrey Robertson has written an op-ed in today's Sydney Morning Herald, calling for Gaddafi to be handed-over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) rather than summarily executed or given a farcical show-trial a la Saddam Hussein. Robertson argues that only an ICC trial would truly expose Gaddafi as the monster that he is.

There must be no repeat of the Bush administration's error of allowing Saddam to be speedily executed for a minor offence while his greatest atrocities, such as the 1988 chemical attack at Halabja, which killed 7000 civilians, went uninvestigated and unprosecuted...

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The world's eyes unable to focus on Iran

The world's eyes unable to focus on Iran Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Israel, Quartet, United Nations, Updates    

This blog has been closely following the inexplicable failure of the Western World to apply proper scrutiny to Iran, as well as the internal strife that is currently gripping the Islamic Republic. A very poignant editorial in today's Jerusalem Post argues that the UN, too, has failed to apply adequate attention to the Ayatollah regime. The Post points-out the incredible amount of attention that the Palestinian Authority's upcoming statehood bid in the UN is receiving, juxtaposing this with the relatively negligible consideration given to Iran.

Former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, noted this disturbing fact in a meeting Tuesday with The Jerusalem Post editorial staff.

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children

Textbook antisemitism for Arab children Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: America, Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Jordan, Lebanon, Middle East, Palestinians, Saudi Arabia    

Hannah Rosenthal, the US State Department's Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat anti-Semitism, has just completed a visit to Lebanon, Jordan and Saudi Arabia in a bid to reduce the antisemitic content of their education syllabuses. As she told JTA, the State Department has found the textbooks produced in these countries to be replete with extremely offensive material regarding Jews, as well as Christians and women. The antisemitic subject matter included references to Jews as the "spawn of monkeys and pigs", as well as material from The Protocols of The Elders of Zion...

The Continuing Quest for Justice

The Continuing Quest for Justice Author: Efraim Zuroff Categories: Holocaust/ War Crimes    

In bringing Nazi war criminals to justice, I sometimes encounter a certain amount of scepticism. I divide these sceptics into two groups.

The smaller group is ideologically opposed to prosecuting Nazis.

The larger group wonders whether, so many years after the war, the effort to hold to account those who committed the crimes is worth it.

 

The forgotten struggle in Libya?

The forgotten struggle in Libya? Author: Daniel Meyerowitz-Katz Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Libya, Middle East, Updates    

Associated Press writers Matti Friedman, Aron Heller and Michelle Faul have given this bleak reminder of the once proud Jewish community of Libya, who were driven-out over several decades and currently live in exile as a diaspora - mostly in Israel.

The article outlines the current feelings of the Libyan Jewish communities:

Bublil-Waldman, who heads an organization of Jews from Arab countries in San Francisco, said she was still angry and hurt by the memory of her family's expulsion from Libya. Those feelings remained strong, she said, and at this point she "would be afraid to go." Navit Barel, a 34-year-old Israeli of Libyan descent, said the upheaval made her want to visit the country where her parents were born. Her mother and father, now deceased, both grew up near the Dar al-Bishi synagogue. "I feel like it brought back my yearning to talk to my father," she said.

Jones in high-level dialogue in Bosnia

Jones in high-level dialogue in Bosnia Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Media Releases    

Jeremy Jones, Director of International and Community Affairs for the Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council, was in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo for a series of high-level discussions last week. The visit, organised as a result of Jones hosting leading Bosnian religious and political figures for meetings in Australia over the past few years, was designed to strengthen the ties between Bosnians and Jews as well as Bosnia and Australia.

The Biblio File: Justice, Not Denied

The Biblio File: Justice, Not Denied Author: Lauren Jones Categories: Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry    

After 30 years devoted to identifying, hunting down, and lobbying foreign governments to prosecute suspected war criminals, comes a long-awaited memoir by Efraim Zuroff, historian and current Director of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre in Jerusalem. Despite the passage of time, decline in health and advanced age of the alleged Nazi war criminals, Zuroff launched "Operation Last Chance" in 2002, a final attempt to bring remaining war criminals to justice via a system of rewards for verifiable tips about previously unidentified suspects.

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The Last Word: Time to join the Task Force Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry    

After more than a decade of activity, the ITF still generates energy, enthusiasm and creativity. It serves as a facilitator of co-operation and the exchange of ideas designed to bring about "best practise" in combating the malevolent ideas which lay at the basis of Nazism and acts as a counterweight to those who seek to deny, diminish and misrepresent the nature, and abuse the memory, of the Shoah.

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Rome and Jerusalem Author: Amotz Asa-El Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry, Israel    

The papacy of Pius XII represented a low point in the history of Catholic-Jewish relations, but several years after it ended, a theological rapprochement between Catholicism and Judaism ensued, eventually producing a political honeymoon between the Holy See and the Jewish state.

Thank Evans Author: Allon Lee Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes    

Up until the year 2000, David Irving was the Henry Ford of the Holocaust denial industry. But a lawsuit brought by Irving against a critic effectively put a spanner in his production line of hate.

AIJAC pays tribute to Simon Weisenthal Categories: Antisemitism, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Media Releases    

Australia/Israel & Jewish Affairs Council National Chairman Mark Leibler AC and Executive Director Dr. Colin Rubenstein expressed their sorrow upon the death of acclaimed Nazi-hunter Simon Wiesenthal at the age of 96. Wiesenthal was a Holocaust survivor who dedicated his life to ensuring that the perpetrators of one of history's greatest crimes - the Nazi genocide against the Jews - would not escape punishment.

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Last Chance for Justice Author: Leon Kofmansky Categories: Europe, Holocaust/ War Crimes, International Jewry    

Over sixty years after the murder of Jewish teenager Peter Balazs in Budapest, the last of the accused has finally been arrested. If Australian courts find a Hungarian extradition request in order, Perth resident Charles Zentai will stand in the dock, accused of committing the murder along with two accomplices (the other two were brought to justice shortly after the end of World War II).

Editorial: Endgame Iran & Crime and Punishment Author: Jeremy Jones Categories: Antisemitism, Australasia, Holocaust/ War Crimes, Iran, Iraq, Islamic Extremism, Lebanon, Middle East    

It has all the drama of a Melbourne Cup, but it is infinitely more important. The outcome of a horse race can be measured in dollars and cents. We are witnessing a contest between a simmering grassroots yearning for democracy in Iran and an obsessive pursuit of nuclear weapons by the junta of Islamic extremists who rule that nation.