zaterdag 19 september 2009

Achmadinejad blijft Holocaust ontkennen op 'Al Quds Dag'

Misschien kunnen al die regeringsleiders die Achmadinejads nieuwste Holocaust ontkenning zo fel veroordelen daar ook even duidelijke acties op laten volgen?


Last update - 22:27 18/09/2009
German FM calls Ahmadinejad 'a disgrace' for denying Holocaust 
By Haaretz Service and Agencies

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier condemned Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's latest denial of the Holocaust on Friday, calling him a disgrace to his country.

"Today's statements by the Iranian President are unacceptable. With his intolerable tirades he is a disgrace to his country," Steinmeier said in a statement. "This sheer anti-Semitism demands our collective condemnation. We will continue to confront it decisively in the future."

Ahmadinejad said at a Quds (Jerusalem) Day rally in Tehran earlier Friday that, "The pretext [Holocaust] for the creation of the Zionist regime [Israel] is false ... It is a lie based on an unprovable and mythical claim."

Steinmeier's condemnation was unprecedented in its tone.

Denying the Holocaust - carried out by Nazi Germany in World War Two - is a crime in Germany, punishable by up to five years in prison.

The United States and Britain also denounced the Iranian leader in the harshest terms for his remarks.

Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, called his comments "hateful." White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters: "Obviously we condemn what he said."

Gibbs added that Ahmadinejad's Holocaust denial, "only serves to isolate Iran further from the world."

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, meanwhile, said: "President Ahmadinejad's repeated denials of the Holocaust are abhorrent as well as ignorant. It is very important that the world community stands up against this tide of abuse. This outburst is not worthy of the leader of Iran."

Miliband went on to praise the great history and culture of the Iranian people.

"I cannot believe that the vast majority of them want to rewrite this chapter of history rather than focus on the future," he added. "The coincidence of today's comments with the start of Jewish New Year only adds to the insult."

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