From Tehran:Iran’s study of the Holocaust “does not mean we deny the crimes of Hitler”.
Well, that’s a relief. Are we supposed to “engage” Iran on this issue as well? The report:
MORE than 60 researchers from 30 countries will attend a controversial conference on the Holocaust next week to examine the event without any “preconceived ideas”, Iran said today.
Deputy Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mohammadi said the staging of the conference on December 11 and 12 was a response to the lack of answers to questions posed over the Holocaust by Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
Mr Ahmadinejad, who has also called for Israel to be wiped off the map, has repeatedly raised questions about the scale of the Holocaust and even described the mass slaughter of Jews in World War II as a “myth”.
“Ahmadinejad asked, did the Holocaust happen or not? And if it happened why are scholars prevented from doing research on this and why are revisionists thrown into prison?” Mr Mohammadi said.
“And if it happened, why should the Palestinians pay for this?”
The conference would, “without any preconceived ideas, provide the atmosphere for scholars and researchers from both sides to give their papers in the utmost freedom”.
Mr Mohammadi declined to give the names of the 67 international scholars he said would be attending, because of fears their home countries would ban them from travelling to Tehran.
He stressed that Iran’s study of the Holocaust “does not mean we deny the crimes of Hitler”.