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Holocaust Day By: David G. Littman
FrontPageMagazine.com | Monday, January 30, 2006

[René Wadlow and Roy W. Brown contributed in writing this article]      

An Occasion for the International Community to Denounce Iran’s Call for Genocide

The call by the Iranian President for Israel’s destruction in defiance of article 2:4 of the UN Charter [1] demands a firm reaction from the international community. On the First International Day of the Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust, our two NGOs: the Association for World Education and the International Humanist and Ethical Union call upon States to invoke the Convention on Genocide [2] and bring the President of the Islamic Republic of Iran to trial before the International Criminal Court or a suitable tribunal.

Three months ago at a Teheran Conference, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejed called for Israel to be "wiped off the map." He predicted that "very soon the stain of this disgrace will be purged from the centre of the Islamic world." He also warned all peacemakers: "Anybody who recognizes Israel will burn in the fire of the Islamic nation’s fury." In an early December speech in Mecca to the Organization of the Islamic Conference, President Ahmadinejed again insisted that the major problem in the Islamic world was "the presence of the Zionist occupation in the heart of the Islamic region," and that its "judicious removal will pave the way to the appearance of Islam’s power in the successful management of global matters."

A week later, in a televised speech on 14 December 2005, the Iranian president called the Nazi genocide of 6 million Jews a fabrication: "They have created a myth in the name of the Holocaust and consider it above God, religion, and the prophets…" On 5 January 2006, Iran’s state controlled television screened a discussion on "the myth of the gas chambers" and "the truth of The Protocols of the Elders of Zion." [3] On 15 January 2006, the president proposed the convening of a Holocaust ‘Myth’ Conference in Teheran.

We urge the international community to heed these words, and to note in particular the parallels between the ideological reference in the president’s Teheran speech to "the struggle between the Islamic world and the front of the infidels" and Hitler’s Mein Kampf (‘My Struggle’), with the ‘true Aryans’ pitted against the non-Aryans. Is the history of the 20th century’s bloodiest genocide to be repeated in the 21st? 

The Iranian leader’s "direct and public incitement" for the destruction of a Member State of the United Nations – in total defiance of article 2:4 of the 1945 UN Charter – requires a firm reaction from the international community. Article 3 of the Genocide Convention indicates what acts shall be punishable, as defined under article 4; among them, 3 (c): "Direct and public incitement to commit genocide."  States should be encouraged, in the aftermath of this First International Day of Commemoration of Holocaust Victims to invoke article 8 of the Genocide Convention – and for President Ahmadinejed’s call for genocide to be punished by the International Criminal Court or a suitable tribunal.

René Wadlow and David G. Littman are the representatives of the Association for World Education to the UN (Geneva) and Roy W. Brown is president of the International Humanist and Ethical Union and its main Representative to the UN. This text is adapted from a joint Press Release, which was widely diffused and circulated at the United Nations, Geneva on 27 January (Holocaust Day).


1.  “All Members shall refrain in their international relations from the threat or use of force against the integrity or political independence of any state, or in any other manner inconsistent with the Purposes of the United Nations.” (Article 2 Principle 4)

2. Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:http://www.unhchr.ch/html/menu3/b/p­_genoci.htm

3. MEMRI Special Dispatch No. 1072: 'Iran TV Discussion on the Myth of the Gas Chambers and the Truth of the Protocols of the Elders of Zion’, 18 January 2006  http://memri.org/bin/articles.cgi?Page=archives&Area=sd&ID=SP107206.

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