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Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Ahmadinejad dropped Holocaust reference, Vatican stayed

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dropped a reference in the original text of his speech to the Holocaust as being "ambiguous and dubious" in the hope that fewer delegations would walk out of his Monday speech in Geneva. One of the delegations that did not walk out as a result of Ahmadinejad's not denying the Holocaust was the Vatican.
The UN and the Iranian Mission in Geneva did not comment on why the change was made. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, however, said he had met with the Iranian president before his speech Monday and reminded him the UN had adopted resolutions "to revoke the equation of Zionism with racism and to reaffirm the historical facts of the Holocaust."

Ahmadinejad may have decided to drop the Holocaust phrase that was in his original text to deliver his condemnation of Israel in a more palatable fashion for many countries.

Still, Ahmadinejad's accusation that the West used the Holocaust as a "pretext" for aggression against Palestinians still provoked walkouts by delegates including every European Union country in attendance. But others, including those from the Vatican, stayed in the room because they said he stopped short of denying the Holocaust.


The original text of his speech said "following World War II, they resorted to military aggression to make an entire nation homeless on the pretext of Jewish sufferings and the ambiguous and dubious question of Holocaust."

UN spokeswoman Marie Heuze said UN officials had checked back with the interpreters and the Farsi recording of Ahmadinejad's speech, and determined that the Iranian president had dropped the terms "ambiguous and dubious," referring instead in Farsi to "the abuse of the question of the Holocaust."

Adding to the confusion, the live English translation of the speech did not mention the word "Holocaust" at all, while the French stayed true to the spoken words of Ahmadinejad. The English translator apparently was following the prepared text and stopped speaking when the Iranian president changed the wording.
More than 100 countries voted on Tuesday to reaffirm the Durban 2001 declaration, which declared that Israel was the only racist country in the World. That declaration caused the US and eight other Western countries to boycott the Geneva hatefest. But it didn't bother the Vatican. And you thought Pope Pius XII had gone to the hereafter.


At 12:12 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

No one was bothered by the anti-Semitism that runs like a thread through Durban II. They were only bothered by how Ahmedinejad expressed his hostility to Israel and still some countries even cheered him!

At 9:56 AM, Blogger Ashan said...

To begin with this was a pro-racism event. EVERYONE knew that. The kicker should have been the invitation to world's Hitler wannabe. That free nations didn't say "NO!" to this vicious genocidal, murdering racist thug and immediately boycott the "conference" from the outset is significant. The Vatican and the free nations are showing their Jew-hating stripes again.

Israel should pull out of the demonic UN. It can only get worse from here.

At 2:44 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...


As significant as the free world not saying no at the beginning is the fact that of the 23 countries that walked out on Monday, only the Czech Republic stayed out. And many countries have said things about Israel that are as bad as what Ahmadinejad said.


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